Meet Our Executive Team

Chris Mills

Chief Executive Officer

Chris joined QAL in 2014. As CEO, Chris is responsible for setting strategies to ensure the ongoing success of the group. He leads an experienced team focused on delivering exceptional airport experiences, to achieve record passenger numbers. He oversees a significant planning and investment program in QAL airports which has most recently seen construction of the Gold Coast Airport hotel and terminal expansion project. Chris has 30 years’ experience in diverse industries including tourism, leisure, retail, finance and property planning and development. He has worked in senior executive roles in Australia and England across the private and public sectors. He is currently on the boards of the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia and Tourism and Events Queensland, and chairs the TEQ Audit and Remuneration Committee. Previous board roles include the Australian Airports Association and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Marion Charlton

Chief Operating Officer

Marion has an impressive track record in business and aviation domestically and abroad. Since joining QAL, Marion has held a variety of senior roles including her current position of Chief Operating Officer where she manages the day-to-day operations of QAL group airports, and is overseeing the transformational Gold Coast Airport terminal expansion. Marion worked at Atlanta and Sydney airports during the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was in Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Marion has strong ties to the community and is a past Trustee with the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation, Chairperson of the Placemakers* Gold Coast board (hosts of Bleach* Festival) and sits on the advisory board for Study Gold Coast.

Amelia Evans

Chief Financial Officer

Amelia joined QAL as the Chief Financial Officer in 2016. As CFO, Amelia is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the group’s strategy, in addition to leading the core functions of Finance, People and Culture, and Technology and Innovation. Amelia is a chartered accountant with 20 years’ experience in the aviation, telecoms, FMCG and property industries. Amelia is currently a board member for the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, chair of the audit and risk committee for the National Trust (Queensland) and governor-in-council for Griffith University.

Adam Rowe

Chief Commercial Officer

Adam joined QAL in 2017 as General Manager Business Development and Marketing, before moving into the role of Executive General Manager Business Development and Marketing in July 2018 and Chief Commercial Officer in August 2021. Adam is responsible for driving both aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue, working with airline partners and tourism bodies to grow domestic and international capacity across QAL's ports and maximising non-aeronautical revenue with precinct partners including retail, food and beverage, parking and ground transport. Adam has held a number of senior management and executive roles within the airline industry, working for Virgin Australia and Tigerair, brings almost 15 years' experience to this role.

David Hedges

General Counsel and Company Secretary

David re-joined QAL in January 2019 having previously held various executive roles within the Group between 2010 and 2014. He is a generalist lawyer with extensive experience as general counsel and company secretary within Australian airports and the tourism and property sectors. David is responsible for QAL’s legal and governance functions as well as the Group’s company secretarial role. His professional experience has been gained working within major national and multinational corporations. David has also worked with Australia’s preeminent indigenous organisation, the ILC and its subsidiary, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia and was also a director of the Mutitjulu Foundation, a successful not-for-profit established to improve the lives of Uluru’s traditional owners. He is a long standing member of The Ethics Centre, a member of various legal and governance groups as well as an associate member of the Queensland Indigenous Lawyers Association.