The team

BARNZ team

Justin Tighe-Umbers​

Executive Director

Justin heads up the BARNZ team as they advocate on behalf of their members on key policy, regulatory and operational matters affecting the airline industry. His approach is to build strong, trust-based relationships with senior management at airports, agencies and government departments, and to consistently work for sustainable outcomes for all parties.

Prior to joining BARNZ in June 2017, Justin worked in the Telecommunications industry. This included an 8-year stint with Chorus NZ Ltd, where he held a number of senior roles spanning regulatory, operational and commercial functions.

Justin holds a Master’s degree in International Business, and an undergraduate degree in Political Studies from the University of Auckland.

Patrick Whelan

Aviation Development Manager

Prior to joining BARNZ as their Aviation Development Manager, Patrick lead the Corporate & Government Sales Team at Qantas where he was responsible for all Commercial and Government relations activities throughout New Zealand.

Patrick has significant airline experience in both Commercial and Operational roles including  regional and airport management roles. 

Patrick spent six years based on the east coast of the USA where he held Sales and Marketing positions at American Airlines and Marriott Hotels 

Executive committee

Chloe Surridge

BARNZ President / General Manager Airports - Air New Zealand

Chloe is the Group General Manager Airports for Air New Zealand.  She has an extensive background in operations within the cruise and aviation industries and her early career was spent in the USA as Hotel Director with Carnival Cruise Lines.  Upon her return to New Zealand, she was CEO/GM of Invercargill Airport Company and then joined Air New Zealand in 2016 to hold senior roles including leading Snr Mgr Wellington Airport, GM Group Procurement and GM Supply Chain.  Her current role as GGM Airports incorporates management of 1800 staff across the world, airport ground operations and lounge/valet services.

An advocate of advancing careers for women in operations, Chloe is a member of Global Women, sponsors the Women in Engineering and Supply Chain network for Air New Zealand and is a member of the advisory group for the Women in Supply Chain New Zealand network.

Chloe crop (002)

Chris Lethbridge

BARNZ Vice-President / New Zealand Regional Manager, Emirates

Chris joined Emirates as in 1997 as Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands. In 2003 he oversaw the start of Emirates services to New Zealand. He has 24 years’ experience in the airline industry, prior to his current role as Regional Manager New Zealand for Emirates Chris held senior roles at Malaysia Airlines and Thai international. Chris also holds a private pilot licence.

Anna Pritchard

Executive Manager, Government, Industry & Competition

Anna has been with the Qantas Group since 2010. She is a regulatory lawyer by training and since coming to Qantas has held roles across the Legal, Commercial and Government teams in Australia and overseas.  Prior to her current role, Anna was Qantas’ Regional General Manager for the UK, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, based in London. 

Before this she was Qantas’ Head of Legal and Assistant Company Secretary, heading teams responsible for providing strategic competition and regulatory advice, oversight and compliance, engaging with key regulators and managing litigation and dispute resolution and corporate governance across the Qantas Group.  Prior to joining Qantas, Anna worked at in private legal practice at Allens and the Australian Government Solicitor.

 

George Robertson

General Manager NZ, Singapore Airlines

George joined Singapore Airlines in September 2008. He has held several roles across the airline’s international network including the airline’s head office in Singapore.

George began his career with Singapore Airlines in its UK & Europe office overseeing several commercial roles before transferring to Singapore where he worked in revenue management and regional marketing. Subsequently, George has managed the airline’s operations across Gujarat (India) and Bangladesh as General Manager prior to assuming the role of General Manager New Zealand in October 2021.

As country head, in addition to Auckland, George is also responsible for operations in Christchurch.

Gareth Marriott

Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, OCS Group

Joining OCS in 2012 as Managing Director Australia, Gareth took up the role of Managing Director New Zealand in early 2015. In 2017 Gareth became Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand providing strategic leadership and oversight across all business functions.

Gareth has an executive management and professional services career that has spanned more than 23 years and several countries.
He is recognised for his unwavering high standards and attention to detail and prides himself on being results-driven until all objectives are achieved. With a strong track record of growth and profit improvement he adopts global best practice, finds operating efficiencies, builds strong teams and provides strategic leadership.

Passionate about people and the environment, Gareth is a firm believer that sustainable development is an ongoing process. It requires the same level of focus and importance as a company’s financial objectives in order to ensure long-term sustainability for future generations.

Sheryn Ambler

Regional Manager, Fiji Airways

Sheryn’s airline career started with United Airlines GSA in Wellington in the 1990’s as Corporate Account Manager South Pacific.  Having taken a 10 year break from the airline industry to work on her own Corporate Catering Business she then had the opportunity to move to Fiji to work for Island Hoppers, an aviation company comprising of Helicopter, Fixed Wing and Skydiving Adventures.  

After 9 years with Island Hoppers 3 of those living in Fiji, the role with Fiji Airways came up to which Sheryn joined the national carrier in 2018.

Daniel Eggenberger

General Manager Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui

Daniel joined Air Tahiti Nui in November 2018 as General Manager Pacific, after having run his own consultancy company – specialized in strategic development and re-organizations – in Amsterdam for 4 years. His working career started in the Banking Sector in Zürich, before moving into the airline industry where he gained over 14 years extensive aviation experience. During that time, Daniel hold several Commercial Management functions within the Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Group, such as Sales & Marketing Manager for Switzerland, Austria, and Slovakia in Zürich; Commercial Director for Central and Eastern Europe in Geneva; Director Project Management at KLM headquarters in Amsterdam; or Country Manager for Norway in Oslo.

Daniel holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), one in Economics & Marketing, and Executive Management Diplomas from IMD in Lausanne, MIT Sloan in Boston, Kellogg’s University in Chicago, Chartered Institute of Marketing in London, and Management Centre Europe in Brussels.

Shelley Musk 

Head of Jetstar New Zealand 

Shelley has been with the Qantas Group since 2005 and is currently the Head of Jetstar in New Zealand.  Since joining the Qantas Group Shelley has held a variety of position in the areas of; general airline management, operations, and Cabin Crew management. 

Prior to her current position, Shelley was the Head of Jetconnect where she was the first women in New Zealand to hold an Air Operations Certificate for a jet operation.

Before joining the Qantas Group, Shelley held a variety of positions at Air New Zealand including; marketing, revenue and pricing, product development and customer service delivery.

Shelley holds a master’s degree in Organisational Behaviour and Industrial Relations, and a post graduate diploma in Marketing from the University of Auckland.

Shelley is currently a Director of the Qantas Group subsidiaries;  Jetconnect Limited and Jetstar Airways Limited in New Zealand.

Mark A.Siladi  

Swissport General Manager New Zealand 

Mark has had a worldwide career in the airline, travel distribution and aviation consulting industry having held a number of Senior Executive and C-level positions in Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air New Zealand, Air Pacific and MegaMaldives Airlines.  His areas of expertise include commercial, supply chain and operations.

 

Outside of the airline world, as VP Travel, Mark help launch Priceline.com in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. He was Senior Consultant in GCW Consulting in Beijing as well as a Senior Associate for PA Nyras in London specializing in restructuring or launching new businesses with a focus on Commercial activities such as sales, distribution and digital transformation.

Mark joined Swissport Executive Aviation in May 2019 and has transitioned the former Skycare FBO into the private aviation division of Swissport Executive Aviation for New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.  He took on further responsibility for all Swissport commercial ground handling in New Zealand in March 2020.

 

Mark graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Chinese History and Asian Studies and did post graduate study at the University of Nanjing, China. In addition to his native English, he is conversationally fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and Portuguese.