Airservices is a corporate Commonwealth entity with statutory responsibilities. We are wholly owned by the Australian Government and are governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
The Board is responsible for deciding the objectives, strategies and policies to be followed by Airservices, and ensuring that we perform our functions in a proper, efficient and effective manner.
The functions of the Board are set out in Section 21 of the Air Services Act 1995.
John Weber has been a member of Airservices Board since April 2017 and was appointed as Chairman on 3 June 2018.
Mr Weber served as the Australian managing partner of DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms, from 2014 to 2017. He was also a member of DLA Piper’s international executive. Prior to that he was chief executive of Minter Ellison, a leading Australian law firm, for six years and a member of its executive management team for eleven years.
Mr Weber has worked extensively in the transport sector (rail and aviation), health, financial services and defence / security sectors for both industry and government.
Mr Weber is a Board member of the Western Sydney Airport Corporation, director of the global advisory board of Elevate Services and director of the Australian Maritime Systems Group.
Mr Weber is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive board experience across a diverse range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors including the European Australian Business Council, the Council of the Asia Society, the ABCN Foundation, and the Horizons Foundation.
Chair Board Remuneration and Human Resources Committee
BA, LLB (Hons)
Samantha Betzien was appointed to the Board on 4 June 2012. She is Chair of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee and a member of the Safety Committee. Her current term expires on 3 September 2019.
Ms Betzien is a partner in the Human Resources and Industrial Relations team in the Brisbane office of Minter Ellison. She also performs the management role of staff partner at Minter Ellison. She has 16 years’ experience providing legal advice on all aspects of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety to major employers in the transport, aviation, energy and resources and construction sectors. Her clients also include a number of Queensland Government owned corporations.
She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and is listed in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers and in Doyle’s Guide in the areas of labour law, employment and occupational health and safety law.
She was named 2014 Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.
David Marchant AM
Chair Board Technology and Investment Committee
David Marchant was appointed to the Board on 21 July 2014. He is Chair of the Board Technology Committee and a member of the Safety Committee, Remuneration and Human Resources Committee and Audit and Risk Committee. His current term expires on 20 July 2019.
Mr Marchant has extensive experience in the transport industry. David is a Board Member of QR and a Non-Executive Director of QR Ltd. He is a former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd and Director and Chair of the Australian Railway Association. Mr Marchant also served as a Director of the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board.
Mr Marchant has worked as Managing Director of Lend Lease Engineering and Managing Director of Lend Lease Infrastructure Services, and as a director of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordination Company Pty Ltd.
He was appointed a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant service to the rail industry through national structural reform and infrastructure upgrades and is a Member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chair Board Audit and Risk Committee
Tim Rothwell was appointed to the Board on 21 July 2014. He is Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee, and a member of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee and Technology and Investment Committee. His current term expires on 20 July 2019.
Mr Rothwell retired as Chief Financial Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation in 2013, after 20 years with the organisation and is now a consultant to industry. He is the independent chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland. Mr Rothwell is a Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee of Wesley Mission Queensland, having been chair of that Committee and a board member for a number of years.
Mr Rothwell mentors Queensland University of Technology executive MBA students and aspiring chief financial officers through the Financial Executives Institute program, and lectures to University of New South Wales undergraduates each year as part of their Aviation Business Degree.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Accounting (Honours), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Australian Financial Executives Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chair Board Safety Committee
BA (Hons), Grad.Dip.IM, MBA, Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of The University – Monash University.
Fiona Balfour was appointed to the Board on 3 June 2013. She is Chair of the Board Safety Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Technology and Investment Committee. Her current term expires on 2 June 2020.
Ms Balfour has over 35 years experience across aviation, information and telecommunication services, financial services, distribution and logistics, and corporate governance. She has been an advisor to Medibank Private Limited and was previously CIO at Telstra Corporation Limited. Ms Balfour also spent 14 years with Qantas Airways Limited during which time she held various positions including Chief Information Officer and Executive General Manager of Qantas Business Services.
Ms Balfour has been an Independent non-Executive member since 2002 and currently sits on the boards of Metcash Limited, Salmat Limited and Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Ms Balfour is a former director of SITA SC (Geneva) and TAL (Dai-ichi Life) Australia Pty Limited.
John McGee was appointed to the Board on 4 September 2015. He is a member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee, Technology and Investment Committee and Safety Committee. His current term expires on 3 September 2018.
Prior to joining the Board of Airservices, John was Managing Director of BNY Australia Pty Ltd. for nine years, heading up the Bank of New York’s corporate trust operation in Australia.
John has also served on other boards as a non-executive director. He was Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Private Health Insurance Administrative Council (PHIAC), the regulator of all private health insurers, and a non-executive director of that body for nine years.
Other non-executive board roles have included Westpac Funds Management, (he was also Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee on that board), Delhi Petroleum, and other companies in the financial and pharmaceutical industries.
In his executive roles, John has also been a director of many subsidiaries and held responsible manager status on various ASIC and APRA licences. He was also Head of Funds Management, and later Chief Financial Officer, for a listed life insurer.
Dr Marlene Kanga
AM B.Tech., M.Sc., Ph.D, Hon. FIEAust, Hon.FIChemE FTSE, FAICD
Marlene Kanga was appointed to the Board on 4 September 2017. She is a member of the Board Technology Committee, Remuneration and Human Resources Committee and Audit and Risk Committee. Her current term expires on 3 September 2020.
Dr Kanga has had extensive experience in process safety engineering in the oil and gas and energy industry. She is an experienced non-executive director and is on the board of Sydney Water Corporation and Hearing Co-operative Research Centre and a past member of Innovation Science Australia and the board of Engineers Australia, where she was Chair and National President in 2013. She is President-Elect of the World Federation of Engineering Institutions. Marlene is a director of iOmniscient Pty Ltd. which has artificial intelligence based video analytic technologies.
Marlene is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Marlene has been listed among the Top 100 Women of Influence in Australia and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia. She is a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition of her leadership of the engineering profession.
Chief Executive Officer
EMBA DipAv(ATS) FAICD FRAeS MSP(Adv Practitioner)
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.