Our Team

Kevin Byrne, Chief Executive


Kevin Byrne webM | (07) 4080 2900
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Kevin Byrne had a seventeen year military officer career where he saw service in South Vietnam, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and Singapore as well as different parts of Australia. His final military appointment was as Senior Instructor at the Royal Military College, Canberra.  Following this he was recruited to the Queensland Government where he headed the Office of Northern and Regional development based in Cairns and later managed the office of the Queensland Confederation of Industry before becoming Mayor of Cairns the first time in 1993.  He was elected on four occasions as Mayor of Cairns City and his tenure of eleven years is the second longest in the City’s history and it was during this time that the city enjoyed unprecedented growth and development.  In addition he has been the Chief Executive of the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority, Deputy Chairman of Air Niugini and Chairman of the National Airlines Commission of PNG.  In recent years he has enjoyed management appointments with the Bechtel Corporation in the development of the Exxon led PNG LNG project along with the Hides Gas Development Company and later was appointed to the position of Corporate Affairs Manager at the Inter Oil Corporation for three years.  He has extensive experience in generalist senior management roles and currently sits on a number of Management Boards. He was appointed to the Advance Cairns role in June 2016.



P.O. Box 3065
Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia


51 The Esplanade
Cairns QLD 4870 Australia


Phone: +61 (0)7 4080 2900
Fax: +61 (0)7 4031 3994