Speakers and Chairpersons

Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Dr. Fang Liu is the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). She was first appointed for a three-year term starting August 2015 and has recently been reappointed for a consecutive three-year term until July 2021.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary General, Dr. Liu served for eight years as the Director of ICAO’s Bureau of Administration and Services (ADB). During her tenure, she contributed extensively to ICAO’s Senior Management Group and also participated in the High-Level Committee on Management within the United Nations common system. She transformed the administration of ICAO by enhancing efficiencies, improving governance, and providing effective management and support in areas such as human resources, language services, and conference and information technology services.

Prior to joining ICAO, Dr. Liu served the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC), where over the course of twenty years she successively held the posts of Legal Counsel, Deputy Director, Director and Deputy Director General, Department of International Affairs and Cooperation. She was responsible for China’s international air transport policy and regulations, bilateral and multilateral relations with international and regional organizations including ICAO, the World Trade Organization, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the European Union, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Dr. Liu was also chief negotiator for the Chinese government for bilateral and multilateral air transport agreements with foreign countries.

During her career with the CAAC, Dr. Liu was elected chair of the Aviation Group of the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and was nominated by China to sit on the Air Transport Regulation Panel in ICAO. She also served as an expert on mediation and dispute resolution. Dr. Liu earned a PhD in international law at Wuhan University, China, and a Master’s degree in air and space law at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She was the Director of the Association of Air Law of China and of the Association of Private International Law of China and has published articles and delivered lectures on a wide range of topics in international air transport regulation and air law. She speaks Chinese and English and has knowledge of French.

Gerard Forlin QC, Cornerstone Barristers UK

Gerard Forlin was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010 in both the Civil and Criminal law sections, Gerard Forlin QC’s broad practice covers civil, criminal and commercial litigation; environment; fire; corporate governance (including bribery and corruption); major event planning & crowd safety; crisis management; health and safety; aviation; inquests and inquiries; local authority governance and services; and regulatory law.

Gerard currently inter alia is instructed in relation to Grenfell Tower, the Shoreham air crash, an F1 case and numerous other cases both in the UK and all over the world.

He has published more than 100 articles and is the author of Corporate Liability: work related deaths and criminal prosecutions (3rd edition) (Bloomsbury). The 4th edition will be published in 2019. He has been ranked in six separate areas by the leading directories. He has worked in over 65 countries, one of only a tiny handful of London Barristers to have ever achieved this. 

He is known globally in his various fields of practice and has worked from Vancouver in Canada to Queenstown in New Zealand.  Also, from the Falkland Islands and South Georgia in the Antarctic Ocean to Seoul in Korea and Beijing in China.  A selection of his areas of practice are set out below.

Gerard has acted for many of the major UK companies (retail, manufacturing, aviation, transport, tour companies, sporting including F1), regarding various regulatory matters.  He has also acted for numerous local authorities and individuals.  He is currently also acting for the majority of the families in the pending Inquest into the Shoreham Air Crash when eleven men died after a jet aircraft crashed on a road near Brighton in Sussex in the UK.

He has also appeared in court in several jurisdictions across the world and advised numerous other parties from all over the world including Airlines, Airports, Manufacturers, Mining companies, Water companies and Tour companies.  He is an expert on aviation mental health regulatory issues and spoken several times at the Royal Aeronautical Society. 

He has also spoken on expert panels on health and safety and environmental law at the International Bar Association annual conferences in Vancouver, Madrid, Rome and Seoul.

Gretchen Haskins, CEO of HeliOffshore Ltd

Gretchen Haskins is the CEO of HeliOffshore Ltd, a company dedicated to global offshore helicopter safety. She is an aviation industry leader in safety performance improvement and an internationally-recognised expert in human factors.

