- Board Members in 2018/2019 are:
Captain Peter Raven AM MAP JP B Avst FRAeS CMILT
ChairmanExecutive Board Member
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.
CDRE Chris Smallhorn, RAN
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 Manger 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. Chris now serves as the Chief of Staff to the Chief of Navy and became a Director of Safeskies in 2013.
Outside of his Naval career Chris has enjoyed writing for Aviation magazines, flying EMS helicopters and cycling. Chris is married with two children and lives on NSW’s South Coast.
Ms. Linda Spurr, FCPA GAICD B.Bus (Acc)
TreasurerLinda 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 Grahame Hill, MAICD
Mr. David Harvey, CMILT FAICD
Board MemberDavid 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 is a director and past Vice President of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr Harvey is a former Chairman of the Simulation Industry Association of Australia, and a 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
Mr GA Lloyd AC OBE MiD FAIM FCILTG. A. Lloyd AC OBE MiD, nationally and internationally called Peter Lloyd, became President of Safeskies when, due to blindness, could no longer continue to chair Board Meetings. Mr David Forsyth AM is an excellent Board Chairman replacement, supported by two Deputy Chairmen. As President, Peter Lloyd continues to be the chief negotiator, as in the past, for Safeskies. Two noteworthy matters are that, although already a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, he was accorded the signal honour of being an Honorary Life Member; the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, of which he is a Liveryman with the Freedom of the City of London, by resolution of its court accorded him the signal honour of a special letter of commendation to the service of aviation, signed by the Grand Master, HRH the Prince Andrew. As part of his service, Peter Lloyd was Chairman for a period of the Australian regional branch of GAPAN. The Guild covers all aspects of aviation.
Mr Robert (“Bob”) Warn BEc BSc FCILT (Life)
Founding Chairman 1992-1993, Vice Chairman 1993-2008
Treasurer 2008-2011, Public Officer 2001-2011 & 2015-2016
Wing Commander I D (Dale) Yeaman FCILT RAAF (Ret’d)
Founding Committee Member 1992-2016
Communications & Publicity 1992-2005