Staff

ACA have highly trained and experienced staff, along with specialist IT and legal advisors. Please find below an introduction to our senior personnel:

Name and Role Previous Experience Qualifications and Memberships Start Date at ACA
Petra Popovac,
Chief Executive Officer
Head of Slot Management, Airport Coordination Australia
(Feb 2010 – Dec 2014)

Senior Coordinator, Airport Coordination Australia
(Apr 2006 – Jan 2010)

Coordinator, Airport Coordination Australia
(Dec 2003 – Mar 2006)

Master of Commerce (Postgraduate), University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Human Movement (Undergraduate), University of Sydney

CEO, ACA Airport Coordination, Ireland

World Airport Slots Board, Member, 2020- Present

World Wide Airport Coordinators Group (WWACG) Board, Vice Chair

Asia Pacific Airport Coordinators Association (APACA), Chairman

IATA JSAG (Joint Slot Advisory Group), Member: 2015 – 2020

IATA Training and Development Institute, Slot and Scheduling Trainer 2010-2015

Dec-03
Craig McAlister                            VP International Coordination Head of Partner Airline Network Planning, Etihad
(Sept 2013 – Nov2015)Manager Senior Manager Network Information, Etihad

(Mar 2010 – Aug 2013)

Various roles in Network Planning and IT, Qantas Airways
(Feb 1997 – Mar 2010)

Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Wollongong: 1996

Member of IATA Schedules Information Standards Committee (SISC)

Network Planning Systems:
Sabre (Schedule, Fleet, Slot and Profit Manager and Market Intelligence)
Lufthansa Systems NetLinePlan
DiioMi
MIDT

Executive Member of Sabre Slot Management committee (2007-2015)

Executive Member of IATA DDS project (2011- 2014)

2009 Qantas Excel Award

Nov-15
Finbar Whelan
Director of Coordination Ireland
Manager Slot Coordination and Stand Planning, Aer Lingus
(Apr 2016 – Mar 2018)Manager Airport and Slot Coordination, Aer Lingus
(Jun 2014 – Mar 2016)

Manager Network Coordination, Aer Lingus
(Mar 2002- May 2014)

Commercial Schedule Manager, Aer Lingus
(Sept 1997- Feb 2002)

Graduate Management Studies, Dublin Business School, 1992

Advanced Diploma, Financial Services, Dublin Business School, 1992

Dublin Scheduling Committee, London Heathrow Executive Committee, London Heathrow Scheduling Committee, London Gatwick Scheduling Committee

Apr-18
Claudia Guth                               National Operations and Relationship Manager Resilience Advisor, Sydney Airport
(Dec 2017 – Apr 2019)Schedule Planner, Qantas Airways
(Oct 2015 – Nov 2017)

Senior Coordinator, Airport Coordination Australia
(Oct 2011 – Mar 2013)

Slot Coordinator, Airport Coordination Australia
(Oct 2007– Sep 2011)

Master of Business, University of Newcastle, 2013

IATA Training Courses:
Emergency Planning and Response for Airport
Network, Fleet and Scheduling
Scheudling and Slot Coordination

Network Planning Systems:
Sabre (Schedule, Fleet, Slot and Profit Manager and Market Intelligence)

May-19
Thomas Parsons                           Manager of Coordination Senior Coordinator, Airport Coordination Australia
(Nov 2016 – Sep 2019)Slot Coordinator, Airport Coordination Australia
(Sep 2015– Nov 2016)

Research Analyst, CAPA Centre for Aviation
(Feb 2013 – Sep 2015)

Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Australia National University, 2012

Graduate Diploma in Economics, University of Sydney, 2015

Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Political Science and International Relations, 2011

Sep-15