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James has been involved with Auckland Stadiums since he first joined RFA from the consulting industry in 2012. Earlier in his career, he spent four years with Ernst & Young before becoming a director with tourism and leisure specialists Horwath HTL Ltd. It is here he gained the deep insight into the New Zealand leisure sector that has helped guide RFA’s growth and stadium strategy over the last six years.

James spent three years as Head of Business Improvement for Auckland Stadiums before becoming Head of Operations and then Head of Strategy. He is passionate about enhancing our network of stadium assets and using them to their full potential to maximise the benefits for all Aucklanders.

Whether it’s the major sporting events Aucklanders are passionate about, or the concerts that enthral us in our tens of thousands, our stadiums are hosting more ambitious events every season. The appetite for large-scale events is growing, and our stadiums team is embracing the challenge with enthusiasm.

James Parkinson