MEET THE TEAM
We are passionate about aviation.
Our instructors are not only pilots in their own right, but have thousands of hours as practiced flight instructors. We are committed to the ideals of seamless pilot training to provide you with the skills that airlines recognise and give you the competitive edge. Our team is with you every step of the way to help you achieve your pilot license.
Nick started flying with Ardmore Flying School in 1992 and completed his CPL/MEIR within 1 year. He has run several of his own businesses mostly involved in the IT services sector focusing on e-commerce web development and also holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Service-Oriented Computing. His passion for flight training saw him obtain a C-Cat instructors rating and Diploma in Aviation in 2018 and owns a half share in a twin turbine Cessna 425 Conquest.
Ben started flight training following five years at university and some years managing his own business and supermarkets. He completed his PPL/CPL/IR and C Cat in 12 months, and B Cat a year later then instructed for three years. Ben flew charter for Ridge Air and then Sounds Air and worked as a line pilot for four years on the C-208 Caravan and Pilatus PC-12 flying single pilot IFR. Ben moved to Auckland in 2017 to take a role as the Head of Training at AFS and most recently as the Chief Executive.
With more than 30,000 hours of flight instruction experience and as an A Cat Instructor with General Aviation flight testing privileges, Warren's experience and assessments benefit all Ardmore Flying School’s students. This is combined with commitment and dedication to young trainee pilots, to see them succeed into their airline careers.
Chief Flying Instructor and Heading of Training
Shitong joined Ardmore Flying School in 2010 as a student pilot and completed his PPL/CPL/MEIR/C-Cat within 2 years. He joined the Ardmore Flying School instructor team in 2013, become A Cat and GA Examiner in 2020. Shitong (or Tiger as he is commonly known) has a very strong passion in flight instruction. As the CFI, he looks after all students and instructors, helping them to achieve their aviation goals.
Head of Multi-crew Training
On leaving High School Geoff went through a 5-year Avionics apprenticeship with Air New Zealand. During this time, he followed his real passion of flying by obtaining a PPL, CPL, Instrument Rating and "C" Cat Instructors rating through the Canterbury Aero Club while completing ATPL subjects. Having completed his apprenticeship Geoff spent 2 years in Flight Simulator Maintenance before being accepted for Air New Zealand Pilot training. After 25 years as an Airline Pilot with the company, including 14 years Jet Command, an 18 month secondment with Gulf Air operating B737 based out of Bahrain, he brings over 13,000 hours of Multi Crew flying into the Ardmore Flying Schools "Multi Crew Integration Course" where he enjoys passing on that experience to the young pilots of today.
Pastoral Care/Accommodation/Transport Manager
Rhonda is our Accommodation and Transport Manager, having previous experience at an estate where she was involved in organising weddings and corporate events, she brings her skills and experience to AFS and has now been with us for two and a half years. Rhonda is a people person, she goes above and beyond to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students is a priority and this was recognised when she was awarded the Mother Teresa Trophy at the Ardmore Flying School Christmas Function.
After spending 15 years in hospitality industry Anu switched career into a job she found meaningful everyday. Considering herself as a ‘forever student’made this transition easy for her. Anu is fueled by her passion for making a positive difference in student’s life. She brings with her a wealth of experience in education industry and background in TEC and NZQA reporting. Anu joined AFS in March 2020 as Academic Manager. She welcomes students to contact her for any NZQA/Academic related queries.
International Sales Director
Tom has more than 12 years of experience in the education and training industry. He is the director of the College's International Affairs Department, responsible for the recruitment and management of international students.
Fay has a passion for Aviation. With a Bachelor of Aviation Management (BAvMan) at Massey University, Fay went on to sell Helicopters at a MRO where she also contributed to a successful implementation of a Part 145 SMS. Fay then accepted a role as GM at an Auckland based FBO where she oversaw Private Jet, VVIP and cargo movements and managed a team of Operation Controllers across 47 locations. As Safety Manager, Fay has the responsibility to develop, execute and monitor all Company SMS related policies, procedures and activities; using her Operational expertise to ensure Ardmore Flying School achieve the highest levels of safety standards throughout the company.
Kim joined the Ardmore Flying School team as Finance Manager in 2012. Kim has had a wide range of finance rolls during her career ranging from Small Business to Corporate across different aspects of NZ industry.
Kim likes to have an open door policy so all students feel free to discuss any financial concerns they may have. Ardmore Flying School takes pride in making all financial transactions as simple and transparent as possible.
Rahul joined the Ardmore Flying School team as Enrollment Manager in 2020 and is very passionate about ensuring customer satisfaction.
Rahul is our first point of contact for anyone wanting to learn to fly, become a professional pilot or upskill in any flight training area. Ardmore Flying School takes pride in making the enrollment process as simple and transparent as possible.