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.

Ian Ferguson​

Manager - Pricing and Policy

Working with central government on policy and regulatory matters, Ian leads BARNZ’s input into airport and border agency pricing decisions on behalf of its airline members. He is focused on achieving positive outcomes for member airlines, their passengers and the wider community.

Before joining BARNZ in January 2017, Ian’s previous roles included Associate Director in the Finance and Economics team at PwC New Zealand, Regulatory Policy Manager at Vector Limited and Policy Advisor in the Scottish Government.

Ian has an MA in History from the University of Glasgow and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from Massey University.

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 activities throughout New Zealand.

This included representing Qantas at all Disputes Tribunals, being the key point of contact for all the Embassies in New Zealand. Successfully securing the Qantas Group onto the All of Government (AoG) syndicated travel contract (NZ’s largest travel contract), was a key achievement of his.

He held dual roles at Qantas for seven years prior to this, as Manager Central Region and Wellington Airport Manager. During this time he was responsible for Government and Film Industry relationships and oversight of all airport operations, ground handling services and border agency relationships.

Before moving to NZ he lived in Hartford Connecticut and had a sales position at American Airlines.


Executive committee

Leanne Geraghty

BARNZ President / General Manager Airports - Air New Zealand

Leanne is the Group General Manager Airports and has been in the role since Feb 2020.

Leanne joined Air New Zealand in 2004, having commenced her career with Shell Oil and then going on to hold a number of senior sales roles spanning fifteen years within the Australian travel industry. She has extensive experience in sales and operational leadership, and business transformation.

Her previous roles within Air New Zealand include Regional General Manager Sales – New Zealand and Pacific, and General Manager Australia. Leanne has a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course.

Most recently Leanne studied at IMD Business School Lausanne, where she completed an Advanced Management Program. She has served as the Chair of BARA and on the Aviation Panel of TTF Australia.

Leanne Geraghty

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.

Georgia Blackburn

BARNZ Vice-President / Regional General Manager New Zealand, Pacific Islands & South America, Qantas Airways Limited

Georgia has been with the Qantas Group since March 2004. She has extensive experience in the airline industry, having previously held management positions in customer experience, human resources and operations at Qantas in Australia and overseas. Prior to her current role, Georgia was Head of Airline Loyalty for Qantas Loyalty, where she worked closely with the airline partners of Qantas Frequent Flyer to develop and implement strategies to drive engagement with the Qantas Frequent Flyer member base.

Kenny Teo

General Manager NZ, Singapore Airlines

Kenny joined Singapore Airlines in 2004 and has held several roles in the airline’s head office in Singapore including in the Singapore sales team, revenue management and Tradewinds.

Subsequently Kenny spent time in various countries; as Singapore Airlines’ Manager Northern Vietnam based in Hanoi, Manager Eastern China based in Shanghai, General Manager Malaysia based in Kuala Lumpur prior to assuming the role of General Manager New Zealand in December 2018.

In addition to Auckland, Kenny is also responsible for operations in Wellington and 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.

Shelley Musk

Head of New Zealand, Jetstar

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.

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