Board and Senior Leaders

Wendie Harvey jun2022

Wendie Harvey: Chair

Wendie was appointed to the HBAL board in July 2016 following an extensive legal career specialising in employment law and human resource management. Wendie brings over 25-year's of experience as a lawyer, executive manager, business consultant and professional director.

Wendie's governance career reflects her interests in strategy development, infrastructure management, and health and safety promotion in the workplace. Her appointments include the Boards of Port of Napier, Centralines Limited, Aurora Energy Ltd, ETCO (Electrical Training Company Ltd) and Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Wendie also serves as a Commissioner on the New Zealand Gambling Commission and is a council member of the Eastern Institute of Technology.

Sarah Park jun2022

Sarah Park: Director

Sarah was appointed to the Board of HBAL on 1 July 2014. She has a degree in economics from the University of Edinburgh and has 15 years experience in the financial services sector in a variety of roles across investment banking, venture capital and business advisory in NZ and overseas.

Sarah has expert knowledge in business model development, project evaluation, valuations and transaction advisory, financing and capital markets. She has worked for large financial institutions including HSBC and PwC as well as public and private growth companies. 

Sarah's directorships include Pacific Edge, Focus Genetics and Eurogrow, She also sits on the Board of Trustees at Hereworth School.


Jon Nichols 2022

Jon Nichols: Director

Jon was appointed a director of HBAL on 1 September 2020 and is an experienced director and business consultant. He has developed and led a number of strategic growth, regulatory and performance-based initiatives for infrastructure businesses in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He brings over 25 years of senior leadership and governance experience across a number of financial and commercial disciplines. These include mergers and acquisitions, capital and debt structuring, alongside project development and risk management. Jon is particularly passionate about organisational leadership development and creating platforms for thought diversity.

He also serves on the board of Palmerston North Airport Ltd, the Eastland Group Limited and Electra Limited. Additionally, Jon is the independent chair of the Risk and Assurance Committee for Hastings District Council and chair of Audit and Risk for Maungaharuru Tangitu Trust. Jon is a Fellow Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Rob Stratford jun2022

Rob Stratford: Chief Executive Officer

Rob joined HBAL as CEO in April 2022. He is a highly experienced infrastructure senior executive with a proven track record for growing international publicly listed companies’ top-line revenue and profitability across the following industries: shipping and maritime services, industrial services, energy (oil, gas, and electricity), transportation, and aviation. This growth is underpinned by strategy formation, restructuring, strong financial management, building successful teams, and execution.

Rob holds a commerce degree from Canterbury University in Economics and Accounting and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. 

Denis Haggit jun2022

Denis Haggitt: Chief Financial Officer

Denis has 25 years of experience in finance beginning his career at KPMG, and has held a number of finance leadership positions in NZ and overseas with broad industry experience across eCommerce, Property, Investment, and Banking sectors.

His role is responsible for Finance, IT, Legal, and company secretary functions in support of HBAL’s CEO, Board of Directors, and its businesses as it pursues its various diversification and growth strategies.

Denis is a Chartered Member of both the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and the NZ Institute of Directors.

Steph 2025

Stephanie Murphy: Airport Planner

Stephanie has devoted her career to commercial planning and infrastructure and has held key roles within electricity, energy and aviation companies. She relishes the challenge of developing new projects from an environmental, commercial and long-term strategic planning perspective, with a career highlight the consenting of Australasia's largest wind farm. Stephanie enjoys seeing sustainable progress take shape and unlocking the potential of Hawke's Bay Airport alongside a highly engaged team.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning.

Deb 2022

Deb Suisted: Operations Manager

Deb loves working in the dynamic and challenging airport environment. With an acute understanding of large and small-scale airport operations, in both the domestic and international setting, she takes a considered and adaptive approach to her role at Hawke’s Bay Airport. Her diverse background in aviation security, regulation, law enforcement, emergency management and many years in the accommodation and tourism sector as a small business owner delivers a holistic approach to her role at Hawke’s Bay Airport.
Deb is as passionate about safety and security as she is about people. Contingency planning and leading teams through change are two areas in which Deb thrives.

Judi 2022

Judi Godbold: Customer Experience and Marketing Manager

Judi is a leader in live experience and customer engagement with 18 years of international experience; from England to Australia, Singapore and back to New Zealand. Judi has been fortunate to work with leading international brands such as Netflix, InterContinental Hotels Group, SAP, and Changi Airport Group. Passionate about customer experience and its impact on a brand, Judi believes that Hawke’s Bay Airport is a business of regional, local, and personal significance that Hawke’s Bay can be proud of.