Former Royal Australian Air Force commander in Afghanistan, Lee de Winton, is the new chief executive at Bankstown Airport.
A FORMER Royal Australian Air Force commander in Afghanistan is the new boss at Bankstown Airport.
The Board of Sydney Metro Airports has appointed Lee de Winton as the replacement for long-time chief executive officer Colin Grove.
Ms de Winton has over 20 years' experience in corporate, defence and government organisations, including over 10 years in senior positions at the Royal Australian Air Force and more recently, head of freight operations at Qantas. Ms de Winton was in charge of over 7,500 personnel at the multi-national base in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, and as an operations flight commander, has served in Australia, Iraq and Sudan.
Ms de Winton, who is Bankstown Airport's first woman CEO, says the metaphorical glass ceiling has never been a problem during her impressive career.
"I've been the first woman in most roles I've taken on," she said.
"I'm very much looking forward to this challenge, and I see being a woman as no obstacle, maybe with the exception of choosing what shoes to wear each day," she said.
Ms de Winton, 50, says her priority is to work with the community and airport tenants to provide open dialogue in mapping the future of Bankstown Airport.
"I'm very much looking forward to meeting each of the 150 tenants of Bankstown Airport," she said.
Bankstown and Camden Airports director Damien Webb says Ms de Winton is an exceptional candidate given her experience in Afghanistan, her impact at Qantas and her recognition as recipient of the 2012 Telstra Business Woman's Award for Community and Government.
Bankstown Airports was purchased by First State Super, one of Australia's largest funds, in 2015.