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Tuesday 13 November – Major Airport Stream

Sarah Renner

Sarah Renner

Chief Executive Officer, Hobart Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 0715-0845, Women in Airports Breakfast

Sarah commenced her career as a commercial pilot after completing a Bachelor of Aviation degree.
Following this, Sarah joined Melbourne Airport building her career in increasingly senior roles over 17 years, including Head of Operations and Airfield Manager, culminating in the Executive Planning and Development role delivering Terminal 4.

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Before joining Hobart Airport as CEO, Sarah was the Executive General Manager for ISS Facility Services accountable for the Aviation and Transport business portfolio for Australia. A self-confessed foodie with a green thumb, Sarah enjoys spending her free time with husband Jeff and black Labrador, Frank.
The Hon Michael McCormack MP

The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 0915-0945, Major Airport Stream

Prior to entering Parliament Michael began professional life as a cadet with The Daily Advertiser. At the age of 27 he was appointed to the newspaper’s editorship, becoming the youngest person appointed to edit a daily newspaper in Australia at the time. During his career at the newspaper, Michael was a champion of many community issues.

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He is most proud of the significant part he played in helping to save Wagga Wagga’s Royal Australian Air Force base from closure in 1997, which not only resulted in the retention of the base but the expansion of its role in the region. Michael was elected as The Nationals’ Member for Riverina on 21 August 2010. Following the 2013 Federal Election, Michael was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and in September 2015 he was then appointed Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister. In this role, Michael worked alongside then Nationals’ Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Warren Truss, in the administration of regional development programmes. Following the announcement of Mr Truss’ retirement in February 2016 Michael become the Assistant Minister for Defence and after the 2016 Federal Election, Michael was appointed to the Ministry as the Federal Small Business Minister – advocating for the nation’s 3.2 million small businesses. On 26 February 2018, Michael became the 14th Leader of The Nationals and the 18th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Raised on family farms at Marrar and Brucedale while going to school in Wagga Wagga – Michael has lived and worked in the Riverina all his life with his wife Catherine and three children. Michael is a keen sportsman and is passionate about horse racing, Australian football, rugby league and cricket. Michael also has a keen interest in military history particularly the First World War.

Dr. Hugh Bradlow

Dr. Hugh Bradlow

President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

When: Tuesday 13 November, 0945-1015, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Will you Conquer Digital Disruption or Will it Conquer You?

Hugh S. Bradlow is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, a body which elects the best minds in technology to its Fellowship and then commits them to developing strategies which will turn Australia into a world leading technology economy.

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With a 22-year career at Telstra Corporation, he is the Chief Scientist (in which role he acted as a “forward scout” looking at the longer-term technology directions and technology disruption that will impact Telstra and its customers), Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation at Telstra, and Managing Director of Telstra Research Laboratories. Before joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town. Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He has also attended the Stanford Executive Program. He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia. Hugh has been a company director for a number of innovation-based entities, including Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, Allen & Buckeridge, Seed Stage Ventures Board of Directors, Telstra R&D Management Pty Ltd (Executive Chair), Wollongong Uniadvice (Pty) Ltd, Telecommunications Society of Australia and IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors amongst others. He is globally recognised as a thought leader in telecommunications and was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year, named by Global Telecom Business as one of the most 100 most influential telecommunications executives in the world and Smart Company designated him as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT. During his career at Telstra he has given over 400 presentations, being in high demand as a speaker on technology topics and innovation. His insights into the future are based on applying a deep understanding of emerging technologies to thought experiments about how consumers and businesses will use these technologies once they become mainstream.

Gert-Jan De Graff

Gert-Jan De Graff

Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1015-1045, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Old World Airports and New World Airports: Lessons for Australia’s airports from Sweden, The Netherlands, Brazil and the United States

Gert-Jan de Graaff was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd in June 2018. Gert-Jan has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles at major airports around the world. 

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 He started his career in airport management in 1995 with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in The Netherlands where he had a number of roles. These included management positions in the commercial, finance and strategic departments. In 2005 Gert-Jan de Graaff was appointed as Managing Director of ASDC AB, the Company that manages and develops the commercial activities in the terminals of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in Sweden. Between 2007 and 2012 Gert-Jan held senior executive roles with Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd, including General Manager Commercial Services and General Manager Strategic Planning & Development. Prior to his return to Brisbane Airport in 2018 Mr de Graaff lead the bid for Galeão / Rio de Janeiro Airport in Brazil on behalf of Royal Schiphol Group and his most recent position was President & CEO of JFKIAT LLC, the private operators of Terminal 4 at John F Kennedy International Airport since 2014. Previous Board appointments include the position of Chairman of Airport Coordination Netherlands, and Board Memberships with Airports Council International North America (WBP), Air Cargo Netherlands, Cargonaut BV, and several tourism attraction agencies.

Catherine Mayer

Catherine Mayer

Vice President, SITA INC

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1115-1215, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Engaging with the Customer

Catherine is the primary liaison for SITA with airport industry organisations, ensuring SITA’s availability and support for committees, conferences and industry missions. She is an active participant in Airports Council International (ACI), including serving as Chairman of the ACI World Business Partners (WBP) Board and becoming the first non-Airport member to be appointed as an observer to the ACI World Governing Board (2006/2011).

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Catherine also serves as the WBP observer on the ACI Europe Airport Board (2012/2018). Previously, Catherine was responsible for developing and leading the Airport Services solution line including the financial results of the global business, strategy, product portfolio, implementation, customer satisfaction and improving the business to ensure SITA continues to meet the needs of the ever-changing air transport industry. Catherine’s unique understanding, vast experience and worldwide contacts with both international and domestic airports and airlines are what enable her to contribute a unique perspective to SITA and to the aviation industry.
Lyell Strambi

Lyell Strambi

Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1145-1215, Major Airport Stream

Topic: The Unique Growth Challenges Facing Australia’s Fastest-Growing City

Mr Lyell Strambi was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) in September 2015. He is responsible for the operation and development of both Melbourne and Launceston airports.

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 Mr Strambi has a wealth of experience in the aviation sector both in Australia and abroad spanning 40 years. Prior to commencing at APAC, Mr Strambi was the Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Airways Domestic, a role he held for three years following four years as the airline’s Group Executive Operations. Between 2001 and 2008 Lyell was based in London, working in senior roles at Virgin Atlantic that included Executive Director – Airline Services and followed by six years as Chief Operating Officer. As APAC’s leader, Lyell is responsible for overseeing a direct workforce of 300 staff and assets valued at over $5 billion. Lyell is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Australian Institute of Management. He holds Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Finance and is a Graduate of GE’s Learning Centre Crotonville and the Australian Graduate School of Management. As a Director, Lyell has held positions with Star Track Express, Traveland and Southern Cross Distribution Systems and was President of the Royal Flying Doctors SE Section from 2014 to 2017. Currently Lyell is an APAC Board Member and also a Director of the Visit Victoria Board.

David Blackwell

David Blackwell

Executive General Manager - Customer Service, Adelaide Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1345-1430, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Future Trends in Terminal Technologies – Big Data, Blockchain

David joined Adelaide Airport in August 2012 as the Executive General Manager Customer Service. The Customer Service Business Unit manages Terminal and Landside Operations, Ecommerce, ICT, Passenger Experience and Security Facilitation.

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The unit was created to bring all customer facing activities under one Executive, so that Adelaide Airport can achieve its goal of providing a seamless and connected service to all airport visitors. With a significant contribution to the airport’s non-aeronautical revenue base, the creation of this unit recognises the important linkages between customer satisfaction and commercial activity.
Beau Tydd

Beau Tydd

General Manager Technology and Innovation, Queensland Airports Limited

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1345-1430, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Future Trends in Terminal Technologies – Big Data, Blockchain

Beau Tydd joined Queensland Airports Limited in January 2016, with over 20 years’ of Technology experience within various senior management/executive positions. Beau initially joined QAL as the General Manager People and Technology.  

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This role provided a unique insight into how technology and HR functions and teams could be combined to drive innovation in people, systems and processes. More recently Beau has changed his role to the General Manager of Technology and Innovation. In this role, Beau is responsible for creating and implementing innovative strategies and frameworks across the organization as well as to drive the digital transformation program agenda.

Paul Sankey

Paul Sankey

Aviation Vice President Asia, AECOM

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1345-1430, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Future Trends in Terminal Technologies – Big Data, Blockchain

Paul’s career has focused on airport facilities for 30 years, as designer, constructor, client and operator. He owned businesses where work for airports and airlines were a significant part of the portfolio of projects.

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He has worked on many facilities you would expect to see at airports including terminal facilities, redevelopment programmes, airfield, operational and commercial buildings. He worked for BAA at Gatwick, Stansted, and Heathrow T5 and T2A. He was Design Director at Abu Dhabi Airports Company leading design of the Midfield Concourse. Current work includes Hong Kong Airport Terminal 2 and Third Runway Concourse projects.

Cally Ward

Cally Ward

Senior Aviation Business Consultant

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1430-1515, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Using Data to Drive Airport Performance

Cally is a senior consultant for Airbiz. From beginning her career in market research, Cally moved into aviation as Research Manager for a regional airport group, before joining Airbiz in 2012.

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Cally’s unique skill set, combining aviation and research has led her to develop insights into how data can be used strategically to benefit airports across the whole range of activities from technical/master planning to business applications in aero and non-aero revenue streams. Cally is passionate about supporting airports to use market research techniques to enhance their businesses and see rapid results to the bottom line and the passenger experience.

Stephen Goodwin

Stephen Goodwin

General Manager - Operations, Brisbane Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1430-1515, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Using Data to Drive Airport Performance

Stephen began with BAC in 1997 as the Manager of Human resources, until appointed in April 2002 to the position of General Manager Operations. 

