Senior management

Managing an outstanding company

Auckland Airport’s board of directors and executive team focus on ensuring the company is managed at the highest strategic level. They work to realise the company’s long-term corporate objectives, as it continuously strives to become the world’s most outstanding and welcoming Airport. As New Zealand’s busiest airport, it is one of our country’s largest infrastructure assets and is one of the biggest employers in the Greater Auckland region.

Meet our leadership team


Adrian Littlewood

Adrian Littlewood

Chief Executive, BA, LLB

Adrian was appointed our chief executive in 2012. He leads the senior management team and is responsible for setting our strategic direction and working with the Board to drive travel, trade and tourism growth.

Prior to his appointment as chief executive, Adrian was our general manager of retail and commercial, where he led strong growth and development of non-aeronautical revenue lines.

Adrian is the co-chair of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum, a member of the Executive Committee of the New Zealand Airports Association, and a former director of North Queensland Airports Limited.

He has undertaken a number of strategy, marketing, management and legal roles during his career in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Phil Neutze

Phil Neutze

Chief Financial Officer, BSC (Hons), MBA (Distn), CPA

Phil is responsible for managing our corporate strategy, financial affairs, procurement, legal, aeronautical pricing, risk management and insurance matters. He joined us in 2010 as our business intelligence manager and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in December 2015. Phil has a background in science, investment banking, corporate finance and treasury. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Richard Barker

Richard Barker

General Manager Retail & Commercial, BMS, KMI

Richard is responsible for Auckland Airport’s retailing businesses, including duty free, specialty retail, and food and beverage. He is also responsible for passenger experience and car-parking. Richard spent more than 20 years in retail, sales, pricing and operational roles for BP in New Zealand, London and Chicago. Prior to joining Auckland Airport in October 2013 he played a leading role in the original conception, development and operation of the new Z Energy retail proposition.


Anna Cassels Brown

Anna Cassels-Brown

General Manager People and Safety, BA, MInstD

Anna is responsible for Auckland Airport's strategy development and delivery for human resources and health and safety. She has been recognised globally for her work in developing a leadership culture.

Prior to Anna joining Auckland Airport in July 2015 she made a significant impact on people practices, organisational development and company culture in some of New Zealand's leading companies, including Fonterra Co-operative Group, Air New Zealand, New Zealand Refining Company and most recently Landcorp Farming Limited.

She has also held a number of directorships through her career, and is currently a member of the governing Council of the Northland Polytechnic.

Anna is also responsible for public affairs at Auckland Airport.


Jason Delamore

Jason Delamore

General Manager Marketing & Technology, BA, MBS

Jason is responsible for the development of Auckland Airport’s marketing and technology capabilities and leads the development of our online channel initiative. Before joining us in January 2014, Jason led the New Zealand operations of Landis+Gyr, a global technology company specialising in the energy sector. He has held senior roles in marketing, sales and strategic partnerships and channels for a number of major listed companies including Vector, IBM, Lucent and Contact Energy.


Graham Matthews

General Manager Airport Development & Delivery, BSC (Hons), MBA, FRICS

Graham is responsible for the airport’s development and implementation of our 30-year vision. A chartered surveyor, Graham has undertaken a wide range of finance, development, project and programme director roles – including with BAA plc, Heathrow Express Ltd, Accenture, EC Harris and Lynton plc. More recently he has held senior roles in New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and Hampton Jones Ltd. Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and sits on its World Governing Council. He joined Auckland Airport in October 2013.


Judy Nicholl

Judy Nicholl

General Manager Aeronautical Operations, BEd, MEdLd (Hons)

Judy has leadership responsibility for the operation of New Zealand’s largest airport. The aeronautical division provides operational excellence by working with airlines and agencies to deliver a quality experience for all visitors and passengers travelling to and from New Zealand through Auckland Airport. She undertakes general management of all commercial leasing, facilities management, operational processing, policy and compliance matters relating to airport operations.

Judy joined us in 2006 and, prior to that, held human resource positions in Fonterra and New Zealand Police. She is experienced in quality management facilitation, research/project management and frontline management.

Mark Thomson

Mark Thomson

General Manager Property, BCom

Mark leads the property team and is responsible for continuing to transform the airport into a vibrant business destination, developing new commercial business premises and attracting high-profile companies. He has more than 20 years’ experience in real estate management and development, and a wealth of experience in the transport and logistics sectors. Mark started his career in commercial brokerage in New Zealand and has since managed portfolios for the Crown Estate Commissioners (London) and Telecom New Zealand. Before joining the airport in April 2014 he was the Director of Strategy Execution and Property (Asia) for Toll Global Logistics, responsible for a real estate portfolio spread across 12 countries, including China, Singapore and India.