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, director of the Australian Maritime Systems Group and a director of the Dimeo 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.
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC (Ret’d)
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (Ret’d) is a highly decorated and respected senior executive and leader in the national security, defence and aerospace sectors, most recently as Chief of the Defence Force of Australia from 2014-2018, and earlier as Vice Chief of the Defence Force (2011-2014) and Chief of Air Force (2008-2011). He is currently Deputy Chair of the Airservices Board, Deputy Chair of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, on the Boards of the Western City and Aerotroplis Authority and the Australian International Military Games (Invictus Games Sydney 2018) and is Non-Executive Director Defence and National Security Policy with BAE Systems Australia.
As Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshal Binskin (Ret’d) successfully led the Australian Defence Force, comprising 80,000 permanent and reserve personnel, to significantly improve capabilities and responses to major global events and championed organisational change across areas of national security, culture, diversity and leadership performance. He oversaw the First Principles Review of Defence and delivered the successful implementation of the One Defence approach.
Air Chief Marshal Binskin (Ret’d) has provided specialist advice to the highest levels of governments, industry leaders and international stakeholders and his aerospace knowledge and expertise is extensive. He has over 3,500 hours in single seat fighter aircraft including the A-4G Skyhawk, Mirage 111O, F-16C and F/A-18 Hornet, and continues to be active in general aviation, is a warbird owner and holds Commercial, Remote and Recreational Aviation Australia pilot licences.
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 and Investment 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 2021.
Mr Marchant has extensive experience in the transport industry. David is the Chairman of QR and QR Ltd. He is a former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd and Director and Chair of the Australasian Railways 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 was 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 Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chair Board Audit and Risk Committee
BeconAcc (Hons), FCA, MAICD
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 January 2020.
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 a Board member of the Cross River Rail Development Authority and a Member of the Council of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Mr Rothwell mentors Queensland University of Technology executive MBA students 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), GradDipIM, MBA, FAICD, Fellow of The University – Monash University
Ms 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.
Ms Balfour has almost 40 years’ experience across aviation, information and telecommunication services, distribution and logistics and corporate governance. She has been an advisor to Medibank Private Limited and was previously CIO at Telstra Corporation Limited. Following several years in technology consulting, Ms Balfour spent 14 years as a Senior Executive 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 director since 2002 and currently sits on the boards of Metcash Limited (ASX:MTS) and Western Sydney Airport Co. She is also a nominee director for the Public Sector Investment Board (Canada) at Land Services South Australia. Ms Balfour is a former director of SITA SC (Geneva), Salmat Limited (ASX:SLM), Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, TAL (Dai-ichi Life) Australia Pty Limited (formerly Tower Australia Limited (ASX:TAL)) and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
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 December 2019.
Prior to joining the Board of Airservices, John was Managing Director of BNY Mellon 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
BTech, MSc, PhD, HonFIEAust, HonFIChemE FTSE, FAICD
Marlene Kanga was appointed to the Board on 4 September 2017. She is Chair of the Board Environment and Community Committee and a member of the Board Technology Committee, Safety 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 systems 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 a past member of the boards of Innovation Science Australia and Engineers Australia, where she was Chair and National President in 2013. She is President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations. Marlene is a director of iOmniscient Pty Ltd. which has artificial intelligence based video analytic technologies.
Marlene is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Marlene is the Engineers Australia 2018 Professional Engineer of the Year and 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, FAICD, FRAeS
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.