The North Queensland Airports Board of Directors is comprised of:

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Ross Rolfe, AO (Chair)

Ross Rolfe has extensive experience in senior positions in both the public and private sectors, having served as Director General of five Queensland departments, from the mid-1990s until 2007, including Premier Department, Coordinator General, Department of State Development and Department of Trade. He has also been the CEO of two energy companies and has held a number of roles as Chairman and Non-Executive Director on Boards of publicly listed companies and Government owned Corporations in the infrastructure and energy sectors

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Richard Barker

Richard is an Independent Director with experience in the Airports, Retail and Energy sectors. His previous role was as a member of the Executive Team at Auckland International Airport. He was GM of Retail & Commercial responsible for Auckland Airport’s retail, transport and premium lounge businesses.

Richard more than 30 years global experience while working and living in New Zealand, UK, USA and Australia. Richard holds a BMS (Marketing / Finance) and a KMI from Kellogg Business School – Chicago and is a member NZ Institute of Directors. 

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James Cook

James is a Division Director in Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets’ transport team and has been with Macquarie since 2003. He has more than 15 years’ experience in infrastructure funds management, investment and advisory in Australia and North America. He has broad sub-sector experience having worked on assets across all major infrastructure sub sectors including roads, airports, rail, energy, utilities and telecommunications. Most recently James has been in the role of Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Arteria, an ASX listed global infrastructure developer and operator with toll road investments in Europe and the United States. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

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Marko Josipovic

Marko Josipovic is an Investment Principal within the Infrastructure Investments Group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. In his current role Marko has been involved in the initial investment and ongoing management of infrastructure businesses across OECD countries in the utilities, power generation and transportation sectors. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in New York, Marko worked in the infrastructure investment team at IFM Investors in Melbourne and at National Australia Bank as a member of the bank’s infrastructure project finance team in Sydney. He graduated from The University of Adelaide with a double degree of Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and Bachelor of Finance.

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Amanda McMillan OBE, CA

Amanda is an Executive Director in Macquarie’s Infrastructure and Real Assets Australian Transport Team.  She is the former Chief Executive Officer of AGS Airports Limited, one of the United Kingdom’s leading airport groups and operator of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports and is currently the Chair of Hobart Airport; a director of Perth Airport; and a director of Queensland Airports Limited.  Prior to her career in aviation Amanda worked for the global drinks company Diageo and KPMG in financial and leadership roles.  She was awarded an OBE for her services to business and tourism in 2013 and holds honorary doctorates from both the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University.

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Paul Ryan

Based in New York, Paul Ryan is CEO and Portfolio Manager of JPMorgan Asset Management's OECD Infrastructure Equity Fund. In addition to North Queensland Airports, he sits on the Boards of Electricity North West (UK), Southern Water (UK), and Noatum Ports (Spain). Originally from Sydney, Paul has spent almost 20 years in the United States and has an MBA from Yale and a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University.

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Liz Savage

Liz has extensive experience in the travel, tourism & hospitality sectors, with expertise in strategy, marketing & digital commerce. Liz held leadership roles in high growth, disruptive consumer businesses in the UK, Europe & Australia: including as Business Development Director of easyJet & Chief Commercial Officer of Virgin Australia. Liz applies customer-centred leadership to her portfolio of Non Executive Director roles at Intrepid Travel Group, People Infrastructure, Brisbane Marketing and Triathlon Australia and previously at Mantra Group and Swissport ANZ. Liz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Bristol, a Master’s degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and studied at Harvard Business School.

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Diane Smith-Gander

Diane Smith-Gander is a professional company director and has led an accomplished business career spanning many industries and countries, with experience at some of Australia’s largest corporations. She was also a partner in the US at McKinsey & Company.

Diane is a non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers, AGL Energy, WA’s Keystart Home Loans and she serves on the partnership council of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia. She chairs the SafeWork Australia member’s body and the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council.

Diane has a BEc and MBA and in 2015, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia where she is a member of the Business School Advisory Board. She is also a director of CEDA

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Colin Storrie

Colin Storrie extensive financial and aviation experience, which includes Group Treasurer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer roles within Qantas Airways Ltd and AMP Ltd. He has also held a number of director roles in both listed and non-listed companies including Qantas Airways Ltd, Jetset Travel Ltd, Qantas superannuation, AMP Bank and AMP Financial Services. Prior his roles at Qantas and AMP, Colin worked in investment banking and for the government of New South Wales.  Colin is an independent non-executive Director of AIG Australia Ltd and is Chair of both its Board Audit and Risk Committees. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wollongong, a graduate diploma in management from AGSM University of New South Wales is a fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (FCPA) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

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Peter Varghese AO

Peter Varghese AO is the director of CARE Australia, and the Chancellor of The University of Queensland. Prior to this appointment, he served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016). Previous senior appointments included High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), High Commissioner to Malaysia (2000-2002), Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (2004-2009), and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia (2003-2004). Mr Varghese was the author of a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister and submitted in July 2018.

Mr Varghese was educated at The University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a University Medal in history in 1978. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Queensland in 2013.

Mr Varghese sits on the boards of AMP Limited, AMP Capital Holdings and AMP Bank. He is also on the international governing board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore and the governing board of Nalanda University in India.

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Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM 

Martin Parkinson is Chancellor of Macquarie University, a director of Worley, Male Champions of Change and O’Connell St Associates, and a member of the advisory boards of the Asia Society Australia and Thrive Refugee Enterprises. He has almost four decades experience operating at the highest levels of government in Australia and internationally, working across economic, social, foreign, defence and national security policy. Martin has been: Secretary of three Australian Government Departments - Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury, and Climate Change; a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia; Chair of the Australian Office of Financial Management; Australia’s G20 Finance Deputy; and has worked at the International Monetary Fund.

Martin holds a B.Ec with First Class Honours (Adelaide), a M.Ec (ANU), and a M.A and Ph.D (Princeton). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.