Our Trustees

Our organisation is a charitable trust. Our trustees have been chosen to reflect their deep understanding of aviation in New Zealand, their connection to General Aviation and to bring skills to the table which provide the right balance around the Trust’s board room table.

Louise Aubrey – Trustee

Lou has a professional background in the agricultural industry – focussed on the environment. She has community governance experience. She has been an active member of the General Aviation community since before she could walk. She is a mother of two busy children and cares passionately about the future of General Aviation in New Zealand. Lou is based in Wānaka.

Mandy Deans – Trustee

Mandy has a deep history with aviation in New Zealand, for 14 years being the full time event manager of the famous Warbirds over Wanaka air show. She has strong connections within the industry and a detailed understanding of the opportunities and challenges of working within aviation in New Zealand. Mandy is also involved in Uplift in Kind – a charity which delivers awesome aviation experiences for those who are unwell or doing it tough.

Stu Haynes – Trustee

Stue Haynes is on the executive of AOPA NZ, and is the organisation’s representative on the trust. Stu is a pilot, an aviation enthusiast and understand the aviation community very well. He runs his own consultancy and is an expert project manager for large scale infrastructure projects. He has a keen eye for detail and for robust processes.

Sid McAuley – Trustee

Sid is also a private pilot with a keen interest in aviation in New Zealand. By day, he is Managing Director at Coolpak Coolstores Ltd, a leading and innovative cold storage facility which incorporates storage and logistic services to food processors in the South Island. He has a keen eye for innovation and understands the importance of good governance and clear decision making