Former CASA Executive Manager Rob Walker has been appointed CEO at the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA).
Walker's appointment comes after previous CEO Steve Campbell prepares to depart the RAAA for a role as Executive Manager at CASA.
“Rob was a standout candidate, and it is great to be able to continue the positive momentum we have had under Steve's leadership for the last three years," said RAAA Chair Mal Sharp.
"Rob has a great grasp of the issues the aviation industry is facing today and the challenges ahead.
“Many of our members will be familiar with Rob from his work at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia and have appreciated his efforts in improving our regulator’s relationship with the industry.
“With our first Convention in five years just around the corner, we are very confident that Rob has the necessary experience and capability to ensure the RAAA remains the preeminent aviation association in Australia."
Walker said that he aimed to continue the good work that has made the RAAA an important cog in aviation advocacy.
“I have enjoyed many years in aviation government agencies and the opportunities to work closely with many in industry," he said. "The RAAA is a vital advocacy organisation for regional aviation to ensure that the voice of regional Australian businesses are heard in Canberra,"
“I have seen firsthand how the aviation industry is feeling the pinch on skills shortages and how important good regulations are in finding the right balance between safety and the costs of running an aviation business."
Walker will take over as CEO after Campbell departs on 7 February.
Rob Walker is well known in aviation circles through previous roles as Stakeholder Engagement Manager at both Airservices Australia and CASA.