Latest news and insights from Australia’s airports

PODCAST: JANICE VAN DER ZWAAN – NORTH QUEENSLAND AIRPORTS HEALTH AND SAFETY ADVISOR

North Queensland Airports (NQA) health and safety advisor Janice van der Zwaan started her working life a long way from the airfield. She spent over 10 years as a zookeeper in New Zealand and Australia and acknowledges it was “a bit of a journey” from there to a life in aviation. But on closer inspection, Janice’s “zoo life” was a formative part of her later career as a health and safety expert. “I ...

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In Profile: Sarah Duncan

Despite growing up around a father who was a full-time electrician and a keen pilot, Sarah never dreamt she’d be carving out a successful career as an aviation electrician. After working at Canberra Airport for more than nine years, Sarah is loving the role and the challenges it brings. There are still many more men than females in this field of work and Sarah hopes for more diversity in the ...

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Podcast: Lee de Winton – Sydney Metro Airports CEO

Sydney Metro Airports CEO Lee de Winton was "luckily" posted into an air traffic control role early in her career with the Royal Navy. This fortuitous posting sparked a lifelong career in aviation that has taken her around the world - from defence posts in Baghdad, Sudan and Afghanistan to her current role as the chief executive officer of Sydney Metro Airports. "It's one of those things when you get the bug, ...

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Breadth of regional aviation part of the appeal at Whyalla

It was vacancies for not one but two jobs that drew Whyalla Airport Manager Operations Howard Aspey into the world of aviation. Whyalla City Council had posted vacancies for a caretaker and administrator at the local airport but could not get anyone to fill either position. Aspey, who had worked in a number of roles at the Council, raised his hand to do both. That was almost two decades ago and the new ...

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In Profile: Jenny Kox

From a medical scientist working in the fields of microbiology and viral serology, to the Systems and Standards Manager at Perth Airport, Jenny’s career has had an unusual path. Along the way, Jenny has advanced quickly to senior positions in aviation compliance, management relief, commercial roles and overall airport management at airports across the country. We spoke to Jenny about how her career has developed and the advice she would offer ...

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In Profile: Captain Brian Greeves

When an 18-year-old Brian Greeves joined the Royal Air Force in England there was not a single female on his officer cadet course. Thankfully things are very different now and throughout his career Brian has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most successful female pilots and leaders. As a strong advocate for diversity in the workplace and a champion of mentoring young aspiring leaders, Brian is pleased to ...

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In Profile: Sharon Ross

Not only has Sharon Ross been the driving force behind the major redevelopment of Parkes Regional Airport but she has also shown outstanding commitment to the wider community. In 2015, Sharon’s achievements were recognised at the NSW Minister's Awards for Women in Local Government for her role as Manager Support Services at Parkes Shire Council. How did your career in airports begin? When I joined Parkes Regional Council in 1992 as a Secretary. ...

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In Profile: Jessica Westthorp

From carrying out vital airfield inspections, to managing capital projects, the life of an airport civil engineer is a busy one. We spoke to Adelaide Airport Civil Engineer Jessica Westthorp about her love of infrastructure and her future ambitions. Can you explain your career journey so far?  I’ve always had an interest in maths and science and my love of infrastructure led me to study Civil Engineering at the University of Adelaide ...

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In Profile: Julie Stewart

As the Manager of Airport and Aviation Development for Tamworth Regional Airport, Julie Stewart has a wide range of responsibilities including operations, leasing, airport master planning, asset management and business development. Julie spoke to us about her industry experiences and the leadership lessons she has learnt along the way. How did you get your start in the airport sector? I had aspirations to work for the airlines for many years and ...

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In Profile: Wendy Weir

Wendy Weir’s journey at Brisbane Airport Corporation started in 2005 – when the new runway was just in its planning stages. Now 14 years later, Wendy is the manager of Environment and Sustainability, and the completion of the runway is just around the corner. We spoke to Wendy about her career so far – from protecting rare species in the wild to dealing with environmental challenges in an airport context. How did ...

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