Leading in Local Government

Jim Boult, a well-known figure in New Zealand, is active in the not-for-profit sector, business community, and local government. Serving as the mayor of Queenstown Lakes District Council from 2016 to 2022, Jim’s leadership during critical times, including the Covid-19 crisis, has been widely supported.

Extensive Experience in Business

As the former Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) for five years, Jim effectively managed the airport’s operations during and after the Christchurch earthquakes. Jim also oversaw the development of a new CIAL terminal, ensuring it was completed within budget and on schedule.

Jim’s business interests span various sectors, including construction, aviation, tourism, financial services, property, automotive, publishing, and hospitality. He has held notable positions as chair and director of significant companies and government entities, such as Real NZ, Shotover Jet Group, Civil Aviation Authority, Hawkins Construction, and the Risk and Audit committee for New Zealand Customs. Currently, he serves as a director in several family-owned companies and holds external governance roles. Jim’s dedication extends beyond business, as he actively supports organisations, including the Child Cancer Foundation, the Whakatipu Rowing Club, the Whakatipu Wildlife Trust, and the Whakatipu Community Foundation. Jim is also the Deputy Chair of Friends of Lake Hayes.

Jim’s Personal Life

For the past four decades, Jim has made Lake Hayes in New Zealand’s South Island his home where he and his wife Karen have raised their two children, James and Victoria. In his hometown of Queenstown, he has been a pivotal figure in chairing charities, council-sponsored working parties, and community groups.

Awards and Acknowledgements

In 2014, Jim was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to tourism and the community. He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management; and was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Notably, as a non-Rotarian, Jim was made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary in June 2021, recognising his outstanding community service