Annual Report 2006-07: Our Executive
Bruce Byron AM
Director of Aviation Safety and Chief Executive Officer
Born in January 1947, Bruce Byron began his career in aviation in the RAAF in the mid-1960s, training on Winjeel and Vampire aircraft. By 1968, Mr Byron was flying Caribou aircraft with No. 35 Squadron in Vietnam: during a 12-month tour, he flew 1,600 operational sorties.
After returning from Vietnam, he moved into flying training with the RAAF, the beginning of a career-long association with training in both military and civilian flying. After time overseas as an instructor on exchange programmes with the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force and the Singapore Air Force, Mr Byron was promoted to Wing Commander in 1980.
During 1982 and 1983 he was Commanding Officer of the RAAF Central Flying School, responsible for the training and checking of all military flying instructors in Australia. In 1984 he was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia.
After leaving the RAAF, Mr Byron became an Examiner of Airmen with the Department of Aviation, flying more than 20 different types of aircraft and flight testing pilots up to senior commercial level. In 1988 he took over the management of North Broken Hill Ltd’s private jet operations, while also working as an aviation safety consultant in flight training, human factors and aviation management.
From 1997 to 1999, Mr Byron was a member of the CASA Board, chairing the Board Safety Committee. In this key role he guided the development of CASA’s new safety compliance and promotion activities.
In 1999, he took the position of Executive General Manager of Kendell Airlines at a time when the airline was introducing jet aircraft operations. This was followed by a period as Vice President Compliance and Quality Assurance with Ansett Australia.
Mr Byron subsequently worked as a high-level consultant on aviation safety management in airlines, including as head of safety systems for Virgin Blue.
Between 2000 and 2003, Mr Byron chaired the Aviation Safety Forum, a high-level industry group that advises the CASA Board and the Australian Government on strategic aviation safety activities. In May 2002, he was appointed by the Minister for Transport and Regional Services as a special industry adviser to CASA on regulatory reform.
Mr Byron currently holds an airline transport pilot licence, a command instrument rating and a Grade 1 instructor rating. He has flown more than 10,000 hours during his aviation career.
Mr Byron’s term of appointment as CASA’s Chief Executive Officer began in December 2003.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Strategy and Support and
Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations
Shane Carmody joined CASA in October 2006. Mr Carmody has had an extensive career in the public service, most of this in the Department of Defence. He held senior executive positions in Defence between 1995 and 2006, including as Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security and Deputy Secretary Strategy. He also held a senior position in the Department of Finance and Administration.
After serving in the Australian Army for 14 years, specialising in intelligence operations, he moved to the civilian side of the defence portfolio in 1989.
Mr Carmody was a member of the Defence Committee (managing the operations of the Department of Defence) from 2001 to 2006 and was also a member of numerous other senior defence and whole-of-government committees.
Industry Complaints Commissioner
Michael Hart joined CASA in June 2007. He gained wide experience in the management of complaints and complex investigations involving the public sector through positions at the NSW Attorney General’s Department, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption.
He was the general manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in 1999 during the (Mobil) Avgas fuel contamination crisis.
Mr Hart has flown more than 6,000 hours in his flying career and has held aviation industry positions including qualified flying instructor with the RAAF, and check and training captain with Coastwatch.
Dr Jonathan Aleck
Head, Legal Services Group
Jonathan Aleck commenced with the then Civil Aviation Authority in 1993. Before this he lectured in law and politics in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the United States, and was director of a private legal research and consultative organisation.
From 1998 to 2003 he was the Australian Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization. He also lectured on an occasional basis at McGill University’s Air and Space Law Institute.
Head, Planning and Governance Office
Peter Boyd started with CASA in 1999. A professional engineer, he moved from technical management work to a senior management role at Telarc Ltd, a New Zealand management system auditing organisation. He came to CASA with experience in the development and assessment of safety management systems and has served in many management positions within CASA since.
Chief Financial Officer
Betty Edwards joined CASA in 2004 as Chief Financial Controller and became Chief Financial Officer in October 2005.
She has held many senior finance roles, including National Finance Manager for Co-operative Retirement Services, and General Manager, Finance and Administration for Great Southern Railway. Before joining CASA she was a Chief Financial Officer in the ACT Government.
Chief Information Officer
Chris Farrelley started with CASA in October 2005 after 18 years working for the Health Insurance Commission, two years as Medibank Private’s Chief Information Officer and five years consulting with Acumen Alliance in technology and business roles for the Australian Communications Authority, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Department of Defence.
Head, Human Resources
Gary Harbor joined CASA in April 2005, with an extensive private sector background in human resources. He has been a personnel manager for Toyota, general manager/human resources to Email Metals and head of human resources at the pharmaceutical firm Sigma Company. He has degrees in arts and economics and an MBA.
Acting General Manager, Manufacturing, Certification and New Technologies Office
Jim Coyne joined the then Civil Aviation Authority in 1992 as an Airworthiness Engineer. He became the manager of New Technologies and Systems in 2002 and has been acting in his current position since January 2007.
General Manager, Office of Airspace Regulation
Peter Cromarty has piloting and air traffic control experience. Starting as an Area Radar Controller in the London Air Traffic Control Centre, he worked in the US and Middle East before returning to the UK to undertake managerial roles in the Civil Aviation Authority’s Safety Regulation Group. Before joining CASA in June 2007, he was a senior manager in Air Safety Support International, a subsidiary of the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
Group General Manager, Personnel Licensing, Education and Training Group
Greg Hood began his career as an air traffic controller with the RAAF. He joined Airservices Australia in 1990 and over his 17-year tenure performed a variety of roles, including Manager Regional Services and Manager Melbourne Air Traffic Control Centre, before joining CASA in June 2007.
Mr Hood is a glider pilot and private pilot.
Group General Manager, Air Transport Operations Group
Patrick Murray joined CASA in 2005 in this newly created role.
Before this he conducted aviation safety research and chaired CASA’s Standards Consultative Committee.
His aviation career began as a pilot with the UK RAF. He also served with the RAAF, and as a pilot and senior check and training captain with Cathay Pacific.
Group General Manager, General Aviation Operations Group
Greg Vaughan has been a design and development engineer in the US and Canada, and was manager of air safety investigations at Pratt and Whitney Canada. He has also worked at Ansett and Kendall, where, as General Manager Technical, he introduced Canadair Regional Jet operations—the first regional jet in Australia. He joined CASA in October 2004.
There were a number of changes in CASA’s senior management during 2006–07.
The new members of CASA’s executive management group are:
- Shane Carmody (Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Strategy and Support)
- Peter Cromarty (General Manager, Office of Airspace Regulation)
- Greg Hood (Group General Manager, Personnel Licensing, Education and Training Group)
- Michael Hart (Industry Complaints Commissioner)
- Jim Coyne (Acting General Manager, Manufacturing, Certification and New Technologies Office)
Greg Vaughan (formerly General Manager, Manufacturing, Certification and New Technologies Office) was appointed as Group General Manager, General Aviation Operations Group on 27 November 2006.
Dr Jonathan Aleck (Acting General Manager, Legal Services Group from 19 May 2006 to 12 February 2007) was appointed Head, Legal Services Group on 13 February 2007.
The following senior managers left CASA during the reporting period:
- Bruce Gemmell (Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations)
- Rob Collins (Group General Manager, General Aviation Operations Group)
- Graham Edkins (Group General Manager, Personnel Licensing, Education and Training Group)
- Arthur White (Industry Complaints Commissioner).
CASA created one new position at the executive management level in 2006–07, that of General Manager, Office of Airspace Regulation.