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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 Anthony Mathews - Chair of the CASA Board
First appointed: 19 August 2018
Mr Tony Mathews brings a wealth of aviation safety expertise, as a former Qantas regional airline manager, Royal Flying Doctor Service manager as well as a qualified commercial and airline transport pilot.
In addition to his aviation experience, Mr Mathews brings considerable governance experience to the role, including serving as Deputy Chair of the Board of Airservices Australia, the national civil provider of air traffic control and aviation and rescue firefighting services at our major airports. Mr Mathews was on the board of Airservices Australia between June 2012 and September 2017. He was deputy chairman from July 2014 and also led the board’s safety committee.
He has also worked as the general manager aviation for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and general manager and chief pilot for Qantas regional subsidiary Southern Australia Airlines in his more than 45 years in the aviation industry. A qualified airline pilot, his extensive work in regional aviation has also included being on the board and Chairman of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA).
Beyond aviation, Mathews has worked with a number of companies and community organisations in the Mildura region, including as a board member of the Mildura Cooperative Fruit Company, Mildura Health, Murray Campaign Committee and Mildura Murray Outback Tourism. He is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Shane Carmody - The Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety
First appointed: 7 June 2017
Mr Shane Carmody commenced as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety on 7 June 2017.
Mr Carmody's most recent appointment was as Deputy Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. In this position his responsibilities included the Office of Transport Security, Aviation and Airports, Local Government and Territories and the Western Sydney Airport project.
Mr Carmody has extensive experience at senior levels in the Australian Public Service. His roles have included Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security and Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence, Deputy CEO of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission. He has significant policy, regulatory and business management experience.
Mr Carmody joined the Australian Public Service in 1989 after a 15 year career as an Army Officer, where he served in various Australian and overseas locations.
Ms Anita Taylor
First appointed: 3 December 2014
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 also a glider pilot.
Ms Taylor is Chair of the CASA Board Audit Committee. She is also the appointed independent director for Australian Canoeing and Executive Chair of Red Eight Produce. She is an experienced company director, having previously served as Chair of the University of New England controlled entities UNE Life and Sport UNE; as a member of Regional Development Australia – Northern Inland Committee (RDANI) and the RDANI Finance and Audit Committee; as Executive President of the Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA) and Chair of the GFA Sports Committee; and as a member of the Air Sports Australia Confederation (FAI) Committee. She has also served on committees of other community and sporting organisations, including public and listed companies.
Ms Taylor and her husband run a superfine merino and angus cattle property in regional New South Wales.
Ms Cheryl Cartwright
First appointed: 17 April 2017
Cheryl Cartwright has more than three decades' experience in media, politics and industry associations including senior management roles and has a strong focus on strategy and governance, including with not-for-profit boards. Her media experience covers print, radio and television. She has been a political and media adviser in Opposition and in Government and has been Chief of Staff to a senior Cabinet Minister. From 2005 to 2017 she was Chief Executive of the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association(APGA), working closely with the APGA board to redefine and energise the association, dramatically increasing its size and influence and raising its profile. She brings to the board comprehensive experience in communications, messaging, strategic planning and corporate governance.
Ms Jane McAloon
First appointed: 2 January 2018
Jane is a Non-executive Director of Healthscope, Energy Australia and Cogstate Limited and is a Senior Adviser with Gresham. She is National Chair, Defence Reserves Support Council and a Director with Bravery Trust.
Jane has been in the natural resources, energy, infrastructure and utility industries for over 25 years. Jane was an executive at BHP Billiton for 9 years during which she worked on key strategic issues, corporate transactions, as well as market, regulatory and reputational matters. Prior to this she was an executive at AGL. Jane spent 10 years in leadership roles with the NSW Government Cabinet Office, Energy, Rail and Land/Water Departments.
Jane has been a safety regulator in the energy sector and always worked with safety management systems as a fundamental principle in successful business.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University and a Grad Dip in Corporate Governance. She is a Fellow of the AICD and the GIA.
Mr Mark Rindfleish
First appointed: 16 April 2018
Mr Mark Rindfleish has over forty-five years as an Airline pilot and senior Operations Manager with airlines in Australia and overseas.
Mr Rindfleish has held the positions of Director of Flight Operations for Ansett Australia, Vice President of Flight Operations Air New Zealand, Executive General Manager Operations Ansett, General Manager Safety Jetstar Airways and Head of Flying Operations and Chief Pilot of Jetstar Australia and New Zealand.
In addition, Mr Rindfleish has served in a number of advisory roles including Safety Advisor to the Boards of the various Jetstar Airlines, Chairman of the Flight Operations Committee Association of Asia Pacific Airlines and Chairman of the Star Alliance Flight Operations Committee.
Throughout his career, Mr Rindfleish has maintained a keen interest in sport and general aviation and regularly flies light aircraft.
Mr Rindfleish is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Master Air Pilot and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Michael Bridge
First appointed: 1 October 2018
Michael is a commercial pilot by trade, receiving his pilot’s licence in 1987 and currently holds an Airline Transport Pilots License. He is the former RPT (Airline) Manager and later Group Operations Manager for the Skyport Group. Michael became an Airnorth Board member when The Skyport Group and Airnorth merged operations (forming Capiteq Limited) and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Capiteq Limited; a position he held for 17 years.
Michael recently stepped down from the Board of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) where he was a Director from 1998 and Chairman for seven of those years. Michael has held numerous Board positions including the Board of Trustees of TAIST (The Aviation Industry Superannuation Trust) and the AustralianSuper - Aviation Division, Advisory Board and was appointed Chairman of the Northern Territory Tourist Commission Board in 2012. Michael is also a Director (and previous Chairman) of the Northern Territory Major Events Company Pty Ltd and is currently Chairman of CGH Group Pty Ltd, which is an international specialist labour-hire and recruitment company.
Michael has sat on numerous Embraer international Advisory Boards and is an Ambassador for the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame, Business Events Northern Territory and the Museum and Arts Galleries of the Northern Territory. In 2004, he was awarded the National Australia Bank’s Medal for Management Innovation and in 2008 the Australian Aviation “Personality of the Year” for his work on creating the TAAAF - The Australian Aviation Association Forum, Australian aviation’s premier consulting body.
CASA Board contact
CASA Board Secretariat
PO Box 2005
Canberra ACT 2601