Our People


Rob Evans


Rob Evans has been successfully managing airports and commercial property investments for over 20 years. Rob has considerable experience in the aviation and tourism sectors completing several projects across many countries including New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Korea and China. His airport experience extends from Wellington, to Cairns and Mackay and he is currently Chief Executive of Nelson Airport Ltd. Nelson Airport hosted 1,061,000 passengers for the 12 months to June 2018 and completed Stage A, New Zealand’s first timber construction, of a $30m terminal redevelopment in October last year, with Stage B progressing well.


David Scott

Operations and Asset Manager

David joined Nelson Airport Ltd in October 2017. He comes from an extensive operational background, having held several senior management roles with various airlines around the world. His most recent role was as a business systems manager with Emirates in Dubai. He has worked on several large transformational projects including the redevelopment of Queenstown Airport.

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Simon Orr

Corporate Services Manager

Simon is an experienced Chartered Accountant and Financial Controller and has held various finance roles in NZ and overseas including the UK, Middle East and South America. Simon and his team take good care of the accounts, budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, cash management, tax compliance, company administration and provide support to the management team on business performance and finance. Simon has always loved aviation so is a good fit for this airport role.


Stephen Batt

Commercial Manager

Stephen joined Nelson Airport Ltd in 2016. Prior to this he held a number of senior property roles within various industry sectors, including property and valuation. Stephen is responsible for all non-aeronautical revenue for the business, including property, parking and concessions.


Sally Russ

Business Development & Marketing Manager

Sally Russ joined the Nelson Airport Ltd team in 2015. Sally is an experienced Business Development & Marketing Manager with a history of working in both the advertising & telecommunications industries in New Zealand and the UK.

Sally’s role oversees a range of areas within the airport business including passenger performance, destination marketing, sponsorship, business relationships and community engagement.

Nelson Airport Management – Ph. 03 547 3199

Security – Ph. 021 997 494

Land line – 03 5473199

Rescue Fire – Ph. 027 649 7759

Land line 03 5479483