The Airservices Australia Board is responsible, under the Air Services Act 1995 (the Act), for deciding the objectives, strategies and policies followed by Airservices, and ensuring that Airservices peforms its functions in a proper, efficient and effective manner. The functions of the Board are set out in Section 21 of the Act. The Board is the ‘accountable authority’ for the purposes of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
The following information outlines the Board and Board Committee’s membership, the functions of Board Committees, meeting attendance for 2019–20, and other governance and accountability arrangements. Further information about corporate governance at Airservices is also available on the Airservices website at www.airservicesaustralia.com/about/our-governance.
John Weber, Chairman—LLB, MAICD
John Weber has been a member of Airservices Board since April 2017 and was appointed as Chairman on 3 June 2018. His current term expires on 2 June 2021.
Mr Weber served as the Australian managing partner of DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms, from 2014 to 2017. He was also a member of DLA Piper’s international executive. Prior to that, he was chief executive of Minter Ellison, a leading Australian law firm, for six years and a member of its executive management team for 11 years. He has worked extensively in the transport sector (rail and aviation), health, financial services and defence/security sectors for both industry and government.
Mr Weber is a Board member of the Western Sydney Airport Corporation, director of the global advisory board of Elevate Services, director of the Australian Maritime Systems Group and a director of the Dimeo group.
Mr Weber is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has extensive board experience across a diverse range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors including the European Australian Business Council, the Council of the Asia Society, the ABCN Foundation, and the Horizons Foundation.
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC (Ret’d), Deputy Chair— GAICD, FRAeS
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (Ret’d) was appointed Deputy Chair of the Board on 13 September 2018. He serves as a member of the Board Remuneration and Human Resources Committee, the Safety Committee and the Technology and Investment Committee. His current term expires on 13 September 2021. Air Chief Marshal Binskin (Ret’d) was on an extended leave of absence from February 2020 to Commission and Chair the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.
Air Chief Marshal Binskin (Ret’d) is a highly decorated and respected senior executive and leader in the national security, defence and aerospace sectors, most recently as Chief of the Defence Force of Australia from 2014 to 2018, and earlier as the Vice Chief of the Defence Force (2011-2014) and Chief of Air Force (2008-2011). He is Deputy Chair of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, on the Boards of the Western City and Aerotroplis Authority and the Australian International Military Games (Invictus Games Sydney 2018) and is non-executive director defence and national security policy with BAE Systems Australia.
As Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshal Binskin (Ret’d) successfully led the Australian Defence Force, comprising 80,000 permanent and reserve personnel, to significantly improve capabilities and responses to major global events and championed organisational change across areas of national security, culture, diversity and leadership performance. He oversaw the First Principles Review of Defence and delivered the successful implementation of the One Defence approach.
Air Chief Marshal Binskin (Ret’d) has provided specialist advice to the highest levels of governments, industry leaders and international stakeholders and his aerospace knowledge and expertise are extensive. He has over 3,500 hours in single-seat fighter aircraft, including the A-4G Skyhawk, Mirage 111O, F-16C and F/A-18 Hornet, and continues to be active in general aviation, is a warbird owner and holds Commercial, Remote and Recreational Aviation Australia pilot licences.
Air Chief Marshal Binskin (Ret’d) has completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Fiona Balfour, Chair, Board Safety Committee— BA (Hons), GradDipIM, MBA, FAICD, Fellow of The University–Monash University, FRAeS
Fiona Balfour was appointed to the Board on 3 June 2013. She is Chair of the Board Safety Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Technology and Investment Committee. Her current term expired on 2 September 2020.
Mrs Balfour has over 40 years’ experience across aviation, information and telecommunication services, distribution and logistics and corporate governance. She has been an advisor to Medibank Private Limited and was previously CIO at Telstra Corporation Limited. Following several years in technology consulting in Technology and Aviation, Mrs Balfour spent 14 years as a senior executive with Qantas Airways Limited during which time she held various positions including Chief Information Officer and Executive General Manager of Qantas Business Services.
