High-flyer scores perfect job

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A passion for flying and a head for numbers has combined to offer Scott Kendall his perfect job.

Waikato-born and raised, Mr Kendall has been appointed group finance manager at Waikato Regional Airport Ltd (WRAL). WRAL, owned by five Waikato-based councils, owns the Hamilton Airport along with subsidiaries Hamilton and Waikato Tourism and Titanium Park Limited.

Mr Kendall, who did his schooling at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton, is an active pilot and flying instructor and says being based at WRAL’s offices at Hamilton Airport is “like coming home”.

“For as long as I’ve been driving cars I’ve been flying aeroplanes so I know the airport pretty well,” he said.  

“I’d describe my passion for flying as an over-grown hobby which now has some relevance in my professional life. It really doesn’t get much better than that.”

Mr Kendall, one of four pilots in his family, instructs for a small flying school at a privately-owned airfield north of Hamilton. He is also a board member of Sport Aviation Corp which licences microlight pilots for the Civil Aviation Authority.

Mr Kendall joins WRAL following more than eight years at the Hamilton office of international accounting firm, KPMG where he managed the audit division. 

He joined KPMG after graduating with a bachelor of management studies (Hons) from Waikato University before gaining his chartered accountancy qualifications in 2012.