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Welcome to Aviation Australia’s New Directors

Aviation Australia Chairman, Ashley Kilroy, today welcomed three new directors to the Board.

“The new directors bring a high level of industry expertise and experience to the Board that will continue to support Aviation Australia in providing world class training opportunities to the aviation sector both domestically and internationally”, Mr Kilroy said.

The new board members are Dr Catherine Ball, Mr Ian Mitchell and Ms Emma Thomas.

Dr Catherine Ball operates across a diverse, global range of companies and projects in a variety of roles.  Catherine has a passion for increasing confidence in STEM education and the use of emerging technologies, including drones.  She is the co-creator of The World of Drones Congress, an annual event focusing on all parts of the drone economy and the future of the industry.

Mr Ian Mitchell is an experienced non-executive director with current appointments including Queensland Cricket and Foodbank Queensland.  Ian has significant experience in Aviation, having held senior positions within the Qantas Group during his executive career, and brings to the Board a range of skills including marketing, business development, communications and digital transformation.

Ms Emma Thomas is an accomplished executive with diversified experience across industry and government roles. Emma’s most recent roles have been in infrastructure, focusing on rail, road and public transport systems. She commenced her career as an aeronautical engineer in the Royal Australian Air Force before joining Boeing Defence Australia where she gained a broad range of experience and skills in aviation engineering, program management and management roles.

“The expanded Board has a strong mix of skills in corporate governance, vocational training and education.  Together with existing close links to industry, Aviation Australia is well positioned to support the Queensland Government’s commitment to growing both civilian and defence aerospace sectors within Queensland and creating sustainable jobs of the future”, stated Mr Kilroy.



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