Senior mandarin Pip Spence has been appointed the next chief executive officer of Australia’s aviation safety regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
Spence is currently a deputy secretary at the federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, and replaces Shane Carmody, who officially wrapped up in the role at the end of 2020.
She will also take on the role of director of aviation safety.
Meanwhile, former Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin has been named the next chair of the CASA Board, and will replace outgoing chair Tony Mathews in August.
Transport minister Michael McCormack on Saturday said the appointments would provide certainty to CASA personnel and industry.
“Their combined skills and experience will be essential for leading this critical regulator in keeping Australians safe while flying, as well as supporting an efficient, effective and reliable aviation industry — which is economically crucial for communities right across the nation,” he said in a statement.
“[Spence] offers substantial experience in aviation policy and regulation, as well as government administration and public policy – including a strong track record of leading organisational change.
“Air Chief Marshal Binskin brings outstanding leadership and expertise in both aviation and defence, including significant experience within general aviation.”
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Spence has previously held senior roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and in 2013 received a Public Service Medal for contributing to the telecommunications regulations reform associated with the implementation of the National Broadband Network.
Binskin’s past roles include chief of the Australian Defence Force, and deputy chair of the Airservices Australia board.
Spence will commence in the role in the coming weeks for a period of up to five years, while Binskin will serve as chair for three years.