Chairman, Jim Boult is a man of many hats, which makes him invaluable in governance. Many know Jim as the Mayor of the Queenstown Lakes District Council. He has extensive business interests in many fields, including aviation, tourism, financial services, property, automotive, publishing and hospitality. His experience and reputation is outstanding.
Jim was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to the community and to the tourism industry in 2015. In 2016 he was given a Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to his home community. He was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management in 2012. In 2020 he was made a Lifetime Member of the Child Cancer Foundation, recognising a 30- year contribution to the charity. He served as a director and CEO of Christchurch International Airport from 2003 until 2013. Under Jim’s leadership, Christchurch International Airport was awarded the Jim Collins Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Aviation Safety, recognising CIAL’s actions before and after the Canterbury earthquakes. And not surprisingly, in 2010 and 2013, he was named ‘Airport Personality of the Year’ by the NZ Airports Association.
Jim is a former Deputy Chairman of Tourism New Zealand and has been Director, Board Member, Managing Director and Chairman of several substantial public and private companies and government entities. For 16 years he was the Managing Director of Shotover Jet.
In his hometown of Queenstown, he has chaired numerous charities, council-sponsored working parties and community endeavours.