Safety Managers Forum Speakers

Mike Hutchinson, Managing Director of Bespoke Aviation Safety Consulting

Mike Hutchinson is the Founder and Managing Director of Bespoke Aviation Safety Consulting and a safety management specialist, trainer and assessor.  Before establishing his consultancy, Mike spent 28 years in the Royal Australian Air Force flying C130s and B707s as a check and training flight engineer.  Upon leaving the RAAF in 2005 Mike worked extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific Region and held senior roles in Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Japan, dealing with business aviation operations including flight operations and FBO management. 

In 2010 Mike returned to Australia and joined the Civil Aviation Safety Association (CASA) as the SMS and HF Manager within the Safety Systems Branch.   Mike was an active member of the Steering Committee for the Safety Management International Collaboration Group (SM ICG) while in this role.

Mike has a significant background in aviation safety management systems and human factors and holds a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management.  Mike is a Certified Trainer and provides high quality and engaging training to the aviation industry in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. 

Mike is currently providing services to Southpac Aerospace and IATA, running SMS, Safety Investigation and Human Factors courses as well as developing and running safety-related workshops for the aviation industry.  Mike helps safety managers new to SMS to understand their roles and responsibilities, as well as assisting them to look beyond simple SMS compliance to achieving better safety outcomes and effectiveness.



Ash McAlpine, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

Ash McAlpine is employed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in the Coordination & Systems Safety Branch; specialising in safety performance and management.

Prior to joining CASA, Ashley completed 25-years with the Royal Australian Air Force as both a Navigator on C130 Hercules aircraft and as an Air Traffic Control Officer; sub-specialising in roles including Aerodrome Safety & Emergency Management, Wildlife Hazard Management, Laser Safety & Aviation Risk Management; he continues this relationship today as an active RAAF Reservist. During his time in the RAAF, Ash was twice awarded Commendations related to individual Safety Management achievements and was the inaugural awardee of the Dave Gunn Memorial Aviation Safety Award in 2012.

Ash is a qualified facilitator and is responsible for training and mentoring of both CASA Inspectors and aviation industry organisations in SMS implementation, management and evaluation. For the last 3-years, Ash has been an active member of the Safety Management International Collaboration Group (SM ICG) and whilst on the Steering Committee was the Project Lead for the recently re-released SM ICG SMS Evaluation Tool.

Ash is the State (Australian) representative on various International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Asia Pacific Steering Groups and works extensively with representatives from across the region, covering many domains of the aviation industry.

Ashley has a unique perspective on aviation; having insight through the eyes of an aviator, an air traffic controller and as an airfield operator.

Greg Marshall, Safety Systems Inspector of CASA

Greg Marshall has been involved in the aviation industry for well over 40 years in a variety of operational and executive management roles. He is currently a Safety Systems Inspector with CASA.

Prior to this, Greg was the Vice President of Global Programs for the Flight Safety Foundation based in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. In this capacity, he was extensively engaged with ICAO, regulators and other key industry stakeholders across several programs, especially within the Asian and Pan American regions. He also has experience with coordinating and facilitating the Foundation’s international aviation safety events. Prior to moving to Virginia, Greg was the Managing Director of the Foundation’s Basic Aviation Risk Standard program that is managed from the Foundation’s Melbourne regional office.

Before joining the Foundation, he was the head of safety, risk and security for a major contract aviation company providing turnkey services to the resources sector, a major airline and the Australian government. He also attained experience with the management of a high-capacity aviation business providing specialist contract aviation services to government and the resources sector. Preceding this, he has held various other roles within the aviation industry.

Greg has qualifications and practical experience in management and governance, air safety investigation, safety management systems and program evaluation, human factors training and program evaluation, and safety and compliance auditing. He holds an MBA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Greg is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Justice of the Peace for South Australia.

