Airport Management

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David Sauzier, Chairman
Richard Payne, Director
Paula Caplehorn, Director
Steven Reindler, Director


Paul McSweeney, Chief Executive Officer

Paul joined the airport as Commercial Manager more than 10 years ago.  In 2014 he was promoted to Airport General Manager, and in 2016 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, responsible for all operations in the BIA Group.  During his time at the airport he has overseen significant development of airport infrastructure and growth in passenger numbers at the airport and played a major role in establishing trial flights between Singapore and Broome in 2018.  Prior to joining the airport Paul worked in transport, oil and gas, education and sports administration.  He holds a Bachelor of Business with majors in Accounting and Finance and is a CPA.


David Petricevic, Chief Financial Officer

David joined BIA in 2017 as Group Accountant and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2021. During his time at BIA he has provided assistance in the finance and accounts team, including extensive work in budgeting, financial reporting and analysis, payroll, business improvement and automation, and administration. Prior to joining BIA, David has previously worked in public practice, focusing on taxation and business advisory, and superannuation services for a wide variety of clients across multiple industries. He holds a Bachelor of Commerice with majors in Accounting and Finance, and is a CA. 


Lachlan Harris, Engineering Manager

Lachlan joined BIA in 2021 as Engineering Manager. Lachlan has over 10 years civil engineering and project management experience, with more than half of that spent in the Broome area. Lachlan is responsible for planning and delivery of all landside and airside infrastrucutre projects. 

Rob Menzies, Executive Manager Strategic Development

Rob Menzies has been in the aviation industry with Broome International Airport (BIA) for 23 years and is currently Executive Manager Strategic Development. He’s part of the airport executive management team. Rob is responsible for strategic planning as well as programming, resourcing and delivery all landside and airside infrastructure projects.
Rob has responsibility for communication and negotiations with external stakeholders who have an interest in Broome International Airport including the Shire of Broome, Federal and State Government agencies and service authorities.
Rob is a Certified Practicing Engineer (CP Eng), a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (MIE Aust), and is the Western Australian Chair and Board Director of the Australian Airports Association.

Vincenzo Foti Cuzzola, Commercial Manager

Vincenzo joined BIA in 2018 as Commercial Officer and was promoted to Commercial Manager in 2021. During his time at BIA he has been responsible for the Commercial Activities of the the Airport including leasing, agreements, pricing, retail and administration. Vincenzo has been a Chartered Accountant since 2014 and has previously worked in banking, consulting and accounting. 


Mark Pittard, Heliport Manager

As Manager of the BIA Heliport Precinct, Mark Pittard is responsible for all aspects of Heliport Operations and meeting the Oil and Gas Industry requirements. Broome Heliport is a world class facility dedicated to the safe movement of Oil and Gas employees by heavy helicopter from mainland Australia to offshore facilities in the Browse Basin. With up to 23 highly trained staff the Passenger Processing Facility is the busiest Heliport in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2017/18 the Heliport managed more than 72,000 Oil and Gas passengers. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in the Aviation Industry performing various roles including Aircraft Avionics Engineer, Electronic Missions Coordinator - Border Force, and National Check and Trainer Aircrew- Special Missions. Mark has served in leadership positions with AirFlite Engineering, British Aerospace, and Cobham Special Missions.  Mark joined BIA in 2014.

Ben Bexley, Operations Manager

Ben Bexley is Operations Manager at BIA looking after airside aerodrome operations, security screening, mechanical team, safety officers and operations of Djarindjin Airport on the Dampier Peninsular. Ben has a customer service back ground and worked at Townsville Airport as a safety officer. Ben joined BIA originally in 2012 and, after a stint in Townsville, re-joined the team in 2014.