She has served on the board of the UK Civil Aviation Authority as Group Director of Safety, overseeing aviation safety in the UK (including airlines, aerodromes, air traffic, airworthiness and personnel). Prior to that, Gretchen was Group Director of Safety at the UK air traffic company NATS where she championed activities to support frontline operational safety.  Gretchen previously worked in nuclear certification and safety of intercontinental ballistic missiles, joint airworthiness trials for military aircraft, defence system design – and as an expert advisor to NATO on human performance and safety critical systems. She has a strong aviation background and has flown jet and piston aircraft in the U.S. Air Force.  She serves as a board member of the Flight Safety Foundation and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Peter Kearney, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA)

Peter Kearney was appointed as Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) in June 2018. A State-owned company, the IAA is the Irish civil aviation safety regulator and air navigation services provider (ANSP). Placing innovation at the core of his leadership, Peter is keen to ensure that the IAA delivers best in class service to its customers and stakeholders and is regarded as a leader in the Irish aviation sector and amongst small to medium Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs).

Peter has worked with the IAA since 1998, holding various management positions and also working initially as an Air Traffic Controller. He has a strong interest in innovation in ATM, being a key advocate of the IAA’s successful Remote Towers Project (which won the Single European Sky Award in 2017) and being heavily involved in Aireon, the IAA’s investment in the world’s first satellite based air traffic surveillance system.

Peter holds a Masters in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics from Cranfield University and a BSc. (hons) Business Management from Trinity College Dublin. Peter is also a graduate of Harvard Business School. His PhD research focussed on human machine interface, specifically the influence of ATM systems safety alerting tools on air traffic controllers response to critical safety events and the design of future ATM systems. With a keen interest in aviation Peter is a qualified helicopter pilot.

Captain Deborah Lawrie, Tiger Airways

Deborah Lawrie learnt to fly in 1969 and is a current check and training captain with with 40 years of airline experience. She was educated at Our Lady of Sion and graduated with a BSc from Melbourne University in 1974 and later she studied a Diploma of Education at Rusden State College. In 1998 Deborah completed the Cranfield University Aircraft Accident Investigation Course. In 2017 Deborah was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and was awarded the honor of Master Air Pilot.

Deborah taught mathematics and Physics at secondary school level during the mid-seventies and was a general aviation flying instructor at Moorabbin airport from 1976 until 1979. In 1979 Deborah was the subject of the first contested equal opportunity anti-discrimination case in Australia. The case was fought for more than a year and after winning the battle against Sir Reginald Ansett in the High Court, she joined Ansett Airlines to become the first female airline pilot for a major airline in Australia. Deborah’s autobiography was published in 1992.

After the 1989 pilot’s dispute Deborah joined KLM Cityhopper in The Netherlands. She was a training Captain on the Fokker 50 for four years and later flew the Fokker 70 / 100. In 1998 Deborah established KLM Cityhopper’s Flight Safety Department. She held the position of Flight Safety Manager for 4 years and was the Chief Flight Safety Investigator for 8 years. Deborah was also chairman of the European Regions Airlines Association Air Safety Working Group from 1998-2004 and she was a member of the IATA Aircraft Accident Classification Working Group. In 2005 she transferred to KLM mainline where she flew the A330 to several countries around the world.

In 2003 Deborah was the lead developer of an Airline Incident Investigation Course, which has been delivered to several airline operators around the world and is currently delivered in New Zealand. In 2004 Deborah was part of a team that was commissioned by the government of The Netherlands to bring the Latvian aviation regulator’s knowledge and standard of aircraft accident investigation in line with European standards.  

In 2008 Deborah returned to Australia to join Jetstar Airways as the Manager of Safety Investigations and eventually returned to line flying based in Christchurch.  In July of 2012 Deborah joined Tiger Airways based in Sydney and is currently a Check and Training Captain on the A320.

Brent Hayward, Managing Director of Dédale Asia Pacific

Brent Hayward is the Managing Director of Dédale Asia Pacific. He is a professionally qualified and Registered Psychologist, with more than 40 years’ experience in the provision of services and advice to management within the aviation industry. Previous employers include the RAAF Psychology Service, Australian Airlines and QANTAS Airways.

