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Founded on the passion of aviation and managed by a team of enthusiasts.

Alliance Airline’s success is attributed to the extensive experience and complete dedication of our team.  With over 400 staff, each member of our network takes great pride in providing the highest standards in safety, reliability and operational performance  for our valued clients throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and South East Asia.

Board of Directors

Steve-Padgett

Stephen Padgett

Non Executive Chairman

Steve Padgett has been in aviation for over 50 years, learning to fly at age 16 after winning a RAAF Flying Scholarship.

Steve has held a Commercial Pilot Licence, a Flight Instructor Rating with endorsements on Cessna Citation Business Jets.

Steve launched his own company, Aeromil, in 1980 in Sydney and, in 1995, moved Aeromil to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, which was the catalyst for the development of Sunshine Express Airlines in 1998 and the formation of Alliance Airlines in 2002 with Steve Padgett as Chairman.

In 2015, the Aeromil Group of Companies was acquired by Hawker Pacific, with Steve appointed Deputy Chairman of Hawker Pacific Australia.

Steve is a Board Member and Life Member of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) and Chairman of the RAAA Convention Committee.

He is Chairman of the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame and, more recently, was invited to become a Member of the National Council of the Australian Air Force Cadets.

Steve Padgett is recognised as a leader in the aviation industry in the Asia-Pacific region and has been acknowledged by his peers as one of the region’s Top 10 people of influence.  

Scott-McMillan

Scott McMillan

Managing Director

Scott McMillan has been Managing Director of Alliance since its establishment in April 2002. Prior to joining Alliance, Scott held various positions with Ansett Australia, Flight West Airlines, and qualified as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG). Scott has 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry in Australasia across various financial, operational and commercial roles, including significant experience in the FIFO industry. Scott is a serving director of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia – the industry body for companies such as Alliance.

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Peter Housden

Independent Non-Executive Director

Peter has been on the Board of Alliance Aviation since listing in 2002 and is Chair of the Audit Committee. He has worked primarily in commercial and financial roles in a wide range of industries – manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Mining, Chemicals, Professional Services, Contracting, Telecommunications and Rail. Peter is now a professional Non-Executive Director and sits on two other listed company boards. He is also Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee for Sydney Trains.

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David Crombie

Independent Non-Executive Director

David was a founding partner of the GRM (Palladium) Group engaged in International development assistance and management of agricultural and beef cattle projects across northern Australia. He retired as Managing Director and remains on the Board.

He was previously a Director of Grainco Australia, and Chairman Meat and Livestock Australia 1998-05. He was Chairman of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation 2000-08. He served on the Boards of Export Finance Insurance Corporation (EFIC) 2007-10 and Foodbank (Qld) and was a Commissioner of ACIAR  2007-14.

He was President of the National Farmers Federation 2006-10, Chairman and President of Queensland Rugby and President of Australian Rugby 2013-14. He  received an AM for services to agriculture, communities and sport in the 2014 Australia Day Awards.

Current positions include

  • Director Australian Agricultural Company(AAC)
  • Director Alliance Aviation Services(AQZ)
  • Director Palladium Group
  • Director Barrack St Investments (BST)

David is experienced in business development and operations and currently manages a family development company plus properties, breeding cattle and farming in southern Queensland. 

Lee-Schofield

Lee Schofield

Executive Director

Lee commenced his career working as a solicitor in a boutique Sydney law firm, where he acquired a broad experience in corporate, commercial and transport matters. Lee subsequently spent many years working for an international aircraft leasing company where he gathered extensive experience managing aircraft leasing, sale and financing transactions throughout the world and was part of the team that implemented an aircraft trading joint venture with investment bank Goldman Sachs. After a period as the head of Asia/Pacific for the joint venture he then made the transition to airline operations as a member of executive team at an Australian based airline prior to joining Alliance in June 2012.

