New Chairman and two new Directors appointed to Real Journeys Board

3 February 2015

Real Journeys is pleased to announce the appointment of a new chairman and two new directors to its board.

Long standing board member and Invercargill Chartered Accountant Roger Wilson has been appointed the Board’s new chairman, with Tony Balfour and Jim Boult, both from Queenstown, appointed as directors.

Tony Balfour has extensive global experience with a strong track record in a diverse range of industries.  Most recently Tony was General Manager (Markets) for Icebreaker Clothing, his background includes senior roles at Lion Nathan, and (both successful online recruitment sites).  Tony spent over nine years with Nike in senior general management roles in the USA, Australia and Asia Pacific regions.  Tony is currently a non-executive director of Silver Fern Farms Limited, The Warehouse Group, and Les Mills International.

Jim Boult became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit this year for services to tourism and the community, he was made a fellow of the NZ Institute of Management in 2012 and awarded a Lifetime Contribution award by the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce in 2014.  Jim was Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport for five years and is a former Director and Deputy Chairman of Tourism New Zealand. He has been a director, managing director and chairman of several public and private companies, including 16 years as Managing Director of Shotover Jet.  Jim is currently a director of Hawkins Group, Chairman of Stonewood Homes, Chairman of the Government’s Tourism Growth Partnership, a director of the Civil Aviation Authority, member of the NZ Customs Audit and Risk Committee and National Chairman of the Child Cancer Foundation.

Chairman - Roger Wilson

Director - Tony Balfour

Director - Jim Boult

“We are delighted to have found two such outstanding individuals so close to home.  They bring a wide range of local and international expertise to the company.  Jim’s long history in and contribution to tourism speaks for itself and Tony has vast international marketing experience with some of the top branded companies in the World,” says Roger Wilson, Real Journeys Chairman.

For further information contact:

Tsehai Tiffin - Real Journeys Corporate Communications Manager
Mobile: +64 21 523 899