Some of our current members: Click on the names below for more information.
Dr Annie Liang obtained her Ph D in Applied Mathematics at the Aeronautics-Astronautics Doctoral School at the University of Toulouse in 2018. She spent around eight years in China for Air Traffic Control research and teaching, followed by five years in France doing ATM research and innovation. Her current research focus is on ATM operation related topics such as trajectory management and prediction, air traffic flow management, autonomous systems, airport capacity enhancement and ATC safety,risk assessment. She is based at the University of South Australia.
John joined Hawker de Havilland in 1983 as an aeronautical engineer. In 1985 he joined Qantas, progressing through various Engineering and Customer Services Groups, before being promoted to the position of Manager Military Customers in 1993. Leaving Qantas in 1996, he joined Coopers and Lybrand Management Consulting Services. Rejoining Qantas in 1999 he was General Manager Defence Services; and then General Manager Commercial. He was involved in major defence contracts including the C-130 Weapon System, the RAAF Special Purpose Aircraft fleet and the EADS-QDS KC-30A Tanker.
Leaving QDS in February 2004, John joined Hawker Pacific as the Vice President MRO Australia, responsible for all commercial aircraft MRO activities in Australia across 14 facilities.
In 2007, John established True / False Consulting to provide strategy and business development, implementation, project management, tender team leadership and client engagement services in the Defence, Aerospace, Rail and Resource sectors.
Lee de Winton joined Sydney Metro Airports as CEO in 2017, taking on responsibility for a significant aviation and property portfolio. In 2019 she was named as one of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. After working as a senior military officer, Lee left the Air Force with the rank of Wing Commander in 2015 to become the Head of Freight Operations at Qantas, leading a global team. While in the military she served in the Middle East and North Africa in management, ATC and aviation safety roles. Lee is a graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and holds a Masters degree in Strategy and Management from the UNSW. She a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as a Fellow of the RAeS.
John is a Past President of the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has extensive airline engineering and maintenance experience over a professional career spanning more than 40 years, including more than 25 years in executive and general management roles in large airline engineering and maintenance organisations.
He is an aeronautical engineer, having worked in airline technical services (structures, systems, aircraft performance and fleet evaluation) and aircraft acceptance/delivery roles. He has filled senior engineering, maintenance, fleet development, safety, quality and risk management roles including holding various National Airworthiness Authority (CASA) approvals and has led the Engineering and Maintenance businesses of Air Pacific (Fiji), Ansett Australia and Qantas Airways Ltd.
He is an Adjunct Professor with the University of New South Wales School of Aviation and a director of the Qantas Foundation Memorial.
Andrew is the Executive Director of Mentor Aviation Services, providing Aviation and Tourism consulting services both in Australia and internationally. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales where he lectures on Aviation management. He is a Past President of the Royal Aeronautical Society in Australia, serves on the Council, and is a Fellow of the Society.
He was CEO of Fiji’s Air Pacific, and of Australian Regional Hazelton Airlines, and Regional Vice President Asia/Pacific for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He has served on the Boards of IATA and of the Regional Airlines Association of Australia.
He also has extensive Tourism experience and was made Life Member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association for his contribution to the Travel industry. He participates in a mentoring program for young executives in that industry.
Jon Pike, a retired senior Air Force aeronautical engineer, is the Chair of the Canberra Branch of the RAeS. His career covered all aspects of aircraft operational and maintenance support, especially for fighter aircraft, with particular emphasis on maintenance planning and defining integrated logistical support for new aircraft being introduced into service. Since retiring Jon has been a consultant to the RAAF on the development of its Logistics Support Concept and the design of logistics management arrangements. He also served as the Technical Member on the Airworthiness boards for a range of aircraft types. Jon enjoys playing golf and bridge as well as maintaining his interest in all things aeronautical.
Ian is currently a member of the RAeS Australian Division Council. He has a career spanning 45 years, having worked in defence quality assurance, civil aviation regulation and the civil aircraft design and repair sectors. The majority of Ian’s career was spent with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (30 years) as an airworthiness engineer, followed by a period with Aeronautical Engineers Australia, a design and repair organisation. Now working part time, Ian is with Memko Pty Ltd providing regulatory design approval training courses. Ian has held a Commercial Pilots Licence.
