Cairns Airport is owned and operated by NQA (North Queensland Airports).

Meet the NQA Executive Team:

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Norris Carter, Chief Executive Officer

Norris Carter is responsible for growing Cairns and Mackay airports as gateways to the unique natural assets of the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and the Bowen/Galilee basin. He joined NQA as a member of the Board of Directors in 2015, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2016. Norris has extensive experience in aviation, including leading airline business development at Auckland Airport and international network planning, revenue management and loyalty at Qantas.
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Mark Hope, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Hope leads NQA’s Finance and Corporate Services team, with responsibility for all financial, procurement, information technology and Human Resources activities. Mark has over 20 years’ experience gained in a career that has included senior roles at Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), APN News and Media, and Queensland Government. His experience includes Chief Financial Officer roles in both the private and public sectors.

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Kate McCreery Carr, Chief Operations Officer

Kate McCreery-Carr is responsible for all aspects of delivering an excellent airport customer experience in Cairns, ensuring the terminals, and the teams who support them, are meeting passenger needs. Kate’s role also covers aerodrome operations, security and asset maintenance and development. Kate’s 27 year career in the aviation industry includes various management roles with Air Niugini and Australian Airlines. She joined Cairns Airport in 2006. 


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Tracey Groves, Chief Commercial Officer – Retail, Transport and Property

Tracey Groves leads the Cairns Airport Commercial team in exciting and delighting the growing numbers of international and domestic passengers and other customers within the airport precinct. Tracey has 30 years' experience in the retail industry across a diverse range of sectors, including senior positions with Coles Myer, Crown Casino and multinational fuel companies. Tracey holds an MBA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Joanne Khoo, General Counsel and Company Secretary

Joanne leads the NQA Legal and Company Secretariat team and is responsible for legal, governance, enterprise risk management and company secretariat duties. Joanne has significant experience in the aviation sector and has deep insight into the infrastructure, energy, property, retail, operational and commercial/aviation activities that comprise NQA’s business.

Prior to joining NQA, Joanne held senior positions at Sydney Airport Ltd, Arup Pty Ltd and various highly reputable law firms. Joanne is committed to good governance, sustainability and aviation growth & tourism in Far North Queensland. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law, Masters of Law, Diploma in Legal Practice Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

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Luis Perez, Chief Commercial Officer Aviation

Luis is responsible for growing airline services and passenger numbers to Cairns and Mackay Airports by working with airlines and the travel / tourism industry.

An international aviation executive, Luis has over 20 years’ experience in airline, strategy and commercial management roles and has a deep understanding of travel, trade, tourism and route development. Luis has had an extensive career that has included roles leading air service development at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Houston Airport Quito, Ecuador and Vancouver.

Most recently, Luis had spent over a year and a half living in China prior to starting at NQA as an Aviation Consultant in Liaocheng University.

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Garry Porter, General Manager Mackay Airport

Garry is responsible for operations, revenue growth and development of Mackay Airport. He has recently joined Mackay Airport from Darwin Airport where he was Head of Operations. Garry has considerable experience working in the aviation and tourism sectors and has an in-depth understanding of regional airports around the country. He has a keen understanding of the importance of working collaboratively with stakeholders, the community and airlines to generate industry development and advance Mackay airport.