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.

Tim Penney, Aviation Safety Advisor of CASA

Tim Penney has been involved in the aviation industry in both a professional and private capacity for 32 years. After gaining his commercial licence qualifications, he completed an instructor rating at Moorabbin airport in Victoria and worked as both a flying and theory instructor.

Following time in the Australian Army, Tim worked for five years in the Victorian Government, attracting investment in Victoria’s aviation sector and working on a diverse range of aviation and airport-related projects. Following a brief period in another investment attraction role with Ansett/Air New Zealand at its flight simulator centre in Tullamarine, he then carried out private consulting work in airport infrastructure planning and business development for both state government and private industry.

Tim spent five years as the Air Safety Representative for Embraer Aircraft.  He had safety oversight and accident investigation responsibilities on behalf of Embraer for all turboprop and jet customers in Australia, the South Pacific, SE Asia and India. During that time, Tim completed formal air accident investigation training at the University of Southern California and was involved in the early introduction of the Safety Management System (SMS) concept into the Australian aviation industry.

Tim is currently employed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as an Aviation Safety Advisor.  This role provides education and safety advice to industry through on-site visits, tailored presentations and the design and presentation of Aviation Safety Seminars to a wide cross section of industry from sport aviation to the airline sector.  The Safety Advisor team as a whole presents approx 220 seminars and has face to face interaction with some 8,500 industry participants each year.  This forms a major part of CASA’s Stakeholder Engagement strategy with industry.

Tim holds, or has held at various times throughout his career, a Commercial Pilot Licence for both fixed and rotary wing, multi-engine command instrument rating and instructor rating. He is passionate about air safety and providing real assistance organisations and individuals meet their air safety goals and responsibilities.

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.