Former RAAF Wing Commander Lee de Winton has been appointed as the new CEO of Sydney Metro Airports, which owns the leases to both Bankstown and Camden airports.
The new appointment follows the retirement of previous CEO Colin Grove.
“The Board is excited that Lee has joined us," said Damien Webb, Director of Bankstown and Camden Airports. "The airports are an important investment for the owners, a critical piece of infrastructure for New South Wales, and a significant opportunity given the bright future for the greater Western Sydney area.
"Lee is an exceptional candidate given her experience overseeing the Multi-National Base at Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan, her impact at Qantas and her recognition as recipient of the 2012 Telstra Business Woman’s Award for Community and Government.”
de Winton's experience includes 10 years in senior positions with the Royal Australian Air Force, head of Qantas freight operations and over 20 years in corporate, defence and government organisations.
Sydney Metro Airports is owned by First State Super, one of superannuation funds with 770,000 members. de Winton's appointment is seen as a key to lead and enhance Sydney Metro Airports' strategy of continued investment. Recent developments at Bankstown Airport include the Toll Helicopters’ facility, the Newborn and Pediatric Emergency Transport Services’ facility, Tru Blu Beverages’ refurbishment and the new Globus Group building.
Further investment in the airports is expected including improvement of existing infrastructure as well as specific development for aviation and non-aviation users .