Mrs Balfour has been an independent non-executive director since 2002 and currently sits on the board of Western Sydney Airport Corporation. She is also a nominee director for the Public Sector Investment Board (Canada) at Land Services South Australia and Airtrunk. Ms Balfour is a former director of Metcash Limited (ASX:MTS), SITA SC (Geneva), Salmat Limited (ASX:SLM), Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, TAL (Dai-ichi Life) Australia Pty Limited (formerly Tower Australia Limited (ASX:TAL)), Chief Executive Women and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
Anne Brown—BA CA GAICD
Anne Brown was appointed to the Board on 4 December 2019 and is a member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee, the Safety Committee and the Environment and Community Committee. Her current term expires on 3 December 2022.
Ms Brown has substantial knowledge and practical experience of Australian and international exchange traded financial markets, risk management, related infrastructure, governance and regulatory environments. She was previously Chief Risk Officer with ASX Limited, following its merger with SFE Corporation Limited (SFE), and her role included group executive oversight of enterprise-wide risk management, compliance and audit. She directed risk management policy development and execution for the ASX’s two central counterparty clearing houses and led key regulatory stakeholder relationships.
Ms Brown also represented the ASX as the Chair and executive committee member of CCP12, an influential global industry association involving all major international clearing houses. Prior to the ASX–SFE merger, she was a general manager with SFE, and previously worked with KPMG in both Edinburgh and Sydney.
Ms Brown is member of the Board of the Clean Energy Regulator, the Chair of the Australian Life Code Compliance Committee, a member of the Finance and Risk Committee of Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College Ltd and a member of the Markets Disciplinary Panel, Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
She holds a double major degree in accountancy and computer science from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sue-Ellen Bussell AM, Chair, Board Remuneration and Human Resources Committee— BA (Sociology), FAHRI, GAICD
Sue-Ellen Bussell was appointed to the Board on 4 December 2019. She is Chair of the Board Remuneration and Human Resources Committee and a member of the Safety Committee and the Environment and Community Committee. Her current term expires on 3 December 2022.
Ms Bussell was a partner at KPMG from January 2017 to January 2020, where she led the Workplace Advisory practice.
Prior to KPMG, Ms Bussell was a senior executive at Qantas Airways and held positions including HR, Commercial and was for many years Executive Manager Industrial Relations, responsible for industrial relations for the Qantas Group. Prior to Qantas, she was a commissioner in the Victorian Industrial Relations Commission, a consultant with the Australian Industry Group and held a management position with Ansett Airlines. She has strong strategic capabilities and a proven ability to deliver business results and manage business outcomes in difficult environments.
Ms Bussell is an Honorary Associate at Sydney University Business School and was a member of the Work and Organisational Studies Advisory Board, 2011 to 2019. She was a Board Member of Odyssey House, 2006 to 2008, and the Macquarie University Faculty of Business and Economic Industry Advisory Board, 2009 to 2017. Ms Bussell was awarded a member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for significant service to industrial relations, as a supporter of women in business, and to the aviation sector.
Dr Marlene Kanga AM, Chair, Board Environment and Community Committee—BTech, MSc, PhD, HonFIEAust, HonFIChemE, FTSE, FAICD
Marlene Kanga was appointed to the Board on 4 September 2017. She is Chair of the Board Environment and Community Committee and a member of the Board Technology Committee, the Safety Committee, the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. Her current term expires on 3 September 2024.
Dr Kanga has had extensive experience in process safety systems engineering in the oil and gas and energy industry. She is an experienced non-executive director and is on the board of Sydney Water Corporation, Business Events Sydney, NSW Smart Sensing Network, Standards Australia and a past member of the boards of Innovation Science Australia and Engineers Australia, where she was Chair and National President in 2013. She is Past President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations. She is a director of iOmniscient Pty Ltd, which has artificial intelligence-based-video-analytic technologies.
Dr Kanga is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David Marchant AM, Chair, Board Technology and Investment Committee—GAICD
David Marchant was appointed to the Board on 21 July 2014. He is Chair of the Board Technology and Investment Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. His current term expires on 20 July 2021.
Mr Marchant has extensive experience in the transport industry. He is the Chairman of Queensland Rail and QR Ltd. He is a former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd and Director and Chair of the Australasian Railways Association. Mr Marchant also served as a Director of the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board.
Mr Marchant has worked as Managing Director of Lend Lease Engineering and Managing Director of Lend Lease Infrastructure Services and was a director of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordination Company Pty Ltd.
He was appointed a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant service to the rail industry through national structural reform and infrastructure upgrades and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tim Rothwell, Chair, Board Audit and Risk Committee—BA (Hons), FCA, MAICD
Tim Rothwell was appointed to the Board on 21 July 2014. He is Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee, and a member of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee, the Technology and Investment Committee and the Environment and Community Committee. His current term expires on 20 January 2021.
