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.

David is also on the Board of Directors for Avalon Airport, Linfox Airports, Armaguard and Fox Group Holdings. In March 2004, Qantas announced it would use Avalon Airport for its newest budget airline, Jetstar.

In November 2004 Linfox’s Avalon Airport was honoured by the Australian Airports Association for aviation excellence, named the 2004 Regional Airport of the Year. The addition of passenger flights at Avalon Airport is a major milestone in the history of the airport and for Linfox.

In late 2015 the Commonwealth Government approved Avalon Airport’s 20 Year Masterplan, with the establishment of the Avalon Airport Industrial Precinct announced by the Victorian State Government in August 2016.

In December 2018, Avalon Airport commenced International passenger service operations with double daily flights between Avalon Airport and Kuala Lumpur. In 2019 Avalon Airport surpassed 10 million passengers through its domestic airport operations since commencing services in 2004.

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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.

Jim has served in a number of capacities at LifeFlight over the past 15 years and brings an abundance of government policy knowledge and experience. During more than 12 years of parliamentary service with the Queensland Government, Jim worked across portfolios in State Development and Trade, Transport, Health, Business, Industry and Regional Development, as well as Youth, Sport and Recreation.

As well as an integral knowledge of government policy, Jim specialises in business development and Government interaction with private sector initiatives. Through his career, Jim has created a solid record of business and project development achievements. Jim has also been instrumental in attracting a number of high profile businesses to Queensland.

Jim is currently the Non-Executive Director for Centurion Group of Companies, Non-Executive Director of Infinite Water, a Director of APIED Ltd Australia, a Director of British Borneo Petroleum Australia, Chairman of the Enhance Group, as well as Chairman of LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine Limited and a Director of LifeFlight.

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Brett Quarrell – Director

Brett Quarrell – Director

Director of StarFlight Victoria / StarFlight Australia.

Brett has been a Director of StarFlight Australia since March 2020 and has been employed at Linfox for 20 years as Pilot & Aviation Manager, covering International & Domestic operations across Rotary and Fixed wing.

A long standing past Pilot of the Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad and past President, Brett is a veteran in the aviation industry.

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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.

The 35th Premier of Queensland, Rob Borbidge led a minority National Liberal Coalition Government from 1996 to 1998. He served in senior Cabinet posts, was Deputy Leader and Leader of the Opposition before retiring in 2001 after serving more than 20 years as the Member for Surfers Paradise.

Rob is Chairman of a number of business boards and was appointed to Chair the Legacy Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is a Trustee of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

His passion for education sees him as a member of the Council of Griffith University, Chair of the Board of Advice for the Institute for Glycomics, a Board member of the Griffith Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Griffith (incorporated in the United States).

In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal, in 2004 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Griffith University and in 2006 appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

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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.

Ashley measures success by the number of lives LifeFlight has helped over the years, and will help in the future.

With the organisation from the beginning, the then Queensland Water Police Officer used to volunteer as an aircrewman back in 1981.

Since then Ashley has been responsible for LifeFlight’s growth and diversification nationally and internationally and is committed to ensuring quality medical care is available to local and remote communities.

One of Australia’s most experienced CEO’s in the complex aeromedical industry; Ashley is a master at developing solutions in challenging situations. His core belief is helping build stronger communities alongside government and industry.

The combination of these skills and his extensive operational knowledge, help ensure LifeFlight’s long-term sustainability.

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