ALAANZ 2017 - 36th Annual Conference
 
Speakers
 
Mr Adam Anastasi
Legal Advisory, Drafting and Procurement
CASA
Mr Adam Anastasi holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Sydney, and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1992. Prior to joining CASA, he worked as a solicitor for the Australian Government Solicitor, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Capital Territory Government Solicitor and the New South Wales Crown Solicitor’s Office. Mr Anastasi joined CASA in 2000 and was the Manager of the Legal Branch from 2005 to 2010. He was General Counsel between 2011 and 2016. In 2016, he was appointed CASA’s Manager Legal Advisory, Drafting and Procurement Section, which amongst other things is responsible for providing corporate and regulatory legal advice and drafting of legislative and non-legislative instruments.
 
Mr John Blair
Legal Consultant and former General Counsel
Air New Zealand
An in-house career in Europe spanned 15 years in a range of industries and jurisdictions before John returned home to join Air New Zealand as General Counsel & Company Secretary for almost 21 years. That role covered many important issues including joining Star Alliance, other airline holdings in Air New Zealand and significant alliance agreements, the acquisition and later administration of Ansett, the long-running cargo litigation in many jurisdictions, the investment in Virgin Australia and its later sale. Although stepping down from that role in December 2016, John continues an active interest in aviation law having been instrumental in the introduction of Aviation Law as an elective in the L aw Faculty at the University of Auckland and in his spare time taking an interest in space law. John now consults for a small number of aviation clients and is developing an aviation technology business.
 
Mr Geoff Bowmaker
CEO
Nauru Airlines
Geoffrey Bowmaker is the current Chief Executive Officer of Nauru Airlines (Our Airline/Air Nauru), appointed in April, 2012. Nauru Airlines is the national carrier of the Republic of Nauru, operating passenger and freighter services to and from the Central Pacific with a fleet of 5 B737-300 aircraft. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of NSW and has held senior roles in the aviation sector throughout his career including, Chief Executive positions with airlines located in the South Pacific. Geoff’s achievements include: • Appointed as Chairman of The Association of South Pacific Airlines for 2017/2018 • Commercial and Planning Director roles with Air Pacific, Fiji and Air Namibia, Southern Africa • Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Aerospace Australia - a not for profit, membership based association whose prime aim is to contribute to the long term health of Australia’s aviation and aerospace industries Geoff enjoyed a career, spanning circa thirty years, with Qantas Airways in a diverse range of positions including: • Route Development Director • Route Marketing Director – South West Pacific • Director Strategic Planning • Financial Adviser Marketing • Funds Manager • Treasury Planning Manager • Area Manager Indonesia • Manager New Zealand
 
Ms Cathryn Bridge
General Manager & Legal Business Services
Transport Accident Investigation Commission
Cathryn Bridge is the General Manager, Legal and Business Services, and General Counsel to the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, New Zealand’s independent statutory inquiry body into transport accident and incidents. She holds a law and arts degree from Victoria University of Wellington and an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. She has led operational, regulatory, project, corporate, and policy teams in the transport, environmental and social services sectors.
 
Mr Mike Clay
GM Operations & Safety
Queenstown Airport
Mike is a seasoned industry professional with extensive strategic and operational experience in aviation, air services development, regulatory compliance, health and safety, environmental/aircraft noise management, and sustainable business practice. As General Manager of Operations and Safety at Queenstown Airport, Mike has overall responsibility for managing the airport’s fast-growing airside and terminal operations with an emphasis on aeronautical relationships and enhancing the consumer experience. He also focuses on the strategic direction of the airport and its development to effectively cater for future growth. Mike was previously with Auckland Airport for eight years as Manager of Aeronautical Policy and also has a strong background in infrastructure, manufacturing and construction-based industries. His industry qualifications include Global Airport Management Professional Accreditation, graduate diplomas in Business Studies and Occupational Health and Safety, and successful completion of the Airport Executive Leadership Program at Canada’s Concordia University. He has also been a director of New Zealand’s Slot Co-ordination Board which manages the national allocation of airline slots, coordination of flight schedules, and collection of airline schedule data.
 