Mal is the current Chair of the Queensland Branch of the RAeS and is the Director of Rota Point Consulting, an Aerospace-focused consulting company. He is an aerospace engineer with over 35 years of leading industry teams in Australia, Europe and the US. He joined the RAAF in 1980 and spent 23 years supporting the engineering, operations and logistics of the F-111 at RAAF Amberley, and in Melbourne and the US, finishing as F-111 Chief Engineer. Following his RAAF career, Mal joined Airbus Group Australia Pacific (then Australian Aerospace) in 2003 as the Caribou Program Manager. He then became the ARH Tiger Project Director and VP Capability for the Airbus Group in Australia before leaving in 2018 to start up Rota Point Consulting. Mal is a licensed drone pilot. He is also a member of the Aerospace Gateway Industry Schools Program Steering Group and a passionate STEM advocate.
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David is currently a member of the RAeS Australian Division Council and the Vice Chairman of the Sydney Branch. David holds a Master of Business and Technology degree, is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, is a Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and is a Technologist Member of Engineers Australia.
David is a Commercial Pilot Licence holder and is also a holder of a CASR Part 66 B2 (Avionics) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Licence (LAME).
David was employed by QANTAS for 18 years, eight years within Engineering and Maintenance, and 10 years within Group Safety. David is currently employed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as a Safety Systems Inspector.
David is the current chairman of the Sydney Branch of the RAeS and was until recently the COO at the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. Previously, David had a 23 year airline career with Qantas. Starting in the aircraft evaluation and performance field, he spent time with responsibility for Group fleet planning and then moved into general management as GGM for the Group's regional subsidiaries. He then moved back to manage Engineering, and in 2003 was appointed as EGM Qantas Engineering with responsibility for the over 6,000 staff who provide E&M services to the Qantas Airline's fleet. David has also represented his employers on subsidiary boards, trade associations and industry forums.
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Colonel Crowe has served in the Australian Regular Army with the Corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers since 1986. His regimental appointments were both with the 5th Aviation Regiment. Colonel Crowe has held senior design engineer, project and logistics appointments in the Defence Materiel Organisation with responsibilities for Army’s in-service helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Systems. Most recently has served as the Commander Army Aviation Systems Program Office and has recently taken up the appointment as Director of Engineering in Army Aviation Systems Branch.
Colonel Crowe was awarded a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Business Administration Degree from Deakin University, a Master of Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, and a Master of Project Management Degree from the University of Southern Queensland. He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Air Force Command and Staff College. Colonel Crowe is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Chartered Professional Engineer and listed on the National Professional Engineers Register in the categories of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Colonel Crowe is a Certified Practising Project Director with the Australian Institute of Project Management. In June 2010, he was made a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia for exceptional service in the sustainment of Army Aviation operations.
Alexis has served with the French armed forces for 20 years, first in the French Air Force as a fighter pilot, flying the MIRAGE 2000-5, then as a military pilot for Special Operations, and finally as a Field Intelligence Officer for the French Ministry of Defence. Alexis is currently the CEO at Safran Pacific (aerospace, defence, space) responsible for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He joined Safran early in 2014 and was sent to Seoul as CEO of Safran Korea, in charge of Korea and Mongolia, until 2017 when he moved to Sydney. Alexis holds a degree in mathematics and physics engineering, a Master 2 (Honours) in Risk Analysis and Business Intelligence from the University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallee, and graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2019. He holds a fighter pilot licence, a military transport pilot licence and a professional commercial pilot licence.
Karen is passionate in her field of Aerospace and completed a double degree in Aerospace Engineering and Avionics. She has 15 years of experience in civil and defence aerospace, previously working in the areas of helicopter flight testing, fast jet health and usage monitoring, maintenance repair and overhaul and support system design, before moving to the UK to work within the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. She currently serves as the Principal Technologist for Future Sustainment at BAE Systems in Melbourne, where her focus is next generation technological innovation. Karen hold s a private pilots licence, enjoying the world from above in her spare time.
