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 (QLD Director)
As General Manager Mackay Airport, Rob Porter works closely with a range of aviation, business, government and community partners and stakeholders. Rob is passionate about the future of Australian regional aviation and the fast pace of airports in general. With “Sunny Mackay” Airport close to his heart.
During Rob’s 30-year career in the Australian aviation industry he has also gained experience working with the Department of Aviation, Airservices Australia and Sydney, Canberra, Alice Springs and Gold Coast Airports. Rob has been a member of the ICAO panel for ARFFS and his international engagements have seen him visit airports at Saudi Arabia, India, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Fiji.
In addition to his new role as Deputy Chair of the AAA Board, Rob is currently the chair of Mackay Tourism Limited and Mackay Stadium. Mackay Airport is part of the North Queensland Airports group which also operates Cairns Airport.
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.
Barrie joined Port Lincoln Airport as Manager in July 2013 to oversee completion of the new $13m passenger terminal and apron expansion.
He has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure management in government and private sector with a focus on aviation and asset management.
Before joining Port Lincoln Airport, Barrie worked with the Lord Howe Island Board as Manager Technical Services for 9 years including management of the Island’s Airport and infrastructure assets.
Prior to returning to Australia in 2001 following 10 years based in the USA Barrie was President of Castec USA Inc; a subsidiary of US Fortune 500 company Eagle Picher Industries a manufacturer of specialised robotic heavy construction equipment developed in Australia. During this time Barrie also owned and operated Santa Monica Heli-Services a Robinson R22 franchise focussed on training and charter with a fleet of 5 helicopters.
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.
Moorabbin Airport Corporation
With over 20 years of experience in airport senior management roles, Paul has been CEO of Moorabbin Airport since 2011. His previous roles include Deputy CEO at Bankstown, Camden and Hoxton Park airports and was part of the airport privatisation teams for Sydney Airport and the Sydney Basin Airports.
Paul has also worked in global consultancy firms and on major defence outsourcing contracts and holds degrees in law and economics from Sydney University.
Paul is the current Chair of the Victorian Division Branch of the AAA, a member of the RMIT Aviation Industry Advisory Committee, a member of the City of Kingston Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee, a member of the Australian National Aviation Museum and is a Rotarian.
Executive Manager Strategic Development
Broome International Airport Pty Ltd
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.