The North Queensland Airports Board of Directors is comprised of:

Operations Board

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Emeritus Professor, Sandra Harding, AO (Chair)

Professor Sandra Harding AO served as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University from January 2007 to February 2022 and was responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Professor Harding has been involved in regional development activity in northern Australia and the global Tropics for many years and has undertaken a wide variety of senior university-aligned roles as well as memberships/directorships of local, national and international Boards and Councils. She currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of UniSuper, the Regional Australia Institute and the (NQ) Cowboys Community Foundation. Professor Harding also serves as a Member of the Board of Governors, Queensland Community Foundation.

Professor Harding holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the Australian National University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Queensland, a PhD in Sociology from North Carolina State University and an honorary Doctor of the University degree from Queensland University of Technology.

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Ross Rolfe, AO 

Ross Rolfe has extensive experience in senior positions in both the public and private sectors, having served as Director General of several Queensland Government Departments, from the mid-1990s until 2007, including Premier and Cabinet, Department of State Development and Department of Trade, Environment and Coordinator General.

Ross has also had extensive corporate experience at Chief Executive level as CEO Stanwell Corporation, CEO Alinta Energy and CEO Infigen Energy/Iberdrola Australia. Ross has served as a Non-executive Director on a range of listed and unlisted, and Government Australian Boards: immediate past Chair of North Queensland Airports (see below), Thiess Contractors, WDS, CMI, CS Energy, Transurban Queensland, Infigen, Infrastructure Australia and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

Ross is the immediate past Chair of the Operations Board having served on the Board as Chair from 2014-2023. He has served on the Operations Board as an independent director since 2014-present.

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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.

Marko graduated from The University of Adelaide with a double degree of Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and Bachelor of Finance.

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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 NSW Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board, and 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.

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Liz Savage

Liz has extensive experience in the travel, tourism & hospitality sectors, having held senior 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.

Now a full time company director, Liz’s portfolio includes Auckland International Airport, Intrepid Travel, FunLab and People Infrastructure. Previous Board roles include at Mantra Group, Swissport ANZ, Brisbane Marketing & Triathlon Australia.

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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Hugh FitzSimons

Hugh has worked with Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets for 17 years in both Sydney and New York. Hugh is the Head of The Infrastructure Fund (TIF), a $2.4bn infrastructure fund for which MIRA is the Investment Manager, and the COO of Macquarie Specialised Asset Management (MSAM) which is the trustee of several of MIRA’s Australian funds and managed accounts. He is currently a Director of Port of Newcastle, and was previously the Chair of Hobart Airport and Oceania Healthcare (NZ).

Hugh has degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney, and is a member of the NSW Law Society and the AICD.

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Dr Valerie Cooms

Dr Valerie Cooms belongs to the Quandamooka people of the Moreton bay region. Valerie has worked for government over many years, including the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, served as a Member of the National Native Title Tribunal and is currently a Director of both Indigenous Business Australia and Aboriginal Hostels Limited.

Valerie is also currently the Chair of the Quandamooka Yoolooburabee Registered Native Title Body Corporate. 


Property Trust Board

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Paul Ryan (Chair)

Based in New York, Paul Ryan is CEO and Portfolio Manager of JPMorgan Asset Management's OECD Infrastructure Equity Strategy. 

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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Colin Storrie

Colin Storrie has extensive financial and aviation experience, which includes Group Treasurer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Officer roles within Qantas Airways Ltd. Up until 2021, Colin was the Managing Director, Group Portfolio Businesses at Woolworths Ltd and prior to that was Deputy CFO.   He has also held a number of director roles in both listed and non-listed companies including Qantas Airways Ltd, Jetset Travel Ltd, AIG Australia Ltd and AMP Bank Ltd. Prior to his roles at Qantas and Woolworths, Colin worked in investment banking and for the government of New South Wales.

Colin is a non-executive director of Endeavour Group Ltd, the Quantium Group Ltd and Chairman of PFD Food Services Ltd. He is also on the Investment Committee of W23 Investments Ltd and is an Advisory Board member to Commencer Capital. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wollongong, a graduate diploma in management from AGSM University of New South Wales, 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). Peter Varghese was the author of a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister and submitted in July 2018.

Peter 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.

Peter chairs The Advisory Council of Asialink, a body committed to deeper engagement with Asia, and also sits on the governing board of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

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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 a director of Perth Airport, Queensland Airports, One Rail Australia, Bingo Industries, and is the former Chair of Hobart Airport. 

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.