Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Our Board

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.

Board members

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Photo of Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, AC, AFC (Ret’d)

Chair

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was appointed to the Airservices Board on 6 December 2011 and appointed as Chair on 3 June 2012. His current term expires on 2 June 2017.

Sir Angus is also Chair of the Council for the Order of Australia, the Defence South Australia Advisory Board, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the University of New South Wales Canberra Advisory Board.

He is a Board member of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, the ANZAC Centenary Public Fund Board and Greater Good Canberra. Sir Angus was also appointed South Australia’s special envoy for international trade and investment.

Sir Angus was the Chief of the Defence Force from 4 July 2005 until 4 July 2011, prior to that he was Chief of Air Force for four years. Sir Angus was chair of the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board from July 2011 until March 2014. The board provided strategic advice to the Australian Government on the national programme for the ANZAC Centenary 2014–2018. In 2012 Sir Angus led the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.

He was awarded a Knighthood for his extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia. Sir Angus is married to Liz and they have three sons and two grandchildren. In 2011, he was named the Australian Father of the Year and in 2012, the ACT Australian of the Year.

Tony Mathews

Deputy Chair and Chair Safety Committee

Tony Mathews was appointed to the Board on 4 June 2012 and is Chair of the Safety Committee. Mr Mathews was reappointed to the Airservices Board for a further three years until September 2017 and has been appointed as the Deputy Chair for the same period.

Mr Mathews has over 40 years’ experience in the aviation industry including extensive work in regional aviation as a chief pilot and general manager of a regional airline, and is a qualified airline transport and commercial pilot.

Mr Mathews is Chair of the Board of Advice, Mildura Private Hospital, a Director of the Mildura District Hospital Fund and Deputy Chair Lower Murray Water.

Mr Mathews has held managerial positions with Qantas Regional Airlines, served as chair and a board member of the Mildura Cooperative Fruit Company, Chair of the Murray Campaign Committee and Mildura Murray Outback Tourism, president and board member of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia, a board member of the Chances for Children Committee, a board member of the First Mildura Irrigation Trust, and a director of RCP Finance Limited.

Samantha Betzien

Samantha Betzien

Chair 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 2017.

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

David Marchant AM

Chair Technology 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 and Audit and Risk Committee. His current term expires on 20 July 2017.

Mr Marchant has extensive experience in the transport industry. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Rail Track Corporation 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 received 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 has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2000.

Tim Rothwell

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 2017.

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 honorary treasurer 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 Brisbane, having been chair of that Committee and a board member for a number of years. He is a member of the Oz Harvest Brisbane Champions Group.

Mr Rothwell mentors Queensland University of Technology executive MBA students and aspiring chief financial officers through the Financial Executives Institute programme, 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

Fiona Balfour

Member of the Audit and Risk, Technology and Investment and Remuneration and Human Resources Committees

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, and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Technology and Investment Committee and the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee. Her current term expires on 2 June 2018.

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 TAL (Dai ichi Life) Australia Pty Limited. Ms Balfour is a former director of SITA SC (Geneva), the National Breast Cancer Foundation and former Chair of the St James Kings Street Conservation Appeal.

John Weber

Member Board Audit and Risk Committee

LLB

John Weber was appointed to the Board on 6 April 2017. He is a member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee.

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 director of the European Australian Business Council, a director of the global advisory board of Elevate Services and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has extensive board experience across a diverse range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

John McGee

John McGee

John McGee was appointed to the Board on 4 September 2015. He is a member of the Board Audit and Risk 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 seven 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) and a non-executive director of that body for nine years.

Other non-executive board roles have included Westpac Funds Management, the regulator of all private health insurers, and was 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.

Jason Harfield

Jason Harfield Headshot - August '14Chief Executive Officer

EMBA DipAv(ATS) FAICD FRAeS MSP(Adv Practitioner)

Jason Harfield was appointed Airservices Chief Executive Officer on 9 March 2016, having spent the majority of his adult working life with Airservices after beginning his career as a flight data officer in Adelaide in 1989.

Until 2005, 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.

With more than 25 years of experience in the aviation and air traffic management industry, Jason has been a core member of the Airservices Executive Leadership Team since 2005. His previous roles include General Manager Safety Management, Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control group, and Executive General Manager Future Service Delivery.

As the Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control group, Jason was fundamental to Airservices ongoing operational improvement program. This included leading the introduction of new services, advanced airport capacity and air traffic flow management capabilities, as well as reinvigorating Airservices largest operational workforce. As General Manager Safety Management, Jason was chief advisor to the CEO and Board on safety matters and was accountable for leading the development and application of best practice safety systems and practices across the organisation.

Jason has an EMBA from Melbourne Business School (Mt Eliza), has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Registered Advanced Practitioner.

Jason is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a private pilot.

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