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:
|Chris Mills, Chief Executive Officer
Chris Mills joined Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) in June 2014, and in October 2015 was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As the 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 programme 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 also currently a board member of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
|Marion Charlton, Chief Operating Officer, Gold Coast Airport
Marion Charlton has an impressive track record with 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 in the 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. In 2008 she was awarded the International Woman’s Day Leadership Award for the Gold Coast.
|Kevin Gill, Chief Operating Officer, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach Airports
Kevin Gill has 24 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 a number of 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. Kevin will play a vital role in successfully delivering the Townsville Airport redevelopment, Project Alive, which will be the largest redevelopment since the existing terminal was built in 1981.
|Amelia Evans, Chief Financial Officer
Amelia Evans is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience in various industries including aviation, telecoms, FMCG and property development. Her initial grounding at Ernst & Young has led to senior executive roles in the public and private sectors in Australia, Solomon Islands, London, United States and the Caribbean. At British Telecom in London, Amelia managed the group strategic plan, negotiated joint venture agreements and delivered a significant change management program. In the Caribbean, Amelia oversaw the establishment of IGA supermarkets and construction of retail and commercial properties. At Qantas, Amelia worked in Head of Finance roles within the areas of operations, commercial, sales, customer experience and engineering, and was also responsible for the delivery of major aircraft capital reconfiguration programs. In her roles, Amelia has managed financial, operational, people, technology and project teams. Amelia has been on various advisory Boards for disaster management, economic development and sporting associations. Amelia is actively involved in a number of national leadership and mentoring programs.
|Paul Donovan, Executive General Manager Business Development and Marketing
Paul Donovan has more than 40 years’ experience in aviation and tourism. Paul’s past positions include the NSW Regional Director for Ansett Airlines; Global Director of Sales at Ansett Airlines, Chair of Ansett Airlines revenue related businesses and an alternate Director at Air Pacific. Paul was also General Manager NZ/Pacific Islands at Qantas, Commercial Director NZ/Australia at Air New Zealand, and also General Manager Air New Zealand Australia.Paul was Chief Operating Officer at Gold Coast Airport from 2005 – 2014 and was responsible for the day-to-day operations and delivery of several key projects including a runway extension, a $100 million terminal redevelopment, a long term car park development and the 2011 Gold Coast Airport Master Plan. In 2012 Paul oversaw the expansion of Tower Road with an increased fuel facility holding, additional apron parking, and terminal and apron changes to facilitate the current growth. Since 1 July 2014, Paul has headed up the Business Development and Marketing Team for Queensland Airports Limited as Executive General Manager, focusing on his significant experience, extensive knowledge of, and contacts within the tourism and aviation industries. Paul has been a member of the Gold Coast Tourism Board since 2005 and Chairman since 2007. Paul is a Board Director of Tourism and Events Queensland and an Adjunct Professor at Griffith Institute for Tourism.
|Carl Bruhn, Executive General Manager Property and Infrastructure
Carl Bruhn joined QAL in August 2016. Carl brings to QAL 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 Manger 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. Mr Bruhn is a Fellow of the Urban Development Industry of Australia (FDIA) and is a fully licenced real estate agent.
|Hamish McKellar, General Counsel and Company Secretary
Hamish has over 20 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer and company secretary. He started his legal career in the Commonwealth Treasury advising on the regulation of financial markets and the drafting of the Managed Investments Act, and subsequently held a number of in-house roles in the financial services sector, focusing on funds management, life insurance and banking. During his career in financial services, Hamish was involved in a number of mergers & acquisitions including the Colonial Group’s acquisition of Legal & General Australia and Prudential Life, and the sale of the Colonial Group to the Commonwealth Bank and PrefSure Life to the Tower Group. In addition to various roles in financial services, he has also held the roles of General Counsel & Company Secretary of Sumitomo Australia and Senior Corporate Lawyer at The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Ltd. Hamish is responsible for managing the QAL group’s legal, governance, compliance and risk management functions.