Mr Nigel Clifford
General Manager Safety and Response
Maritime New Zealand
As the General Manager Safety and Response for Maritime New Zealand – the maritime safety authority in New Zealand - my current responsibilities include maritime incident response, marine pollution response, national coordination of Search and Rescue services, marine communications and aids to navigation and maritime intelligence. My team look after the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand and deliver integrated maritime incident response capability for the New Zealand Government. We work internationally including at the International Maritime Organisation (the Navigation, Communication and Search and Rescue sub-committee) and at the emergency distress beacon organisation Cospas-Sarsat. In 2011 we were heavily involved in the major maritime incident responding to the grounding of the container ship RENA and we have recently run the Whakautu series of large-scale, multi-party, maritime incident response exercises held in New Zealand. I was in the United Kingdom Royal Air Force for 25 years as an operational fast jet pilot and flying instructor. I also undertook roles in operational requirements, procurement and project management and was a squadron commander on a fast jet training squadron. I flew extensively in the Gulf region and on exchange duties with the Royal New Zealand Air Force including deployments across South East Asia to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. Leaving the UK RAF in 2006 I moved with my wife, Rachel, and our three children to New Zealand and joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force for short time as a project manager before joining Maritime New Zealand. We now live in the wine growing Wairarapa region where Rachel runs a small boutique accommodation business and a NZ jigsaw company and I enjoy renovating our old house, motorbikes, re-building my 1956 Land Rover and reading.
 
Associate Professor Geoff Dell
Discipline Leader- Accident Investigation & Forensics Transport & Safety Science Program Group, School of Human, Health& Social Sciences
CQ University QLD, Australia
Dr Geoff Dell is a career Safety Scientist with systems safety, risk management and accident investigation specialisations and 38 years relevant experience across most industries. His working life is a mix of academic appointments, corporate Board and industry appointments, as well as professional consulting as the Principal of Protocol Safety Management Pty Ltd, delivering strategic safety advice, leadership and services to industry and Government. Dr Dell has conducted many major accident investigations and held key safety leadership roles in the aviation and other industries. Most notably he was a non-executive Director on the Australian Board of Cobham Aviation Services for 10 years to 2016 and he was a former Safety Manager at Qantas, Senior Safety Manager at Australian Airlines and air safety investigator/safety adviser at TAA. He has also been Head of Safety for the past five biennial Avalon international Air Shows and was Safety Compliance Manager for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Australian Formula One Grand Prix Engineering and Infrastructure Projects, Safety Manager for Major Project Victoria's Australian Synchrotron Project including the first year of operation of the Synchrotron nuclear particle accelerator. His present academic appointment is Associate Professor and Head of Transport and Safety Science Courses at Central Queensland University in which role he developed the globally unique multimodal Forensic Investigation Laboratory at Bundaberg Campus. Dr Dell's qualifications include a PhD (accident prevention project), Masters in Applied Science (Occupational Health and Safety), Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management, Cert IV in Assessment and Training and formal air safety investigation qualifications from the University of Southern California and the former Australian Bureau of Air Safety Investigation.
 
Professor Paul Dempsey
Director
Institute of Air & Space Law, McGill University; Montreal Canada
Paul Stephen Dempsey is Tomlinson Professor Emeritus of Air & Space Law and Director Emeritus of the Institute of Air & Space Law at McGill University, and Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland. For two decades, he was Professor of Transportation Law, and Director of the Transportation Law Program at the University of Denver. He was an attorney with the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board and the US Interstate Commerce Commission. His degrees are: Bachelor of Arts, Juris Doctor, University of Georgia; Master of Laws, George Washington University; Doctor of Civil Laws, McGill University. He has published more than two dozen books, 100 journal articles, and scores of newspaper editorials. From 1986 to 1998, he was host of the television talk show, "Your Right to Say It." From 1994-2009, Paul Dempsey was Vice Chairman & Director of Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc., and Chairman of Lynx Aviation, Inc. He has served as a consultant to U.S. and foreign airlines, railroads, motor carriers, bus and taxi companies, transportation labor organizations, industry associations, government agencies, and telecommunications companies. He has delivered expert witness testimony and studies before legislatures, courts and regulatory agencies in the US, France, Canada and Australia.
 
Mr Stuart Fraenkel
Partner
Nelson and Fraenkel LLP, Los Angeles
Stuart R. Fraenkel is the co-managing partner at the Los Angeles office of Nelson & Fraenkel LLP. He handles high profile, complex matters. He has a broad range of experience in civil litigation, including complex, high profile aviation, admiralty/maritime, auto, bus, truck, motorcycle, premises, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, insurance bad faith, business litigation, mass tort, patent, entertainment and qui tam (whistleblower) matters. Mr. Fraenkel has litigated numerous international and domestic airline, commuter, military and general aviation fixed wing, helicopter and blimp crash cases. His litigation experience has involved matters throughout the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, Indonesia, Mexico, the Middle East, Singapore, and South America. Mr. Fraenkel is an authority in national and international conflicts and choice of law issues. Mr. Fraenkel has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer since 2007 (Aviation & Aerospace, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Personal Injury); Best Lawyers in America since 2013 (Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs); National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Lawyers in California, Top 10 Aviation Lawyers and Top 25 Mass Tort Lawyers; Who’s Who Legal: Transport; AVVO, 10 out of 10 rating; Lead Counsel Review Board, Lead Counsel Rated – Personal Injury Law – Plaintiff; amongst other numerous accolades. Nelson & Fraenkel LLP has been rated as one of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report. For more information, see his C.V. at www.NFlawfirm.com.
 