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David has over 45 years working in the aviation industry, 34 of which were with Qantas, where he worked as a professional engineer and headed a number of Engineering Divisions prior to his appointment as General Manager Regional Airlines and then Executive General Manager Aircraft Operations, responsible for all Flight Operations, Engineering, and Maintenance.
Since 2004, David has worked as an independent consultant and has served on a number of Boards, including as Chairman of Airservices Australia, Chairman of Safeskies Conferences, Vice President of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (SE Section), Aviation Australia and President of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division. In 2013/14 David was Chair of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review panel appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister. He is currently Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel and an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW School of Aviation.
In 2013, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the aviation industry through a range of administrative and leadership roles.
Matthew is an Aviation lawyer at Norton White, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and regulatory, corporate and governance advice specific to the Aviation industry. He also handles litigious and non-litigious aviation-related claims across Antarctica and Asia Pacific and deals with international regulators on traffic rights, aviation safety and aviation incidents. He is a contributor to the IATA Liability Reporter for Asia Pacific and manages legal, governance, compliance and risk for the RAeS Australian Division.
Mark Skidmore, the current President of the Australian Division of the RAeS, has more than 30 years experience in military and civil aviation, beginning as a pilot in the RAAF in the early 1980s. A qualified test pilot, he led the RAAF research and development squadrons before being promoted to Australia’s Air Commander, holding oversight of Australia’s military air operations. He reached the rank of Air Vice Marshal before retiring in 2012. Mark has also worked in civil aviation as Director of Safety/CEO at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and as a test pilot and business development manager. He is chairman of Skycraft and a director of Qinetiq Australia, TAE Aerospace and Swift Aerospace Consulting. In 2010 he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia. He continues to fly and owns a Globe Swift GC-1B and an ex-RAAF CT4A.
Peter is the current chairman of the Adelaide Branch of the RAeS. He has always had a strong interest in Aviation and through his school years he designed, built and flew model aircraft. On leaving school he underwent flight training at Parafield and Strathalbyn airports and qualified for his Commercial Pilot Licence. As a long-term industry member Peter has worked in and with a variety of organisations, building expensive experience in training, regulation and management of flight operations. He is currently self-employed as an Aviation advisor, providing support to a broad base of clients.
Fiona Balfour has significant experience in the Aviation sector but has also worked extensively in Information and Telecommunications services, distribution and logistics. She has 20 years experience as a non-executive director and is currently on the boards of Western Sydney Airport, Airservices Australia and Land Services South Australia. She was the CIO and a member of the Executive Committee at Qantas from 2001 to 2006. She worked extensively with British Airways and the oneworld group of airlines through her time at Qantas. She then moved to the role of CIO at Telstra. She holds an MBA from RMIT and is a member of Chief Executive Women, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Monash University as well as holding an FRAeS.
A former Qantas pilot, Richard flew the A380, B747, A330 and B767 in airline service. Prior to joining Qantas he was an Air Force fixed and rotary wing test pilot, flying instructor and standards officer. During his civil career, Richard was an executive board member of the International Federation of Airline Pilot Associations and the Executive Vice President Technical Standards responsible for IFALPA's input to ICAO. In this role he sat on the ICAO Operations and Airworthiness panels. He currently consults as a test pilot and has investigated a number of aircraft accidents, including a B747 run-off, an A310 crash and numerous light aircraft and helicopter incidents and accidents. He has over 20,000 hours, is a civil instructor and a member of the Australian Warbirds Association, flying his Nanchang CJ6+ every chance he gets. He has presented at a number of forums, including the RAeS Australian Division Safety Forum, on the human/machine interface and automation, the future of pilot training and automation-related accidents.
Emily Hughes is responsible for Boeing’s Phantom Works business in Australia, the UK, South Korea, India and Saudi Arabia. Phantom Works is tasked with developing Boeing Defence Space and Security’s next generation of products and services. Emily’s team specialises in mission systems, advanced simulation, modelling and analytics. Before joining Boeing she spent over 10 years in defence aerospace in the UK and Europe, including as Assistant Chief Engineer Future Capability with BAE Systems. Emily holds a Masters degree in Aeronautical Systems from the University of Salford. She is passionate about changing the stereotypes for the next generation and supports a range of STEM initiatives.
