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    Leadership Team

    • Lyell Strambi
      Lyell Strambi

      Chief Executive Officer Mr Strambi joined APAC in September 2015. He has extensive experience spanning more than 30 years in the aviation sector both in Australia and overseas. Before joining APAC, Mr Strambi spent six years at Qantas, the last two as CEO of Qantas Domestic. Prior to this he worked for eight years at Virgin Atlantic Airways based in London.

    • Grant Devonport
      Grant Devonport

      Chief Financial Officer Mr Devonport joined APAC in February 2019. He is responsible for all corporate secretariat, legal, financial, risk, procurement, safety & environment, technology, investor relations and treasury functions. Grant has extensive commercial experience as a CFO spanning more than 20 years across multiple industries and geographies including banking & finance, superannuation, media, transport, logistics and supply chain and retail.

    • Shane O'Hare
      Shane O'Hare

      Chief of Aviation Shane is an experienced global aviation sector leader having worked for some of the world’s leading airlines including Qantas, Gulf Air, Etihad Airways and the Star Alliance Group. Shane has more than 30 years of experience in aviation management, marketing, commercial, operational, safety and regulatory functions, having held a range of senior executive positions across the globe. Prior to joining APAC, Shane was the Executive Manager of Employee Experience at Qantas, leading their People Experience strategy, development and implementation, while also being responsible for Inclusion & Diversity and Wellbeing.

    • Lorie Argus
      Lorie Argus

      Chief of Aviation Mrs Argus has more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation sector and brings a ‘passenger first’ focus to her role. Lorie has held senior roles in Canada as well as within Virgin Australia prior to joining the Airport. Lorie has been with Melbourne Airport for the past 5 years, having run the Landside Access portfolio and is leading the future delivery of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. Lorie is a passionate aviation professional and has an extensive operations and commercial background. Lorie is well placed to partner with our airlines and stakeholders to deliver an exciting future for the industry.

    • Simon Gandy
      Simon Gandy

      Chief of Infrastructure Mr Gandy is an experienced executive leader with more than 30 years aviation experience, transforming airports to deliver high levels of growth and market share. Having joined APAC in 2007, Mr Gandy brings a wealth of experience working with boards, regulators, government and community stakeholders in the UK and Australia, to create enduring solutions for businesses, people and the communities they operate within. Through his career Mr Gandy has held a number of C-suite roles including corporate strategy, business & commercial development, operations and construction delivery.

    • Andrew Gardiner
      Andrew Gardiner

      Chief of Commercial Property Mr Gardiner joined APAC in June 2014. He has had an extensive career in the retail industry both in Australia and abroad including a senior leadership role at Sydney Airport.

    • Jai McDermott
      Jai McDermott

      Chief Ground Transport Mr McDermott joined APAC in 2017 and was appointed Chief of Ground Transport in January 2020. He has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate and public affairs, regulatory and reputation issues across a range of industry sectors including aviation, energy and resources.

    • Mari Ruiz-Matthyssen
      Mari Ruiz-Matthyssen

      Chief of People & Marketing Ms Ruiz-Matthyssen is a passionate executive leader with more than 25 years’ international experience building engaging cultures with boards and executive teams. Having joined Melbourne Airport in 2018, Ms Ruiz-Matthyssen brings a wealth of expertise in creating high performance teams through a values-led approach to organisational culture. Prior to joining Melbourne Airport, Ms Ruiz-Matthyssen held roles across industries including banking and finance, telecommunications, professional services, logistics and aviation. Ms Ruiz-Matthyssen has been a recipient of many HR awards, including the CEO Magazine HR Executive of the Year Award and the AHRI Dave Ulrich HR Leader Award.

    • Trish Farrugia
      Trish Farrugia

      Chief Information Officer Ms Farrugia joined APAC in February 2018. She has over 25 years’ experience in Technology and is a passionate leader focussed on developing IT strategies and solutions which enable business innovation and transformation. Prior to joining APAC Ms Farrugia spent 16 years in leading Australian Media companies, specialising in product development, business and system transformation and programme management.

    • Hans Van Pelt
      Hans Van Pelt

      Chief Executive Officer - Launceston Airport Hans van Pelt joined APAC in August 2020. He is no stranger to either tourism or aviation, after running the Tasmanian government’s aviation and access development unit for more than six years. Hans also has experience running airlines as chief executive of start-up OzJet, further he was executive general manager of REX. At Launceston Airport, he leads the management team in attracting more flights and business opportunities. Hans and the team are looking forward to doing their bit in future Tasmania recovery and growth.