 

 

Management Team

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Andrew Harris

General Manager - Safety

Andrew commenced his aviation career in a pioneering Queensland regional airline, where he learnt his trade in aircraft engineering and maintenance. Andrew subsequently spent many years as a Licenced engineer performing and overseeing the maintenance on jet and turboprop aircraft fleets operated in both Australian domestic and international airline markets where he provided his expertise in the establishment of engineering support bases, introduction of aircraft, third party service provider interface and resource management including the introduction of B737 Jet operations with the international carrier, Solomon Airlines. After several years as Maintenance Manager QLD for start up airline Virgin Blue he then accepted a role as inspector with the Australian safety regulator in the Eastern Region prior to joining Alliance in May 2013.

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Matt Hobson

General Manager - Business Development

Matt Hobson joined Alliance Aviation Services Limited in 2012 and is currently the General Manager of Alliance Aviation Services Limited subsidiary entity Avoco Pty Ltd – The Aviation Company, with responsibility for all activities. Prior to this appointment Matt was General Manager, Engineering of Alliance Aviation Services Limited subsidiary entity Alliance Airlines Pty Ltd, with responsibility for all engineering and maintenance activities. He was responsible for the June 2013 transition of Alliance Airlines CAR30 Certificate of Approval to a CASR Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organisation. Matt was previously the director of a consultancy providing aviation support to airlines, airports, OEMs, aircraft lessors, government and private sector clients. He has also held senior management roles with Bombardier Aerospace Commercial Aircraft, Cobham Aviation Services Australia and Skippers Aviation.

Matt is a qualified Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and pilot with a personal interest in all matters pertaining to air safety and human factors within aircraft maintenance.

Barry-Sims

Barry Sims

General Manager Airworthiness (CAMO)

Barry joined Alliance in February 2002 as a Technical Avionics Engineer and soon progressed to Maintenance Controller. Prior to joining Alliance, Barry worked extensively within the industry as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer for Eastwest Airlines and then Ansett Australia and as an instructor in aircraft avionics with ATAE.

Bryan-O’Neill

Bryan O’Neill

National Charter Manager

Bryan has over 45 years’ experience in aviation having worked for 25 years for Ansett Airlines in the role of Airport Operations, at various Australian regional cities including commercial responsibilities. In 2007 Bryan joined Alliance Airlines (General Manager – SA) to start up the Adelaide operation for the Greenfield FIFO operations for BHP Billiton Olympic Dam. In 2011 Bryan moved to Brisbane to commence his role as National Charter Manager with commercial negotiation responsibilities for FIFO, government, tourism and ad-hock charter air services.

Matt-Dyer

Matt Dyer

Secretary & Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Dyer joined Alliance Airlines in May 2013 responsible for all governance and financial matters. With 20 years of financial and commercial experience, Matthew most recently held executive roles with Queensland Airports Limited and Queensland Motorways Limited. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary and spent 8 years with Arthur Andersen (now part of Ernst and Young).

Rick-Heaton

Rick Heaton 

Flight Operations Manager

Rick was appointed to the position of Flight Operations Manager (Chief Pilot) in June 2013. Previous to this he had held the position of Fokker F70/100 Fleet Manager for a period of 18 months.

Rick is a Training Captain on the Fokker F70/100 and retains oversight of the Training and Checking programs and operational standards of Alliance Airlines Technical (pilots) and Cabin Crew.

Prior to joining Alliance Rick worked for Jetstar Airways for 11 years with responsibilities including Project Pilot B717, A320 B787 and A330 as well as significant ground training roles and development roles on both the A330 and A320 aircraft.

Rick holds a Master of Aviation Management from Griffith University.

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Robin Richardson

General Manager – North Queensland

Robin has over 30 years’ experience in aviation having previous roles with Trans Australia Airlines and Australian Airlines, as well as General Manager for Inland Pacific Airlines and General Manager – Northern Australia with Flight West Airlines. Robin is currently the General Manager – Commercial North Queensland and responsible for managing Alliance’s Cairns and Townsville bases and operations.