Brent’s work has included a broad variety of aviation selection, training, safety investigation, and organisational effectiveness activities. He has been responsible for production of a range of innovative human factors training materials for operational personnel, including the highly successful CRM film, “The Dryden Accident” (1992), and the “Safety Culture Evolution” (2000) and “ASSIST” (2007) safety promotion films for EUROCONTROL.

Brent has developed and delivered specialist training in aviation psychology, human factors, CRM, and aviation safety investigation methods for a range of organisations in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific, & North and South America. This work has included human factors and safety investigation training seminars and workshops conducted on behalf of the European Association for Aviation Psychology (with the late Dr Rob Lee AO from 1999-2017) in Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & the UAE, for EUROCONTROL (since 2000; in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Switzerland), for EMBRAER (Brazil) and for the Singapore Aviation Academy (since 1998). In recent years Brent also partnered with Dr Rob Lee to conduct Independent SMS reviews for Airservices Australia and Changi Airport Group (Singapore).

Brent has had considerable experience in the investigation of human factors aspects of both military and civil aircraft accidents and incidents, including those involving Boeing and Airbus aircraft, CH-47 Chinook, General Dynamics F-111C, Macchi MB326-H, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18, Mirage III-O, Mitsubishi MU-2, and Piper Chieftain. In 2003 he was appointed by the NSW Ministry of Transport to investigate human factors and operations aspects of the Waterfall Rail Disaster.

Brent was the founding President of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association (1992-2000), and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (USA), and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).

He is co-editor of the books: Applied Aviation Psychology (Avebury Aviation, 1996), and Aviation Resource Management, Volumes 1 and 2 (Ashgate, 2000), and is an Editorial Board member of the international journal Aviation Psychology & Applied Human Factors (Hogrefe).

In December 2003 Brent was honoured as recipient of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association’s Third ‘Aviation Human Factors Achievement Award’.

In 2004-2005 Brent served as Human Factors Advisor on the Steering Committee of the National Patient Safety Education Framework project, an initiative of the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care.


Wayne Martin, Central Queensland University

Wayne Martin commenced flying in 1979 and then spent 10 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1980-1990. Following his military career, which was spent on HS748 Andovers, F27’s and C130 Hercules aircraft, he joined the Air New Zealand group with one of their Link carriers, Air Nelson. After 4 ½ years with Air Nelson, having attained the role of fleet manager, he then moved to Ansett New Zealand, where he spent most of his time on the Bae 146, until that company ceased operating in 2001. Following this he worked for a company flying Dash 8 and ATR72 aircraft on various contracts around New Zealand and the South Pacific. During that time he went from a line Captain’s role, through Check and Training Captain, to eventually finish up as Training Manager. In 2004 Wayne joined Pacific Blue (Virgin Australia New Zealand) initially as a First Officer, then as a Captain and Training Captain, before moving across to the B777 in 2010. He continues to fly the B777 to this day and has accumulated just over 20,000 hours of flight time across his career to date.

Throughout his career Wayne has been heavily involved in both flying training and ground training across a wide variety of disciplines. He has also held various management positions, including as a manager of the long-haul Non-technical Skills program at Virgin Australia. Beyond the airline world, he also started, and continues to run, the PACDEFF CRM and Airline Human Factors Conference, which is held in Australasia every year. The conference, which is the largest of its type in the world,  is principally a Human Factors practitioner’s conference, which showcases some of the best Aviation Human Factors research around and facilitates interaction between Human Factors professionals across the aviation industry.

Along the way Wayne has accumulated four degrees, including two Masters’ degrees and a PhD in Human Factors. His Doctoral Thesis was entitled ‘Pathological behaviours in pilots: The effects of startle, freeze and denial on situation outcome’. He has also spoken widely at conferences around the world on his research and has published a significant number of journal articles and research papers. Wayne has taught at three Universities over the last ten years and currently holds a position as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Central Queensland University, where he continues to supervise seven PhD students.  

