I am happy, honoured and surprised to have been appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, by the Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) for “significant service to the aviation industry both nationally and internationally, particularly for flight safety, and to the community”.
Five years after QF32, I am still very proud of the positive experiences that have come from that remarkable team effort. It’s my privilege to travel and talk about personal and corporate resilience and safety in our new and future world of high tech change, risk, perfect storms and black swan events.
Today Coral and I are in Montreal, Canada as guests of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). I have been asked to deliver the inaugural RAeS “Nancy-Bird Walton Lecture” as part of the Australia Day celebrations. I am very proud to present to the absolute pinnacle governing body for the World’s aviation and to talk about one of Australia’s greatest aviatrices. Australians should be proud the RAeS’s second of two named lectures is dedicated to Nancy-Bird.
Coral and I are proud to give service to the community.
We are honoured to be the Patrons of Disabled WinterSport Australia (DWA). DWA is a remarkable organisation that provides inspired programs, services and opportunities on the snow for people with disabilities to realise their full potential. With the help of thousands of volunteers and your support we hope to improve DWA’s services to help even more people.
I am also the Patron of the Uiver DC2 Memorial Community Trust that is trying to restore the Uiver DC2 and give respect to the crew of the Uiver of 1933, KLM and the people of Albury, New South Wales.
Coral and I assist the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS), Charles Sturt University where we discuss leadership, crisis management and post traumatic stress. We help other worthy charities.
I am also a passionate Ambassador for STEMnet UK, supporting Andy Green and his 130 percent world record breaking Bloodhound Supersonic Car.
I do not do these activities on my own. Many people in many teams help me along the way. These people deserve recognition before me. Nevertheless I feel extremely fortunate to receive this award.
Thank you Australia.