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Meet the many faces of our airport team

Did you know there are more than 250 people in the airport team, working in everything from logistics to legal, admin to aeronautics, safety to services, and more! Behind every face is a story – we’re sharing them one-by-one right here.

We're proud to rally behind every person on our team in their many endeavours, both professional and personal. From avid cyclists to technical wizzes, we're continually amazed by the achievements of our staff. People often ask us, "what kind of person works at the airport"? We think you'll agree that the answer simply has to be, "all kinds"!

Jesse Aimer

Senior Environment and Planning Advisor

As an avid traveller, taking up a role at Christchurch Airport has been a natural fit for Jesse Aimer. Learn more about what he does day to day and why he’s proud to be making a difference on the ground. Meet Jesse.

Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton

Firefighter (Green Watch), Airport Fire Service

Working as a full-time airport firefighter is a dream job for Emily Sutton. Discover the full variety of what she gets up to day-to-day, and what ignited her passion for firefighting. Meet Emily.

David Cooper

General Manager Commercial

David Cooper joined the airport team in October 2023. He’s excited to be learning new things on the job every day as he helps to fine tune our park-to-plane customer journey. Meet David.

Natasha Manning-Evans

Senior Project Manager

Natasha is part of the team that gets buildings and businesses off the ground here on the airport campus. 2023 was a particularly special year for Natasha, find out why here.

Shweeta Shayal

Airport Services Duty Manager

Meet Shweeta, a self-confessed people person who loves being the Airport Services Duty Manager for the night shift team. Find out what lead her to this role and what she likes to do in her downtime here.

Yvonne Densem

Manager Communications

Yvonne is well known and loved around the airport campus having been the airport’s voice for over ten years. A passionate storyteller, her list of highlights and cool projects is ever-expanding. Get to know Yvonne here

Helen Coburn

Airport Ambassador

Helen is one of our amazing volunteer Airport Ambassadors and enjoys engaging with visitors to the terminal. Learn more about Helen, her strong family connection to the airport, and her volunteer role here.

Helen Shand

Business Solutions Lead

Meet Helen. She’s passionate about enhancing technology usage and providing our airport stakeholders with great user experiences. Learn more about her here.

Justin Watson

Chief Executive

Introducing our new Chief Executive… Justin. Born in Canada but now calls Ōtautahi Christchurch home, Justin shares with us some highlights of his career and his involvement with Lord of the Rings and China Southern Airlines here.

Craig Dunstan

Head of Customer & Commercial, Park to Plane

Craig heads up the Park to Plane team which strives to transform the mundane to the magical. From multiple underwater cage dives with sharks, to creating items on his lathe, he shares with us his experiences and what makes him tick here.

Mike Weir

Apron and Wildlife Manager

Meet Mike, our Apron and Wildlife Manager who splits his time between the airfield, the 10 acres where he breeds and trains dogs and the South Island high country. Find out more about the airfield’s special visitor, a New Zealand Falcon and other wildlife projects Mike works on here.

Kerry Gill

Graphic Designer

Christchurch Adventure Park, Richie McCaw, SOFIA and the Airport Fire Trucks… what do these have in common? They are all projects that Kerry, our Graphic Designer has worked on during her time here. Find out about these and other exciting projects she has worked on here.

Briar Nash

Partnership Manager - Trade Development & Aeronautical

Meet Briar, our Partnership Manager - Trade Development & Aeronautical. She speaks four languages (including some Swahili) and has lived in seven countries, learn more about her interesting experiences and adventures and how this has set her up perfectly for her role here.

Martin Crockford

Manager - BI Systems, Digital Solutions and Data Technology

Martin is part of our innovative Digital Solutions and Data Technology team. From digitising manual business processes, to recording two albums as a guitarist, to co-founding an environmental management and sustainability consultancy business in 1998, Martin shares some of his interesting experiences here.

Rhys Boswell

GM Strategy and Sustainability

Rhys, GM of our Strategy and Sustainability team shares with us his favourite sustainability initiatives as well as what he's happiest doing when he's not working. Find out more about his experiences here

Sophie Baird

Integrated Operations Centre Controller

Sophie is part of our IOC team who are dubbed the ‘eyes and ears' of the airport. She shares with us her top five most interesting calls from the public and what gets her through night shift. To hear more about the interesting experiences of an IOC Controller, click here.

Shaun O'Neill

Airport Ambassador

Meet Shaun, one of our valued Airport Ambassadors who has been with the airport since the programme started! From going to Antarctica, to ticking sky diving off his bucket list (just last year!), learn more about Shaun’s ambassador role and incredible experiences here.

Vai Papali'i

Quality Training and Process Co-ordinator

Meet Vai, a member of our Aviation Safety and Security team. He’s part of the airport dragon boating team, The Flying Dragons, but admits that Waka Ama has his heart. Learn about Waka Ama and Vai’s airport experiences here.

Hayley Rossiter


Hayley Rossiter, Firefighter on our Fire Service team, is currently organising the UFBA Firefighter Combat Challenge to be held at the airport on Saturday 14 March. Learn about the event and what makes this superwoman tick here


People of the airport - Felicity Blackmore

Felicity Blackmore

Compliance and Development Manager

This summer Felicity Blackmore from our Strategy and Sustainability team is embarking on Tour Aotearoa, a 3,000km ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Why the long ride? Find out here