Fate of our airport in good hands with board full of business high- flyers Sky really is the limit
THE southern- based fly- infly- out board members responsible for the fate of Townsville Airport have extensive business interests in other southern enterprises.
The seven members of the Queensland Airports Ltd board each have high- profile links to major companies from across the country.
QAL chairman Annabelle Chaplain was appointed to the board in 2014.
Ms Chaplain is a director of Downer- EDI and a director of EPIC, Australia’s export credit agency.
She is also a past member of the Board of Taxation, the non- executive chairman for Canstar Pty Ltd, non- executive director for Seven Group Holdings Ltd and sits on the board of the Australian Ballet.
Several board members have links to the Infrastructure Fund, which owns QAL.
Jonathan van Rooyen, who last week told the Bulletin he was concerned about Adani’s implications for other coal regions, is the general manager of investment at The Infra- structure Fund, which also owns the Port of Newcastle.
He is a past director of Interlink Roads, Statewide Roads, and Envirogen.
Andrew Agnew, who is the chairman of QAL’s remuner- ation committee, is a director of Gardior Pty Ltd, the parent company of The Infrastructure Fund, while Robert Lette is the chairman of Gardior and The Infrastructure Fund.
Mr Lette, a former partner of Queensland law firm Mullins Lawyers, has the closest ties to North Queensland as a director of North Queensland Airports Group, which owns the Mackay Airport.
Other board members have been chosen for lengthy experience in the aviation sector, wielding their influence at airports across the country.
Former airline executive Ashley Kilroy is a director of Mildura Airport Pty Ltd, chairman of Aviation Australia Pty Ltd and a past director of Newcastle Airport Pty Ltd.
Alan Mulgrew also brings years of industry experience to the table.
After retiring from Sydney Airport in 1997, Mr Mulgrew established a corporate advisory company that helps major institutions develop infrastructure projects.
He is a non- executive director of Adelaide Airport Ltd, Tesla Corporation and Cooperative Bulk Handling.
The final board member Nigel Chamier’s background is in property and infrastruc- ture, with him providing guidance to both the private and public sectors.
He has been the Honorary Consul for Sweden since 2000, is the chairman of Brisbane’s Anzac Square Restoration Committee and is on the South Bank Corporation Board.
He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Griffith Business School.
He is the immediate past president of The Brisbane Club, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Australian Property Institute and Australian Institute of Company Directors.