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.
 Mark Hope

Mark Hope, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Hope leads NQA’s Finance and Corporate Services team, with responsibility for all financial, legal, 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.

 Kate McCreery Carr

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. 


 Tracey Groves

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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Paul McLean, Chief Commercial Officer – Aviation

Paul McLean joined NQA in August 2017 and leads the Aeronautical Marketing and Development team as they work to grow aviation services and passenger numbers for our airports. Paul worked for 12 years in senior sales and marketing roles with Air Canada, most recently as General Manager, Australia and New Zealand. Paul has also served in leadership roles with aviation industry organisations, the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) and Star Alliance Australia. 

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Rob Porter, General Manager Mackay Airport

Rob Porter is responsible for the operations, revenue growth and development of Mackay Airport. Rob builds strong stakeholder relationships as part of NQA’s community engagement and industry development activity. He is currently Chairman of Mackay Tourism Limited and Mackay Stadium and Deputy Chair of the Airports Association of Australia. Rob’s 30 years’ aviation industry experience includes working with the Department of Aviation, Airservices Australia and Sydney, Canberra, Alice Springs and Gold Coast Airports.