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Stephen is responsible for the ongoing operation of BAC’s core Airport activities which include: Terminals and Customer Experience, Airside Operations and Standards, Security and Emergency Services, Environment and Sustainability and Airport Approvals. Stephen has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland, and is a member of AICD and in 2010 completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Program. Stephen became a Board Member of the Australian Airports Association and Chairman of the AAA Queensland Division in 2005 and National Chairman of the AAA in 2011 until he stepped down in 2015.

Dean Gould

Dean Gould

Chief Marketing Officer, Southern Cross University

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1430-1515, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Using Data to Drive Airport Performance

Chief Marketing Officer for Southern Cross University, a $230 million multi-campus institution on the east coast of Australia. He is a marketing and media professional with more than three decades experience across multiple industries including journalism, digital, higher education and tourism.

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He was previously Director Corporate Affairs and Strategy at Gold Coast Tourism Corporation, Australia, where he oversaw the corporate positioning of the organisation. During this time he led the organisation’s media and communications engagement in association with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Prior to that he was Director of Marketing and Communications for Griffith University, Australia, where he led a team that delivered a new brand position, record market share growth and a doubling of its media and social media footprint. During a long journalism career he was Editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin 2008-2011 and has served as a journalist and editor with APN, Fairfax and News Corp in Australia as well as the New York Post and the Irish Examiner Group overseas.

Travis Jones

Travis Jones

Head of Security, Melbourne Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1430-1515, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Using Data to Drive Airport Performance

Travis Jones is a maritime and aviation security professional with extensive operations, security and emergency management experience.

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Travis spent 11 years as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Navy where he specialised as a Principle Warfare Officer before joining Melbourne Airport in 2006. During his time with Melbourne Airport, Travis has managed a number of different portfolios including Ground Transport and Facilities Maintenance. As the Head of Security, Travis is responsible for the airport’s strategic security direction and development and the underpinning security and emergency management framework. He provides expert advice on security and emergency response responsibilities to the airport community and manages a high-performing team of security, compliance and service managers and staff. Travis also has a Master’s Degree in Management and enjoys working in an issues-rich 24/7 environment.

Shane Carmody

Shane Carmody

Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety, CASA

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1530-1600, Major Airport Stream

Topic: CASA – Improvements to Surveillance Activities

CASA’s roles include the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australian Territory, the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian Territory and encouraging a greater acceptance by the aviation industry of its obligations to maintain high standards of aviation safety. 

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As Australia’s Director of Aviation Safety, Shane’s day-to-day responsibilities involve the exercise of CASA’s statutory functions including the development, implementation and enforcement of regulations. As CEO, Shane’s day-to-day responsibilities include managing all activities undertaken by CASA, its organisational capacity, executive-decision making and day-to-day operational, financial, personnel and administrative activities for an organisation of around 800 staff. Immediately prior to joining CASA, Shane was Deputy Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. In this position his responsibilities included the Office of Transport Security, Aviation and Airports, Local Government and Territories and the Western Sydney Airport project. Shane has extensive policy, regulatory and business management experience at senior levels in the Australian Public Service. His roles have included Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security and Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence, Deputy CEO of CASA and Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission. Before joining the APS in 1989, Shane had a 15 year career as an Army Officer, where he served in various Australian and overseas locations. Shane also studied Bahasa Indonesia at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has a BA from the University of Queensland, an MBA from Monash University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Matthew Abbott

Matthew Abbott

Regional Aviation Sector Leader, Woods Bagot

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1700-1730, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Redefining our Understanding of the Traveller

Matthew is Aviation Sector Leader for the Asia Pacific region at Woods Bagot and has 20 years’ experience in the industry leading major global aviation projects. 

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His experience spans several continents including Europe, North America, Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East. He previously worked out of London with a focus on European and Asian airports. Most recently Matthew has been working with Hobart International Airport and Chengdu Tianfu Airport in South West China. Matthew is also a preferred design consultant and aviation specialist to the Australian Government. Working closely with the Department of Home Affairs, he’s an instrumental part of the pioneering Seamless Traveller project.

Sally Fielke

Sally Fielke

General Manager Corporate Affairs, Sydney Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1630-1715, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Its all About the Passenger Experience!

Sally Fielke is the General Manager Corporate Affairs at Sydney Airport. She is responsible for the company’s internal and external communication, stakeholder engagement, CSR, media and issues management, brand management, government relations and customer experience.

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Sally completed a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Indonesian Language and Politics) and Bachelor of Law Degree. She worked as a lawyer for five years and then undertook an in-house counsel role in an ASX listed company as well as several industry association CEO roles before joining Sydney Airport to head up the Corporate Affairs team. With almost 20 years’ experience in various areas of the tourism industry, Sally’s key focus is driving Sydney Airport’s leadership role in tourism, including working collaboratively with stakeholders and industry partners to enhance the customer experience and grow tourism to Sydney, NSW and Australia.

Geoff Culbert

Geoff Culbert

Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1645-1730, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – It’s all About the Passenger Experience

Geoff joined Sydney Airport as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. He is passionate about the growth in the tourism and aviation industries in both NSW and Australia and has a strong commitment to the social and economic development of Sydney.

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Aviation is one of the most dynamic and fast-changing industries in the world. Geoff’s focus is on combining innovation and technology to enhance the customers’ experience,  as well as to deliver efficiencies and capacity improvements across the business.Prior to joining Sydney Airport, Geoff spent 15 years with General Electric (GE) in a number of senior global and domestic roles, most recently as the President and Chief Executive of GE Australia and New Zealand & Papua New Guinea. He has served as Chair of the Energy and Climate Committee of the Business Council of Australia and on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Marion Charlton

Marion Charlton

Chief Operating Officer, Gold Coast Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1345-1430, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Future Trends in Terminal Technologies – Big Data, Blockchain

Marion has extensive experience in the aviation industry both domestically and abroad. Since joining Gold Coast Airport in 2008, Marion has held a variety of management roles including General Manager Commercial and Terminals, during which she oversaw the last significant Gold Coast Airport terminal redevelopment in 2010.

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Marion worked at both Atlanta and Sydney airports during the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was in Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This provided the expertise that helped the Gold Coast Airport deliver its highly successful Commonwealth Games operation in 2018. Marion has strong ties with many Gold Coast tourism organisations through her past work on the Tourism Advisory Board for Bond University. She is currently on the advisory Board for Southern Cross University Business School and is on the Board of Trustees for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation. Marion is also a member of the Study Gold Coast Advisory Board. Marion was a past winner of the International Woman’s Day Leadership Award for the Gold Coast and an Alumni of the Year award nominee for the Southern Cross University.

Peter Pallot

Peter Pallot

Chief Executive Officer, Sunshine Coast Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1430-1515, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Using Data to Drive Airport Performance

Peter has spent more than 38 years in the aviation industry as a regulator and operator of airports across Australia. He has led Sunshine Coast Airport since 2006 and has developed the business into one of Australia’s most successful regional airports. 

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Under Peter’s stewardship, the airport has grown to over 1 million passengers, achieved Carbon Neutrality, has twice been awarded Australia’s Major Airport of the Year, has been awarded the Routes Asia Marketing Award and Asia Pacific CAPA Small Airport of the Year. Peter has been a driving force behind the privatisation of Sunshine Coast Airport and the delivery of the new $200m Runway currently under construction.

Tuesday 13 November – Commercial Stream

Peter Harper

Peter Harper

Executive Vice President, Hotels and Hospitality Group Australasia, JLL Property Australia

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1145-1215, Commercial Stream

Topic: Australasian Airport Hotel Market Overview

Peter is the head of JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group’s Melbourne office and holds the title of Executive Vice President – Investment Sales. He is primarily responsible for the marketing and divestment of accommodation real estate throughout the primary and secondary markets of Australia’s southern states.

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Having worked across Australasia’s various hotel investment markets (Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands) Peter has a transactional track record spanning budget to luxury accommodation properties, island resorts and major portfolios. Notably, he has been an instrumental team member in several of JLL’s record breaking and landmark transactions in Australia, including both established assets and new developments. Since joining JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group in 2004 Peter has been involved in the valuations, strategic advisory, research, asset management and marketing divisions. His extensive experience includes the divestment of hospitality & tourism real estate assets, international marketing, insolvency & receivership solutions, consultancy & opportunity marketing, investment strategy reviews, and operator selections. Prior to 2004 Peter spent considerable time in management level roles within the backpacker industry, and before that, golf course operations.
Andrew Warrender

Andrew Warrender

Head of Commercial - Terminals, NT Airports

When: Tuesday 13 November, 0915-0945, Keynote Presentation

Topic: Airport Commercial Revenues in the Time of the Digital Shopper

With only a suitcase on hand, Andrew Warrender relocated to tropical Darwin – located in Northern Australia – from the cooler climes of the United Kingdom, in November 2016. 

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He moved to undertake the role as Commercial and Customer Experience Manager at Northern Territory Airports, and after only one year of service, Andrew was promoted into his current role as Head of Commercial – Terminals. Andrew and his commercial team have implemented a number of improvements at Darwin International Airport across retail, food and beverage, advertising and customer experience. In April this year, Andrew was awarded Young Airport Executive of the Year Award, at the Airports Council International Asia Pacific’s Regional Conference in Japan. Andrew has a proven track record of successfully growing businesses through effective analysis, operational experience and the development of highly effective motivated teams. Andrew has extensive aviation experience having previously worked as Performance Manager, Retail Manager, and Facilities and Operations Manager at Edinburgh Airport, as well as various management roles at the UK’s largest chain of pubs, JD Wetherspoon. His efforts have been acknowledged multiple times through industry awards.

