Graeme obtained a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Kent and a Master of Philosophy in Town and Country Planning from University College London. He started his career in planning at West Sussex County Council, where he participated in the RUCATSE (Runway Capacity to Serve the South East) project.
He joined the Airport in 1993 and since then has overseen the production of Newcastle’s first ever Masterplan and its subsequent review, as well as planning for all developments including a major terminal extension, hotel, control tower, fuel farm and filling station. Graeme also instigated an environmental strategy, and over the years has built up strong and varied relationships on behalf of the Airport at a national, regional and local level.
In recent years, Graeme has also taken on the role of media spokesman and drives the airport’s public affairs strategy. He was instrumental in the creation of the Newcastle Aviation Academy, a collaboration with Newcastle College and Kingston University, and is closely involved in work to improve the customer experience.
Graeme is also a member of CBI regional council, the board of NGI and Northumberland Tourism, and takes part in a range of discussions on regional transport issues.