The Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Aviation Safety (DAS) is responsible for managing CASA subject to the directions of, and in accordance with policies determined by the Board. The CEO and DAS is also responsible for implementing the objectives, strategies and policies decided by the Board and, in consultation with the Board, developing and articulating CASA’s corporate goals and practices.

The CEO and DAS supports the Board’s efforts to ensure that CASA performs its functions in a proper, efficient and effective manner, and complies with directions given by the Minister under section 12B of the Civil Aviation Act 1988.

Pip Spence PSM

picture of Pip Spence PSM - Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety
Pip Spence PSM - Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety

Pip Spence commenced as the CEO and DAS on 17 May 2021.

Before joining CASA, Pip was the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary for the Arts at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. Before that she was the Deputy Secretary for Transport. In this role, Pip was responsible for aviation and airport policy and program matters.

Pip has held senior leadership roles across the Australian Public Service. This includes:

  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • the then Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

In that role Pip was closely involved in establishing the National Broadband Network and the associated reform of telecommunications regulations.

Pip commenced her career in the Department of Transport and Communications, where she worked in a number of aviation-related areas. This included working in the office of the Minister for Transport.

Pip has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University.

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