- Board Members in 2017 are:
Mr Doug Nancarrow BA DipBA DipT MRAeS CMILT
Executive ChairmanDirector, Safeskies Australia Inc
Apart from his Executive Chairman’s role at Safeskies, Doug Nancarrow is also the General Manager of the Australian Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Adjunct Lecturer in Aviation Studies at the University of NSW.
He holds a commercial pilot licence (fixed wing) and has managed a rural airport and a successful flying training business located there.
He has been involved in journalism for more than three decades, including a period as European correspondent for The Australian newspaper, based in London.
Since moving to specialise in aviation journalism, Doug has been editor of Australian Flying and Flightpath magazine and is currently the editor of Aviation Business.
He was Aviation Journalist of the Year in 2006 and runner up for that prestigious award in 2009.
Captain Peter Raven MAP JP B Avst FRAeS CMILT
Vice 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.
Ms. Linda Spurr, FCPA GAICD B.Bus (Acc)
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.
Dr Rob Lee AO BA (Hons) PhD FRAeS FCILT
Board MemberAviation Safety Consultant, (GPCAPT RAAFSR), Executive Board Member
Dr Rob Lee graduated from the Australian National University in 1970 with First Class Honours in
Psychology, winning the Australian Psychological Society Prize. In 1974 he completed his PhD
in Psychology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research was concerned with human
performance in complex systems, with particular reference to aircraft.
In 1976, Dr Lee was appointed Senior Psychologist, Operational Command, Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF). He became the first RAAF psychologist to serve as a human factors specialist on RAAF aircraft
accident investigation teams. In 1983, Dr Lee joined the Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI) as the Bureau’s first human factors specialist. He established and developed the Bureau’s capability in human factors, systems safety and research.
Mr. David Harvey, CMILT FAICD
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 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.
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 Sarah Boase CMILT GAICD
Sarah Boase has spent the last twelve 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 enviroments and has travelled extensively. She has also lived in Thailand, UK, USA as well as Brazil and is fluent in Portugese.
A lifetime of flying and working in the Aerospace industry has led her to become a Board Member for Safeskies 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 Geoff Sartori MBA GAICD
Geoff Sartori is a highly experienced, motivated and committed senior executive with a proven track record of leading operational teams through periods of change and stability. Geoff brings expertise in all aspects of aviation infrastructure and operations.
Prior to starting his own advisory and consulting company in 2009, Geoff spent 40 years in the aviation industry, holding many senior roles in operational and safety management. As a senior airline captain, Geoff held management positions in flying operations, and safety, the last 6 years as Head of Safety for the Qantas Group.
Geoff’s extensive experience gained in management and his pilot background in safety, and flight operations, brings a unique blend of capabilities. His hands-on approach, combined with high communication and rapport building strengths, sees him readily able to act as a trusted advisor to organisations and governments alike, able to successfully bridge the gap between board and management. As an effective change agent, he excels in the removal of barriers to change, for groups or the organisation as a whole.
While possessing a strong skills base in risk management, finance and technical operations, Geoff’s passion is for strong governance procedures at both organisational and board level, an activity in which he has significant experience.
Geoff has been part of an innovative and unique project team of global safety and risk experts consulting to a major European carrier on an organisational safety review, and following on from that assignment, is now consulting with the Virgin Australia group of airlines. Geoff’s task for the Virgin Australia Group included implementing a safety governance process across the airline and recommending change to existing safety processes to achieve best practice. Geoff has now also been appointed as the Safety Advisor to the Board of the Virgin Australia Group.
Geoff holds an Advanced Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland and is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
- Life Members:
Mr GA Lloyd AC OBE MiD FAIM FCILT
G. 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