Michael White, Aviation Safety Advisor of CASA

As Aviation Safety Advisor with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia Michael provides technical and non-technical skills education, guides aviation industry leadership in changes to regulation and processes of safety management and advises industry on interpretation of civil aviation regulations and associated guidance materials. Michael holds an Australian Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplanes) and has experience in general aviation operations including charter, floatplane scenic flights and aerial mapping and survey flying. A change in career found Michael training for an Officer’s commission and air traffic controller qualifications with the Royal Australian Air Force. Michael served as an Air Traffic Control Officer at Amberley Air Force Base Queensland and Darwin International Airport Northern Territory with training and supervisory roles. He was appointed Officer-in-Charge ATC Training and Base Flying Safety Officer & Secretary of the Flying Safety Committee RAAF Base Darwin. Michael then qualified as ATC instructor and completed a posting at the School of Air Traffic Control Sale Victoria where he was responsible for instruction on basic and advanced ATC courses, examinations, syllabus control and instructor training standards for all Australian Defence Force ATC courses. With 12 years ATC experience, Michael joined Airservices Australia. His roles included ATC training, curriculum design, training standardisation, safety management education and operational safety and quality duties in the Melbourne ATS Centre involving investigation, audit and safety case development. Michael is qualified as an ICAO TRAINAIR Course Developer and designed a Standard Training Package in ATS incident investigation for the TRAINAIR Cooperative Program administered by the Air Navigation Bureau of the ICAO. Michael has travelled to the Middle East, Spain and South East Asia where he collaborated with national aviation authorities and addressed an ICAO TRAINAIR Global Conference and Training Symposium, consulted to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Singaporean ATS system, and in partnership with RMIT University, managed and delivered education associated with senior management accountabilities to assist the Papua New Guinea government to transition the Office of Civil Aviation to an independent statutory national aviation authority. Michael has been with CASA for 13 years and has been involved in significant regulatory reform campaigns and has delivered numerous safety seminars to the Australian aviation community including advice and education on regulation, compliance and operational safety issues. Michael holds an Associate Diploma of Administration Studies and Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Services) from the Royal Australian Air Force, Bachelor of Aviation from the University of Western Sydney, Graduate Diploma in Regulatory Studies from Monash University (Melbourne) and Master of Aviation Science and Technology from the University of New South Wales (Sydney).

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.

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.

Grahame Hill, Secretary of Safeskies Australia

Grahame Hill is the current President of the Air Sport Australia Confederation  (ASAC).  ASAC is the national controlling body for all air sports in Australia. The air sports involved are aerobatics, gliding, hang gliding, parachuting/skydiving, aero modeling/drones and ballooning. ASAC is affiliated to the Federation Aeronautque Internationale (FAI), the world governing body for air sports. The FAI has over130 member nations.

He is a past Chairman of the Australian Parachute Federation (APF) from 2014 to 2018 and a Director of the APF to December 2018.

He is currently Convenor of NSW Regional Airspace Procedures Advisory Committee (RAPAC), and been involved with  RAPAC  since inception some 30 years ago.

Appointed by the Deputy PM to his General Aviation Advisory Group in 2018, this diverse group provides advice to the Federal Minister on a wide range of issues impacting general aviation.

Grahame was the Chief Parachute Instructor of Sydney Skydiving Centre for 23 years and accumulated over 13,000 jumps and also over 3500 command hours, flying skydivers. The aircraft flown ranged from small Cessna up to Twin Otters.

The Twin Otters dropped 20 parachutists per sortie. During the time as a Chief Instructor, tandem jumping was introduced, which opened up skydiving to the wider community.

In 2014, Grahame retrieved a Russian Yak18T from Uzbekistan and rebuilt the aircraft, which is still flying today.

Along with being a Chief Instructor, Grahame was the APF Director-Flying Operations from 2006 to 2014.  The role required development of standard operating procedures for parachuting operations. The work also entailed introducing formal training and certification of pilots involved in parachuting training operations. Manuals and advisory material was developed to ensure the procedures and pilot training were consistent, as there were over 70 training organizations nationally operating over 70 aircraft. 

Grahame believes a focus on aviation safety makes good sense for the short and long term success of any activity. In the ever changing aviation environment be it regulatory, financial or other factors, the public expects safety to be the prime consideration in any aviation activity.

Grahame was appointed as a Board member and Secretary of Safeskies Australia in April 2019.

