Board of Directors
The AAA is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Representatives are appointed for each State and Territory as well as airport membership categories – major, large regional and small regional.
An Alternate Director is also appointed for each State and Territory as the representative for when a state based director is unable to attend a board meeting.
The National Chairman is elected by popular vote by members nationally. A Deputy Chairman and Company Secretary are appointed by the Board of Directors.
The Association is supported by a National Secretariat based in Canberra.
Mr Guy Thompson is the association representative for the owners of Forrest Airport located 88 km from the WA/SA border on the Nullarbor and provides refuelling and accommodation services to those travelling across Australia.
Guy also operates a consulting business providing advice on all things airports to the industry, with a focus on optimising operational efficiency, asset management and whole of life cost for infrastructure.
As the former Chief Operating Officer of Perth Airport Pty Ltd Guy led the team responsible for Security & Emergency Planning, Terminal Operations, Airfield Operations, and Asset Maintenance of all infrastructure owned and operated on the Perth Airport estate.
Guy has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, a Graduate Certificate of Management and is a Member of the Institution of Engineers. He is also a Member of the Institute of Company Directors and is currently the National Chairman of the Australian Airports Association.
Deputy Chairman (TAS Director)
Paul is an aviation professional with 40 years global experience across a diverse spectrum of airports, airline models, geographies and cultures, having held numerous management roles within airport/airline organisations in Australia and overseas.
For the past five years, Paul has held the position of General Manager at Launceston Airport, tourism gateway to Tasmania’s north and the Australian Airports Association’s “Major Airport of the Year” for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Paul is charged with enhancing the airports reputation with all stakeholders, enabling long-term growth and increased market share in Tasmanian air services, through effective partnering with tourism agencies, and others.
Paul, is currently chair of the AAA Tasmanian Division, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Queens University Belfast, and holds board positions on the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania. Paul is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and recently graduated as an International Airport Professional through the ACI-ICAO AMPAP program.
General Manager – Civil Services & Operations
Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island
As General Manager of Civil Services & Operations Hamilton Island Enterprises, Paul Watson shares the Oatley family’s vision to create a world-class holiday destination. Paul hails from a background in Airline Operations, Airport Operations, Financial Management and Emergency Services.
Paul moved from Airline Operations following the collapse of Ansett Airlines in 2001 to a budget development role when joining the Department of Treasury in Canberra where he was responsible for liaison with Department of Finance and Administration in preparation of the annual Australian Federal Budget and release of budget papers. Paul relocated to the Sunshine Coast in 2005 and re-discovered his love of all things aviation taking up a role with Sunshine Coast Airport and during his four year tenure worked in a number of roles including Airport Compliance Manager and later as Airport Operations Manager. In 2009 Paul accepted and was appointed a position with Hamilton Island Enterprises of Airport & Island Transport Manager, over time his role has evolved into his current position as General Manager, Civil Services and Operations.
Corporate Services Director
Australian Airports Association
Chief Financial Officer
In February 2014, Stephen joined Canberra Airport as the Chief Financial Officer to oversee the Finance, Commercial and Legal team across the group’s large portfolio of developments.
Stephen, a qualified CPA with a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA in Strategic Management, has over 20 years of experience in the finance sector and has taken a lead role in the company’s diversification into off-airport land and commercial developments.
Before joining Canberra Airport, Stephen worked with Brisbane Airport Corporation for over 13 years in several finance management roles helping to deliver on many aeronautical, commercial and property negotiations including the airport’ landmark $1.3 billion new parallel runway agreement.
Director Corporate Services
Narrabri Shire Council
Lindsay Mason has had a local government career spanning 28 years, in a range of accounting & business management and aviation management roles. He is currently the Director of Corporate Services at Narrabri.
Northern Territory Airports
Tom Ganley is Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Airport Development Group, owners and operators of the Northern Territory Airports (Darwin International, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airport). He has more than 28 years’ experience in aviation, having previously held various senior finance and commercial management roles at many of Australia’s major airports, including Adelaide International, Alice Springs and Darwin International. A Justice of the Peace, he 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.
Manager – Airport Operations
Head of Aviation Operations
Katie Cooper is an accomplished senior business leader with extensive operational and management experience. Currently the Head of Aviation Operations at Melbourne Airport, she is responsible for terminals, airfield, operational planning, aviation compliance and project interfaces. Katie has an MBA and several other qualifications, along with 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.
Executive Manager Strategic Development
Broome International Airport Pty Ltd
Rob Menzies has been in the aviation industry with Broome International Airport (BIA) for the past twenty one (21) years and is currently Executive Manager Strategic Development and part of the airport executive management team. Rob reports to the BIA Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for strategic planning as well as programming, resourcing and delivery all landside and airside infrastructure projects at the airport.
Rob also has the responsibility for all communication and negotiations with external stakeholders who have an interest in the presence and operation of Broome International Airport including the Shire of Broome, Federal and State Government agencies and service authorities.
Rob is a Certified Practicing Engineer (CP Eng), a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (MIE Aust) and is currently the Western Australian Chair and Board Director of the Australian Airports Association.
Major Airport Director
Chief Executive Officer
Queensland Airports Limited
Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports in Queensland, facilitating over 8 million passengers a year. As CEO Chris is responsible for leading strategic initiatives to ensure the continued success of the business, and oversees significant investment in QAL airports to deliver on the group vision.
Chris has almost 30 years experience in diverse industries including tourism, leisure, retail, finance and property development, in Australia and overseas. A qualified CA, Chris is currently a board member of the Tourism and Transport Forum, and a former board member of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Large Regional Airport Director
Airport Operations Manager
Before becoming involved with Aviation, Bill served in the Australian Regular Army for 26 years enjoying an extremely busy career, working in many differing roles. Bill went on to serve a further term in the Army Reserve. He Joined Mildura Airport in 2005 and has been involved in all the major projects that have been completed to date, as the Operations Manager.
Bill is an active sportsman, contributing on committees and is currently President of a local sporting club. Bill is presently the chair of the Regional Airports Security Committee and has chaired the AAA emergency management forum, currently representing regional airports at the AAA executive level.
Small Regional Airport Director
Aerodrome Inspector, Surveyor and Linemarker
Aerodrome Management Services
Halls Creek Aerodrome
Nathanael Thomas (Nat) has worked with Aerodrome Management Services since the year 2000. In that time, he has carried out a wide variety of roles on regional airports within WA, NT & QLD. These roles include aerodrome management, construction, line marking, lighting installation, design and inspection.
Nat has been representing small regional airports on the AAA board since the category was created in 2013 as the manager of Halls Creek aerodrome.
Of a typical year Nat will visit near 100 aerodromes carrying out Aerodrome Safety Inspections, Aerodrome Technical Inspections and various other works.