TAMWORTH Regional Airport has a new manager.
Julie Stewart arrived in the city to take on the role last week.
She said yesterday her new appointment was not only an exciting professional opportunity but was a “homecoming” too – she was born in Tamworth and raised in the region.
Before taking on the role of Tamworth Airport manager Ms Stewart worked at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport.
She spent 15 years there in varying roles that ranged from airport operations to project development.
“I’ve been working in airport operations and development projects, seeing some exciting and challenging times at the airport through the Olympics, APEC, 9/11 – and the subsequent security implications – and the sad demise of Ansett,” she said.
“I was very interested to see the vacancy of the Tamworth Regional Airport manager’s position and saw this not only as a career opportunity but as a chance to bring my management and development skills, as well as my love for aviation back home to where my family live. It’s a marriage of three, really.”
Ms Stewart said she was looking forward to the challenges and opportunities the airport will provide not only for her, but for the Tamworth region.
“I’ve had been able to see not only the airport but the Tamworth region develop over the years and can see the exciting period which lies ahead for this region,” she said.
“I want to be part of that and am keen to be involved in the future promotions and prospective opportunities that are available here.”
Ms Stewart said Tamworth’s involvement in the Evocities campaign - which encourages capital city residents to relocate to one of seven NSW regional cities and benefit from the lifestyle and career choices they offer - is just one of its opportunities..
“I think Tamworth can attract more city folk here because it is no longer a small country town and can be proud that it has lots to offer not only to visitors but to people moving here to improve their life both personally and professionally,” she said.