Fate of our air­port in good hands with board full of busi­ness high- fly­ers Sky re­ally is the limit

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT vic­to­ria. nu­gent@ news. com. au

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.

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