Driven by an ambitious and enterprising team, we are redefining the role our airport plays and looking beyond aviation to connect our visitors, partners, people and community to new travel, business and tourism opportunities that will grow our region and beyond.
Executive Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chris Mills is the CEO of Sunshine Coast Airport and Coffs Harbour Airport.
Chris has over 30 years’ experience in varied industries including aviation, tourism, events, retail, finance and property planning and development. He has worked in Australia and England across the private and public sectors. As CEO of Queensland Airports Limited until 2022 he directed key strategies and significant investment to grow international and domestic passenger numbers into, and throughout, Queensland.
Chris is currently a Board Member of Tourism and Events Queensland, and Events Management Queensland. His previous board or executive roles included Dreamworld theme park, South Bank Corporation, d’Albora marinas, Australian Airports Association, Tourism and Transport Forum Australia and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
General Manager People and Performance
Brett joined Sunshine Coast Airport in July 2019 and oversees all people areas of the business. This includes developing leadership excellence and capability, attracting, and retaining quality people, facilitating professional growth and careers, defining and lifting performance, increasing employee engagement, and valuing the benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion for both Sunshine Coast and Coffs Harbour airports.
General Manager Corporate Communications
Kylie has more than 20 years’ experience across a range of disciplines including advocacy, marketing and communications, stakeholder engagement, media relations, market research, events management, human resource management and customer service. Kylie has held senior executive positions in both Local and State Government leading diverse teams that have delivered outcomes which engage and influence, underpinned by her understanding of local community, stakeholders and the strategic business context.
General Manager Infrastructure and Planning
Steve joined Sunshine Coast Airport in November 2019 as General Manager Infrastructure and Planning where he is responsible for a team of planning and delivery specialists, working together to deliver up to $500m of Aero and Non-Aero infrastructure in accordance with the 20-year master plans for both Sunshine Coast and Coffs Harbour Airports. Steve has more than 25 years’ experience leading teams in the planning and delivery of complex infrastructure as both a contractor and client, working with airports in both the UK and Australia. Previous to this role, Steve spent 6 years at Brisbane Airport, where he successfully delivered more than $150m in terminal expansion projects, as well leading the 2020 BNE Master Plan Program. Prior to that, he spent a decade at Heathrow Airport as both a client and contractor delivering large scale programs of work within the Terminal 5 and Terminal 2 expansion portfolios. Steve is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management and is a certified Practicing Project Director, and also sits on the AAA (Australian Airports Association) Planning Committee and sits on the Sunshine Coast Branch Committee for UDIA (Urban Development Institute of Australia).
General Manager Operations
In July 2021, Kate was appointed as General Manager Operations of Sunshine Coast Airport. Kate is responsible for the safe and secure operation of all airside, landside and terminal operations, including maintenance and significant capital programs, as well as providing leadership and management to the airport’s operations business in accordance with legislative requirements and corporate objectives. Prior to this, Kate was Chief Operating Officer at Cairns Airport, where she worked for 30 years in total, 15 of those with Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd and before joining Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd., she worked with Air Niugini and Australian Airlines, based at Cairns Airport. Kate is a graduate of the Airport Management Professional Accreditation program, an executive development programme for airport managers worldwide that promotes the adherence to the highest professional standards, covering all functional areas of the airport business. Graduates earn the International Airport Professional (IAP) Designation. Kate has previously held positions with the CQU Regional Engagement Committee and the Cairns Amateurs Committee.
General Manager Aviation and Commercial
Scott is an experienced executive in the aviation sector with more than fifteen years leading aeronautical and non-aeronautical commercial functions in executive leadership positions within dynamic, fast-growing tier one airports including Auckland and Perth Airports. Most recently Mr Norris was the Vice President Commercial Development and Vice President Strategic Customer Relationships at Vancouver Airport.
Chief Financial Officer
Matthew is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in finance across professional services, public and private businesses. He is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the Airport strategy, in addition to leading the core finance functions of financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, tax, treasury, corporate finance, capital investment evaluation and aeronautical pricing. Matthew most recently worked at a national mining services business as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.
Board of Directors
David Andrew Wilson
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