• New CASA chairman Tony Mathews. (Airservices Australia)
    New CASA chairman Tony Mathews. (Airservices Australia)

Former Airservices Australia Deputy Chairman Tony Mathews has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, it was announced overnight.

Mathews replaces regional aviation identity Jeff Boyd, who has held the post since 2014.

“Mr Mathews brings a wealth of aviation safety expertise, as a former Qantas regional airline manager, Royal Flying Doctor Service manager as well as a qualified commercial and airline transport pilot,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack.

“In addition to his aviation experience, Mr Mathews brings considerable governance experience to the role, including serving as Deputy Chair of the Board of Airservices Australia, the national civil provider of air traffic control and aviation and rescue firefighting services at our major airports.

“His appointment will provide leadership in setting the strategic direction for CASA, and maintaining and enhancing CASA’s important role as Australia’s independent aviation safety regulator."

Mathews starts in the role this coming Monday.

McCormack also thanked outgoing chairman Jeff Boyd for his contribution since being appointed four years ago.

“During this period, CASA has continued to maintain high standards of safety while managing significant growth in demand from the international and domestic aviation industry,” McCormack said. “I wish him well for the future.”

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