Kate McCreery-Carr

Kate McCreery-Carr

Chief Operating Officer, Cairns Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1345-1415, Commercial Stream

Topic: The T2 Reconfiguration Project – Revamping your Retail and F&B Offering within the Same Footprint

Kate has over 25 years’ airport experience, her current role is Chief Operations Officer which encompasses overseeing the vital day to day operations of Cairns Airport, as well as providing leadership and management to the airport’s operations business unit in accordance with legislative requirements and corporate objectives.

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Kate is called on to provide expert input into the development of strategic objectives that contribute to the long-term success of the airport along with input into the operational aspects of Mackay Airport as part of the NQA (North Queensland Airports) group. Kate leads a team spanning across Operations, Security, Terminals, Engineering, Maintenance & Infrastructure looking after all operational aspects of the airport business including terminals, airside areas and landside areas and a vast range of highly safety sensitive work areas across a number of different groups of employees.
Tracey Groves

Tracey Groves

Chief Commercial Officer - Retail, Transport and Property, North Queensland Airports

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1345-1415, Commercial Stream

Topic: The T2 Reconfiguration Project – Revamping your Retail and F&B Offering within the Same Footprint

Tracey Groves leads the Commercial team in achieving revenue growth for NQA, by understanding and delivering on our customers’ needs within three key commercial areas of our airport business – retail, ground transport and property. 

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Tracey has 30 years’ experience in the retail industry across a diverse range of sectors, including senior positions with Coles Myer, Crown Casino and multinational fuel companies. Tracey has undertaken major retail development and business transformation projects. Her strengths include strategy development, business growth as well as operational management and the development of high performing teams and effective business models.

John Pearce

John Pearce

Head of Retail and Commercial - Terminal, Adelaide Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1415-1500, Commercial Stream

Topic: Panel – Airport Retail

John Pearce is Head of Retail & Commercial Adelaide Airport. He has enjoyed an extensive career in the Australian shopping centre industry holding national GM and Development roles with institutional and publicly listed retail property companies.

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After graduating in Property Valuation from the University of South Australia, John worked in leasing and management roles with Westfield, QIC, JLL and Vicinity Centres. Three years ago John returned from Victoria back to his home town of Adelaide as Head of Retail and Commercial Terminal. John is now heading up a retail expansion of the terminal, as part of an exciting Terminal Expansion project.

Glyn Williams

Glyn Williams

General Manager, Retail, Sydney Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1415-1500, Commercial Stream

Topic: Panel – Airport Retail

Mr Williams was appointed as Sydney Airport’s General Manager Retail in 2014 and is responsible for all retail related activities at the airport’s T1 International and T2 and T3 Domestic terminals including leasing, development, planning, marketing, advertising and new media.

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Mr Williams was previously the Group General Manager at DEXUS Property Group and has held various management positions at Westfield shopping centres, including Regional General Manager, and been a Director of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia. Mr Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Politics) from Macquarie University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Richard Barker

Richard Barker

General Manager of Retail and Commercial, Auckland Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1415-1500, Commercial Stream

Topic: Panel – Airport Retail

Richard is responsible for Auckland Airport’s retailing businesses, including duty free, specialty retail, food and beverage. He is also responsible for Auckland Airport’s premium lounge, transportation and car-parking. He is an independent Director of North Queensland Airports Limited (NQA)

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 Key focus areas for Richard at present are the expansion and redevelopment of the International Terminal in Auckland and the launch of an innovative Omni-channel retail solution which will enable travellers to complete their airport shopping where and when it’s convenient to them – before they travel, inflight (subject to Wi-Fi or on holiday. An award winning marketer, Richard spent more than 20 years in retail, marketing, pricing and operational roles for BP while based in New Zealand, London, Melbourne and Chicago, with his last role Vice President Global Retail Advertising. Immediately prior to joining Auckland Airport in October 2013 he played a leading role in the original conception, development and operation of the new Z Energy retail proposition – the award winning reinvention and rebranding of the Shell downstream business in New Zealand. Richard holds a BMS (Marketing / Finance) and a KMI from Kellogg Business School – Chicago. Passionate about the outdoors Richard has represented New Zealand in age group Triathlon.
Andrew Brodie

Andrew Brodie

General Manager Airline and Retail Management, Brisbane Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1415-1500, Commercial Stream

Topic: Panel – Airport Retail

Andrew joined Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in January 2011. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for leading and managing the main commercial revenue earning business units of the airport. Andrew’s teams include Aviation Business Development, Retail and Commercial Management and Advertising. 

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In FY19, Andrew’s teams will be responsible for 66% of BAC’s revenue and will grow passenger numbers to 24 million passengers through Brisbane’s terminals. Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in commercial management, having spent 15 years with GPT/Lend Lease and AMP in senior executive portfolio management roles responsible for the management and leasing of many leading Australian shopping centres.

Lorie Argus

Lorie Argus

Chief of Parking and Ground Transport, Melbourne Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1530-1615, Commercial Stream

Topic: Ground Transport – The Future

Lorie Argus is the Chief Executive of Parking and Ground Access at Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Limited (APAM), having joined the airport as Executive Operations in (2015).

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Melbourne Airport represented a return to aviation for Lorie, following eleven years with the Virgin Group of Airlines in a number of senior roles earlier in her career. Prior to APAM, Lorie was the General Manager Network Operations with Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU). QUU Operations division was responsible for the planning, construction and maintenance of its water and sewerage distribution networks, treatment plants and reservoirs, as well as connection of new customers into network services. Lorie was born in Newfoundland, Canada before relocating to Australia in (2000). In 2017 she graduated with an Executive MBA from (Bond University).

Linc Horton

Linc Horton

Head of Property, Melbourne Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1615-1715, Commercial Stream

Topic: Panel – Airport Property Development

Linc joined Melbourne Airport in July 2008, heading the property team for Australia Pacific Airports Melbourne (APAM) and driving the company’s commercial property portfolio at Melbourne Airport.

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With a portfolio valued at over $1.4bn, Linc’s last 10 years have been focused on asset management and development, having delivered over $600m of commercial developments. There is still more to do with over 250 hectares of land available at the Airport – and its not just warehouses and offices – one of the more interesting recent developments including Australia’s first surf park – Urbnsurf Melbourne. Linc is a chartered surveyor and member of the RICS, having spent the last 25 years working in the property industry in Australia and the UK. Prior to joining Melbourne Airport, Linc held positions in London with BAA Lynton, Threadneedle Property Investments, and Jones Lang LaSalle.

Ross Baynes

Ross Baynes

Director, Property, NT Airports

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1615-1715, Commercial Stream

Topic: Panel – Airport Property Development

Ross was educated at the Brisbane Boys College and completed a Degree in Law, with over 10 years experience in the legal profession. Ross branched out into property syndication and development and has worked for over 20 years in asset and development roles including Lend Lease Corporation, Macquarie Bank and Sydney Olympic Park Authority. 

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 Key projects undertaken during his career include commercial office developments, shopping centres, residential and industrial sub-divisions, high density staged residential unit development as well community master-planning. Ross is also experienced in financial structuring including raising investment (equity) funds and debt finance to fund development and investment projects.Ross joined Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd (NTA) as the Director Property in October 2010 and manages the property portfolio across the three airports including masterplanning, implementing development strategies, property management and property investment for the company.

John Tormey

John Tormey

General Manager Commercial Businesses, Brisbane Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1615-1715, Commercial Stream

Topic: Panel – Airport Property Development

With more than 40 years’ experience in the commercial property industry, John is one of Queensland’s most respected property industry leaders.

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 As Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) General Manager of Commercial Businesses, John leads the property development and management, and parking and transport businesses, helping the company deliver significant growth opportunities for Queensland through the airport’s operation and the development potential of its site. In four years at BAC, John has overseen many new projects including the DFO expansion and multi-level car park at Skygate, the BNE Service Centre, a number of commercial and industrial developments, and a new bulky goods retail centre. He is also leading the strategy for future precinct growth including the world-class Auto Mall development. Before joining BAC, John was the Director of Tormey Property; providing strategic advice to a number of large developer and investor clients. This included the development and/or sale of Green Star office buildings, distribution centres, the Northshore Hamilton property master plan and catalyst developments for the Northshore project. John spent 17 years as the Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle in Queensland. During this time he led the generation of major business with institutional and development clients and was responsible for numerous commercial and retail developments throughout the state

Richard Snow

Richard Snow

Head of Property, Canberra Airport

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1615-1715, Commercial Stream

Topic: Panel – Airport Property Development

Richard has an extensive background in commercial, retail and residential property investment and development. After completing a BA Commerce from the University of Sydney in 2002 he began his career in 2003 working for global listed property group Brookfield Multiplex. 

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Since joining Capital Airport Group in 2009, Richard has had overall responsibility for the development of the non-aviation property business at Canberra Airport, as well as off-airport development, which includes close to 220,000m2 of office development and 65,000m2 of retail and bulky goods development as well as the Canberra City office and hotel development known as ‘Constitution Place’. Richard completed a Masters of Property Development at the University of Technology Sydney in 2008.

Carl Bruhn

Carl Bruhn

Executive general Manager Property and Infrastructure, Queensland Airports Limited

When: Tuesday 13 November, 1615-1715, Commercial Stream

Topic: Panel – Airport Property Development

Carl boasts over 25 years in the property industry, with considerable time spent working for high-profile companies Lendlease and Villa World.

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While at Lendlease, Carl was Development Director of the significant Varsity Lakes project, responsible for both the residential and commercial aspects of this development before being elevated to the national role of General Manager Town Centres. As GM of Town Centres Carl was responsible for planning and delivery of the retail, commercial, and industrial projects nationally within the Lendlease Communities portfolio. Carl has been with QAL since 2016 and is responsible for leading the company’s property and infrastructure strategy, which includes a large program of works in coming years across Gold Coast, Townsville, Mt Isa and Longreach airports. Among the major project’s Carl is responsible for at Gold Coast Airport are the airport hotel and the terminal redevelopment. QAL also owns two significant parcels of land on the NSW side of the border, Border Park and Wollemi Place, which offer exciting, job-generating opportunities for the region that Carl and his team are in the process of delivering. The QAL Property and Infrastructure team, led by Carl, is also working with Southern Cross University on its masterplan within the Gold Coast Airport commercial precinct.

