Board of directors

Board of Directors

In accordance with the Constitution, the Board of Newcastle Airport Pty Limited comprises of up to eight non-executive directors. The selection process for the Board of Directors aims to provide an appropriate mix of skills and expertise. 

Peter Gesling, Chair

Peter has had an accomplished 21-year career in local government where he served as General Manager of Port Stephens Council for 16 years. He also serves on a number of boards across local government, lifestyle, aviation, and, tourism industries.

Kirby Clark, Deputy Chair

Kirby joins the Board with almost 15 years’ experience as Deputy CEO and CFO at Melbourne Airport. While in this role he was involved in major aeronautical investments worth more than $1 billion, has served on the board of directors at Launceston Airport, and is currently the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Eastern Health in Victoria.

Dr Peter Cock, CEO

Peter brings to Newcastle a breadth of experience in a range of disciplines, including significant Australian-airport experience. Former COO of Perth Airport, Peter has demonstrated successes in the transport industry, infrastructure development/maintenance, and professional services.

Ted Campbell, Director

In the past 30 years Ted’s work has left a significant legacy to two Australian states and one territory: New South Wales, Queensland, and the Northern Territory, where his work and influence in the construction of energy infrastructure is still in use today. His distinguished career has seen him work across both the public and private sectors.

Wayne Wallis, Director

Wayne boasts more than 30 years’ experience in executive roles across local governments in Queensland and Victoria. He was named General Manager of Port Stephens Council in 2014. In leading the organisation, Wayne has established a clear direction for the organisation which is to be known for its excellence in service delivery and strong customer focus.

Cam Macphee, Director

Cam brings extensive aviation, transport, and aerospace experience to the Board. He recently has consulted to the aviation, tourism, and engineering sector. Prior to this, he held the role of General Manager Aviation Business Development at Brisbane Airport for more than a decade. Cam is highly regarded within the aviation industry and is a respected business leader.

Jude Munro AO, Director

Jude brings a wealth of aviation experience to the Board. Amongst many board-level appointments, she has worked closely with Brisbane, Adelaide, and Sunshine Coast airports in strategic and infrastructure planning, plus stakeholder management. In her most recent CEO position at Brisbane City Council she led 9,000 employees and managed a $2.6 billion budget.

Jeremy Bath, Director

Jeremy Bath began as CEO of Newcastle City Council in May 2017, embracing the opportunity to lead Council at a time when the City is undergoing an exciting revitalisation with a $650 million urban transformation and transport program. He has the breadth of experience across the private sector as well as in local, state and federal governments. Jeremy has worked in senior roles encompassing public affairs at ClubsNSW, government relations at the Hunter Water Corporation where he also served as interim CEO, and with international political and corporate strategists Crosby Textor.

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