by Jacob Wilson
A "HIGHLY experienced” aviation professional has taken over the reins as the new general manager of airports and commercial infrastructure.
Brian Joiner has taken over from Ben Jones, who recently vacated the position as general manager of Whitsunday Coast Airport.
Whitsunday Regional Council chief executive officer Barry Omundson said Mr Joiner was well placed to tackle the new role
"We have expanded the former general manager Whitsunday Coast Airport role to include commercial infrastructure, creating a key position which will also encompass the $20 million Shute Harbour project.
"Brian is a high-quality person and has had an extensive 20-year career in a variety of aviation sectors.”
Mr Joiner started his aviation career as an air traffic controller with Airservices Australia in the 1990s and progressed through a variety of operational and management roles.
He has held senior roles managing aviation support and major commercial activities in Australia and project delivery overseas.
He then moved into airport management with Melbourne Airport as its aviation strategy manager, which involved strategic planning and managing the aviation capital budget through the global financial crisis of 2007.
Mr Joiner said he was looking forward to working cohesively with business and tourism stakeholders.
"My aim is to provide great facilities that will underpin regional growth.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said a safe pair of hands was essential for future growth.