Ms Jan Frazer
Senior Legal Counsel
Auckland International Airport Limited
Jan Frazer is a senior commercial legal practitioner with extensive private practice and in-house experience both in Scotland and, since 1998, New Zealand. Auckland Airport, with its key stakeholders, plays a key role in driving and supporting the growth of trade and tourism in New Zealand. Jan has worked at Auckland Airport for over 10 years relishing the variety and challenges that her role provides on a daily basis. Jan is a key member of various teams that work collaboratively with both on-airport stakeholders (including airlines, border agencies, Police, ground handlers and retailers) and other external agencies to address and deliver efficient, innovative and “joined up” solutions to the challenges that exponential growth, the changing and intensifying commercial and operational regulatory landscape and the international nature of the business present. Jan’s role allows her to look across, and comment on, the reality of operating New Zealand’s largest airport in a way that delivers an experience to passengers and those working at the airport that, is not only safe and secure, but also enjoyable.
 
Mr Paul Freeman
Partner
Clyde & Co, Singapore
Paul is a partner in the aviation team at Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore. He has over 28 years' experience advising various high profile clients in multijurisdictional catastrophe and attritional loss handling. Paul also specialises in European Regulatory Law including dangerous goods, passenger rights, web-based selling and pricing, satellite insurance and reinsurance, claims handling, and arbitration and mediation of complex cross border disputes. He is currently advising on one of the most significant losses currently - loss of a b747 freighter. Having lived and worked in Asia Pacific for over 16 years, Paul has played a significant role in the strategic and tactical management of large-scale casualty claims for various airlines and their insurers in the region. Paul is regularly invited to speak at industry events and recently presented on the ''the practical aspects of major loss handling' at the Air Law Workshop at Leiden University, Netherlands. Paul also presented to key industry figures in the aviation sector at the 13th Beaumont International Aviation Conference (June 2016).
 
Mr Graeme Harris
Director
New Zealand CAA
Following a first career in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Graeme moved into the electrical power distribution industry with companies such as Alsthom and Transpower. He served a brief stint with the Civil Aviation Authority in the late 1990s when he led the team responsible for Airline Surveillance. He subsequently moved to Mount Cook Airline as a member of their senior management team. In 2004 Graeme returned to the Civil Aviation Authority. Since then he has held a range of positions including General Manager, Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Director. From April 2011, he managed a programme of change aimed at enhancing the performance of the Authority and bringing together its regulatory and aviation security service functions. He became the Authority’s Chief Executive in May 2012.
 
Mr Mert Hifzi
Partner
Holman Fenwick Willan, Singapore LLP
Mert heads HFW's Singapore office and the Asia-Pacific Aerospace practice. The HFW Asia-Pacific Aerospace team comprises 8 partners and 21 Associates, based in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney, and is the largest aviation team in the region. Mert handles a wide variety of commercial litigation and insurance matters in various jurisdictions, including air carrier’s and airport’s liability, aviation product liability and coverage disputes. Mert also regularly advises aviation entities on non-contentious issues such as contractual wordings including terms and conditions of carriage, risk management and regulatory matters. He is handling/has handled, on behalf of insurers and reinsurers, a number of high profile multi-jurisdictional disputes and major accidents. Mert is recommended by Chambers and other leading legal and aerospace publications and has been named as one of the world's top Aviation lawyers by the International "Who's Who" Publication. Mert Hifzi is a very well-known and respected name in the aviation insurance sphere. Clients say that he "has aviation insurance sewn up" and is "extremely strong in all areas". Another source insisted: "I cannot rate him highly enough - on every level. He's full of integrity and deals well with the pressure of highly complex claims."
 
