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 and Deputy Chairman are appointed by the Board of Directors as well as the Company Secretary.

The Association is supported by a National Secretariat based in Canberra.


National Chairman

Tom Ganley
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Northern Territory Airports

Tom Ganley is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Northern Territory Airports (Darwin International, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Airport).  He has more than 30 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 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.


Deputy Chairman (TAS Director)

Paul Hodgen
General Manager
Launceston Airport

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.

Immediate Past Chairman

Guy Thompson

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.

QLD Director

Paul Watson
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.


ACT Director

Stephen Carson
Chief Financial Officer
Canberra Airport

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.

Stephen is also Chair of the AAA Finance and Risk Management (FARM) Committee.

NSW Director

Julie Stewart
Manager Airport and Aviation Development
Tamworth Regional Council

Julie Stewart has been the Manager Airport and Aviation Development at Tamworth Regional Airport since early 2013. There she has been involved in aerodrome management activities, airline business development, leasing, commercial developments, terminal and airfield upgrade projects, asset management and airport planning. She is a member of the LEMC, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently studying her MBA.

She moved from Sydney Airport after 15 years where her role honed not only her operational knowledge but her planning and contingency as well as emergency management skills. During her time in Sydney she was part of the SA2000 project, Sydney Airport Privatisation, Sydney Olympics & Para Olympics facilitation, and 9/11 responding activities. She was part of the project management team for the common-user integration of the T2 terminal following the Ansett collapse.

Julie studied her B.Sc. (Jap. Lang.) at Griffith University and has over 10 years hotel management and hospitality experience after working in the Whitsundays in the 80’s and 90’s. 

NT Director



SA Director

Howard Aspey
Manager – Airport Operations
Whyalla Airport

VIC Director

Katie Cooper
Head of Aviation Operations
Melbourne Airport

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.


WA Director

Jenny Kox
Terminal Operations Systems & Standards Manager
Perth Airport

Jenny Kox has close to 15 years of airport management experience which began managing Forrest Airport on the Nullabour alongside her husband. Since then, Jenny has worked at, and consulted to, all size of airport including remote, regional and major capital city at all levels and in all facets of airport operations.

Since July 2017, Jenny has been part of the Terminal Operations team at Perth Airport as the Systems & Standards Manager, overseeing Service Standard reporting to airlines as well as documentation, business continuity and process improvements for the team. More recently, Jenny now also manages the Customer Service team and the 88-strong Gold Coat Volunteer Ambassador program.

Jenny has been part of the executive team of the Australian Airports Association’s Western Australia Division in one form or another since 2007 including previously being their represented Board Director in 2015-2017. 

Major Airport Director

Norris Carter
Chief Executive Officer
North Queensland Airports

Norris Carter is responsible for growing Cairns and Mackay airports as gateways to the unique natural assets of the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and the Bowen/Galilee basin. He joined NQA as a member of the Board of Directors in 2015 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2016.

Norris has extensive experience in aviation, including leading airline business development at Auckland Airport and international network planning, revenue management and loyalty at Qantas. He is Deputy Chair of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, and a director of Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair.

Large Regional Airport Director

Bill Chapman
Mildura Airport

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

Nat Thomas
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. 

Company Secretary

Glen Bortolin
Corporate Services Director
Australian Airports Association