The FINANCIAL -- Perth Airport Pty Ltd has announced the appointment of Mr Nev Power as Chairman of its Board of Directors effective May 1, replacing Mr Colin Beckett who will stand down from the role on April 30.
Mr Beckett, Chancellor of Curtin University, Chairman of Western Power and Deputy Chair of Beach Energy, has been Chairman of Perth Airport since March 2015. This has been a period of intense activity for Perth Airport as its first wave of redevelopment projects, including the new domestic pier in Terminal 1 and the major upgrade of the arrivals and departures sections of the international terminal, moved from construction to an operations phase.
More recently Mr Beckett has helped guide the strategic planning process which has positioned Perth Airport to deliver a further $2.5 billion of investment in a new parallel runway, a major expansion of the international terminal and the consolidation of Qantas operations into the Airport Central Precinct, according to Perth Airport.
“This has been a particularly rewarding three years at the helm of Western Australia’s most important transport infrastructure company,” Mr Beckett said.
“We have helped change the way Western Australians think about their airport. At the same time, we’ve kept a strong focus on delivering greater efficiencies for airlines and a quality experience for the travelling public.”
Mr Power has most recently been the Chief Executive Officer of Fortescue Metals Group and has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining, steel and construction industries and the delivery of major infrastructure projects, as well as a keen interest in aviation as a commercial pilot
“This is an incredible time to be involved in aviation in Western Australia,” Mr Power said.
“Perth Airport’s plans for its next wave of development will position it to embrace the future and deliver major economic gains for the tourism industry, the resources sector, agricultural exporters and higher education.
“We will work with the airlines, government and the community to ensure we deliver on the airport’s full potential and, in doing so, help unlock the full economic, social and cultural potential of our State.”
Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown has paid tribute to Mr Beckett and welcomed Mr Power’s appointment.
“Colin has made an outstanding contribution as Chairman.” Mr Brown said.
“Perth Airport is now uniquely placed to fully capitalise on its potential and really capture the imagination of travellers and the community.
“Mr Power’s experience and profile at a national and international level will add great value to the Board as we look to move these major projects from the drawing board to construction.”