StarFlight Australia Board

Dennis Richardson AC

Dennis Richardson AC – Chairman

Former Secretary of the Department of Defence, Dennis Richardson, brings invaluable foreign affairs and government experience to the StarFlight Australia Pty Ltd Board.
Dennis joined Linfox after serving in the public sector for 48 years. From 2012 to 2017, Dennis served as the Secretary of the Department of Defence, following almost three years as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

From 2005 to 2010, Dennis was Ambassador of Australia to the United States. Prior to this, he was Director – General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

Dennis has engaged in various senior public service roles in the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration. He was also Head of the Review of the Intelligence Community post – Cold War in 1992 and Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1990 to 1991. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2003 and was advanced to a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2019.

David Fox – Director

David Fox – Director

In January 2001 David was appointed to the role of Managing Director, Linfox Airports Pty Ltd, and then in 2008 appointed Executive Chairman where he currently oversees the airport management and business opportunities.

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Hon. Jim Elder - Director

Hon. Jim Elder – Director

Current LifeFlight Australia Deputy Chairman, the former Deputy Premier of Queensland, Hon. James (Jim) Elder has a long history of serving Queensland communities.

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Brett Quarrell – Director

Brett Quarrell – Director

Director of StarFlight Victoria / StarFlight Australia.

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Hon. Robert Borbidge AO - Director

Hon. Robert Borbidge AO – Director

The Honourable Robert Borbidge AO became Chairman of LifeFlight in July 2013 after the company merged with the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service.

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Ashley van de Velde - Director

Ashley van de Velde OAM – Director/Group CEO

Driven to provide rapid aeromedical retrieval services to as many people as possible, Ashley has devoted his life to LifeFlight’s mission and vision and has been CEO of the organisation for more than two decades.

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