Overview

The Advocates for Aviation Growth Committee (AAGC) enables employees and supply chain partners to actively contribute to the success of Melbourne Airport's major project developments. 

The Committee comprises employees and partners in Melbourne Airport’s supply chain and represents the breadth of employment areas across the precinct. Committee members can provide feedback and contribute to engagement activities on major projects, such as community pop ups, employment pathways and industry events.  

Committee members will serve on a 12-month rotational basis and meet quarterly to discuss opportunities to advocate and support Melbourne Airport’s projects within their stakeholder networks. 

Meet our AAGC members

Chair

Edward Martin
Edward has more than 15 years of experience in public affairs and stakeholder engagement. He has worked in government, financial services and the transport sector and is passionate about public policy. He is a former rugby union referee and is currently a Director at the Blackwood Foundation, a private ancillary fund that invests in education and mental health programs.

Committee members

Detective Acting Inspector Emily Nicholson, Australian Federal Police
Detective Acting Inspector Emily Nicholson is the Inspector Aviation at Melbourne Airport. In her role, Emily leads teams responsible for a broad range of Aviation security functions including prevention, disruption and response operations for the AFP. Emily works very closely with all Aviation partners to establish highly effective working relationships prioritising the safety of the travelling public through Melbourne Airport. Throughout Emily’s 25 years with the AFP, she has worked in a diverse range of roles including homicide, child abuse investigations, proceeds of crime investigations and online child exploitation. Emily enthusiastically looks to build partnerships to ensure that the AFP is in the best position to keeping Australia and Australians safe.
Nick Henderson, Holiday Inn
Nick Henderson is a seasoned hospitality executive with over 30 years of experience across the United Kingdom and Australia. He currently serves as the General Manager at the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport, where he has been since the beginning of 2020. Nick has been with InterContinental Hotels Group for over 14 years, and prior to his current position, he was at Holiday Inn Cairns and Holiday Inn Townsville. Nick is dedicated to creating an empowering workplace environment that celebrates and motivates team members, and he values collaboration with external stakeholders, focusing on building strong relationships and finding shared benefits.
Rob Godino, Lotte Melbourne Airport
Rob Godino, General Manager – Lotte Melbourne Airport, is a highly motivated, results driven and hands on leader with 27 years’ experience at Melbourne Airport in Retail and Hospitality. Rob has experience managing operations across most Airports within Australia, which has afforded a deep understanding of airport infrastructure, store design and product evolution. Working with the Melbourne Airport team, Rob and his team have created immersive experiences built on excellent customer service and exceptional product offers. Rob's never-ending obsession is the quest to consistently reinvigorate and reinvent, to continue offering personalised experiences.
Jason Balkin, SkyBus
Jason Balkin is the General Manager of SkyBus, where he has played a pivotal role in driving a positive culture that has fuelled growth and increased profitability. Jason has extensive experience in B2B sales and during his time at the Melbourne Convention Bureau, Jason helped to secure over 40 international conferences that saw 45,000 delegates visit our city and contribute over $275 million to the Victorian economy. Jason’s commitment to continuous learning and professional growth is evident through his participation in prestigious programs such as the Melbourne Tourism Industry Leadership Program in 2020 and the Kinetic Lead the Way program in 2024.
Lachlan Diamond, SSP Australia & New Zealand
Lachlan Diamond is an accomplished Operations Manager with SSP Australia & New Zealand, with a focus on delivering exceptional hospitality experiences within Airport environments. With over 20 years of experience within the hospitality industry, Lachlan’s career has seen him excel in various sectors including quick service restaurants, cafes, hotels, and fine dining establishments. With a background as both a hospitality manager and a qualified chef Lachlan has gained a deep understanding of the operational aspects of the industry and a keen eye for quality and service.
Tim Stanton-Smith, Nilsen Australia
Tim Stanton-Smith is the Project Manager at Nilsen Vic Pty Ltd. Tim manages the high voltage maintenance and operation of the Melbourne Airport 22kV Electrical system. Tim lives local to the airport and enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family in his spare time.
Jamie Chatterton, Stowe Australia
Jamie Chatterton is a Project Manager at Stowe Australia Client Services. Jamie is an electrician by trade, having completed technical school in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Jamie has spent 23 years working for various electrical companies at Melbourne Airport and enjoys working in a fast-paced environment. He is passionate about educating the next brigade of electricians coming through.
Brendon Davis, URBNSURF
Brendon Davis is the General Manager of URBNSURF Melbourne. Brendon is passionate about building the URBNSURF brand and culture by forming strong relationships and exploring opportunities for collaboration. He is a super keen surfer originally from Western Australia and in his free time he enjoys family, friends, music, and the outdoors.