Board Members

Captain Peter Raven MAP JP B Avst FRAeS CMILT - Chairman

Past Chairman and current Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. Current Chairman of the trophies and awards committee HCAP Australian region. Freeman of the City of London. Past Vice President, Welfare Officer and Trustee of the Australian and International Pilots Association. Past member Australian Federation of Air Pilots. Past member Aus ALPA. Safeskies Board Member since 2001. Company Director.
Flying Career. 1964 Private Pilot. 1965 Commercial Pilot Flying Instructor. 1966 – 2013 Pilot Qantas Airways Ltd. During my time at Qantas I flew all Boeing 707 and Boeing 747 aircraft including John Travolta’s 707 and the 747 at Longreach. My last 8 years were spent flying 737 in Qantas’s short haul division. I was a training pilot on the B747 for 20 years, and from 1981 to 1987 Route Supervisor Boeing 747. During this period I also served on the pilot selection panel. Regular training and flying has kept me current in matters pertaining to airspace use and management, emergency and safety procedures, cockpit resource management (CRM), and threat and error (TEM) management. I am a member of the North Queensland Aero Club and fly C172 aircraft.
I take an active interest in mentoring young pilots and for my Bachelor of Aviation Studies Degree I studied aviation law, airline management and airport management. Flying and managing aircraft in today’s world is foremost in my mind

Ms Sarah Boase, CMILT MAICD - Secretary

Ms Sarah Boase has, until recently, spent the last thirteen years working with Airbus Group Australia Pacific (formerly Australian Aerospace). In addition to her passion for both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, she brings a great deal of knowledge of the senior defence and aviation landscape. Sarah has a wealth of experience managing in complex multinational environments and has travelled extensively. She has also lived in Thailand, UK, USA as well as Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese. A lifetime of flying and working in the Aerospace industry has led her to become a Board Member for Safeskies Australia and she is enthusiastic to contribute her ability to organise, manage, and execute tasks in a demanding environment. With a holistic perspective, Sarah is able to weave together different ideas and perspectives that lead to win-win solutions. She is a natural problem solver and sees challenges as opportunities to be turned into innovative new ways of resolving issues.

Mr David Harvey, CMILT FAICD - Board Member

David Harvey is the principal of D.R. Harvey Consulting providing strategy development advice and management consultancy services to major organisations in the aviation, infrastructure and defence sectors. Mr Harvey has previously held a number of senior executive roles at John Holland Group, Thales and ADI Limited in both Australia and abroad. His experience includes operational roles running complex services, technology development and manufacturing businesses and corporate roles in sales, marketing and strategy. He has served on the boards of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Simulation Industry Association of Australia, and is director of a number of private companies. Mr Harvey graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1976 and served in various Australian ships and submarines until 1984. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport of Australia.

Ms Pip Spence PSM - Deputy Secretary

Pip Spence is the Deputy Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities where her responsibilities include Aviation and Airports, Surface Transport Policy and Portfolio Coordination and Research.
Prior to returning to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in December 2015, Pip had a number of senior leadership roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, including running the Cabinet Division and the Ministerial Support Division.  She was also closely involved in the establishment of the National Broadband Network in the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and was awarded a Public Service Medal for her contribution to the telecommunications regulations reform associated with the implementation of the NBN. She commenced her career in the then Department of Transport and Communications, where she worked in a number of aviation-related areas, including as adviser to the then Minister for Transport. Pip has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University.

