Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Executive Committee

Purpose

The Executive Committee’s purpose is to lead and manage the organisation by implementing Airservices corporate strategy and key underpinning activities in pursuit of Airservices Australia’s mission, vision, and corporate objectives.

Members

The Executive Committee comprises the following members. Other senior managers may be called on to attend meetings in an advisory capacity as required.

Jason Harfield—Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

EMBA DipAv(ATS) FAICD FRAeS MSP(Adv Practitioner)

Jason Harfield was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 9 March 2016, beginning his career with Airservices as a flight data officer in Adelaide in 1989.

With more than 30 years of experience in aviation and the air traffic management industry, Jason has been a core member of the Airservices Executive Leadership Team since 2005. His executive leadership roles included leading the safety and future services functions as well as leading and transforming the air traffic control operations through the introduction of new services, advanced airport capacity and air traffic flow management capabilities, whilst reinvigorating Airservices largest operational workforce.

Prior to this, Jason held a number of operational management and senior management positions including Australia’s Head Air Traffic Controller and Australian Airspace Regulator as well as operating as a qualified operational air traffic controller.

Jason has an EMBA from Melbourne Business School (Mt Eliza) and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Royal Aeronautical Society as well as a private pilot.

Peter Curran—Chief Customer Experience & Strategy Officer

Pete joined Airservices Australia in May 2019 as the Executive General Manager Air Navigation Services.

Prior to this, Pete worked at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) based in Geneva, Switzerland for 7 years. Pete was responsible for progressing airline interests associated with the European Union (EU) Single Market initiative; Single European Sky (SES). His role addressed institutional, regulatory and operational performance with a focus on the safety, environment, capacity and cost efficiency of air navigation services across 42 European States.

Pete has over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry starting as an air traffic controller in Sydney and Brisbane. He has held a range of leadership roles across corporate and regulatory affairs, strategy and planning, operational service delivery, major capital programs, change management and finance.

Pete has a Master of Business Administration from University of Queensland and completed the Graduate General Manager Program at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Michelle Bennetts—Chief Service Delivery Officer


B.Comm/B.IT (ANU), Grad Dip Mgt (AGSM)

Michelle joined Airservices in 2005 and has been part of the Airservices Executive Leadership Team since 2007 including as Executive General Manager of Customer Service Enhancement. Her previous roles in Airservices also include Executive General Manager, Projects and Engineering; Executive General Manager, Environment; Acting Executive General Manager, Corporate and Industry Affairs and General Manager, Audit and Assurance.

Prior to working with Airservices, Michelle spent more than a decade in the professional services firms, working first with Deloitte and then with KPMG delivering audit, risk and governance services to many large organisations in a variety of industry sectors.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Information Technology from the Australian National University, a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management, has completed the Advanced Management Program at the INSEAD business school and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paul Logan—Chief Financial Officer


BComm FCPA

Paul Logan was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in May 2016, to assure performance and deliver financial excellence at Airservices.

Prior to this, Paul was General Manager Accounting Services and responsible for the organisation’s pricing strategies and investment analysis. In this role, Paul directed Airservices corporate accounting and governance of group financial management. He was responsible for the taxation, treasury and insurance obligations for the organisation and the oversight of the corporate shared services functions.

With more than 26 years of experience in the air traffic management and civil aviation safety industry Paul has led a number of key change programs to establish an external customer centric focus through the establishment of service performance reporting frameworks and engagement programs. Paul was instrumental in the development and implementation of long term pricing arrangements aimed at yielding efficiency gains and providing price certainty for the aviation industry. Paul has also achieved continuous improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of internal business processes.

Paul is a Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia.

Lucinda Gemmell—Chief People & Culture Officer

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Lucinda Gemmell has recently been appointed as Chief People & Culture Officer with Airservices Australia where she is responsible for the organisations people & culture strategy and transformation, talent, diversity & inclusion, leadership development, organisational effectiveness, functional training (initial and on-going training), Industrial Relations and group remuneration & benefits. Prior to this, Lucinda was the Chief People & Culture Officer with Virgin Australia Group since 2017.

Lucinda was responsible for leading the people and culture strategy, talent and diversity, leadership development, organisational effectiveness and remuneration and benefits. Most notably in this role, Lucinda led change in Culture and Diversity & Inclusion, developed a globally leading female cadet pilot program (achieving 56% female cadet pilots), developed an Indigenous Recruitment and Mentoring program increasing Indigenous careers by 300% and spearheaded industry leading mental health initiatives across Virgin Australia. She led year on year increases in culture and employee engagement through initiatives across the end to end employee experience. For this work, in 2020 Lucinda has been awarded HRD Magazine Global Top 100 HR Directors.

Lucinda has more than 20 years of progressive HR and commercial leadership experience in Australia and Asia Pacific. Her experience includes HR leadership (Australia and Asia Pacific), Strategy Management and Business Management. Lucinda was the General Manager People with Endeavour Drinks Group, Woolworths Ltd. She provided leadership for Talent and Organisational Development, Leadership and Culture, Organisational Effectiveness, Learning and Development and Employment Relations.

Lucinda previously held the roles of HR Director, Australia and Asia Pacific Supply based in Singapore across 13 countries with Diageo. In her role as HR Director in Australia, she led Diageo’s HR function to deliver the Australian business strategy. This role delivered significant growth in the business with a focus on talent, engagement and organisational effectiveness. Prior she held HR leadership, strategy and business management roles in Fairfax.

Lucinda was a finalist Young Australian of the Year (1998) in the Career Achievement category recognising achievements in executing complex change in organisations. Lucinda was awarded 2014 Australian HR Director of the Year at the Australian HR Awards.

Lucinda holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and is a Non-Executive Director for the Starlight Children’s Foundation National Board.

Mark Hind—Acting Chief Technology Enablement Officer

Mark has had a wide and varied career in the ICT industry over the last 25 years with experience in both the private and public sectors. His career has extended across a number of market sectors including Transport, Education and Manufacturing and has covered significant roles in technology strategy and transformation, infrastructure and operations, enterprise architecture, strategic sourcing, organisational change management, program management, and applications development.

Mark joined Airservices in 2016 as the Service Design and Delivery Manager, with accountabilities for the delivery of sustainable 24×7 operations of both mission critical and corporate ICT environments including infrastructure operations, telecommunication and network services, business systems, airways regulated systems, air traffic management regulated systems, technology testing and the delivery of ICT projects.

Prior to joining Airservices Mark spent 10 years with The Queensland government in a number of key roles including critical systems development and project management, ICT operations, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Claire Marrison—Chief Safety & Risk Officer

Prior to joining the executive team as Executive General Manager, Safety Assurance at Airservices. Claire has oversighted the organisation’s Safety (service delivery and Work Health & Safety) and Environment Management Systems, and the international engagement and assistance programs. In previous roles in Airservices, she oversighted a number of other organisational functions including enterprise risk management and operational analysis, and for a six month period she acted as the Executive General Manager, People and Change.

Claire is the co-chair of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)’s Future Safety Development Working Group. The Future Safety Development Working Group allows ANSPs to work together to develop their safety management approaches and address potential future safety issues in a collaborative manner.

Prior to working for Airservices, Claire worked as an air safety investigator and conducted research that supported regulatory change in aircraft cabin safety. Claire has undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Psychology and a PhD in a human factors discipline.