Over the period 2014-2017 Wayne was the Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) workstream chair for the International Pilot Training Association. This ICAO/IATA/RAeS collaboration is a world-wide initiative to standardise best practice across nine different disciplines and domains in the aviation industry. Wayne was privileged to lead an international team of SME’s in the development of a comprehensive report into UPRT best practice from around the world, culminating in a final report to the IPTA board in April 2017.

Wayne was made a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2014.

Richard Charlton, CEO and Co-Founder of Electro.Aero

Richard Charlton is the CEO and Co-Founder of Electro.Aero, a Perth-based technology company developing electric propulsion systems for light aircraft. Working with aircraft designers and manufacturers to provide fully-integrated, turnkey propulsion systems, Electro.Aero is currently converting in-production aircraft to electric. Electro.Aero is also the world’s most experienced owner of commercial electric aircraft, with over 150 hours of flying on the 100% electric Pipistrel Alpha Electro. Richard’s background is in finance and strategy, and he holds a PPL and RAAus Pilot Certificate.

Greg Hood, Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Greg Hood is the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) —Australia’s national transport safety investigation agency.   

Greg has almost 40 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 leadership roles across the civil aviation industry. Greg has had the unique experience of acting as Director of Aviation Safety at CASA and acting Chief Executive of Airservices Australia, before his appointment as Chief Commissioner and CEO at 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 a recent past-president of the Canberra Philharmonic Society. Greg has also served as a member of the business advisory council for World Vision, and has for the past 3 years, been a Champion for the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleep-out, raising funds for Australia’s homeless.

Lieutenant Kate Munari, Transport Safety Investigator of Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

Lieutenant Kate Munari grew up in Sydney and joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 18 through the Australian Defence Force Academy, ADFA, completing a Bachelor of Science degree. Qualifying as a helicopter pilot in 2006, her skill and dedication to flying, lead to her being selected for a four and a half year posting to the Royal Navy, UK. There Kate flew as part of Commando Helicopter Force, CHF, who fly in support of the Royal Marine Commandos.

Kate served in Afghanistan three times as part of CHF, flying day and night, in all weather conditions as aircraft captain and formation commander, leading teams in some of the toughest conditions any workplace can present. On several occasions Kate’s aircraft came under enemy fire and she was responsible for making the tough decisions as to what to do in those critical moments.

Also during her time in the UK, Kate was chosen to be the Officer in Charge of the Royal Australian Navy’s vessel which escorted the Royal barge during the Diamond Jubilee river pageant for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. In 2011 His Royal Highness Prince Charles presented Kate with the British Afghanistan campaign medal at Clarence House in London.

On return to Australia, Kate was selected to study at the Australian Defence Force’s Capability and Technology Management College, graduating with a Masters in 2013. Returning to flying in 2014, Kate was a Flight Commander flying the MRH90 helicopter at sea on HMAS Canberra, one of Australia’s newest ships followed by her final posting in the Navy as the Operations Officer at 808 Squadron.

Kate has retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 2018 after 17 years of service and has started a new career with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as an Air Accident Investigator.    

Kate is also a motivational speaker who is keen to share her experiences with others. Kate will inspire and motivate audiences to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

Melanie Todd, Principal Human Factors Advisor of The Keil Centre

Melanie Todd is a Principal Human Factors Advisor with The Keil Centre and has worked within regulatory and investigation agencies, analysing human performance and approving the introduction of new technologies, safety management systems and providing human factors training in aviation. Melanie has considerable experience and specialist interest in accident and incident investigation, evaluating human performance in training, human error analysis, safety management systems and fatigue risk management. Her strong interest is in understanding human performance and tailoring training to support this, including using investigation techniques to aid this process.

Melanie worked as a Manager and Senior Transport Safety Investigator (Human Factors) with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, conducting independent safety investigations into complex aviation, rail and maritime accidents and serious incidents. This experience reinforced Melanie’s understanding of the importance of a systems approach to managing human performance, and the need for tools and guidance to support this approach to gain practical solutions for the workplace. Her PhD explore pilot training and the link between performance and experience.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Aviation and Masters of Science and Technology in Aviation (Human Factors), a PhD in Psychology (Human Factors) as well as the Diploma of Transport Safety Investigation. She is the President of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Australia.