Jim has had a career in commercial aviation spanning more then 50 years and is presently managing director of his aviation and tourism consultancy Mercury Consulting Services. He holds an economics degree from Monash University and a Master of Transport Management from the University of Sydney. In 1968 he joined Qantas and held a number of senior management positions over 25 years, including Director of Personnel, Director of Cargo and General Manager QH Tours. After leaving Qantas he took up a number of management assignments in the South Pacific, including GM Solomon Airlines and Royal Tongan Airlines. He has retained his involvement in the Aviation and Tourism industries, including participation in the UNSW Aviation Management course and the NSW Tourism Awards.
Mike Galvin is a member of the Council of the RAeS Australian Division. He started his aviation career as a RAN pilot flying helicopters at the Fleet Air Arm before serving with a Middle East peace-keeping mission flying Hueys in 1983. His final Navy posting was as an instructor at RAAF Pearce flying Macchi jets. Mike joined Qantas in 1989 and became a captain on the B767 in 2002 and then the type’s Fleet Manager. He was promoted to Head of Flying Operations for Qantas mainline operations responsible for flying standards and safety. When the 767 was retired in 2014 Mike converted to the B747 while continuing in Qantas management, until he stepped down from management in late 2019.
Margaret Staib, AM, CSC is a former CEO of Airservices Australia and a former senior officer in the RAAF. She joined the RAAF in 1981 and in the mid 1990s served as the Personal Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command and then the newly formed joint service Commander Support Command. Staib was posted to the Pentagon between 1998 and 2000 on exchange with the USAF working on strategic procurement initiatives. This service was recognised with the United States Meritorious Service Medal. She was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2000 for outstanding achievement in the field of Inventory Management. Between 2002 and 2005 Staib was the Director of Planning and Logistics – Air Force; and in 2009 she spent a year as the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy. In 2009 she was promoted to air vice marshal and appointed Commander Joint Logistics Command. Staib was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for exceptional service to the RAAF. In September 2012 Staib was appointed as the CEO of Airservices Australia, a position she held until July 2015. She is a member of the Council of the RAeS Australian Division.
Geoff has been in the Aviation industry since 1977 when he joined NZ National Airways Corporation which was merged with Air New Zealand in 1978. He was employed in various capacities in finance and then airline/airport operations. During this time he was nominated for RAeS membership. Later, after some private business ventures, he was involved in both ground surveying and aerial reconnaissance in global locations including the Middle East. He then engaged in tertiary studies before moving into lecturing adult students from 2001 to 2018. He is currently researching and developing aviation units for the tertiary sector. Geoff took on the role of Perth Branch chair in 2017, joined the Australian Division Executive Committee in 2019 and was elected President-elect of the Division in 2020. He will take on the role of President in March 2021.
Greg Hood is the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau—Australia’s national transport safety investigation agency. Greg has more than 35 years’ experience in the transport industry, beginning his career as an air traffic controller in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Greg has since had a wide range of operational, training and management roles across the civil aviation industry. Most recently, Greg served in senior roles with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and was Executive General Manager of the Air Traffic Control Group in Airservices Australia, before joining the ATSB. As well as being a glider and powered aircraft pilot, Greg is involved with a number of aviation bodies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Freeman in the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, and a Life Member of the Qantas Founders Museum. Before joining the ATSB, Greg was a Board Member of Safeskies Australia and Vice-Chair of the steering committee for the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation’s (CANSO’s) Operations Standing Committee.
Lea Vesic is the Aviation advisor to the Federal Minister for Transport. She is passionate about aviation and the engagement of youth, in particular women, into the field of aerospace and STEM. Having studied Bachelor of Aviation (Management) at the University of New South Wales, Lea went on to attain her Commercial Pilots Licence.. She went on to work as a private jet consultant in London and Hong Kong at one of the worlds largest charter brokerage agencies. Having returned to Australia in 2016, Lea continues to engage with flying in the general aviation scene, whilst simultaneously focusing on her role as Membership Committee Chair for Women in Aviation, International Australian Chapter.
