Our Board

The CASA Board consists of the Chair (of the Board of Directors), 5 non-executive directors and the CEO and DAS.

The Board decides the objectives, strategies and policies that we will follow. They also ensure we perform our functions properly, efficiently and effectively. Besides their prescribed duties under our Act, the Board also receives specific direction through our minister’s Statement of Expectations.

Board members

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development appoints CASA Board members.

Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Mark Binskin AC - Chair of the CASA Board

First appointed: 20 August 2021

Air Chief Marshal (Ret’d) Mark Binskin AC: Chair of the CASA Board
Air Chief Marshal (Ret’d) Mark Binskin AC: Chair of the CASA Board

Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Mark Binskin AC is a highly respected senior executive and leader in the national security, defence and aerospace sectors. He was:

  • Chief of the Defence Force of Australia (2014-2018)
  • Vice Chief of the Defence Force (2011-2014)
  • Chief of Air Force (2008-2011).

In 2020, he was Chair of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.

He is currently:

  • Chair of the Australia Pacific Security College Advisory Board
  • Deputy Chair of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation on the Boards:
    • Western Parkland City Authority
    • Australian International Military Games (Invictus Games Sydney 2018).
  • a member of the Governing Committee of the Temora Aviation Museum
  • Non-Executive Director at BAE Systems Australia and Nihon Cyber Defence.

As Chief of Defence, Mark successfully led the Australian Defence Force, comprising 80,000 permanent and reserve personnel, to:

  • significantly improve capabilities
  • responses to major global events
  • championed organisational change across areas of:
    • national security
    • culture
    • diversity
    • leadership performance.

He has provided national security advice to the highest levels of governments, industry leaders and international stakeholders, and his aerospace knowledge and expertise is extensive.

Mark was previously the ADF Airworthiness Authority and has over 3,500 hours in:

  • single seat fighter aircraft including the A-4G Skyhawk
  • Mirage 111O
  • F-16C and F/A-18 Hornet.

He continues to be active in general aviation and holds a commercial, RAAus and Remote pilot licence, and is a warbird owner.

He has completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Mr Michael Bridge

First appointed: 1 October 2018

photo of Michael Bridge - CASA Board member
Mr Michael Bridge - CASA Board member

Mr Michael Bridge has over 30 years' experience in aviation. This includes roles in management, on boards and as a commercial pilot.

This includes:

  • RPT (Airline) Manager Skyport Group
  • Group Operations Manager for the Skyport Group
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Capiteq Limited.

Michael has held many board positions. This includes boards of:

  • Airnorth
  • The Aviation Industry Superannuation Trust (TAIST)
  • AustralianSuper – Aviation Division
  • the Northern Territory Tourist Commission Board, serving as chair
  • Embraer international.

Michael is a director (and former chair) of the Northern Territory Major Events Company, and the chair of CGH Group.

Michael recently stepped down from the board of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA). Michael was a director from 1998, and the chair for 7 years.

Michael is also an ambassador for the:

  • Australian Aviation Hall of Fame
  • Business Events Northern Territory
  • Museum and Arts Galleries of the Northern Territory.

In 2004, Michael was awarded the National Australia Bank’s Medal for Management Innovation. In 2008, Michael was awarded the Australian Aviation 'Personality of the Year'. This was for Michael's work on creating the Australian Aviation Association Forum (TAAAF), Australian aviation’s premier consulting body.

Michael is a commercial pilot by trade, and holds an Airline Transport Pilots Licence.

Ms Donna Hardman

First appointed: 1 January 2020

photo of Donna Hardman - CASA Board member
Ms Donna Hardman - CASA Board member

Ms Donna Hardman is an experienced executive from the finance industry and has held roles as a senior executive, consultant, board member and committee chair.


  • designed, built, managed and transformed businesses in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
  • spent 12 years delivering large, complex change projects with an international consulting firm
  • was the founder and CEO of a boutique consultancy practice.

Donna also offers governance experience, strategic thinking and a fresh perspective. Donna helps organisations meet some of today’s most complex challenges, such as organisational change, business transformation and digital disruption.

Donna’s board career spans 6 years. This includes:

  • 2 APRA-regulated bank boards
  • 2 ASX-listed boards (Property and Fintech sectors)
  • one government board
  • 2 government audit and risk committees including a short term as chair of CASA’s committee.

Donna has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW and a Masters of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Donna is also a:

  • graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia
  • fellow of the Australian Mutuals Institute.

Ms Elizabeth Hallett GAICD

First appointed: 1 July 2020

photo of Elizabeth Hallett GAICD - CASA Board member
Ms Elizabeth Hallett GAICD - CASA Board member

Ms Elizabeth Hallett is an experienced non-executive director and chair of audit and risk committees in regulated sectors. This includes the financial services and infrastructure sectors.

Elizabeth was a corporate partner with an international law firm for 22 years, having held global and national leadership roles. From this experience Elizabeth brings:

  • legal
  • regulatory
  • corporate governance
  • risk management
  • strategy development skills and experience to the board.

Elizabeth is a non-executive director on the boards of:

  • Sunsuper
  • NPP Australia Limited
  • NSW Land Registry Services.

Elizabeth is a reappointed member of the Australian Takeovers Panel, and sits on the Advisory Committee of the John Sample Group.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. Elizabeth is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors’ Course.

Ms Marilyn Andre

First appointed: 1 July 2020

Marilyn Andre CASA Board member
Marilyn Andre CASA Board member

Ms Marilyn Andre has an aviation career spanning over 25 years. Marilyn's aviation career spans governance, leadership and education positions.

Marilyn also holds extensive experience as a pilot. This includes flying the:

  • BA Jetstream 41
  • Airbus A319/A340
  • Boeing 747.

Marilyn has held senior leadership and advisory roles with a range of aviation entities. This includes:

  • Boeing Training and Professional Services Australia
  • Boeing Australia Holdings
  • the Australian Air Force Cadets National Council and Women in Aviation (Australia).

As well as extensive operational and governance experience, Marilyn has consulted for several Australian flight training providers on their syllabi. Marilyn has a strong interest in integration of virtual and augmented reality to improve flight training outcomes.

Marilyn is also:

  • a sessional lecturer with the School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith Aviation (Griffith University)
  • finalising a doctorate with the Australian Graduate School of Leadership (Torrens University).

Pip Spence PSM

First appointed: 17 May 2021


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

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.

CASA Board Audit and Risk Committee

Section 45 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 requires CASA to have an audit committee.

The CASA Board determines the functions of the Audit and Risk Committee. This includes reviewing CASA's:

  • financial reporting
  • performance reporting
  • system of risk oversight and management
  • system of internal control.

CASA’s Audit and Risk Committee comprises 2 CASA Board members and 2 external independent contractors, one of whom is chair.

Read more in the CASA Board Audit and Risk Committee charter and governance arrangements (PDF 301.35 KB).

For more information, contact the CASA Board's secretariat.

Last updated:
18 Jan 2022
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