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Meet our Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team

A highly experienced team leads the growth and development of Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL). 

Our company is 75% owned by Christchurch City Council (through its subsidiary Christchurch City Holdings Limited) and 25% owned by the government. We are governed by a Board of Directors and run by a Chief Executive who oversees the Executive Leadership Team, the Senior Leadership Team, and our champion team of people in a diverse range of roles.


Board of Directors

L-R: Chris Paulsen, Sarah Ottrey, Justin Murray, Catherine Drayton (Chair), Paul Reid, Kate Morrison

  • Catherine Drayton (Chair)

    Appointed 2009

    Catherine Drayton has extensive overseas management experience, most recently as a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, leading the Advisory & Assurance practice for Central and Eastern Europe. Her specialist area is mergers and acquisitions. Returning to Christchurch, Catherine has focused on governance. Her current roles include directorships for Beca Group Limited, Southern Cross Hospitals Limited, Southern Cross Medical Care Society, and Genesis Energy Limited, as well as being a member of both the Guardians of New Zealand Superfund and the University of Canterbury Council. Past directorships include Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation Limited and PowerbyProxi Limited. She has been on the Christchurch Airport Board since 2009 and is passionate about the airport company’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and the contribution of the airport to the regional economy.

    Catherine chairs the People, Culture and Safety Committee and is an ex officio member of the other board committees.

  • Justin Murray

    Appointed 2011

    Justin Murray is Executive Chairman of Murray & Co, an independent investment banking firm based in Christchurch. Initially a corporate lawyer in New Zealand, his banking career began in London with NM Rothschild and he was ultimately a Managing Director with Bear Stearns. He returned to New Zealand in 2004 and founded Murray & Co.

    Justin is Chair of the Property and Commercial Committee and a member of the Aeronautical Committee.

  • Chris Paulsen

    Appointed 2010

    Chris Paulsen is the Executive Chairman and founder of the House of Travel Group.  Having worked in travel since he left school, Chris has a lifelong passion for the travel and tourism industries. In 2006 he was a category winner for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

    Chris is Chair of the Aeronautical Committee and a member of the People, Culture and Safety Committee.

  • Kate Morrison

    Appointed 19 October 2017

    Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2014, Kate spent 20 years working in investment banking in the UK, with firms such as Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and, most recently, Deutsche Bank, where she held a variety of senior client coverage and management roles. She has extensive experience of developing solutions for clients, particularly in the areas of financial risk management, structured financing and investments. She now co-runs a Christchurch-based consulting business, advising SMEs on succession planning, strategy and governance, as well as undertaking a number of non-executive directorships.

    Kate is Chair of the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee and a member of the Aeronautical Committee.

  • Paul Reid

    Appointed 1 May 2018

    Paul joined the Board in May 2018 and brings extensive commercial experience gained across a diverse range of businesses. Paul is currently Chair of Figured, Pukeko Pictures GP and ASX-listed Volpara Health Technology; Director for NZX-listed Comvita and Equanut Limited.

    He has held a number of key executive roles in the transformation of businesses including Air New Zealand, MetService and Carter Holt Harvey. Paul is based in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Paul is a member of the Property and Commercial Committee, Risk, Audit and Finance Committee and People, Culture and Safety Committee.

  • Sarah Ottrey

    Appointed 1 March 2019

    Sarah has held senior marketing roles in New Zealand and off-shore with Unilever and DB Breweries/Heineken. Sarah is a Chartered Fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and a committee member of the Otago Southland Institute of Directors. She is currently a director of EBOS Group, Skyline Enterprises, Whitestone Cheese, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon and Sarah Ottrey Marketing Ltd. 

    Sarah is a member of the Property and Commercial Committee and Aeronautical Committee.

Executive Leadership Team

Malcolm Johns

Chief Executive

Justin Watson

Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer

Blair Forgie

Chief Operations and Property Officer

Tim May

Chief Financial Officer

Rhys Boswell

General Manager Strategy and Sustainability

Michael Singleton

General Manager Corporate Affairs