CDRE Chris Smallhorn, RAN - Vice-chairman

Commodore Chris Smallhorn was born in Toowoomba, Queensland and attended the Toowoomba Grammar School before joining the Navy in 1987. Graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering he was posted to the Navy’s 817 Squadron (Sea King helicopters) in 1991 where he was awarded his Aeronautical Engineering Certificate of Competency before being selected for pilot training.
On completion of pilot training Chris completed numerous operational sea tours on Seahawk helicopters. Selected for Test Pilot training, Chris attended the United States Naval Test Pilot school where he graduated as the Distinguished Graduate (Dux) of his course. Returning to Australia in 1999 he was posted to the Navy’s flight test unit, the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit, and conducted experimental flight test on multiple Australian and international test programs, major aircraft acquisition and modification programs and research projects. Chris was the officer in charge of AMAFTU in 2003 before being promoted to Commander and becoming the Project Manager of a Super Seasprite acquisition program.
Selected as the Commanding Officer of the Navy’s 816 Squadron (Seahawk helicopters), he enjoyed this role in 2008 and 2009. Following a short tour as the Commander of Operational Airworthiness and Standards of the Fleet Air Arm Chris was promoted to Captain and assumed duties as the Chief of Staff of the Fleet Air Arm, then as the Chief of Staff to the Chief of Navy. Chris now serves as the Director of the Maritime Safety Bureau and is the Commander Fleet Air Arm (desig.). Chris is a fellow of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, has completed the Harvard Leadership Program read a Masters of Business Administration. Chris became a Director of Safeskies in 2013.

Ms Linda Spurr, FCPA GAICD B.Bus(Acc) - Treasurer

Linda Spurr is an independent non-executive director and an accomplished senior executive. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry and has recently held the position of Registered Training Organisation CEO for Airservices Australia, responsible for operational training in Air Traffic Control, Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting, and Technical and Engineering support services. Linda is a Fellow CPA and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds qualifications in training, business, real estate management and financial markets.
Linda’s career spans the private and public sectors and Not-For-Profit organisations. With strong commercial acumen, she has led significant reform initiatives and contestability programs in education and training, shared services and health services. Linda’s achievements have been recognised with industry awards – Telstra Business Women’s Awards (Government and Academia) ACT Finalist, NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards – Emerging Leader in the Public Sector and CPA Australia Awards – QLD Public Sector Accountant of the Year.

Mr GA (Peter) Lloyd, AC OBE MiD FRAeS FAIM FCILT - Board Member/President Emeritus

Mr George A Lloyd AC OBE MiD is largely known throughout the world of Aviation and Commerce as Peter Lloyd. Educated; Sydney University and Shore School (SCEGS) Sydney. In 2008 he stood down voluntarily as Executive Chairman of Safeskies and continued his honorary work as President Emeritus ‘a title especially made for him.’
He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (2007 being made an Honorary Life Member) and a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (with the Freedom of the City of London); and was Australian Regional Chairman for two years. Peter Lloyd has had a long business and aviation career as founder, Director, Chairman or CEO/Managing Director or a Director of a number of Public Companies and some private enterprises in Australia, France, UK and the USA. He has worked closely with World Leaders in
France, UK, USA and several other countries and has been honoured by each of them.
Peter Lloyd’s involvement covers the Motor Industry, Aviation, Tourism, Finance and the Film Industry and as a Grazier/Farmer on the Snowy River of New South Wales. The Motor Vehicle business he started shortly after World War II grew to be quite large employing 2000 persons, and in addition to that it owned a fleet of 600 Motor Vehicles. The Helicopter Company he started with two others had 89 helicopters operating when he retired as chairman and sold his interest.
He is a qualified Pilot with 11,000 command hours in aircraft, he is also a qualified parachutist as well as gas balloonist; further, he has some gliding experience. In World War II he served as a fighting soldier in the Middle East and Papua New Guinea, and was decorated. For fourteen years he was a Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service; a fact of which he is proud. He held high office in the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) for some 18 years and eventually became World President and is now honoured as a President of Honour. The FAI, with some 130 member nations, has aviation influence over an estimated 40 million people (this includes Aeromodeling). During his period with the FAI since and before, Peter Lloyd has flown light aircraft in some 100 Countries.
In December 2006 he received an honour of which he is proud, namely the Patrons Lifetime Achievement Award of the Aviation Safety Foundation of Australasia which was presented to him personally by the Patron, His Excellency, Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC, Governor General of Australia in his Sydney residence, Admiralty House, incidentally owned in the 1800’s for 10 years by Peter Lloyd’s great grandfather, The Honourable George Alfred Lloyd MLC. He is fanatical about air safety and the continuing need for all involved in aviation to be ever vigilant in the air and on the ground.