Rob is the Group Manager Stakeholder Engagement at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). As a member of the CASA Executive team he has responsibility for CASA’s industry relations, safety promotion, stakeholder communication, government and international relations and regulatory and technical training.
Rob has over 35 years stakeholder engagement, public affairs and media experience. Prior to joining CASA in 2016, Rob worked at Airservices Australia for eight years in a similar senior management role.
Rob has also worked as a company director and contracted to several ASX 200 companies including domestic and international airlines. Rob is passionate about aviation, is well known to many in the industry and has significant strategic stakeholder engagement, issues management and corporate communications experience. Rob has a Graduate Certificate in Management and is a private pilot.
Dr Capra is a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering and the Aviation Program Coordinator at the UNSW Canberra (ADFA). She is also a member of the hypersonic fluid-thermal-structural-interaction (FTSI) research group. Her technical background is in the aerothermodynamics of hypersonic vehicles. Bianca is a two-time recipient of the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, a council member of the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society (where she chairs the subcommittees for Women in Fluid Mechanics and Outreach), co-chair of UNSW Canberra's YoWIE program, STEM Outreach coordinator for the Women in Aviation Australia Chapter, Vice-chair and Cool Aeronautics coordinator for the RAeS Canberra Branch and 2019/20 Science and Technology Australia Superstar of STEM.
Andrew joined the RAAF in 1983 and completed a degree in Aeronautical Engineering with Distinction at RMIT. During his RAAF career he had postings across Australia and the USA covering maintenance management, design engineering, logistics, aircraft acquisition and personnel, with a focus on maintenance and engineering support for the F-111 aircraft. His last posting was as Senior Engineering Officer for No 6 Squadron. Andrew also completed an MBA with the University of New England.
Andrew left the RAAF in 1999 to establish a military maintenance company that is now known as TAE Aerospace. The company employs over 340 staff at five sites across Australia, one in Malaysia and five in the US, delivering aerospace maintenance and engineering services to a diverse customer base. In 2015 Andrew led a team of managers to complete a management buyout of TAE to create Australia’s largest 100 per cent Australian-owned aerospace company.
Manjinder launched his career as a design engineer at Australian Flight Test Services in Adelaide, specialising in project management and technical engineering roles on civilian and military aircraft modification projects. This led to a position with Boeing Australia at RAAF Amberley. Now at Hawker Pacific, Manjinder has held the roles of Project Manager/Senior Design Engineer, Design Engineering Manager, Technical Services Manager, Manager Sydney MRO and currently GM Special Missions. Under his stewardship the department has grown from four to over 30 design engineers and has delivered over 50 special mission aircraft. Manjinder is a CPEng, holds a CASA 21M and is currently the ADF CAF 11 (B300) Head of Design and Accountable Executive for the CAF 11 (B300) DASR 21J Military Design Organisation.
In 1979 Deborah was the subject of the first contested equal opportunity anti-discrimination case in Australia. After fighting for more than a year she won the battle against Sir Reginald Ansett in the High Court and joined Ansett Airlines to become the first female airline pilot for a major airline in Australia.
After the pilots’ dispute in 1989 Deborah relocated to the Netherlands to fly with KLM Cityhopper, where she held the position of Flight Safety Manager for four years and was the Chief Flight Safety Investigator for eight years. She was also chair of the European Regions Airlines Association Air Safety Working Group until 2004. She was also a member of the IATA Aircraft Accident Classification Working Group.
In 2008 Deborah returned to Australia to join Jetstar as a captain on the A320 based in Christchurch. In July 2012 she joined Tigerair in Sydney and is currently a check and training captain.
Deborah was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2001. She received an award as Master Air Pilot in 2017 and was appointed as a Member (AM) in the General Division of The Order of Australia in June 2019 for significant service to Aviation as a commercial pilot and to women in the profession.