Our people

StarFlight Australia and its affiliate StarFlight Victoria share a common Board of Directors with unparalleled public and commercial sector experience. Our management team comprises some of the most qualified people in their field.


Board of Directors


Dennis Richardson AC – Chairman

As former Secretary of the Australian Department of Defence, Dennis Richardson brings invaluable foreign affairs, defence operations and government experience to the StarFlight Board.

In his 48 year career in the Australian public service, Dennis held the positions of Secretary of the Australian Department of Defence, Secretary to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ambassador of Australia to the United States and General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.   He previously held senior roles in the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration, and was Head of the Review of the Intelligence Community post-Cold War in 1992.

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

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David Fox

David Fox – Director

David is a Non-Executive Director on both the Linfox Logistics Australia and New Zealand Board and the Linfox International Group Board.

He is Executive Chairman of Linfox Airports Pty Ltd, where he currently oversees airport management and business opportunities.

He is also a Director on the Board of Avalon Airport, Linfox Airports, Armaguard and Linfox’s parent company Fox Group Holdings.

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Hon. Jim Elder – Director

The Honourable James (Jim) Elder is Chair of the LifeFlight Commercial Board and Deputy Chairman of the LifeFlight Australia Board.

He is the former Deputy Premier of Queensland and Minister for a number of senior economic portfolios including State Development and Trade; Transport; Health; and Business, Industry and Regional Development.

Jim has served in key roles at LifeFlight during its expansion over the last 15 years, notably as Chair of LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine, Director of jet company AeroMed and Director of MediFlight, LifeFlight’s joint venture with the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

He has a strong record in commercial business and project development including joint government and private sector initiatives and a published history of attracting high profile businesses to Queensland. He was elected to Parliament in 1989 as Member for Capalaba after establishing a successful Australian building services company and was the inaugural Team Manager of the National Rugby League team Brisbane Broncos with coach Wayne Bennett.

Jim is also Non-Executive Director of Centurion Group of Companies, Chair and Non-Executive Director of Infinite Water, Director of APIED Ltd Australia and Director of British Borneo Petroleum.

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Brett Quarrell

Brett is the Aviation Manager with Linfox, overseeing the company’s international and domestic operations for both rotary and fixed wing aircraft for the past 20 years.

He is a veteran of the aviation industry as a past pilot and President of the Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad.

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Hon. Robert Borbidge AO – Director

The Honourable Robert Borbidge AO is Chair of LifeFlight Australia and Director on the LifeFlight Foundation and LifeFlight Commercial Boards.

He is the former Premier of Queensland (1996 to 1998) and former leader of the National Liberal Coalition Government. Rob served in senior Cabinet posts and was Deputy Leader and Leader of the Opposition before retiring in 2001 after 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.

Passionate about education, Rob is 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 OAM – Director/Group CEO

Ashley has devoted his life to LifeFlight’s mission and vision, driven to provide rapid aeromedical retrieval services to as many people as possible. He has been CEO of the company for more than 20 years.

An experienced Queensland Water Police Officer, Ashley joined a fledgling LifeFlight as a volunteer aircrewman in 1981 and never looked back. He has led LifeFlight’s growth and diversification nationally and internationally and is committed to ensuring quality medical care is available to local and remote communities. He measures success by the number of lives LifeFlight has helped over the years, and the opportunities to help growing numbers of people in the future.

As one of Australia’s most experienced CEOs in the complex aeromedical industry, Ashley is a master at developing solutions in challenging situations. He believes in helping build stronger communities in partnership with government and industry for long term sustainability.

Ashley was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his outstanding achievement and service to the community through aeromedical care.

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