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Chris Mills

General Manager People and Culture

Chris Mills joined the Ports of Auckland Executive team as General Manager People and Culture in March 2022. He will be leading the People and Culture team that is focused on ensuring our people are at the forefront of our success.

With over twenty years of experience in a range of senior human resource and operational leadership roles, Chris brings expertise in strategic change management, employment relations, high-performance engagement, talent management, leadership coaching, business planning and project management.

Chris has recently returned to New Zealand from Canada where he worked as the Vice President – People and Culture for WestJet, a large Canadian airline based in Calgary with over 14,000 employees. Prior to this, Chris held senior HR roles at Air New Zealand, Coca-Cola and Ford Motor Company.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The University of Auckland, with a major in Management and Employee Relations. He has lived in South Auckland for much of his life, attending Manurewa High School and he currently lives in Pukekohe with his wife Amanda and two daughters, Sophie 16 and Olivia 13. 

Chris loves the outdoors and keeps fit by participating in 12 and 24 hour adventure races, triathlon and mountain biking. He also enjoys sailing and recently competed in the National Tornado Championships held in Auckland.

Chris's approach is highly collaborative and he has a track record of involving employees in achieving improvements in the business.  He will be focused on learning about our operation in Auckland, and how we work together to achieve our results.

He will also be interested in sharing his experiences with us with a clear focus on how we can achieve greater results in all our critical areas of HR, specifically in the areas of employee relations, employee engagement and learning and development. His passion is ensuring our people bring their best self to work and the port is a place we can all be very proud of.