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Resignation of Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety, Mr Mark Skidmore AM

Date of publication: 
25 August 2016

The Chairman of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Mr Jeff Boyd today announced the resignation of the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety Mr Mark Skidmore AM.

Mr Skidmore joined CASA in January 2015 and has led the transformation of the safety authority in line with the government's response to the Aviation Safety Regulatory Review (ASRR).

Since his appointment CASA has undergone a period of significant change with a major restructure of the organisation, the appointment of a new executive leadership team and a renewed focus on stakeholder engagement and collaboration to deliver aviation safety outcomes.

Mr Boyd and the Board thanked Mr Skidmore for his contribution to CASA and the Australian aviation industry.

"Mark has made an enormous and valued contribution to CASA and to aviation safety in this country' Mr Boyd said.

'This has included a number of significant improvements including restructuring the organisation, the development and implementation of CASA's new regulatory philosophy and the implementation of just culture throughout the organisation. This has contributed positively to the way aviation regulations are developed and implemented in consultation with the aviation industry".

Mr Skidmore cited personal reasons for his decision including wanting to explore a number of new opportunities.

"I have decided the time is right for me to make this move. I came on board at CASA to lead the organisation through a period of significant and difficult change and I am very proud of what we have achieved through the transformation program. We have been able to reshape the way CASA operates and delivers its services in a positive way.' Mr Skidmore said.

'It is an appropriate time for me to hand over the leadership as CASA moves through the next phase of its improvement program" he said.

Mr Skidmore will continue in the role until October so as to allow for a smooth leadership transition.

The Board is considering interim acting arrangements which will be announced shortly.  A thorough domestic and international recruitment process to select a new CEO will now commence. This process is expected to take six to nine months.

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Peter Gibson
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