In 2008 Mildura Rural City Council made the conscientious decision to appoint an independent board and management team to operate Mildura Airport. This decision has been commended by the Aviation community as Mildura Airport was awarded joint winner of the Australian Airports Association “Airport of the Year” award for 2013. This recognition supports Mildura Airport’s vision for the future, and recognises Mildura Airport as being one of the most progressive and innovative airport facilities in Australia.
Mildura Airport has recently completed a massive redevelopment of its airport terminal and is the busiest regional airport in Victoria in regard to passenger movements, in excess of 209 000 passengers during the 2013 financial year. Mildura Airport has a long term strategy in place to stimulate and support the growth of the economy of the surrounding districts, and continually improve the services offered.
Mildura is a major base for both business and tourism interests and we are proud to promote the district and available services to support economic growth in the area. We are passionate about finding innovative ways to achieve sustainable passenger growth which will benefit local businesses and the community as a whole. The redevelopment of the terminal is an example of planning for current needs and also allowing for future adaption to support a growing community.
We are committed to a partnership approach to developing and working cooperatively with local businesses and airlines. In addition to regular passenger airline operations, there is a thriving general aviation sector on the airport, as well as three flying schools, charter operations and various other businesses.
Mildura Airport is actively involved in the local community and invites everyone to come and experience the facilities and utilise the services on offer.
Mildura Airport conducts monthly board meetings, attended by a council representative observer, to discuss and focus on continually improving the operation of the airport. A collaborative approach is used to define and utilise all opportunities to improve and develop the airport for current and future users.
Peter has been a certified practising accountant for 18 years and is the Executive Director of Southern Cross Farms. Previously he founded and was a Director of Southern Cross Business Advisers where he still acts as a consultant. He is Co-Founder of Kokoda Youth Mentoring Programme and junior coach of basketball, football and cricket teams.
Peter is Chairperson of the Mildura Airport Pty Ltd, a board member of MASP for 7 years, a member of the Sacred Heart Parish Council, a life member of the Mildura Settlers Cricket Club and the Workers Basketball Club, and spent 15 years on the finance committee of the Mildura Special School. He has expertise in accounting and finance as well as strategic and business planning.
Vince has held senior executive leadership roles for over thirty years in the aviation industry, with experience spanning technical, operational, master planning and strategic areas. He currently provides advisory services to new and existing airports, including Western Sydney Airport.
He has had non-executive director experience in the aviation sector with services focussed organisations.
As a previous Chair of the Asia-Pacific Security Committee and Vice-Chair of the World Security Committee for Airports Council International, Vince worked closely with international partners, including ICAO and IATA, to ensure security regulations contributed to enhanced security measures and reflected the interest of airports.
Vince holds a Master of Business Administration, is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governors Leadership Foundation.
Graeme Martin has an Economics degree (Honours) and has been involved in many different and successful businesses both in Australia and overseas. He has spent a good deal of time in the Oil industry. More recently he has been involved in the management of a variety of regional projects with a strong emphasis on Local Government. Graeme is currently the CEO of Southern and Hills Local Government Association. Graeme is also a board member of Mildura Airport Ltd and a past Chair of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island Advisory Board for Economic Growth, Director of Mallee Family Care and La Trobe University Advisory Board.
Kay is a practising commercial and family lawyer with over thirty years experience and is a Consultant with Martin Irwin and Richards Lawyers. She is a director of Lower Murray Water, RCP Finance Ltd, Sunraysia Institute of Tafe and Chair of Chaffey Aged Care. She Chairs the Governance Committee of Lower Murray Water and Sunraysia Institute of Tafe.
Past activities include periods as a director of the Citrus Market Board and Chair of the Board of Management of Mildura Base Hospital and seven years as President of the Merbein Primary School.
She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stephen is an accomplished executive leader with an extensive management career that spans operational and safety positions in the aviation industry for the last 30 years. During that time Stephen was also the international chairman of the global aviation safety committee representing the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) and the regional chairman for the CANSO Asia Pacific region. In these roles he developed global and regional relationships that brought people together to implement global civil aviation safety actions.
His extensive experience in the aviation industry has provided him with great insight into technology advancement, change management and innovation strategies and programs. Stephen is also a qualified IECL coach and has a specific interest in developing confident and effective leaders, while strengthening team and organisational capability.
Marcus is Chief Executive Officer of Mildura Health Private Hospital with over 20 years business and human resources leadership experience spanning 4 countries.
Marcus is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters of Business Administration, Fellowship from the Australasian College of Health Service Management, as well as a Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.
Marcus is Deputy Chairperson of the Mildura Airport Pty Ltd and a La Trobe University Regional Advisory Board member.
Natalie is an accomplished senior executive leader with more than 23 years’ global experience in leading strategic change, transformation, operations and customer experience improvements in the aviation, rail, travel and early education industries.
Natalie has extensive experience in strategy development and implementation, operations, stakeholder engagement, communications, and crisis management.
Her previous roles include Chief Customer Officer at G8 Education, Group Executive Customer & Corporate Affairs at Queensland Rail, Head of Customer Experience and Operations at Qantas, and Head of Operations at Heathrow Airport.
Natalie is currently Chief Executive of Container Exchange – the not-for-profit that operates the “Containers for Change” container refund scheme across Queensland.
In addition to her position as Board Director of Mildura Airport Pty Ltd, Natalie is also a Board Committee member for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland section.
Natalie is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.