Mr Rothwell retired as Chief Financial Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation in 2013, after 20 years with the organisation, and is now a consultant to industry. He is a Member of the Council of the University of the Sunshine Coast and a former Board member of the Cross River Rail Development Authority. Mr Rothwell mentors Queensland University of Technology Executive MBA students.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jason Harfield, Chief Executive Officer—MBA, DipAv(ATS), FAICD, FRAeS
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 over 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 services operations.
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 Executive MBA 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.
Former Board membership
The terms of the following Board members concluded during 2019–20:
Samantha Betzien— BA, LLB (Hons), MAICD
Samantha Betzien was appointed to the Board on 4 June 2012. Her most recent term expired on 3 September 2019. At the conclusion of her term, she was serving as Chair of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee, and a member of the Safety Committee.
Ms Betzien is a partner in the human resources and industrial relations team in the Brisbane office of Minter Ellison. She has over 20 years’ experience providing legal advice on all aspects of employment, industrial relations, and work health and safety to major employers in the transport, aviation, energy and resources and construction sectors. Her clients also include a number of Queensland Government-owned corporations.
Ms Betzien is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Safety Institute of Australia and is listed in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers and Doyle’s Guide in the areas of labour law, employment and occupational health and safety law. She was named 2014 Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.
Ms Betzien holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Psychology) from the University of Queensland.
John McGee was appointed to the Board on 4 September 2015. His most recent term expired on 3 December 2019. At the conclusion of his term, he was serving as a member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee, the Technology and Investment Committee and the Safety Committee.
Prior to joining the Airservices Board, Mr McGee was Managing Director of BNY Mellon Australia Pty Ltd for nine years, heading up the Bank of New York’s corporate trust operation in Australia.
Mr McGee has also served on other boards as a nonexecutive director. He was Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Private Health Insurance Administrative Council (PHIAC), the regulator of all private health insurers, and a non-executive director of that body for nine years.
Other non-executive board roles have included Westpac Funds Management, (where he was Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee), Delhi Petroleum, and other companies in the financial and pharmaceutical industries.
In his executive roles, Mr McGee has also been a director of many subsidiaries and held responsible manager status on various ASIC and APRA licences. He was also Head of Funds Management, and later Chief Financial Officer, for a listed life insurer.
In 2019–20 there were five standing committees of the Board:
The Audit and Risk Committee assists the Board in maintaining objective and reliable financial and performance reporting, and effective systems for risk management and internal control. It helps the Board ensure that Airservices complies with all relevant legislative and other regulatory obligations. These include obligations under the Air Services Act 1995 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. The Committee has at least four members, all of whom must be independent non-executive Board members.
The Safety Committee assists the Board in ensuring that Airservices meets its operational safety, and work, health and safety obligations. It also monitors organisational preparedness to counter security threats. The Committee has at least four non-executive Board members, plus the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), both of whom are ex-officio committee members.
The Environment and Community Committee assists the Board in overseeing organisational strategy to address the impact of operations on the environment and the community, environmental obligation compliance, community engagement, and the activities and recommendations of the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman. The Committee has at least four non‑executive Board members, plus the Chairman and CEO, both of whom are ex‑officio committee members.
The Technology and Investment Committee assists the Board in overseeing Airservices technology, systems engineering and information technology (IT) strategies and policies. It also oversees the strategic direction and policies of business systems, operational technology and IT security, and monitors development and delivery of the capital investment programme. It has responsibility for overseeing execution of the OneSKY Program. The Committee has at least four non‑executive Board members, plus the Chairman and CEO, both of whom are ex‑officio committee members.
The Remuneration and Human Resources Committee assists the Board in reviewing the performance, remuneration and succession plans for the CEO and the Executive team. It also considers other strategic human resources issues. The Committee has at least four non‑executive Board members, plus the Chairman and CEO, both of whom are ex‑officio committee members.
Directors' and Officers' indemnities and insurance
In 2019–20, Airservices held a Directors’ and Officers’ liability insurance policy. It is a condition of his policy that the nature of the Directors’ and Officers’ indemnities and insurance, including the limits of liability and the premium payable—are not disclosed to third parties except to the extent required by law or the insurer consents in writing to such disclosure.