New board memebers 2020

New additions to the Safeskies board

‘I am delighted to announce that Alan Clements and Jackie Dujmovic, have joined the Safeskies board,’ the Chairman of Safeskies Australia, Captain Peter Raven AM, said today. ‘Alan and Jackie bring a wealth of aviation experience to the board, both military and in the unmanned sector. Their experience complements the diverse skills of current board members, enabling Safeskies to deliver relevant and tailored safety education events even more effectively’, Raven said.

Alan Clements (Air Vice Marshal [ret.]) retired from the Royal Australian Air Force in 2020 after almost 35 years of service. Most recently, he served as the Defence attaché and head of Australian Defence at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. There, he was the senior most military officer charged with coordinating the bilateral defence partnership between the US and Australia.

Throughout his career he has held various safety positions including squadron safety officer, and director of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety. He also has civil aviation experience: as a CPL pilot (IFR and instructor), aircraft owner, warbird pilot and has qualifications in managing aircraft accident investigations.

‘I am looking forward to bringing my military and civil safety experience to further Safeskies’ important work as an independent safety educator,’ Clements said.

As the innovative founder and CEO of Hover UAV, an internationally recognised drone consultancy and systems management company, Jackie Dujmovic brings expertise in the rapidly growing unmanned sector to the board. Her vision is for Hover UAV to be the critical link between emerging drone technologies, industry, schools, enterprise, and governments. As CEO, Jackie is integral to empowering the implementation of innovative, safe, and efficient drone programs.

She also sits on the boards of WeRobotics and the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems. WeRobotics is an international humanitarian organisation which trains local partners on how to use robotics technology responsibly and effectively to accelerate and scale social-good solutions. On the board of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems, Jackie has special responsibility for liaising on behalf of commercial members of the AAUS with government agencies such as CASA and Airservices; and is chair of the AAUS/industry UTM working group.

‘I am excited to join the board as the first member from the unmanned sector and look forward to working with the team to ensure our rapidly changing skies continue to remain safe,’ Djumovic said.

As a trusted and independent organisation promoting aviation safety through its biennial conference and other forums, Safeskies is using the coming months to develop safety education events tailored to an industry emerging from an unprecedented shut-down.

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Dr Sue Burdekin

Life member of Safeskies from 2020

Most recently, Dr Sue Burdekin was the Aviation Program Coordinator in ADFA’s School of Engineering and Information Technology. She is a highly credentialled academic and researcher in human factors; and has been a senior lecturer in human factors and aviation safety since 2001. She has had experience in GA management and is a commercial pilot. She is a committee member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the European Association for Aviation Psychology, the Australian Aviation Psychology Association, the International Society of Air Safety Investigation, the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (a former state president), and a former board member of Safeskies.

She and her partner, Dr Robert (Rob) Lee, were regular speakers at Safeskies, bringing their wide-ranging and considerable human factors expertise to the conferences.