AAA to farewell Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie

 

Australian Airports Association (AAA) Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie will leave the organisation in December to take on a new role.

AAA National Chairman Guy Thompson said Ms Wilkie had transformed the AAA to create a vibrant organisation at the forefront of the issues that matter to the industry.

“Her significant policy focus has delivered new funding for regional airports and deepened airport engagement with our industry partners,” Mr Thompson said.

“Her work will have a lasting and important impact on our industry.”

Ms Wilkie said she was proud to have represented Australian airports over the last nine years.

“Our airports make such an important contribution to their communities and it has been incredibly rewarding to work with them to support their growth and success,” Ms Wilkie said.

“Our regional airports now have access to sustainable funding, while our major airports are investing in the nation’s growth and delivering a better deal for passengers.

“It’s been a great privilege to work with the AAA team, the Board and our members to advance the key issues facing our sector.”

Under Ms Wilkie’s leadership, the AAA led the successful Protect Regional Airports campaign, culminating in the Federal Government’s announcement of a $100 million regional airport fund earlier this year. This followed the extension of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme last year.

Ms Wilkie also oversaw the AAA’s engagement with CASA on changes to the Manual of Standards (MOS) Part 139, as well as its engagement with two regional aviation inquiries and the current Productivity Commission inquiry on the economic regulation of airports.

Mr Thompson said the growing success of events including the AAA National Conference and Airport Safety Week also reflected an increased focus on industry collaboration under Ms Wilkie’s leadership.

“Behind the scenes, the committees and networking groups established by Caroline have provided new opportunities to identify industry-wide solutions to common challenges,” Mr Thompson said.

“Last year’s creation of the Women in Airports and Young Airport Professionals groups are taking that work further, driving new conversations about supporting diversity at our airports.

“We are a stronger, more connected industry community as a result of Caroline’s efforts.

“On behalf of the Board, I sincerely thank Caroline for her significant contribution to the aviation sector and wish her every success in her new role.”

Ms Wilkie’s final day will be on Friday 13 December. The Board will now begin the recruitment process for a new CEO.

ENDS

2 October 2019

 

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