Wednesday 14 November – Major Airport Stream

Dr Warren Mundy

Dr Warren Mundy

Chief Economist, Australian Airports Association

When: Wednesday 14 November, 0900-0930, Major Airport Stream

Topic: The Truth about Charges, Profits and Airfares

Warren is the Chief Economist of the Australian Airports Association. In addition to over 20 years’ experience in the aviation sector, he has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors including serving as a Commissioner on the Productivity Commission.

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Warren is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales School of Aviation, and a director of Transgrid, the Sydney Desalination Plant, the National Health Co-operative, the Energy Industries Superannuation Scheme and the Queensland Competition Authority. Warren holds a PhD in economics from Kings College Cambridge and is a Fellow at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

 Jean-Pierre Devos

Jean-Pierre Devos

First Commissioner, Federal Police Belgium

When: Wednesday 14 November, 0930-1000, Major Airport Stream

Topic: The Brussels Airport Attack First Commissioner

Jean-Pierre Devos has more than 25 years’ police experience. Since February 2017 he has been working as an intelligence officer/analyst at the headquarters of the Federal Police of Belgium. 

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From 2013 till February 2017 he was the commander of the daily police unit (patrolling team) at Brussels National Airport. This unit of 120 police officers is in charge of the ‘normal’ police interventions at the airport (traffic issues, criminal investigations, public order and arrival of VIPS). On the day of the attack on March 22, 2016, at 7.30 he was at the airport’s police station. This is less than 75 meters away from the Departure Hall. At 7.58 the two explosions took place. Together with several of his colleagues, he ran into the Departure Hall and helped as much as he could. The first hours and days after the attack he will never forget. In May 2016 he testified before the Parliamentary Investigation Commission.

Rob Sharp

Rob Sharp

Group Executive, Virgin Australia Airlines

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1000-1025, Major Airport Stream

Rob is an experienced senior aviation executive, having held a number of executive positions in the Australian airline industry over the past 20 years. 

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Rob has a wealth of commercial expertise including specialist experience in operating in a multi-brand environment, is backed by strong operational credentials and has a track record of innovation. Previously, Rob spent eight years in various commercial roles at one of Australia’s largest airlines, including Strategy and Innovation, and Global Airport Infrastructure and Services. Rob has been with the Virgin Australia Group just under five years, being Tigerair Australia’s longest serving CEO and Group Executive Virgin Australian Airlines since June 2017.

Richard Cowley

Richard Cowley

Strategic Development Director – Defence, Fulton Hogan

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1100-1130, Major Airport Stream

Topic: A Contractors Perspective on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Industry

Richard is a 25-year industry professional, with experience gained globally through Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Tanzania and the Caribbean, with exposure to contractor, consultant and client roles.

Prior to joining Fulton Hogan, Richard held multiple lead project management positions for the Chevron $54bn Gorgon LNG Downstream project and was the construction and execution advisor for the BG-Group/ExxonMobil Tanzania LNG project.  As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Richard is keenly focused on the governance and risk management necessary to deliver outstanding projects in our challenging environments.

George Woods

George Woods

Head of Asian Airport Practice, L.E.K Consulting

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1130-1215, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Hot Topics in Aviation

George Woods is a Partner and Head of L.E.K. Consulting’s Sydney office and leads L.E.K.’s Asia-Pacific Airports practice. He has worked with airport clients for over 20 years on aeronautical and commercial matters, including runway timing, terminal strategy, retail and ground transport. 

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His current work includes resolving long term ground transport strategy in increasingly disrupted environments, assessing the merits and timing of new runway investment, and the future needs for terminal infrastructure.

Greg Fordham

Greg Fordham

Chief Executive Officer, Airbiz

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1130-1215, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Hot Topics in Aviation

Greg is Managing Director of Airbiz and an internationally sought advisor, visionary and thought leader in air transport issues and future trends for airport development. He is a current Board Member of the ACI Asia-Pacific Region and former Chairman of the ACI World Business Partners Advisory Board.

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In addition to 30 years international aviation and airport planning consulting experience, he has lectured at Loughborough University, Monash University and the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Advisory Board for the aviation courses at Swinburne University. He has also been recognised as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers. Greg led a Future Travel Experience industry Think Tank presentation where he outlined the need for airports and airlines to focus on change management, highlighting Qantas’ Next Generation Check-In programme as an example of world best practice. He is a global evangelist and facilitator of conceptual planning and implementation strategies for ’Airports of the Future’ and ’Fast Travel’ initiatives.

Jason Harfield

Jason Harfield

Chief Executive Officer, Airservices Australia

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1130-1215, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Hot Topics in Aviation

Jason Harfield was appointed Airservices Chief Executive Officer on 9 March 2016, having spent the majority of his adult working life with Airservices after beginning his career as a flight data officer in Adelaide in 1989. 

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Until 2005, Jason held a number of operational management and senior management positions including Australia’s Head Air Traffic Controller and Australian Airspace Regulator as well as operating as a qualified operational air traffic controller. With more than 25 years of experience in the aviation and air traffic management industry, Jason has been a core member of the Airservices Executive Leadership Team since 2005. His previous roles include General Manager Safety Management, Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control group, and Executive General Manager, Future Service Delivery. As the Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control group, Jason was fundamental to Airservices ongoing operational improvement program. This included leading the introduction of new services, advanced airport capacity and air traffic flow management capabilities, as well as reinvigorating Airservices largest operational workforce. As General Manager Safety Management, Jason was chief advisor to the CEO and Board on safety matters and was accountable for leading the development and application of best practice safety systems and practices across the organisation. Jason has an EMBA from Melbourne Business School (Mt Eliza), has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Registered Advanced Practitioner. Jason is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a private pilot.

Sarah Renner

Sarah Renner

Chief Executive Officer, Hobart Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1130-1215, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Hot Topics in Aviation

Sarah commenced her career as a commercial pilot after completing a Bachelor of Aviation degree. Following this, Sarah joined Melbourne Airport building her career in increasingly senior roles over 17 years, including Head of Operations and Airfield Manager, culminating in the Executive Planning and Development role delivering Terminal 4. 

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Before joining Hobart Airport as CEO, Sarah was the Executive General Manager for ISS Facility Services accountable for the Aviation and Transport business portfolio for Australia. A self-confessed foodie with a green thumb, Sarah enjoys spending her free time with husband Jeff and black Labrador, Frank.

Chris Mills

Chris Mills

Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Airports Limited

When: Wednesday 14 November 1130-1215, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Hot Topics in Aviation

Chris Mills joined Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) in June 2014. He leads a business which owns and operates the Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports – each important drivers of the local economy.

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As CEO Chris is responsible for leading strategic initiatives to ensure the continued success of the group into the future and oversees significant investment in QAL airports in the coming years to deliver on the group vision. Chris has a blend of financial and operational expertise, with over 25 years experience in various industries including tourism and leisure, property development and retail management. He has worked in in the private and public sectors in Australia and overseas.Chris is currently a board member of the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) and Australian Airports Association, and a former board member of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers

Senior Business Development Manager, Amadeus

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1215-1245, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Managing Global Passenger Growth at the Airport and Beyond – How the Industry is Catering to the Next Generation of Travellers

Carl Rogers is currently performing a global role within Amadeus, as the Head of Airport IT Business Development. Carl joined the Amadeus team in 2013, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in the aviation and IT industry.

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A native Australian, Carl began his professional career in the armed forces, serving in the Royal Australian Air Force for 12 years. Since leaving the military, Carl has pursued a broad range of roles in IT and aviation, including 6 years working within Qantas operations.  As an IT consultant, Carl has worked successfully with business and IT stakeholders across a range of industry sectors including both airports and airlines. While engaged as the Enterprise Architect for Brisbane Airport, Carl helped the organization to define and execute the IT Strategy and Technology Roadmap. In 2013, Carl took the leap with his family to relocate to London and joined Amadeus as a Product Manager for the Airport IT division. Carl later transitioned into the Solution Design team as his role within product management evolved. In 2016, Carl and his family moved back home to Australia where Carl is currently enjoying the sunshine in Brisbane.

Craig Norton

Craig Norton

General Manager, Landside Operations and Transport, Sydney Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1415-1445, Major Airport Stream

Topic: LOMS – The Hub of Future Transport Technology at Sydney Airport

Craig joined Sydney Airport in January 2011 with a strong corporate career in marketing, sales, customer service and operational management. 

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Having worked in IBM Australia, Vodafone, Telstra and NEC Craig is well versed in managing complex organisations undergoing disruption and rapid technological change. Craig’s deep level of understanding of technology, complex business operations and marketing combined with his customer-centric approach has enabled him to reposition Sydney Airport’s landside business through online parking, yield management, road infrastructure improvements and the establishment of the Customer Care Centre. Craig works very closely with both the Commonwealth and NSW Government to help plan for and achieve support for road projects around the airport including the recently announced $2.6b Sydney Gateway project which will connect the WestConnex motorway with Sydney Airport and Port Botany.

Ken Conway

Ken Conway

Manager, Aviation, Environment and Sustainability, Airbiz

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1445-1515, Major Airport Stream

Topic: The Green Airport Evolution

Ken is the person airports turn to when they pledge to become the greenest. His ability to embed the environmental performance of individual airports into the context of their strategy, business and operations is the starting point of all “green airport journeys.”

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Ken has supported many of them on this path, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Oslo Gardermoen, Auckland, Christchurch, Dublin, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai International Airports. As an accomplished aviation professional, Ken has formed strong, long-standing relationships with an extensive network of worldwide airports across five continents ranging from small regional, island airports through to mega-hubs. Ken currently serves on the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Environment Committee and previously served on the ACI Europe Environment Strategy Committee (2013-2015).

