James Gibson

Chief Executive

I started as CEO of BLAKE in February 2018. My most recent role was GM Partnerships & Communication at Sport NZ, with responsibility for managing Sport NZ’s relationship with the sports sector, as well as their brand, communications, events, and partner capability work. I also led their women in sport work. Prior to this, I worked in senior roles at Air New Zealand, including Head of Sustainability, where I led development and implementation of the airlines award-winning sustainability strategy, and Head of Sponsorship & Community, through which I developed successful partnerships with both the Department of Conservation and Antarctica NZ.  I am also a Director on the Northern Districts Cricket Board.

My passion for environmental leadership, especially the need for future generations to take up the challenge to improve our environmental performance, motivated me to take up the role at BLAKE. I love spending time in the outdoors, especially tramping and open water swimming, and enjoy a social game of golf or cricket. I am married with two young daughters.