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Chief Executive Officer, Port Hedland International Airport
David has worked in the Defence and Civil aviation industry for more than 40 years. Prior to taking up his current appointment as CEO Port Hedland International Airport, David was General Manager Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports and General Manager Aviation Operations at Townsville International Airport, Mount Isa Airport and Longreach Airport.
David’s previous appointments include Chair of Tourism Central Australia, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce – Central Australia, Board Director Chamber of Commerce NT, Inaugural Chair and founder of the Alice Springs Major Business Group, Board Director and Finance Committee Chair for Desert Knowledge Australia, Director Australian Airports Association NT Division, President of the Alice Springs RSL and most recently, appointed Board Member and Treasurer Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Principal Engineer, AECOM
Executive General Manager of Aviation, Brisbane Airport
Ryan has most recently been working in zero-emission aviation as the Asia Pacific Region Lead for Embraer’s spin-off company EVE Air Mobility. He is also the former CEO of Cobham Australia – contract aviation group with 50 aircraft, 1300 staff in 14 locations.
- Led aviation growth and forecasting at Melbourne Airport
- Worked for Virgin Australia and managed Qantas B717 fleet operations
- Pandemic experience as Deputy State Controller leading the restructure of hotel quarantine operations in Victoria
- Passion for digital transformation, leveraging real-time data, automation and AI to make better operational and investment decisions
Principle, Leading Edge Management Consulting
Todd is the principle of Leading Edge Management Consulting and works with organisations who need support and expertise going through complex change and transformation. Todd leverages proven systems and personal skills honed in more than 25 years of working in senior roles within Australia’s most successful airlines.
Chief Executive Officer Sunshine Coast Airport
In February 2019, Andrew was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Airport and has been responsible for driving the continued success of the airport, through increased aviation capacity and the delivery of major infrastructure projects including a new internationally capable runway and capitalising on the 2040 Master Plan to develop non-aeronautical commercial opportunities.
Chief Operating Officer, Hobart Airport
Matt has been engaged in the aviation industry for the past 20 years and is the Chief Operating Officer of Hobart Airport. Prior to joining Hobart Airport, Matt held positions within the aviation industry across the country including Adelaide Airport, Northern Territory Airports and Qantas.
Managing Director, Adelaide Airport
Managing Director, Airport Lighting Specialists
Mike Fisher joined Airport Lighting Specialists Pty Ltd in 1999, after 10 years at a NATA photometric laboratory. Now as a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (North America) and Managing Director of ALS he is widely regarded for his knowledge and experience in all forms of airfield ground lighting.
Associate Civil and Aviation Engineer, Civil and Aviation -Transport (Northern), APAC People & Places Solutions, Jacobs
Melissa is a senior associate aviation engineer with over 15 years of experience both internationally and within Australia. Relocating to the UK provided opportunities working on large international airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick and Dublin as well as challenging projects in West Africa, Brazil and Turkey.
Sales Manager, ADB Safegate
With a strong technical background of master’s degree in electrical engineering and Bachelor’s degree in Avionics, Taylor Diao has worked in technology sectors for 10 years. He has received an award for his smart industry project using sensor technologies, communication network and machine learning algorithm. He also has a publication in aviation communication technology.
Environment Manager North Queensland Airports
North Queensland Airports (NQA) operates Cairns Airport and Mackay Airport. As NQA’s Environment Manager, Lucy leads the company’s Environment Strategy, with a focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, waste reduction, resource sustainability, biodiversity protection and pollution prevention.
Coordinator Airport Operations & Compliance at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport
Employed in the aviation industry since 2006 in a number of roles across ground handling, customer service, training and aerodrome operations. I am passionate about the aviation industry and strive to make positive impacts through my role as Coordinator Airport Operations & Compliance at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport as well as engaging with GHA team members across Australia through my training role with Industry Delivered Training delivering nationally recognised qualifications in the Aviation sector.
Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Airports Limited
Chief Strategy Officer and President, Landrum & Brown (L&B) Asia Pacific
Gary Gibb is the Chief Strategy Officer and President of global aviation consulting specialists Landrum & Brown (L&B) Asia Pacific. Gary’s 40-year career has primarily been in airport consulting but has also included stints in Transport Authorities and the airline industry.
Managing Director, Tourism Australia
As the Managing Director of the nation’s global tourism marketing agency, Ms Phillipa Harrison is responsible for driving Tourism Australia’s strategies to create sustainable demand for Australia’s tourism experiences internationally; and working with the tourism industry to achieve its Tourism 2020 strategy goals of growing overnight visitor spend to more than $115 billion annually.