Mr Mark Hughes
Deputy Director, Air Transport and Airworthiness
Civil Aviation Authority New Zealand
Mark is the Deputy Director Air Transport and Airworthiness for the Civil Aviation Authority. Mark leads a Group which is responsible for the safety oversight of New Zealand airlines and supporting maintenance, design, and manufacturing organisations. The Group also provides safety oversight of foreign airlines flying to and from New Zealand. Mark’s early aviation career included roles as a military pilot for both the CAF and the RNZAF. Before joining the CAA he had an extensive career in commercial aviation, flying a range of aircraft including the A320, A330, B757, and B737-800. He has held roles as an Instructor, Flight Examiner, Human Factors Specialist, Chief Pilot, and Director of Flight Operations. Mark has experienced the evolution of aviation safety first-hand, including significant changes in technology and training, and greater focus on organisational and system factors. These changes have required aviation regulators to adopt new ways of engaging with industry to achieve desired safety outcomes.
 
Mr Ken Keech
Civil Aviation Relations
Australian International Airshow
Ken Keech is one of less than a handful of Australasian aviation identities who have been actively involved in the industry for over 50 years. A respected, well-known veteran, now well into his 70’s, Ken’s career spans both airline and airport senior management roles in Australia, New Zealand, and overseas. The Port Arthur massacre, 21 years on, is the untold Hobart Airport story. Aviation played a major role in this tragic event. This presentation, entirely out of left-field, is a first-hand personal account of that involvement and what eventuated.
 
Dr Jae Woon Lee
Assistant Professor
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Singapore
Dr. Lee, Jae Woon (June) is an international aviation law and policy expert. He teaches aviation law and airline management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Asia as an Assistant Professor. He has been working, teaching, and researching in the field of aviation law and policy since 2004. He worked at the Korean Air Legal Department for 7 years. His work mainly consisted in advising on liability and regulatory issues and handling antitrust cases. Since 2012, he has been a legal consultant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea on aviation law issues. He has attended the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Legal Committee in 2012, 2013, 2015 and the Diplomatic Conference in 2014 as a legal advisor to the Korean delegation. June has published many articles in international journals, including Annals of Air & Space Law, Air & Space Law, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, Journal of East Asia and International Law, and Hong Kong Law Journal. His book was published in August 2016 (Regional Liberalization in International Air Transport: Towards Northeast Asian Open Skies).
 
Ms Leslie MacIntosh
Deputy General Counsel
IATA
Leslie is Deputy General Counsel of IATA and based in Geneva, Switzerland. She joined IATA in 2012 and provides advice on a wide range of legal issues from corporate services to aviation regulatory issues. As Deputy General Counsel, she works closely with the General Counsel on management and leadership of the IATA Legal team which is comprised of 21 staff based in Montreal, Geneva and Singapore. From 2000 to 2012, Leslie was the Chief Legal Counsel of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. Leslie has a BA (1981 History) and LLB (1984) from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario Canada. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1986 and admitted to practice in New Zealand in 1996.
 
Mr Steve Moore
Deputy Director, General Aviation
New Zealand CAA
Steve fostered a love of aviation from an early age, becoming an active glider pilot while at high school before joining the RNZAF. For most of his military flying career Steve flew the A-4K Skyhawk, although for a short period he also flew Iroquois helicopters, including on operations in the Middle East and Antarctica. Steve is a qualified flying instructor and a graduate test pilot from the United Kingdom’s Empire Test Pilot School. Another flying career highlight was as a member of the Kiwi Red Skyhawk formation aerobatic team. Steve has held a number of challenging and fulfilling command and leadership appointments within Defence including Commanding Officer of both RNZAF Skyhawk squadrons, Air Component Commander where he was responsible for all RNZAF flying operations, and Deputy Chief of Air Force. He also commanded a rotation of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan. In December 2013 Steve retired from the RNZAF to take up an appointment with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority as General Manager General Aviation, a position in which he has responsibility for the safety oversight of helicopters, agricultural aviation, adventure aviation, sport and recreational aviation, and unmanned aircraft.
 
Dr Maria Pozza
Solicitor
Lane Neave, Christchurch
Dr Maria A Pozza gained her PhD in Law and Politics at the University of Otago, specialising in Space Law and International Relations in December 2013, and accordingly graduated in May 2014. In 2013 Dr Pozza was awarded a visiting Lauterpacht Fellowship from the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at University of Cambridge, UK. Dr Pozza was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in 2014, she holds a Distinction Masters in International Studies from the University of Otago in 2010, completed the New Zealand Law and Practice Exams in 2009, was Called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2005, completed her Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London where she also completed a post-graduate Diploma in Legal Skills and Research (whilst studying Arabic part time), and completed her LLB Law (Hons) in 2004. Dr Pozza was recipient of the Inter-Pacific bar Association Award in 2016 and has been noted by AI Global Magazine as “The New Zealand Women in Law to Watch”. Her expertise has been called upon by a number of institutions, and she has been the recipient of the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust of New Zealand Award, the Claude McCarthy Fellowship, an Otago Postgraduate Scholarship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Historical Research Grant, the Kennedy Grant (University of Otago), the New Zealand Political Studies Association Projects Grant, and a number of travel awards presenting as guest speaker at various public lectures, academic lectures, and international conferences. Dr Pozza is often referred to by Media outlets as one of Australasia’s foremost experts in Space Law and she is the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand Advisor on Space Law.
 
