Graeme Mason – Head of Planning and Corporate Affairs, Newcastle International Airport

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 three subsequent reviews, as well as planning for all developments including a major terminal extension, hotel, control tower, car parks, 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, including lobbying on aviation strategy and capacity, and Air Passenger Duty. 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 with his colleagues to put customer experience at the heart of the business strategy.

Graeme is a member of the Airport Operators Association Board.  In addition to his work with the AOA, Graeme is also a member of North East England Chamber of Commerce Council and chairs its Transport Forum, is a member of the  CBI North East Regional Council, the Boards of The NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Northumberland Tourism, and is a Trustee of the Newcastle United Foundation.