The club is staffed by a professional, vibrant team of instructors and office personel. 

North Shore Aero Club is governed by an executive committee.


 John Punshon

General Manager

John is the General Manager of NSAC. He manages the club, airport and flying activities and is the CEO of our Part 141 certificated operations. In his own right, he is also an A-Cat Instructor and Flight Examiner.

 Daryl Gillett


Chief Flying Instructor

Daryl is an A-Cat Flight Instructor and Flight Examiner. He has been with the club since 2005 and the CFI since 2008. Currently the chairman of the Flying NZ Instructor Council, Daryl is highly enthusiastic about delivering the highest quality flight training possible to our students and members whilst maintaining a safe and enjoyable learning environment. He is always approachable to discuss any aspects of your flight training here at NSAC.


Flight Office

Claudine Allen

Claudine joined the team in 2017 and runs the reception four days a week.


Full time instructors

Tim Dunn

B-Cat, Head of CPL Training

Tim joined the ranks in December 2017 as a C-Cat instructor. In his spare time, Tim enjoys doing aeros.

Paul Ryan

B-Cat, Student Liaison Officer

He completed his initial training at Ardmore before moving to North Shore in 2015 to do his C-Cat training.

Matt Walls


Born in the Hawkes Bay, raised in Auckland, trained in Manawatu, Matt has been with NSAC since 2016. In his spare time he enjoys bass guitar and saxophone solos.

Brendon Frame


Brendon has been involved with the club since 2014. He took on the role as a C-Cat flight instructor in February 2018.

Jamie Davis


Jamie started his aviation journey as Walshy and completed his commercial training with Massey University. He joined the NSAC team in August 2018.

Rob Graham


Rob has joined the team of Instructors here at NSAC after completing his C-Cat Instructor Course in August 2018. Rob completed all of his initial training in Dunedin and has flight experience from the bottom of the South Island to now the North Shore. Prior to instructing, he took the opportunity to travel overseas and get in an OE prior to working towards further aviation goals. Rob is keen to work with students of all levels assisting them through their training in any way he can! Outside of flying, you can expect him to be following all sports and having a laugh with the team.

Hamish McGill


Hamish is a North Shore pilot through and through. He was the first to start our Diploma and has worked his way up the ranks into a C-Cat position.


Part time Instructors

Dawson Boles


Dawson is a part time B-Cat instructor. With a wealth of experience under his belt, Dawson has a lot to offer those with an appetite to learn.

Chantel Strooh


Chantel used to be a full-time instructor but has reduced her hours due to a young family. She's certified to teach BMF and Aerobatics.

Ming Zhang


Ming is a C-Cat flight instructor. He is rated across our Robin Fleet as well as in C172's and the Piper Warrior.

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