Mr Michael Singleton
General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Christchurch International Airport Ltd
As General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Michael sits on the CIAL Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for regulatory strategy and compliance, government relations and insurance together with fulfilling the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary. Michael also provides advice on governance matters and wider industry issues. Prior to joining CIAL Michael has been a partner in a Christchurch law firm and headed up a specialist legal team within a major global bank the United Kingdom.
 
Mr Ben Smith
Group Manager, Strategic Development
Aviation Security Service (AVSEC)
In his role as Group Manager Strategic Development Ben is responsible for setting the organisational strategic direction for Avsec including identifying strategic and operational technology developments from around the world and implementing them to fit a New Zealand context. Ben also holds accountability for Avsec capital expenditure budget and in-service technical capabilities including the upgrade and refresh of these via new technology projects and programmes. Ben’s previous role was as Manager, Safety Investigation Unit at Civil Aviation Authority, a role he held from August 2012 until October 2014. In this role he was responsible for aircraft crash and safety investigations, specifically focusing on those that had a systemic impact on the NZ aviation system. Prior to this he served as an Engineering Officer in frontline operational, strategic headquarters and programme and project management positions with the RAF and the RNZAF. Ben has a Masters of Science (Merit) specialising in Engineering Management, from Portsmouth University and a Batchelor of Science (Ist Class Honours) specialising in Engineering Management, from Lincoln University, UK. Additionally, Ben has undertaken numerous technical courses within UK and NZ and is an Incorporated Engineer via IET.
 
Mr John Sneyd
Chief Legal Counsel
New Zealand CAA
John has spent the majority of his career to date in legal roles in the wider state sector, previously as Chief Legal Advisor at the Department of Building & Housing and currently Chief Legal Counsel at the Civil Aviation Authority where he manages a legal team specialising in aviation, international and public law.
 
Mr Alastair Stuart
Account Director
Aerosure Asia Pacific Pty Ltd
Alastair’s career began in 1999 with Zurich Insurance in the United Kingdom. In 2002, he moved into the broking sector handling global programme coordination at an international broking house in London. Moving to Australia in 2004, Alastair accepted a role as an Account Executive in the aviation team at Aon in 2008. Following a major internal restructure in 2011, Alastair was promoted to Client Manager and handed day-to-day responsibility for the management of the aviation portfolio at Aon. In 2014, and following introduction to senior management at previous ALAANZ conferences, Alastair joined the specialist team at Aerosure. In 2016 Alastair assumed role of Account Director where his responsibilities include the strategic risk management, servicing and marketing/placement requirements for aviation/aerospace industry clients in our region.
 
Mr Kevin Sutherland
Partner
Clyde & Co US LLP
Kevin Sutherland is a partner of Clyde & Co US LLP and is head of the West Coast Aviation Practice and resident in the Firm’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. His practice focuses on aviation litigation. Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in representing US domestic and international companies, including airlines, airports, air traffic controllers, manufacturers of commercial aviation, space and military products and their insurers. He has tried personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and commercial cases, including those arising from air disasters and crashes of general aviation aircraft. His practice includes assisting clients in commercial and regulatory matters, including ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. Kevin is licensed to practice in California, New York and The District of Columbia.
 
Ms Andrea Wadsworth
Airworthiness Engineer
New Zealand CAA
Andrea Wadsworth is a mechanical engineer from Toronto, Canada. After completing her mechanical engineering degree at Queen’s University, she spent some time working at a nuclear technology company in Toronto. Though it was an interesting experience, she wanted a change of pace and moved to New Zealand for an opportunity in the aviation industry. Andrea has been in her role as an Airworthiness Engineer at the Civil Aviation Authority of NZ for the past 3 and a half years, ensuring the safety and compliance of design changes and modifications to aircraft. She is quickly becoming a specialist in the area of cabin safety, specifically with regards to dynamic seats and child restraints. She's a keen ambassador of engineering and has a passion for inspiring the next generation through school presentations in her role as a Futureintech Ambassador.