Regional Sustainability Lead for Asia Pacific, Boeing
Co-founder and CEO of OACIS
Matt Lee is the co-founder and CEO of OACIS, the world’s only full-functionality, off-airport check-in solutions company. He has over 30 years of aviation experience gained across Australia, Asia and the UK and most recently was the COO of Qantas Domestic. His aviation career has included stints at Ansett Australia, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Qantas Airways as well as consulting to SwissAir, SAA, Malaysia Airways, SAS, Swissport and Melbourne Airport.
The Hon Peter Malinauskas MP
Premier of South Australia
Peter led the South Australian Labor Party to victory at the March 2022 state election becoming the 47th Premier of South Australia.
Group Chief Financial Officer, Qantas Group
Vanessa Hudson has been Qantas Group Chief Financial Officer since 2019. She oversees financial planning and analysis, treasury, procurement and investor relations. With the onset of COVID, Vanessa has had a pivotal role in navigating the enormous impact of what has been an unprecedented crisis for global aviation on the national carrier’s balance sheet.
Commissioner, Productivity Commission
Paul Lindwall is a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, with a focus on macroeconomic policy, financial markets, industry policy, national security and social policy. Paul has served as a senior official with the Australian Treasury, the Department of Finance and was a senior economic adviser to the then Treasurer, Hon. Peter Costello MP and then Leader of the Opposition Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP.
Project Director, Perth Airport
Rob is the Project Director for Perth’s New Runway and also oversees infrastructure planning for the airport estate and the corporate spatial data offering.
Operations Standards Manager, Perth Airport
Jenny Kox has over 15 years of airport management experience which began managing Forrest Airport on the Nullabour alongside her husband. Since then, Jenny has worked at, and consulted to, remote, regional and major capital city airports at all levels and in all facets of airport operations.
Safety Performance Specialist, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
Cherie has an extensive background in aviation and safety management roles, most recently employed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), as a Safety Performance Specialist within Safety Risk and Intelligence Branch (SRIB). Her role provides specialist safety management advice and expertise across CASA to enhance safe skies for all within the State Safety Program (SSP) and National Aviation Safety Plan (NASP); assisting Australia to achieve key safety principles, structures and processes underpinning our future of aviation safety system.
Technical Director and ANZ Airfield Manager, AECOM
Managing Director, Aviation Projects
Louisa is the Airfield Infrastructure Asset Manager at Melbourne Airport, responsible for managing the airfield assets from whole life cycle perspective, developing airfield performance management strategies and asset management plan, provision of engineering technical expert advice and design review input and asset life cycle budgetary planning.
Retail Leasing Manager, Adelaide Airport Ltd
Ilona is a retail master planning and leasing specialist having worked across Australia over the past 25 years- predominantly in Shopping Centre and Hybrid asset developments for a number of ASX listed property trusts and private family businesses.
Technical Director, AECOM
Head of Airfield, Melbourne Airport
Mark Wilson is an aviation professional working at Melbourne Airport as the Head of Airfield after relocating from Auckland, NZ earlier this year. Along with 14 years of airport operational experience gained through Auckland Airport and Melbourne Airport Mark has held a PPL license for fixed wing aircraft, has gained a Bachelor of Aviation Management through Massey University, and is in the final month of completing an Executive MBA, also through Massey University.
Executive General Manager - Operations
Rob Porter is the Executive General Manager of Operations for NT airports under ADG Management (Darwin International Airport, Alice Springs Airport and Tennant Creek Airport). Rob has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry including 11 years managing operations at the Mackay and the Gold Coast airports and almost two decades with Airservices ARFFS in operations, progressing from aviation fire fighter to Chief Fire Officer.
The Hon John Sharp AM
Deputy Chairman Rex Airlines
The Hon John Sharp AM is the Deputy Chairman of Rex Airlines, Chairman of Pel-Air Aviation and was a former Minister for Transport in the Federal Government.
Regulation & Public Policy Global Lead, Eve Air Mobility
Rob is the Regulation & Public Policy Global Lead for Eve Air Mobility, the Embraer backed startup dedicated to accelerating the global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem. Previously he was Executive General Manager Safety, Environment & Assurance at Airservices Australia, where he was a member of the Executive for six years.
Head of Strategy and Business Development for Airport IT in APAC, Amadeus
Carl joined the Amadeus team in 2013, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the aviation and IT industry. Carl is currently performing a regional role within Amadeus, as the Head of Strategy and Business Development for Airport IT in APAC. Previous roles in Amadeus have included global responsibilities for Product Management, Solution Design, Strategy and Customer Engagement.
Managing Director, Aviation Projects
Planning Team and Technical Leader, GHD