David Anderson, Managing Director, BARS Program of Flight Safety Foundation

David Anderson commenced his aviation career as an apprentice mechanic in the Royal Australian Air force (RAAF) before moving to flight crew as a Flight Engineer on the P3C Orion where he spent 10 years in crew member, instructor and check & training roles. After 17 years of service life, David joined an international airline as a B747 Flight Engineer and spent 11 years on international, domestic passenger and cargo operations. At the end of the flying career, David moved into quality and safety with experience in IOSA and ISAGO audits on behalf of IATA, QMS Auditing and BARS auditing for the Flight Safety Foundation. In this time David also achieved a multi engine commercial pilots license.

David holds an MBA, Company Director Qualifications, QMS Lead Auditor certification and engineering qualifications.

David has been involved with the FSF BARS Audit Program since it earliest days in 2010 as an Auditor, Program Manager for the Audit Companies, Audit Manager for the Foundation and now is the Managing Director for the BARS Program within the Flight Safety Foundation.

Lea Vesic, Innovation and Improvement Executive at Recreational Aviation Australia

Lea Vesic is a strong believer that “you can’t be what you can’t see” and a passionate advocate for youth engagement and women in the aviation and aerospace industries.  Lea enjoys motivating the next generation of aviation professionals to strive to be innovative, inspiring and to be empowered to make a positive difference in the world through leadership and aviation.

Lea has experience working within both the aerospace public and private sectors internationally and domestically.  Lea has worked in flight operations, private jet sales, aviation training, policy development and finance and administration roles and more recently in change management as the Innovation and Improvement Executive at Recreational Aviation Australia.

Lea holds a Diploma of Flight Operations, a Commercial Pilot’s License and Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating.  Lea is qualified Lead Auditor, currently studying a Masters of Aviation Management at the University of New South Wales and completing a CASA Flight Instructor Rating.

Lea is a guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales, the Secretariat for TAAAF (The Australian Aviation Associations Forum), the first female chair of Royal Aeronautical Society Canberra branch and a board member of the Women in Aviation Australian chapter.

Shane Carmody, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Shane Carmody was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Aviation Safety (DAS) on 7 June 2017.  Immediately prior to his formal appointment, Shane acted as CEO/DAS for eight months from October 2016.

CASA’s roles include the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australian Territory, the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian Territory and encouraging a greater acceptance by the aviation industry of its obligations to maintain high standards of aviation safety. 

Immediately prior to joining CASA, Shane was Deputy Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.  In this position his responsibilities included the Office of Transport Security, Aviation and Airports, Local Government and Territories and the Western Sydney Airport project.

Before joining the APS in 1989, Shane had a 15 year career as an Army Officer, where he served in various Australian and overseas locations.

Shane studied Bahasa Indonesia at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.  He has a BA from the University of Queensland, an MBA from Monash University, is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAES) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He is also the current Chair of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Regional Aviation Safety Groups.

Jason Harfield, Chief Executive Officer of Airservices Australia

 Jason Harfield was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 9 March 2016, beginning his career with Airservices as a flight data officer in Adelaide in 1989.

With more than 30 years of experience in aviation and the air traffic management industry, Jason has been a core member of the Airservices Executive Leadership Team since 2005. His executive leadership roles included leading the safety and future services functions as well as leading and transforming the air traffic control operations through the introduction of new services, advanced airport capacity and air traffic flow management capabilities, whilst reinvigorating Airservices largest operational workforce.

Prior to this, Jason held a number of operational management and senior management positions including Australia’s Head Air Traffic Controller and Australian Airspace Regulator as well as operating as a qualified operational air traffic controller.

Jason has an EMBA from Melbourne Business School (Mt Eliza) and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Royal Aeronautical Society as well as a private pilot.