Janet Inman, Principal Advisor Aviation Safety of RFDS

Janet Inman joined the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Central Operations in October 2018 in the newly created role of Principal Advisor Aviation Safety, Quality and Compliance.  Janet is currently tasked with developing and implementing an Aviation Safety Management System to meet the needs of this lean, responsive and evolving organisation which has recently moved into jet operations.

Before joining the RFDS, Janet worked at Cobham Aviation Services where she led a team of Aviation Safety Investigators.  The diversity of Cobham’s activities enabled Janet to gain unique insights across a broad range of flying operations as she investigated safety incidents in RPT, FIFO, search and rescue and off-shore border security operations.

Prior to this, Janet had a multi-dimensional role with UniSA’s Aviation Academy as the Manager of Aviation Safety and as the Head of Aircraft Airworthiness and Maintenance Control.  This role was again a new position and required Janet to take the lead in establishing the safety direction for the Academy. 

Tackling new roles has been a feature of Janet’s career.  Aerial firefighting is one of the highest risk aviation activities.  Janet was engaged by the South Australian Country Fire Service for a number years to build and support an integrated safety system that melded the safety needs of ground support teams, volunteers and firebombing pilots.  In this role Janet represented the interests of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (the national body for aerial firefighting) on the CASA Standards Advisory Committee.  Recognising the high risks involved in firefighting, Janet initiated a project to increase safety outcomes the through enhanced pilot training and competency.  This project lead to the establishment of the Firefighting-Aeroplane and Firefighting-Helicopter Endorsements.

Janet has held a Commercial Pilot (Aeroplane) Licence for a number of years and enjoys sharing her passion for aviation and safety with others.   Her CV extends beyond aviation, having spent a number of years working as a Public Relations, Communications and Behaviour Change professional in a variety of government, environmental and not for profit organisations.  While some observers may say her transition from public relations to aviation safety was a major career shift, Janet describes her training and background in ‘people persuasion’ has been invaluable in her more recent safety roles.

I don’t believe you can ‘manage’ safety”, explains Janet.  “Safety pretty well manages itself for better or worse  –  my job is to work with people to encourage the adoption of the right practices, behaviours and attitudes”


Andrea Roberts, CAE Oxford Flight Training Academy

Andrea Roberts was born in Munich where she entered the Aviation industry in 1986, gaining practical experience in multiple sectors of the aviation industry including ticketing, sales, marketing and operations. Andrea then worked for an international airline providing customer service and operational support. In 1990, Andrea joined Munich Airport Corporation where she worked as the first female Central Dispatcher at Ground Handling and implemented the first formal safety management system for Ground Handling Services within the Quality Management Team. During this period, Andrea was the responsible manager for corrective and preventative actions. In 2007 Andrea immigrated to Melbourne, Australia and worked at Melbourne Airport as an airline representative and duty manager for a ground handling company. Since 2013, Andrea has held the position of Quality and Safety Manager for one of the leading Flight Training Organisations (FTO).

Andrea is published co-author in the Practical Guide “Airline Operations” published in 2018 by Routledge and offers knowledge to industry and academia on critical functions that occur every day within airlines.

Andrea is founder and Chair of the “Moorabbin Safety Manager Forum” (MSMF), the first Australian airport forum founded by a safety manager. She has been awarded CASA sponsorship for actively promoting aviation safety. Andrea is currently working with CASA to promote the establishment of further safety forums around Australia.

Steve Davis

Steve Davis commenced his aviation career in 1982 as an apprentice at Lake City Aviation in Mt Gambier. A small general aviation workshop maintaining Piper, Cessna & Beechcraft piston and turbo prop and a variety of Aerial Agriculture aircraft. Concurrently did my pilots licence and gained a PPL as well as my LAME licence in 1986. Worked as a LAME until 1988 at Lake City Av.

Relocated to Cairns in 1988 and worked as a LAME and shift supervisor for Hawker Pacific, obtained a few additional LAME turbine ratings. Numerous stints at Horn Island as relieving Engineer.

1990 worked for Lloyd Jet Charter as a base LAME at Moomba for 12 months.

Travelled overseas then returned in mid-1991 and worked for Skywest Airlines at Broome as the base Engineer keeping a variety of Coast watch aircraft serviceable for daily operations. Kingair’s, Nomads and Shrikes.