Ton Ganley

Ton Ganley

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, NT Airports

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1515-1600, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Community Engagement

Tom Ganley is CFO & Company Secretary of the Northern Territory Airports (Darwin International, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek). He has nearly 30 years’ experience in aviation, having previously held various senior finance and commercial management roles in a number of Australia’s airports. 

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Tom is a JP and has a Bachelor of Accountancy and holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Tom holds the International Airport Professional (IAP 2014 Valedictorian) post-nominal designation and fellow memberships with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management, CPA Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia. Tom is currently a Director of the Australian Airports Association and Chairman of the Finance and Risk Committee. He is also a Council Member of the SA/NT Governance Institute of Australia; NT Committee Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Finance Committee Member of the Menzies School of Health Research; and Finance and Infrastructure Development Committee member with the Charles Darwin University.

Rachel Crowley

Rachel Crowley

Head of Corporate Affairs, Brisbane Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November 1415-1445, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Community Engagement

Prior to joining Brisbane Airport Corporation in late 2011 Rachel Crowley held a number of senior executive positions with Tourism Australia, including the global role of General Manager, Corporate Communications based in Sydney and Marketing Communications Manager, The Americas based in Los Angeles. 

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Before joining TA Rachel’s career extended from journalism to government and consultancy. In her position as Head of Corporate Relations with Brisbane Airport Corporation Rachel is responsible for the company’s media, community and government relations and has management oversight of its marketing platforms including its web presence and sponsorship and brand strategies. Rachel is the President of the Board of the Institute of Modern Art, and a Board Director of Queensland Theatre.

Jai McDermott

Jai McDermott

Executive Corporate and Public Affairs, Melbourne Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1515-1600, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Community Engagement

Jai McDermott joined Melbourne Airport in 2017. He has more than 20 years’ experience in public affairs across a variety of sectors, most notably mining and energy.

Sally Fielke

Sally Fielke

General Manager Corporate Affairs, Sydney Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1515-1600, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Community Engagement

Sally Fielke is the General Manager Corporate Affairs at Sydney Airport. She is responsible for the company’s internal and external communication, stakeholder engagement, CSR, media and issues management, brand management, government relations and customer experience. 

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Sally completed a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Indonesian Language and Politics) and Bachelor of Law Degree. She worked as a lawyer for five years and then undertook an in-house counsel role in an ASX listed company as well as several industry association CEO roles before joining Sydney Airport to head up the Corporate Affairs team.With almost 20 years’ experience in various areas of the tourism industry, Sally’s key focus is driving Sydney Airport’s leadership role in tourism, including working collaboratively with stakeholders and industry partners to enhance the customer experience and grow tourism to Sydney, NSW and Australia.

Brenton Cox

Brenton Cox

Executive General Manager Finance and Corporate, Adelaide Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1515-1600, Major Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Community Engagement

Brenton is the Executive General Manager of Finance and Corporate at Adelaide Airport responsible for Corporate Affairs, Community, Sustainability, Risk, Aviation Business Development as well as the CFO, General Counsel and Company Secretarial functions.

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He previously served as a non-executive director of Sydney Airport and Hobart Airport and has significant experience with a number of global airports through working at Macquarie Capital and Macquarie Airports in London and Sydney. Brenton has a Masters degree from Cambridge University and undergraduate degrees in Law, Finance and Accounting. He is a Councilor of both the Property Council and Freight Council in South Australia.

Wednesday 14 November – Regional Airport Stream

Dennis Chant

Dennis Chant

Chairman, Sunshine Coast Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1100-1145, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Realising the Potential of Regional

Dennis Chant has had 47 years’ experience in the aviation industry in Australia and internationally. He is currently the Chairman of Sunshine Coast Airport Pty Ltd following the granting of a 99-year lease of the airport to Palisade Investment Partners by Sunshine Coast Regional Council in 2017. 

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From 1999 to 2015 Dennis was the Managing Director of Queensland Airports Ltd, the largest operator of regional airports in Australia. Its portfolio of airports included Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach Airports. He was the first General Manager of Cairns International Airport after its transfer from Commonwealth ownership to the Cairns Port Authority in 1981 and held a similar position at Newcastle Airport following its lease to Port Stephens and Newcastle City Councils in 1992. Dennis Chant is an Honourary Life Member and former board member of the Australian Airports Association and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Aviation at Griffith University. He was formerly the Chairman of Airports Council International – Asia Pacific Region and a member of its world governing board. Mr Chant has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Company Director’s Diploma. He is a Registered Civil Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dennis Martin

Dennis Martin

Airport Manager, Coffs Harbour Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1100-1145, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Realising the Potential of Regional Airport

Dennis has had a long career in aviation spanning a period of more than 40 years. In 1969 he joined Ansett Australia regional ports before moving to Coffs Harbour in 1986 as Area Manager – North Coast.

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In 1997 he established his own company, Coffs Aviation & Travel Services and continued to operate the Ansett business in Coffs until 2000. In 2008 Dennis was engaged to develop and establish the Coffs Harbour Airport. Dennis has also been involved in his local community such as the establishment of a Police and Community Youth Club, Camp Quality and a local Community Youth Radio Station. His accolades include: • Sunny Award for “Individual Contribution to Tourism”. • Coffs Harbour “Citizen of the Year” • An Order of Australia Medal last year for services to aviation and the Coffs Harbour community.

Brian Joiner

Brian Joiner

General Manager - Whitsunday Airports and Commercial Infrastructure, Whitsunday Regional Council

When: Wednesday 14 November 1100-1145, Regional Airport Stream

When: Panel – Realising the Potential of Regional Airports

Brian started his career in aviation as an air traffic controller in WA. Since that time he has held a variety of positions in the aviation sector. He has been responsible for leadership of operations, strategic planning, project management and business development in private and government enterprises. 

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His current role as General Manager of Airports and Commercial Infrastructure at Whitsunday Regional Council has oversight of four airports and marine passenger/freight infrastructure. Brian is well known throughout the transport sector, in part due to his physical stature and self-deprecating humour. His commercial acumen is highly regarded as well as his ability to get things done. Having been through the peaks and troughs of a career he loves to pass on lessons learnt and help out those who want a career in aviation.

Bill Burke

Bill Burke

Chief Executive Officer, Mildura Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1130-1215, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Realising the Potential of Regional Airports

After studying Civil Engineering, Bill Commenced his career in heavy Civil Construction in the Mining and Off-shore sectors, before turning to Commercial Property Development. Bill has taken many major Retail and commercial property investments from feasibility, through acquisition, design, development and Management of the investment.

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In late 1999, Bill was invited to join the team starting the new Airline entity, Virgin Blue and was involved in many diverse aspects of the rapidly emerging business. In 2008, appointed Chief Executive of the newly formed Mildura Airport Corporation. a company formed to manage the Mildura Airport. Bill is a past Mayor and Councillor of his municipality in Melbourne. Bill holds a commercial Pilot License with a multi engine command instrument rating.

Ken Allcott

Ken Allcott

Airfield Planning Manager, Sydney Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1145-1215, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) – The Benefits for Regional Airports

Trained as an Air Traffic Controller, Ken worked at Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Bankstown airports both as a tower controller and enroute controller before moving to Sydney Airport. At Sydney Airport Ken has held positions as Airfield Operations Manager, Airfield Standards Manager, Manager Aviation Capacity and Planning.

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Ken assisted with the aviation planning for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, development of A380, B748 and B77X standards, implementation of slot allocation scheme, facilitated the implementation of transmissometers, stop bars, and Category II runway upgrades at Sydney Airport. Ken also worked with Airservices and industry to install the first GBAS unit in the southern hemisphere at Sydney Airport. Ken is a member of the ASTRA council and assist as an advisor to CASA at The ICAO Aerodromes panel.

Andrew Andersen

Andrew Andersen

Independent Aviation Specialist

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1145-1215, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) – The Benefits for Regional Airports

Andrew Andersen is an instrument-rated private pilot from Sydney, Australia, where he is a technology consultant. 

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For the last decade he has been an active technical participant in the Australian Strategic Air Traffic Management Group (ASTRA), and is currently co-chair of that body’s working group on aviation requirements for the Australian SBAS program. Andrew has also been involved in aviation industry activity related to ADS-B surveillance technology, performance-based navigation, general aviation aircraft avionics equipage and weather forecasting. He is a past vice-president of IAOPA and was president of AOPA Australia during 2012-13.

The Hon Andrew Broad MP

The Hon Andrew Broad MP

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1215-1245, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Strengthening Regional Airports for Stronger Regional Communities

Andrew Broad is the Federal Member for the Electorate of Mallee, the largest electorate in Victoria, and the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister. 

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As a member of the National Party, Andrew is a part of the Federal Coalition Government; his appointment to Assistant Minister sees him work closely with Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack across the infrastructure, transport and regional development portfolio. With a background in agriculture and small business, Andrew possesses a thorough understanding of the challenges facing farmers and regional communities. Andrew also has an extensive global understanding and has been a strong advocate for expanded foreign trade agreements and for Australia to play a leading role in development across the Asia-Pacific region. Deeply committed to supporting regional Australia, Andrew is a Nuffield Scholar, the former President of the Victorian Farmers Federation and former Director of the National Farmers Federation. He is former Chair of the House of Representatives Environment and Energy committee and has also sat on the board of Australian Made. As the Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew works to ensure country people are recognised for their contribution to Australia. When he’s not in Canberra, Andrew spends much of his time touring around the electorate, meeting the people he represents, across the Wimmera, Mallee and Mildura region.

Michael Linke

Michael Linke

CEO, RAAus

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1345-1415, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Michael has been with RAAus since 2014 and has overseen significant reform during this time to enhance, promote and develop opportunities for RAAus members. 