Matt Hall, Red Bull Air Race pilot

Matt Hall is a third-generation pilot and his country’s foremost aviator. He flew solo in a glider at age 15, got his pilot’s license at 18, and has flown more than 6000 hours in various aircraft. A decorated former Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force, he was named Fighter Pilot of the Year and became a Fighter Combat (Top Gun) Instructor. 

After retiring from the military, Hall became Australia’s first, and still only, Red Bull Air Race pilot. In a career in aviation’s number one sport that has spanned a decade, Hall has won seven races and finished runner-up in the world championship on three occasions.

Not content to keep his skills solely in the cockpit, Hall has built a successful aviation business that has included the purchase of Lake Macquarie Airport and specialised in aerobatic displays, aviation risk management, joyflights and corporate speaking engagements where he relates knowledge learnt in aviation, both in combat and as a civilian, to all manner of industry.

Hall is also the QBE Airmanship ambassador, heading up a program that aims to minimise risk and maximise education for Australian General Aviation pilots.

Sir Angus Houston, University of the Sunshine Coast

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.

Sir Angus retired from the military in July 2011 after serving for 41 years. He was Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 2005-2011 and prior to that was Chief of Air Force for four years.

Sir Angus is Chancellor for the University of the Sunshine Coast. He Chairs a number of boards and also serves as a board member for numerous organisations. He is a visiting fellow of the Australian National University National Security College. In addition, he is the Ambassador/Patron of a number of charitable organisations. Sir Angus has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees from the University of South Australia, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and Griffith University.

Rich Davis

Rich Davis recently retired from United Airlines. 

Rich’s career spanned almost 41 years at United Airlines which included 30 years in the corporate security department and 22 years as their Chief Security Officer.   Rich has had many roles within the security industry which included 13 years on the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Council (OSAC), 10 years on the Executive Board of the FBI and DHS’s Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), 5 years on the Board of Directors of the International Security Management Association (ISMA) and is the President of the International Security Foundation (ISF).  Rich was a 6 time Chairman of the Airlines for America (A4A) Security Council and 3 time Chairman of the International Airlines Security Council (IATA). He also spent seven years as Vice-Chair of the two councils. Rich was a member of the Global Security Advisor Group (GSAG) for the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) as well.

Rich’s responsibilities included all of the traditional corporate security issues but was heavily focused on the anti-terrorism efforts in the aviation industry.

Brigadier John Fenwick, Director General of Army Aviation

Brigadier John Fenwick is the Director General for Army Aviation. His appointments as a brigadier include serving in 2018 as the Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Force Land Component in Iraq. For his service in this appointment, he was awarded the United States Legion of Merit. His prior appointment as a brigadier was Chief of Staff to Special Operations Command in 2017.

Brigadier Fenwick commissioned from the Royal Military College in 1992 to Australian Army Aviation and qualified as an Army pilot in June of 1994. He has commanded both 161 and 162 Reconnaissance Squadrons as well as the 1st Aviation Regiment. During command of 1st Aviation Regiment he introduced the Tiger aircraft into the Regiment. Prior to those commands, he served as a pilot in 162 Reconnaissance Squadron in Townsville (flying Kiowa), 9 Regiment Army Air Corps flying AH-1 Gazelles, and 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he flew the OH58-D(I) Kiowa Warrior and was the Squadron Assistant S3. For his service at Fort Campbell he was awarded the United States Meritorious Service Medal.

In addition to his 2018 deployment in Iraq, Brigadier Fenwick has served on operations in East Timor in 2003 as a United Nations Military Observer on OP CITADEL as well as deploying 162 Reconnaissance Squadron to East Timor on OP ASTUTE in 2006. In 2012/2013 as a colonel, he deployed to the Headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as the Director for Security Transition.

Staff appointments have seen Brigadier Fenwick serve as the Adjutant, 1st Aviation Regiment, the Staff Officer (Grade 2) Combat Aviation in Army’s Force Development Group, and the Deputy Director of Military Operations in the Headquarters of Defence Force Recruiting. In 2012 he was the Military Assistant to the Chief of Army. He was the Director for Close Combat and Special Operations projects in the Capability Development Group for the period 2013-2015.