Shane-Edwards

Shane Edwards

General Manager Commercial

Shane Edwards joined Alliance Airlines as its General Manager Commercial in February 2015.  Prior to this Shane provided consultancy services to a wide range of private and publicly listed companies specialising in marketing and public relations, corporate governance, commercial negotiations, business development strategies the evaluation of business acquisitions.

From 2010 to July 2012 Shane was a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Careers Australia Group – Australia’s largest private provider of vocational training. Shane was also a non-executive director of Australian International Training and Management which focused on providing overseas students with vocational training at an international campus in the Philippines.

Prior to this Shane was with the Talbot Group of companies initially as CEO of the Talbot Hotel Group (2002-2006) after which time he became CEO of the Entire Group. In this role Shane  was responsible for the day-to-day management of Talbot Group and provided an innovative marketing and commercial negotiation perspective to the group.

Prior to joining Talbot group, Shane was Managing Director of the ASX listed company Pacific Sports and  Entertainment,  which  owned  and  operated  Queensland  sporting  franchises  including: the Brisbane Broncos (rugby league), the Brisbane Bullets (basketball) and the Brisbane Bandits (baseball). Pacific Sports and Entertainment also owned and operated Queensland Entertainment Services which monitored poker machines on behalf of the Queensland Government.

Shane was Managing Director of the Brisbane Broncos from 1995 to 2002 and has built a reputation as one of Australia's most respected commercial negotiators and marketers. His credit include leadership roles in with a range of high profile events including the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, World Expo 86 in Vancouver and World Expo 88 in Brisbane.

Shane is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Management and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2004

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Russell Bryant

General Manager – WA & NT

Russell joined Alliance and was appointed as General Manager, Western Australia in 2006 to establish an operation in WA. Since his appointment, the WA base has grown to have the largest fleet and operation in the Alliance network. Prior to this, Russell held senior management roles with Ansett, and Air New Zealand and has over 27 years aviation experience. He is an active member of the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy infrastructure committee.

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Stewart Tully

General Manager Operations

Stewart joined Alliance in October 2015. Stewart has 25 years’ experience most recently as a management consultant operating in Europe, Asia and the Americas specialising in Airline Operations and logistics.  Prior to this, Stewart held operational and management roles across various Australian airlines including Ansett Australia, Virgin Blue and was a member of the start-up management team of V Australia.

Tim-Wright

Tim Wright

General Manager – SA & VIC

Tim joined Alliance in 2007. Tim has a postgraduate Master’s degree in Aviation Management and 12 years’ experience in the aviation industry including regional airline commercial management and airport operational roles. Tim is responsible for managing Alliance’s Adelaide, Melbourne & New Zealand bases and operations; with a primary focus on safety compliance and ensuring client key performance indicators are met.

Toby-Koch

Toby Koch

General Manager Engineering

Toby joined Alliance in 2007 as an Avionics LAME at the introduction of the Adelaide Base. In 2010 Toby took on the role of Adelaide Senior Base Engineer and in 2012 became Regional Maintenance Manager VIC/SA. In 2014 Toby relocated to Brisbane to take on the role of General Manager – Engineering.

Toby is a qualified Avionics Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and prior to Alliance Airlines worked as a LAME in Adelaide for REX Airlines, Airnorth and National Jet Systems. With career exposure from general aviation to high capacity airlines Toby has a wealth of experience in both Line and Base aircraft maintenance.

Tracie-West

Tracie West

General Manager HR & Training

Tracie joined Alliance in 2008 and is responsible for Human Resources, Training and Development. Prior to Alliance Tracie held senior management roles with the automotive group, Motorama, the Queensland Police Service and HR consulting in various SME’s. Tracie is degree qualified and has obtained her MBA in 2014.

15 years in HR in automotive, retail and aviation industries and 11 years in Qld Police Service. 7 years in aviation

General Manager, HR & Development

People often ask me how I would describe the Alliance culture.  There is one word that keeps coming up and that is pride.  We are proud of our success and we are proud of each other.  Our Alliance family is built on loyalty, commitment to each other and knowing that when the chips are down we are there for each other no matter what.  That is what sets us apart in the industry.  

 

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