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With more than thirty years of executive leadership experience, coupled with an MBA, Michael believes good corporate governance and authentic leadership are critical factors in organisational success. He has overseen macro governance, financial and operational reform whilst at RAAus, which has resulted in strong membership growth and permanent improvements in safety.

Michael Monck

Michael Monck

Chair, RAAus

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1345-1415, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Michael Monck has been involved in aviation since the early 1990s. He holds flying qualifications from CASA and RAAus and is a keen advocate for aviation in Australia. 

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His formal qualifications in economics and business coupled with his passion for aviation have seen him appointed to many groups that provide policy advice to regulators, government departments, and ministers. He currently Chairs RAAus, Australia’s largest self-administering aviation organisation, where he shares his love for all things flying with almost 10,000 members and more than 3,300 aircraft.

Dave Batic

Dave Batic

General Manager, Alice Springs Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1415-1445, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Initiatives and Innovation – The Alice Springs Tennant Creek Journey

David has worked in the Defence and Civil aviation industry for over 35 years. Prior to taking up his current appointment as General Manager Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports, David was General Manager Aviation Operations at Townsville International Airport. 

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As part of the Northern Territory Airport Pty Ltd group, David is currently responsible for all aeronautical and non-aeronautical activities at Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airports. This includes operational, commercial, property, asset maintenance and project management. David’s previous role included management of aviation operational activities at Townsville, Mt Isa and Longreach Airports. David holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Bachelor of Aviation and is currently a Chartered Engineer through Engineers Australia. Other professional memberships include The Royal Aeronautical Society, The International Society of Air Safety Investigators and The Safety Institute of Australia. David is also on the National Engineering Associates Register in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering and is a RAAF Squadron Leader Aeronautical Engineer Reserve member. Since taking up the role of General Manager Alice Springs Airport, David has been appointed as Chairman of Tourism Central Australia, Chairman of the Central Australian Chamber of Commerce, Board Director of Desert Knowledge Australia, Board Member of the Regional Economic Development Committee and Vibrant CBD Committee and President of the Alice Springs RSL.

Denise Brown

Denise Brown

Aviation Business Development Manager, Brisbane Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1445-1530, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Regional Airport Route Development

Denise Brown has enjoyed a wonderful career in the tourism industry spanning 30 years. Denise joined Brisbane Airport Corporation in 2014 in the position of Aviation Business Development Manager, to develop and implement strategies to secure new routes and new airlines for Brisbane Airport as the major gateway for the Queensland tourism industry.

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Increasing demand for extra capacity and frequency from existing carriers is a key focus and one of Denise’s key strengths of travel distribution. Denise currently sits on the QTIC Board. Former board directorships include; ATEC National Board 1998-2004, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame 2009–2015, and the Tourism Australia international advisory group 1998-2000.

Peter Cock

Peter Cock

Chief Executive Officer, Newcastle Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1445-1530, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Regional Airport Route Development

As CEO of Newcastle Airport, Peter is responsible for all facets of the business. He works closely with the Board of Directors to set the business strategy and ensure the business is match-fit to deliver its potential. 

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Under Peter’s leadership, Newcastle Airport has achieved record passenger throughput and record profits—which have been delivered back to the community through dividends to Newcastle Airport’s Council owners, Newcastle City Council and Port Stephens Council. With more than a decade of aviation experience, Peter previously worked with Perth Airport progressing from Environmental Manager to Chief Operating Officer. Peter holds a PhD in Environmental Science and considers some of his greatest achievements as completing the Mount Everest Base Camp climb in May 2008, riding across Australia in just over two days on his motorbike, and taking a year out from corporate life to care for a little human. Peter is committed to working closely with Department of Defence, airlines, industry, and stakeholders to achieve the vision of providing the region with the airport it deserves.

Cally Ward

Cally Ward

Senior Consultant, Airbiz

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1445-1530, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Regional Airport Route Development

Cally is a senior consultant for Airbiz. From beginning her career in market research, Cally moved into aviation as Research Manager for a regional airport group, before joining Airbiz in 2012. 

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Cally’s unique skill set, combining aviation and research has led her to develop insights into how data can be used strategically to benefit airports across the whole range of activities from technical/master planning to business applications in aero and non-aero revenue streams. Cally is passionate about supporting airports to use market research techniques to enhance their businesses and see rapid results to the bottom line and the passenger experience.

Oliver Lamb

Oliver Lamb

Managing Director, Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1445-1530, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Panel – Regional Airport Route Development

Oliver Lamb is a Managing Director at Ailevon Pacific. He has substantial experience in the aviation industry in a wide variety of capacities, including airline operations, distribution, industry advocacy, airport business development and strategy consulting. 

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Beginning his career at Canadian Airlines and Business Travel International, with a deep understanding of the aviation industry and fluent in English, French and Spanish, his career has seen him working throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Europe on the industry’s most challenging issues. Prior to co-founding Ailevon Pacific, Oliver was a strategy consultant for the aviation industry and for Port Jackson Partners, one of Australia’s leading corporate strategy firms. Oliver holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Sydney and is a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and the Institute of Management Consultants.

Michael Cullen

Michael Cullen

Commercial and Business Development Manager, Launceston Airport

When: Wednesday 14 November, 1530-1600, Regional Airport Stream

Topic: Redeveloping to Grow Revenues and Create a Distinctive Experience at a Regional Airport

Michael Cullen has worked as an aviation professional for the past 12 years, after joining Launceston Airport in 2006. 

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He has held a number of roles across finance, commercial management and business development. In his current role of Manager-Commercial & Business Development, Michael is responsible for delivering the commercial and aeronautical strategies for Launceston Airport. In addition, Michael oversees business development, marketing and communication activities for the airport, to achieve a strong external image for the airport and to drive the promotion and growth of the airport’s key business units across aviation, retail, car parking & ground transportation. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (CA).

Thursday 15 November

Greg Hood

Greg Hood

Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Australian Transport Safety Bureau

When: Thursday 15 November, 0900-0930, Technical Forum

Greg Hood is the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) —Australia’s national transport safety investigation agency. Greg has almost 40 years’ experience in the transport industry, beginning his career as an air traffic controller in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

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Greg has since had a wide range of operational, training and leadership roles across the civil aviation industry. Most recently, Greg served as Executive Manager Operations with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and was Executive General Manager of the Air Traffic Control Group at Airservices Australia, before joining the ATSB. As well as being a glider and powered aircraft pilot, Greg is involved with a number of aviation bodies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Freeman in the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, and a Life Member of the Qantas Founders Museum. Before joining the ATSB, Greg was a Board Member of Safeskies Australia and Vice-Chair of the steering committee for the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation’s (CANSO’s) Operations Standing Committee.

Dr Greg White

Dr Greg White

Director, Airport Pavement Research Program, University of the Sunshine Coast

When: Thursday 15 November, 0930-1000, Technical Forum

Topic: The AAA Regional Pavement Airport Practice Note Overview

Dr Greg White is the Director of the Airport Pavement Research Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast. 

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Following a career as an Airfield Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, Greg worked for a number of leading Australian design consultants as a Principal Airport Pavement Engineer and then as the Technical Manager Airports for one of Australia’s leading airport construction and surfacing companies. Greg holds a number of Masters level degrees, as well as a PhD, all earned in the area of pavement materials and engineering.

Jarrad Warwick

Jarrad Warwick

Strategic Business Development Manager - APAC, Western Advance

When: Thursday 15 November, 1000-1045, Technical Forum

Topic: Hot Topics Panel – Drones

Jarrad has worked across the defence, aviation, and oil and gas industries for more than twenty years. An experienced senior manager and business development professional, Jarrad has a constant eye to new and emerging technologies for aviation and defence. 

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His breadth of experience across diverse markets has seen him successfully deliver security solutions to critical infrastructure sites across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East. Representing a range of leading-edge security, safety and surveillance innovators through Western Advance, Jarrad provides insight to the current state-of-play, as well as future direction of new technologies including drone detection, identification and countermeasures.

Luke Gumley

Luke Gumley

Branch Manager, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), CASA

When: Thursday 15 November, 1000-1045, Technical Forum

Topic: Hot Topics Panel – Drones

Luke Gumley is CASA’s Branch Manager of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, commencing the role when the branch was formed in August 2017. His experience with the regulator includes over 5 years as a Regional Manager of CASA’s Central and Southern regions, and as a senior advisor. 

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Before CASA, Luke was the Chief Pilot and Chief Operating Officer of a large flying training organisation with over 40 aircraft and 45 flight instructors, training fixed wing pilots through to Commercial Pilot Licence. He holds an Air Transport Pilot Licence, Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation.

Trevor Bock

Trevor Bock

Senior Consultant, UAS International

When: Thursday 15 November, 1000-1045, Technical Forum

Topic: Hot Topics Panel – Drones

Trevor has over 30 years’ experience in commercial aviation. He has experience as a Training Capt. in airline operations and now has his own aviation consulting practice.

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Trevor was invited to become a founding member of the UAS International team recently. In this role he is their Lead Auditor trainer and Senior Consultant. UAS International have developed an audit standard for RPAS operators based upon ICAO standards and adopted for the Australian RPAS industry. Trevor conducts audits of RPAS operators and is involved with the on-going review of the UASI RPAS Standard.

Jared Feehely

Jared Feehely

Airside Operations Supervisor, Gold Coast Airport

When: Thursday 15 November, 1115-1145, Technical Forum

Topic: A Collaborative Approach Towards Airfield Infrastructure Delivery

Jared Feehely joined Gold Coast Airport in June 2017, with over seven years’ of experience within the airport sector across regional, major and capital city airports along with two and half at the peak industry body, the Australian Airports Association.

