Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has appointed three new executive committee members, taking the total executive team to seven members. 

The roles of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Property and Planning Officer, and Chief Strategy, Sustainability and People Officer have now all been filled, after the company embarked on extensive external and internal searches. 

Former General Manager of Finance, Ben Daly, has filled the position as QAL’s Chief Financial Officer, replacing Amelia Evans who previously took in the role in July 2022. Mr Daly’s past experience includes working across large organisations in the airline, utilities and infrastructure industries, with previous roles at companies such as Qantas, Sydney Airport and Origin Energy. 

In addition, Brian McGuckin has been appointed as Chief Property and Planning Officer. Mr McGuckin previously worked at Springfield City Group master planning multiple complex and sustainable precinct projects in the retail, education, commercial, hotel and sports and entertainment sectors. 

A newly created role, Chief of Strategy, Sustainability and People Officer has been appointed to Shannon McFadden who recently worked at Bain and Company, where she worked for 18 years in positions such as advising companies from a broad range of sectors and later as the Vice President of Operations and Talent. Ms McFadden said that she is thrilled to be taking a new role at QAL and is excited about the future. 

“I grew up in regional Queensland and I am excited to be a part of an organisation that is committed to providing meaningful connections for communities, keeping sustainability and people at the forefront of decision-making,” Ms McFadden said. 

QAL CEO, Amelia Evans, said that the team is pleased to once again have a full Executive Committee. 

“We have seen passenger numbers recover across our ports following two difficult years, so it is an opportune time to welcome Ben, Brian and Shannon to join our experienced Executive team as we take on the growth opportunities and challenges of this next chapter for QAL,” Ms Evans said.

“Connecting people, places and communities is at the heart of what we do as an airport group, acting as an anchor to support regional economic and social growth. Our vision is to be the first- choice gateways for our regions, and our Executive team, supported by our broader team, are of core importance in achieving this vision,” Ms Evans said. 

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