Brigadier Fenwick has graduated from the Australian Command & Staff and the Defence & Strategic Studies Courses at the Australian Defence College. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Brigadier Fenwick has a Master’s in Business Administration, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is a non-executive director on the Board of the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia.

Stuart Aggs, Chief Operations Officer (acting) of Virgin Australia Group)

Virgin Australia Group, Chief Operations Officer (acting) Stuart Aggs oversees the Operational Divisions including, Flight Operations, Cabin and Inflight, Ground & Network Operations, Safety Systems and Engineering.

Stuart joined the airline in May 2004 and has held several senior management positions within the Group including General Manager Safety Systems. After a move to Director Group Flight Operations in June 2016, Stuart was appointed to his current role in June 2019.  

Stuart is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and holds a Master of Science (UNSW) in Aviation and a Bachelor of Arts (UNE).

AIRCDRE Guy Wilson

Air Commodore Guy Wilson was born in Sydney and attended Barker College in Hornsby. He joined the Air Force in 1989 and completed pilot training in 1990. His first posting was to the Aircraft Research and Development Unit at RAAF Base Edinburgh to fly DC-3 Dakotas. In 1994 he commenced flying the C-130E Hercules at RAAF Base Richmond, and spent three years providing air transport support to the ADF both in Australia and the region. During this posting he was also involved in humanitarian relief operations in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

In 1997, Guy completed a staff officer position at Headquarters No 86 Wing in Richmond, where he planned exercises for the two C-130 squadrons. In 1999 he was posted to 33 Squadron to fly the Boeing 707 air to air refuelling and transport aircraft. He was promoted to Squadron Leader in 2000 and for the next four years performed the roles of Tanker Flight Commander and then Executive Officer of 33 Squadron. In 2002, he deployed to Kyrgyzstan to fly air refuelling missions over Afghanistan in support of coalition operations. For this deployment, the unit was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation.

Guy completed Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra in 2005. In June 2006 he was promoted to Wing Commander and assigned the role of Deputy Director of the KC-30A Transition Team, which managed the replacement of the Boeing 707 with the Airbus KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport. He took command of 33 Squadron in 2008 and moved the squadron to its new facilities at RAAF Base Amberley in preparation for the arrival of the new aircraft.

In 2011, Guy was promoted to Group Captain and selected to be the Chief of Staff of Headquarters Air Mobility Group, leading the staff responsible for the governance of all Air Mobility Group aircraft and personnel. He was then appointed Officer Commanding of 86 Wing in November 2013. In this role he commanded three busy air mobility squadrons: 33 Squadron (KC-30A); 36 Squadron (C-17A) and 38 Squadron (B300).

Guy completed the Defence Strategic Studies Course in 2016 and was promoted to Air Commodore in March 2017. He deployed as the Deputy Commander of the Australian Joint Task Force in the Middle East for eight months. Upon return in December 2017, he assumed the position of Deputy Air Commander Australia. AIRCDRE Wilson was awarded a Masters of Management (Defence Studies) degree in 2005 and a Master of Politics and Policy degree in 2016.

Mark Hughes, CAA of New Zealand

Mark Hughes leads a Group which is responsible for the safety oversight of New Zealand airlines and supporting maintenance, design, and manufacturing organisations.  The Group also provides safety oversight of foreign airlines flying to and from New Zealand.  

Mark’s early aviation career included roles as a military pilot for both the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.  Before joining the CAA he had an extensive career in commercial aviation, flying a range of aircraft including the Airbus A320 and A330, and Boeing B757, and B737-800.  He has held roles as an Instructor, Flight Examiner, Human Factors Specialist, Chief Pilot, and Director of Flight Operations.

Mark has experienced the evolution of aviation safety first-hand, including significant changes in technology and training, and a greater focus on organisational factors and safety culture.  These changes have required aviation regulators to adopt new ways of engaging with industry to achieve desired safety outcomes.