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In his role as Airside Operations Supervisor, Jared is responsible for the safe and efficient day-to-day operations of Gold Coast Airport ensuring the airfield operations team are equipped to provide a high level of service to all stakeholders and airfield users. Jared plays a key role in the interface between operations and projects ensuring airside capital projects are completed efficiently and compliantly.

Nathan Spek

Nathan Spek

Project Manager, Gold Coast Airport

When: Thursday 15 November, 1115-1145, Technical Forum

Topic: A Collaborative Approach Towards Airfield Infrastructure Delivery

Nathan is a Project Manager for Queensland Airports Limited (QAL). He is responsible for managing planning, design and delivery of civil infrastructure projects at Gold Coast Airport (GCA).

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Before his work with QAL, Nathan worked for a Tier 1 contractor and was involved with the delivery of multiple major infrastructure projects. Nathan has an honours degree in Civil Engineering from Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

Wendy Weir

Wendy Weir

Environment and Sustainability Manager, Brisbane Airport

When: Thursday 15 November, 1145-1215, Technical Forum

Topic: QANTAS Hangar3 AFFF Loss of Containment Event, 10 April 2017

Wendy Weir is the Environment and Sustainability Manager for Brisbane Airport Corporation. She has a wide level of expertise in environmental compliance and strategic sustainability matters, with a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and an MBA.

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Wendy is the Vice Chair of the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific Regional Environment Committee, a member of the ACI World Environment Standing Committee, AAA Environment Networking Group and a past Chair of the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group. Wendy passionately believes in making a difference, fairness, equality and celebrating diversity. She also enjoys travelling, snowboarding, mountain biking and running.

Stephen Goodwin

Stephen Goodwin

General Manager - Operations, Brisbane Airport

When: Thursday 15 November, 1215-1300, Technical Forum

Topic: Hot Topics Panel – Airport Operations

Stephen began with BAC in 1997 as the Manager of Human resources, until appointed in April 2002 to the position of General Manager Operations.

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Stephen is responsible for the ongoing operation of BAC’s core Airport activities which include: Terminals and Customer Experience, Airside Operations and Standards, Security and Emergency Services, Environment and Sustainability and Airport Approvals. Stephen has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland, and is a member of AICD and in 2010 completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Program. Stephen became a Board Member of the Australian Airports Association and Chairman of the AAA Queensland Division in 2005 and National Chairman of the AAA in 2011 until he stepped down in 2015.

Katie Cooper

Katie Cooper

Head of Aviation Operations, Melbourne Airport

When: Thursday 15 November, 1215-1300, Technical Forum

Topic: Hot Topics Panel – Airport Operations

Katie Cooper is an accomplished senior business leader with extensive operational and management experience. Currently the Head of Aviation Operations for Melbourne Airport, she is responsible for the Terminals, Airfield, Operational Planning, Aviation Compliance and Project Interfaces.

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Katie has an MBA and several other qualifications and awards which recognise her leadership and commercial acumen. She has a broad range of experience from across Australia and overseas. Her breadth of aviation experience ranges from managing remote airports through to major capital city airports, as well as having working for regional, domestic and international airlines.

Rob Porter

Rob Porter

General Manager, Mackay Airport

When: Thursday 15 November, 1215-1300, Technical Forum

Topic: Hot Topics Panel – Airport Operations

As General Manager at Mackay Airport, Rob Porter works closely with a range of aviation, business, government, community and tourism partners. Rob is passionate about the future of aviation and loves the fast pace of airports in general.

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During Rob’s 30 year career in the aviation industry he has gained experience working with the Department of Aviation, Airservices Australia, Gold Coast Airport and of course Mackay. Rob has been an ICAO panel member and his international engagements have seen him work and provide advice to Saudi Arabia, India, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Fiji. In addition to this Rob is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Airports Association, Chair of Mackay Tourism Limited and Chair of the Mackay Stadium. Rob was recently awarded the Central Queensland Leader/Manager of the year and is a Master Class presenter at CQU University.

Katie Cooper

Katie Cooper

Head of Aviation Operations, Melbourne Airport

When: Thursday 15 November, 1400-1430, Technical Forum

Topic: When Emergency Management Combines with Criminal Acts – Lessons Learnt

Katie Cooper is an accomplished senior business leader with extensive operational and management experience. Currently the Head of Aviation Operations for Melbourne Airport, she is responsible for the Terminals, Airfield, Operational Planning, Aviation Compliance and Project Interfaces.

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Katie has an MBA and several other qualifications and awards which recognise her leadership and commercial acumen. She has a broad range of experience from across Australia and overseas. Her breadth of aviation experience ranges from managing remote airports through to major capital city airports, as well as having working for regional, domestic and international airlines.

Shona Cameron

Shona Cameron

National Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Adviser, ISS Facility Services

When: Thursday 15 November, 1430-1500, Technical Forum

Topic: Incident Investigations – Directing a Positive Approach and “Just Culture”

Shona Cameron brings expertise and experience gained through 12 years of involvement in HSEQ policy and regulation to her role where she continuously strives for results and achieves the highest standards.

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Before launching a successful career as an advisor in facilities management, Shona has served in risk and compliance roles across mining, transport, construction, oil, gas, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. Clients have included BHP, CSIRO, Kenworth Trucks, GHD and Goodman Fielder. She also serves on the judging panel of the prestigious Banksia Awards. Shona is currently responsible for spearheading the development and implementation of the ISS Aviation and Transport Division’s 2018 HSEQ Management Plan. Clients are assisted with improved health, safety and environmental performance, whilst always incorporating adventure, fun, constant learning, honesty and sincerity. She is recognised for her supportive team approach and quality management experience as well as her organizational culture and change management expertise.

Murray Erbs

Murray Erbs

Chair, National Asset Management Strategy Australia (NAMS.AU), IPWEA Australasia

When: Thursday 15 November, 1500-1530, Technical Forum

Topic: Asset management – Keep it Simple and Reap the Benefits

The NAMS Council is the pre-eminent body developing and delivering infrastructure asset management knowledge and resources for those with responsibility for managing public infrastructure assets.

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Murray has worked at senior engineering and management roles in Redlands City Council, Moree Plains Shire Council, Severn Shire Council, Warren Shire Council, Shire of Heywood, and in the private sector.

Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy

Program Manager - Aviation Infrastructure, Transport Strategy and Reform, Department of Transport WA

When: Thursday 15 November, 1530-1600, Technical Forum

Topic: The Airport Asset Management Framework

For over the past 10 years Michael has worked as a principal policy officer specialising in aviation for Western Australia’s Department of Transport. 

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He has a significant ongoing role in collaborating and assisting Western Australia’s regional airports in developing Government funding submissions for major airport infrastructure projects. Michael oversees the Regional Airports Development Scheme (RADS) program and is coordinating the review of Western Australia’s State Aviation Strategy. The RADS grants are an important program for regional and remote airports, helping fund upgrades and improve safety for these airports.

Luke Huxtable

Luke Huxtable

Aviation Engineer, GHD

When: Thursday 15 November, 1530-1600, Technical Forum

Topic: The Airport Asset Management Framework

Luke is an experienced civil engineer that has specialised in airport engineering since joining GHD three years ago.

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He has been involved in the design, documentation, project management and construction of a number of civilian and military aviation projects from small local government projects through to large multi-disciplinary projects. Through this exposure he has attained knowledge of aerodrome design standards and best practice construction methods. Luke’s unique experience and financial background has been well utilised in the development of the Strategic Aeronautical Asset and Financial Management Framework.

Darren Angelo

Darren Angelo

Senior Standards Officer (Aerodromes and Heliports), Flight Standards Branch, CASA

When: Thursday 15 November, 1600-1630, Technical Forum

Topic: Part 139 – Finalised Rules and the Journey to Transition

Darren Angelo, from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), is the Senior Standards Officer for both Aerodromes and Heliports. Darren is currently project lead to implement the new heliport regulations as well as updating the existing aerodromes regulations and standards.

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Darren also serves as Australia’s representative on the International Civil Aviation Organization Panel for Aerodromes Design and Operations and is a standing member of the Visual Aids Working Group, the Aerodrome Design Working Group and the Obstacle Limitation Surface Task Force. Darren has previously held management positions in operations, emergency planning, safety management, compliance and training. He has also chaired the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group and later served on their executive until 2014. Darren has a personal, professional and ‘passionate’ interest in aviation and is the holder of a flight crew license.

Friday 16 November

Steve Appleby

Steve Appleby

Digital Director, AECOM

When: Friday 16 November, 0900-0930, Technical Forum

Topic: How Does an Enterprise GIS System Centralise the Management of all Aviation, Operations and Business Data for Efficient Decision Making?

Based in Melbourne, Steve is Digital Director at AECOM. Steve is in a unique position of working with both clients and supply chain in the successful implementation of Digital Solutions.

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Steve has recently been appointed by the Victorian State Government’s Chief Engineer to the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy Steering Committee, which aims to develop a consistent approach to Digital Engineering across all Victorian Infrastructure projects. He is currently working with Melbourne Airport to support the implementation of GIS and BIM. Steve has recently been nominated to the Infrastructure Projects Expert Panel supporting the Victorian Government’s Big Build program of works.

Alex Pavlickovski

Alex Pavlickovski

Asset Performance Manager, Melbourne Airport

When: Friday 16 November, 0900-0930, Technical Forum

Topic: How Does an Enterprise GIS System Centralise the Management of all Aviation, Operations and Business Data for Efficient Decision Making?

Alex joined Melbourne Airport in August 2017. He graduated from RMIT with a degree in Aerospace engineering and has worked with WorleyParsons, Yarra Valley Water and Mott Macdonald. At Melbourne Airport, Alex heads up the asset management function at Melbourne Airport.

