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Newcastle Airport is led by a dynamic and collaborative executive management team, dedicated to delivering both our short-term objectives and long-term vision.

We are committed to our purpose of being the airport the region deserves. In doing so, we take a broad view of our role in delivering sustainable success for our staff, stakeholders and wider community.

Meet our senior leadership team

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Peter Cock

Peter is an experienced senior executive with a record of driving change to deliver results. Having held leadership roles across aviation, transport, infrastructure development and professional services, he has a proven ability to build bridges and engage with stakeholders at all levels. His vision for our airport to reach its full potential will deliver long-term benefits for our entire catchment across the Hunter, Central Coast and Northern NSW regions.​ Peter is also a NSW Mentally Healthy Workplace Ambassador

Executive Manager Corporate Services & CFO

Allanna Ryan

A finance executive with over 25 years’ experience across a range of global, private and public companies, Allanna’s strong commercial acumen, continuous improvement mindset and focus on stakeholder engagement will help drive our airport’s ambitious strategic plans. Allanna is a champion of corporate culture and prides herself on inspiring and developing others.

Executive Manager Corporate Affairs

Stephen Crowe

A senior communications and government relations professional, Stephen’s career spans a number of diverse industries, including the national rugby league, local government and as a Director in a leading creative agency.  Skilled in strategic communications and political advocacy, his results-driven attitude and leadership skills make him well suited to deliver our bold aspirations. 

Executive Manager Planning and Infrastructure

Ben Kochanski

Ben’s career spans more than 20 years working throughout Australia in senior construction and project management roles. With a strategic mindset, he is passionate about future-focused construction management. His strong people management capabilities, and his commitment to quality infrastructure planning will ensure we remain an industry benchmark.

Executive Manager Property and Commercial

Peter Wych

Peter brings extensive aviation experience and commercial acumen to our airport. Having played senior strategic roles at Canberra, Coolangatta and Sydney airports across two decades, Peter’s list of large-scale and commercially successful projects is a long and illustrious one. His strong commercial focus and dynamic approach will help shape the future of our airport precinct.

Chief of Staff

Georgina Chalker 

With a background in human resources and commercial management, Georgina has held Executive leadership positions across a range of diverse industries for multiple business functions. Georgina is passionate about the design of organisational frameworks that embed accountability, facilitate engagement and inspire high performance. Georgina is committed to the pursuit of best practice through innovation and continuous improvement and is adept at building strategies that effectively align organisational resources with the key drivers that underpin success. Georgina’s broad management history demonstrates her ability to translate ambitious objectives into measurable initiatives that connect all stakeholders across an organisation.

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