QAL Company Structure

QAL Group of Companies



QAL Organisational Structure

The QAL corporate group structure provides specialist resources in functional areas to ensure an overarching corporate ethos to all airports owned by QAL. This group structure was designed to achieve synergies across all airports and deliver a sustainable return on investment to shareholders, stakeholders and customers.



QAL Executive Management Team

The QAL Executive Management team consists of:

chrismills_2 Chris Mills, Chief Executive Officer
Chris joined QAL in 2014. As CEO, Chris is responsible for setting and driving strategic initiatives to ensure the continued success of the group into the future. Chris leads an experienced team with a focus on delivering exceptional airport experiences, and oversees a significant investment program in QAL airports to deliver on this vision. Chris has over 25 years’ experience in diverse industries including tourism, leisure, retail, finance and property planning and development. He has worked in senior executive roles in Australia and England across the private and public sectors. He is currently a board member of the Australian Airports Association, the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia, and Tourism and Events Queensland – including a role as chairman of the TEQ Audit and Risk Commitee. Previous board roles include the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and state government authorities.


marioncharlton_2 Marion Charlton, Chief Operating Officer, Gold Coast Airport
Marion has over 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry both domestically and abroad. Since joining Gold Coast Airport in 2004, Marion has held a variety of management roles including her most recent role of General Manager Commercial and Terminals, during which she oversaw the last significant Gold Coast Airport terminal redevelopment in 2010. Marion worked at both Atlanta and Sydney airports during the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was in Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has also worked with the Irish Airport Authority. Marion has strong ties with many Gold Coast tourism organisations through her past work on the Tourism Advisory Board for Bond University. She is currently on the advisory Board for Southern Cross University Business School and is on the Board of Trustees for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation. Marion is also a member of the Study Gold Coast Board. In 2008 she was awarded the International Woman’s Day Leadership Award for the Gold Coast.


kevingill_2 Kevin Gill, Chief Operating Officer, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach Airports
Kevin has 26 years’ experience in aviation and has held executive positions in airlines in Australia and New Zealand including Air New Zealand. Since joining QAL in 2008, Kevin has been involved in a range of programs and initiatives to develop Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports. This has seen the reestablishment of Townsville as an international airport as well as significant airport development at Mount Isa and several new airlines and routes operating through both Townsville and Mount Isa airports. Kevin is currently Chair of Townsville Enterprise, and is a Councillor of the Queensland Futures Institute.


ameliaevans_2 Amelia Evans, Chief Financial Officer
Amelia joined QAL as the Chief Financial Officer in 2016. As CFO, Amelia is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the group’s strategy, in addition to leading the core functions of Finance, People and Culture, and Technology and Innovation. Amelia is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience in aviation, telecoms, FMCG and property industries. Her initial grounding at Ernst & Young has led to senior executive roles in Australia, Solomon Islands, London, United States and the Caribbean. In her roles, Amelia has managed financial, operational, people, technology and project teams. Prior to joining QAL Amelia worked at Qantas in Head of Finance roles for ground operations, commercial, customer experience and engineering, including the delivery of major aircraft reconfiguration programs. Amelia has experience in crisis management, economic development, sporting and charitable committees, and is an active mentor for several organisations in Australia. She is currently a board member for the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for the National Trust (Queensland). Amelia has also recently been appointed as Governor-in-Council for Griffith University.


David Hedges, General Counsel and Company Secretary
David re-joined QAL in January 2019 having previously held various executive roles within the Group between 2010 and 2014. He is a generalist lawyer with extensive experience as general counsel and company secretary within Australian airports and the tourism and property sectors. David is responsible for QAL’s legal and governance functions as well as the Group’s company secretarial role. His professional experience has been gained as an executive working within major national and multinational corporations and his expertise lies in an ability to successfully lead and manage legal and governance within highly regulated, dynamic and intensely competitive environments. David has also worked with Australia’s preeminent indigenous organisation, the ILC and its subsidiary , Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia and was also a director of the Mutitjulu Foundation, a successful not-for-profit established to improve the lives of Uluru’s traditional owners. In addition to David’s professional expertise, he has a passion for social equity, aboriginal advancement and ethics. He is a long standing member of The Ethics Centre, a member of various legal and governance groups as well as an associate member of the Queensland Indigenous Lawyers Association.

Adam Rowe, Executive General Manager Business Development and Marketing
Adam joined QAL in 2017 as General Manager Business Development and Marketing, before moving into his current role in July 2018. In this role Adam is responsible for managing the business development and marketing function, leading his team to grow domestic and international airline capacity, and work with airline partners and tourism bureaus to market destination accessibility.  Adam has held a number of senior management and executive roles within the airline industry, working for Virgin Australia and Tigerair, and brings ten years’ experience to this role.


carlbruhn_2 Carl Bruhn, Executive General Manager Property and Infrastructure
Carl joined QAL in 2016 and brings a wealth of experience including mixed use precincts, non-residential land development, project/construction management, design management and community development. Carl is responsible for delivering a large program of works across the QAL Group over the coming years, bringing a broad background of experience to the role. Carl’s most recent role was with Villa World as the General Manager, Communities and Business Growth. Carl spent a number of years with Lendlease as General Manager Town Centres and Senior Project Director on the Varsity Lakes project. During this time, he was responsible for both the residential and commercial aspects of the Varsity Lakes development and similar Lendlease projects nationally. Carl is a Fellow of the Urban Development Industry of Australia (FDIA) and is a fully licenced real estate agent.