Greg Spence

Greg Spence

Asset Performance Manager, Australian Industry Standards

When: Friday 16 November, 0930-1000, Technical Forum

Topic: Skilling the Future Aviation Workforce

Greg’s extensive experience spans 30 years in training and development across a variety of industries including Defence, Heavy vehicle/plant, Automotive, Manufacturing, Stevedoring and enterprise RTO’s. 

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This includes managerial positions at national and global levels and involved leading teams in training program development, course delivery, project implementation and management, compliance and RTO management. He has represented the logistics Industry for many years as a member of VET related Industry steering/reference committees and technical advisory groups. A heavy vehicle mechanic by trade, Greg also holds tertiary qualifications in business management, leadership and VET qualifications in education, safety and audit compliance management.

Travis Jaquith

Travis Jaquith

Sales Manager, Jaquith Industries Inc.

When: Friday 16 November, 1000-1030, Technical Forum

Topic: FAA Deep Base Cans and What you Need to Know

Travis Jaquith is currently Sales Manager at Jaquith Industries. He is the 5th generation to work at company, where they began manufacturing FAA certified Deep Base Cans in the 1960’s.

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Travis learned Jaquith’s product line at a young age and from the ground up. He began working on the production floor, where he assembled the companies Low Impact Resistant Approach Masts, before transitioning to the shipping and receiving department. After completing college, Travis returned to the Jaquith, before being named Sales Manager under Jaquith’s Vice President Bill Schai. He oversees projects for the company both domestically and abroad. Travis enjoys spending time traveling with his wife Mackenzie and their chocolate lab Tucker, always being sure to sample the local beer on tap.

Rob Walker

Rob Walker

Executive Manager Stakeholder Engagement, CASA

When: Friday 16 November, 1030-1100, Technical Forum

Topic: CASA Update – Reshaping our Stakeholder Engagement

Rob Walker has over 30 years experience in stakeholder engagement and public affairs. Rob has led stakeholder engagement at CASA since April 2016. Rob is passionate about aviation, is well known to many in the industry and has significant experience in strategic stakeholder engagement, issues management and corporate communications. 

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The Stakeholder Engagement Division has responsibility for CASA’s relations and consultation with aviation industry stakeholders and the community. It is the central coordination point for CASA’s international engagement with ICAO. The Division provides services for pilot and aircraft maintenance engineer licensing, aviation medicine, organisational approvals and the civil aircraft register. The Division is also responsible for all corporate communication including social media and web publishing as well as targeted safety education and information programs. Rob is a member of the CASA Board Audit Committee, Chair of the Risk and Investment Committee and a member of the Aviation Safety Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a private pilot.

Phil Shaw

Phil Shaw

Managing Director, Avisure

When: Friday 16 November, 1130-1200, Technical Forum

Topic: Wildlife Strikes: What your Airport Needs to Know to Keep it out of the Courts

Phil has worked in the aviation and environment industry for over 25 years. He is founder and Managing Director of two companies – Ecosure and Avisure, which employ over 140 staff.

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Phil is an expert in the field of wildlife strike risk assessment and mitigation within the aviation industry. He has completed projects at more than 70 airports in North America, the Middle East, South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson

Director, Director, R2A Due Diligence Engineers

When: Friday 16 November, 1130-1200, Technical Forum

Topic: Wildlife Strikes: What your Airport Needs to Know to Keep it out of the Courts

Richard is a Partner of R2A Due Diligence Engineers, a niche firm of Consulting Engineers specialising in defensible risk management.  He is also an occasional post-graduate studies lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology.

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Recent projects include the marine pilotage safety case for Sydney Harbour & Port Botany for the Sydney Ports Harbour Master, Hazard and Risk Analysis for the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Western Sydney Airport, Pole 3 (the new DC interisland link in NZ) due diligence review for Transpower, expert risk management member of the Powerline Bushfire Safety Taskforce arising from the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, Member of the Ministerial Panel into the Eildon Dam Upgrade and very many other reviews. Richard is a presenter for courses for Engineering Education Australia.

Denys Beveridge

Denys Beveridge

Airside Operations and Works

When: Friday 16 November, 1200-1230, Technical Forum

Topic: Wildlife Hazard management Case Study – Wellington Airport

Denys Beveridge works in Operations at Wellington International Airport and is responsible for implementing and managing all facets of their Wildlife Hazard Management Plan. He has worked at Wellington airport since 2010.

Laszlo Petho

Laszlo Petho

Pavements Manager, Fulton Hogan

When: Friday 16 November, 1330-1400, Technical Forum

Topic: The Impact of Bond Strength on the Performance of Wearing Courses on Airfield Infrastructure

Laszlo is a highly qualified, skilled professional civil engineer with 16 years’ experience; he received his MSc degree in civil engineering in 2002 and obtained his PhD in 2008.  

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His main areas of expertise include asphalt mix design, quality control, pavement material characterisation, pavement design and performance assessment and implementation of innovative technologies. He has spent many years in the asphalt industry and the research sector providing implemented research outcomes for the Australian road construction industry. He is now Pavements Manager at Fulton Hogan Infrastructure Services.

Nicky Williams

Nicky Williams

Senior Airports Engineer - Infrastructure Services , Fulton Hogan

When: Friday 16 November, 1330-1400, Technical Forum

Topic: The Impact of Bond Strength on the Performance of Wearing Courses on Airfield Infrastructure

Nicky joined Fulton Hogan in the National Airports team in 2017 and has over 10 years specialising in airport civil infrastructure as a Project Manager and Design Manager.

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Nicky has extensive experience in aviation projects including at capital city and regional airports and Defence bases across Australia and New Zealand on airfield maintenance/rehabilitation and new airside infrastructure.Nicky supports Fulton Hogan’s Technical team with Airport specific technical and design advice and provides guidance on the functional and regulatory design aspects through Fulton Hogan’s tendering activities.

Luc Ramalinga

Luc Ramalinga

Airfield Manager Aviation, Melbourne Airport

When: Friday 16 November, 1400-1430, Technical Forum

Topic: Melbourne Airport Quick Set Concrete Trial

Luc has worked in the aviation industry for over 10 years and spent the last 7 years working for Melbourne Airport. 

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As the Airfield Manager Luc manages the airfield department responsible for airside safety and compliance, airfield civil infrastructure and also airfield lighting. Luc is particularly active in overseeing safety on the airfield and chairs both the Airside Safety Committee and the Melbourne Runway Safety Team with an emphasis on driving change in airside safety culture and improving driver behaviour. 

Zehra Kaya

Zehra Kaya

National Business Manager - Roads and Pavements, HUESKER Australia

When: Friday 16 November, 1430-1500, Technical Forum

Topic: Asphalt Reinforcement with Polyester grids and Practical Experience in Airfields

Zehra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with a specialisation in technical textiles, and has completed a Master’s degree in International Business, at Griffith University, Queensland.  

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Over the past four years she has worked in the geosynthetics industry in Australia, where she has specialised in the use of geosynthetics in road and airfield pavements, with a particular interest in the area of asphalt reinforcement to tackle the effects of reflective cracking in pavement structures. She is currently heavily focused on a number of airfield refurbishment projects across Australia.

Nick Brouwer

Nick Brouwer

Manager, Ooms PMB

When: Friday 16 November, 1500-1530, Technical Forum

Topic: Performance Based Airfield Runway Projects – An International Perspective

Nick has a master’s degree in business administration (Erasmus University Rotterdam), with a specialisation in strategy. He started his career in 2009 with a commercial position at Ballast Nedam, a Dutch construction company, after which he joined Ooms/Strukton in 2013 as a Business Development Manager.

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Over the last six years, Nick has been involved in various infrastructure projects around the world, focusing on design and asphalt works. Nick has gained experience in various airport projects in the Middle East and Mexico. Within these projects, he coordinated pavement design/optimisations, specification and application of Sealoflex polymer modified binder and supervision during construction.

Philip Zuzelo

Philip Zuzelo

President, Cardinal International Grooving and Grinding LLC

When: Friday 16 November, 1530-1600, Technical Forum

Topic: The Benefits of Runway Grooving

Philip Zuzelo has been president of Cardinal/International Grooving and Grinding, LLC since 2000. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master of business administration from The Wharton School. 

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Cardinal traces its roots back to its extensive experimental work on grooving with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Langley Field, Virginia, in the late 1960’s. Cardinal is the recognized leader in airport runway grooving, having grooved more runways than any other company in the world. Working closely in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Philip and his team of engineers pioneered a new method of trapezoidal grooving that increases drainage performance while reducing tire wear/rubber build-up.

Conference MC’s

Lisa McAskill

Lisa McAskill

Lisa McAskill is an experienced presenter with a successful career in the television, modelling, film and training industries. During her 30 year career she has:

  • Presented on Channel 9’s Postcards program for 14 years
  • Presented on numerous local morning programs, corporate and training videos
  • Featured in more than 70 local, national and international television commercials
  • Been a successful model for 20 years
  • Worked in production for Grundy’s Wheel of Fortune
  • Lectured at SA Casting, Tanya Powell Modelling Agency and Finesse Models
  • Been a proud ambassador for Variety, the Children’s Charity

Lisa’s technical skills and experience are underpinned by a life-time passion for teaching. She is delighted to now share her knowledge through her training and workshop programs. Everyone who comes into contact with Lisa cant help but be affected by her warm personality and personable approach; she immediately puts you at ease. Lisa has successfully combined a busy career as a TV presenter, model, businesswoman, guest speaker and mother to become one of Adelaide’s most engaging and well-respected names.

Pete Lewis

Pete Lewis

Pete Lewis is the director of

Brisbane-based consultancy Way With Words after a 35 year career in broadcast journalism .

He’s a former National Rural & Regional Reporter for ABC News & Current Affairs , foreign correspondent and Executive Producer of ABC-TV’s Landline programme  .

Pete is a representative on the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ)  , President of the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ)  and past president of the Rural Press Club of Queensland .