1992 built a hangar Facility at Naracoorte Airport and started “Steve Davis Aircraft Maintenance” a small Engineering workshop. Had 4 apprentices go through who are all still in Aviation. Did an extensive amount of flying in Naracoorte and also rebuilt and cross hired 3 turbine Air Tractors for aerial spraying and firebombing activities.

2006 sold SDAM and moved to Adelaide, employed by TAE Aviation as Hangar Manager. DAMP supervisor, Just Culture Training, training delivered as part of the Air New Zealand Group.

2011 commenced Pulse Aero at Aldinga Airfield, 2013 purchased TAE tooling and GSE and employed 8 of their staff to commence operations at Adelaide Airport. Sold Pulse Aero Aldinga in 2014.

Have a LAME licence for Turbine Fixed and Rotary wing aircraft, 3,000 hours flying in single, twin and turbine aircraft.

Michael Linke, CEO of Recreational Aviation Australia

Michael Linke is CEO of Recreational Aviation Australia and has been in this role for 5 years.  This is Michael’s first role in the aviation sector.

Prior to joining RAAus Michael held senior executive roles both within the not for profit sector as well as federal government.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing and also completed formal senior executive leadership training at Harvard Business School.

One of his passions is authenticity in leadership, governance and organisational culture and this passion and drive is behind a lot of RAAus’ success since 2014.

When he’s not on the road or in the air with RAAus, you’ll find Michael at a game of cricket or footy or chilling out listening to alternative Australian music.

Chris McKie, Head of Safety and Security of Tigerair Australia

Chris McKie commenced as the Head of Safety and Security at Tigerair Australia in March 2018. In addition to leading the team, Chris oversights the safety and compliance elements in the transition of aircraft from Airbus A320 to Boeing 737.

Chris started his career as an Air Traffic Controller in the Royal Australian Air Force and later moved to Airservices Australia as an Air Traffic Controller, Operations Specialist and Project Manager.

In 2008, Chris moved to Perth where he commenced consulting to BHP Billiton and Western Australia Police in the implementation of project and program management methodologies. Chris was appointed Director of the Aerospace Training Centre in 2009, an executive role within a Western Australian Government state training institute. In 2011, Chris joined Cobham Aviation Services as the Manager Safety & Compliance for the Regional Services business unit before being appointed to the position of Senior Vice President Safety, Risk & Environment for Cobham Aviation Services globally. In this role Chris had functional responsibility for Safety, Security and Environment across the primary operations in the United Kingdom and Australia, and across the various remote locations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Papua New Guinea and Asia.

After five years with Cobham, Chris held a senior executive role with the South Australian Government, leading the Inspectorate of the Work Health and Safety Regulator. During this time, Chris also commenced in the role of Executive Manager Aviation Safety for the Avalon Air Show, a role he continues to hold in addition to his day job. Chris has a pragmatic, operational approach to aviation safety through utilising effective change and risk management principles.

Chris has extensive experience as a safety leader and executive and has held numerous regulatory posts within Air Operators and Maintenance Organisations. Chris enjoys auditing and investigating when time permits, and occasionally manages to fly recreationally.

Michael Chapman, General Manager of Safety Systems at Virgin Australia

Michael Chapman has been the General Manager of Safety Systems at Virgin Australia since May 2016. Mike is accountable for the Operational Safety Management System covering, Flight, Cabin, Ground, Engineering, Cargo and Catering. in addition, as part of the Virgin Australia integrated SMS, he also oversees the WHS elements including the VA Group’s Health and Wellbeing program. Other areas reporting into Mike are the Flight Data Program and the Fatigue Risk Management System.  

Mike has been with VA since 2004, working in various senior roles in Flight Operations until he transitioned to Safety in 2010. Prior to a brief period at Etihad Airways as Head of Safety Performance in 2015 and 2016, Mike was the Manager Aviation Safety at VA and returned in mid 2016 as General Manager. Earlier in his aviation career, Mike was Cabin Crew with Qantas and also a commercial pilot operating piston and turbo-prop aircraft around Australia and in PNG. Mike holds a Masters in Aviation Management.