The CASA Board is appointed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
The Board is responsible for deciding the objectives, strategies and policies to be followed by CASA and for ensuring that CASA performs its functions in a proper, efficient and effective manner.
Mr Jeff Boyd has qualifications as a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer (LAME), commercial pilot, and company director.
Mr Boyd commenced his career in aviation in the early 1980’s as a LAME before qualifying as a commercial pilot and also working as the Chief Engineer with a regional airline. In 1994, with his wife Lara Corry, he gained an air operator’s certificate as a charter operator and established Brindabella Airlines. Mr Boyd grew this business to include regular public transport operations, a flying training school and aircraft maintenance and engineering. In 2002 Brindabella Airlines gained Qantas affiliate status and commenced services from Canberra to Newcastle, Albury and Wagga Wagga. Mr Boyd sold Brindabella Airlines in 2011.
In 2008 Mr Boyd was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has served as a member of the Reserve Bank Small Business Advisory Board, a Director and Chairman of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA), Chairman of the RAAA Technical Working Group, a Director of the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame, and a Director of Jetfast Aviation Pty Ltd.
Mr Ian Smith has qualifications as a private pilot and extensive experience in the aviation insurance industry. He has been the national manager or a Director of G M Forsaith Aviation Insurance, Aon Aviation Insurance Brokers, and the BMG Aviation Group. From 2007–11 he served as Commissioner on the International Air Services Commission.
Mr Smith is a former Director of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) and former Chair of the RAAA Finance and Administration Sub Committee. He is the Chair of the Aerospace Maritime and Defence Foundation of Australia Limited, and a Director of Aviation Development Australia Limited. a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Aerospace Maritime and Defence Foundation of Australia Limited. The core activity of Aviation Development Australia Limited is to stage the biennial Australian International Air Show at Avalon Airport, Victoria.
Mr Smith has been Airshow Chairman at twelve international airshows held at Avalon, and was the Director of Displays at the1988 Australian Bi-Centennial Airshow held at RAAF Richmond. In 2014 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his promotion and development of aviation, and to the airshow industry and community.
Ms Anita Taylor is a chartered accountant with mediation, psychology and governance qualifications. She has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).
Ms Taylor is a member of the CASA Board Audit Committee, a member of Regional Development Australia - Northern Inland Committee (RDANI), the RDANI Finance and Audit Committee, and is Chair of the University of New England (UNE) Life and Sport UNE (both UNE controlled entities). She is also the appointed independent director for Canoeing Australia.
Ms Taylor is a glider pilot and her previous roles include Executive President of the Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA), Chair of the GFA Sports Committee, and member of the Air Sports Australia Confederation (FAI) Committee. She is an experienced company secretary and has served as a board member of other community and sporting organisations, including public and listed companies. Ms Taylor and her husband run a superfine merino and angus property in regional NSW.
Mr Murray Warfield has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne. He commenced a career in aviation with the RAAF in 1971 and served in Australia and overseas until 1986 as a line pilot, instructor pilot, flight commander and instrument rating examiner on the C130, B707 and KC135.
On leaving the RAAF, Mr Warfield joined Qantas where he captained B707, B767 and B747 aircraft. He was a project pilot on the B747-400, and also served as General Manager Regulatory and Industry Affairs. At Qantas, he set up the operational aspects for Jetstar Asia and assisted with the setup of Jetconnect in New Zealand.
Mr Warfield has previously been a member of CASA’s regulatory reform group, and was the founding member and Chairman of ASTRA which developed the world’s first ATM strategic plan that was subsequently adopted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and then ICAO. He was appointed by the then Minister for Transport as the airline representative on the Australian GPS Advisory Panel, and the Airservices Implementation Monitoring Committee for Sydney airport.
Mr Warfield has been a member and Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinating Group for IATA, Chairman of the IATA Russian Task Force, and Chairman of the IATA Operations Committee that reported directly to the IATA Board of Governors. He has been a keynote speaker at more than 100 aviation conventions, but counts one of his proudest achievements as being a member of the volunteer team that flew Qantas’ first B707 back to Australia.
Ms Philippa Stone has honours degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney. She is a partner of Herbert Smith Freehills which she joined in 1984. At Herbert Smith Freehills Philippa is the Joint Global Head of the firm’s Capital Markets group where she specialises in equity raisings and mergers and acquisitions.
Ms Stone has been a guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales on corporate control transactions and at Sydney University on capital markets transactions. She is on the Law Council of Australia’s Corporations Law Committee and is a member of the Australian Securities Exchange’s Listing Appeals Tribunal. Philippa was a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Business Regulation Advisory Group (“BRAG”) on the CLERP 9 reforms and other Corporations Law simplification changes.
Ms Stone has been a member of the International Air Services Commission, and prior to that a non-executive director of Airservices Australia.
Mr Mark Skidmore AM was appointed as Director of Aviation Safety on 1 January 2015.
Mr Skidmore has more than 30 years’ experience in both civilian and military aviation. He had an outstanding military aviation career, beginning as a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force in the early 1980s. He led RAAF research and development squadrons and was promoted to Australia’s Air Commander, holding oversight for Australia’s air operations, and reaching the rank of Air Vice Marshal before retiring in 2012. During retirement from the RAAF he worked in civilian aviation as a test pilot, business development manager and company director. He has led large teams of operational, technical and administrative support staff providing leadership for operational, training and support functions.
In 2010 Mr Skidmore was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his exceptional service as the Air Commander Australia and in a range of other senior appointments. Today he continues his passion for aviation in the general aviation community, owning and regularly flying a Globe GC-1B Swift.
CASA Board contact
CASA Board Secretariat
PO Box 2005
Canberra ACT 2601