The Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd. Board of Directors
Qantas Foundation Memorial Ltd (QFM) is a Trustee Company responsible for the administration of the Qantas Foundation Memorial Trust. QFM was incorporated on 20 February, 1990. QFM is the parent company of Qantas Founders Museum. Qantas Founders Museum is the initiative of people of Western Queensland.
John is an Aeronautical Engineer with extensive airline engineering and maintenance experience over a professional career spanning more than 45 years. This included aircraft technical services and performance, fleet development and aircraft acceptance/delivery roles plus more than 25 years in executive, general and accountable airworthiness management roles in large airline Engineering and Maintenance organisations. The latter included safety, quality and risk management roles; holding various National Aviation Authority approvals; and he has led the Engineering and Maintenance businesses of Air Pacific in Fiji and Ansett Australia and Qantas Airways Ltd in Australia.
His main career focal areas have been business strategy, business process improvement, change management, governance, regulatory compliance, operational and occupational safety systems, risk management, leadership development, employee engagement/communication and relationship management. Following retirement from Qantas he is now Adjunct Professor with the School of Aviation at the University of NSW and past-President of the Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division.
John’s drive is to now give back to the aviation industry and, with 38 years at Qantas, his role as a director of QFM allows him to bring his business and aviation experience to the Board table.
Graeme lives in Barcaldine in Central Western Queensland. In July 2018, Graeme retired from his role as a partner with a local consulting engineering firm. He has lived in central western Queensland since 1983. He has practiced as a Civil Engineer since graduating from the University of NSW in the late 1970’s. After graduating, he worked on the waterfront on Sydney harbour assisting with the construction and maintenance of marine infrastructure. He then worked for several years in north west NSW in irrigation development before moving to Barcaldine.
For over 35 years, Graeme’s work took him over the vast expanses of inland Queensland where he provided many clients with the design, project management, construction and maintenance of critical infrastructure. He held a private pilot’s license which enabled Graeme to work from Burketown in the north to Birdsville in the south west and to Blackwater in the east.
Graeme is passionate about rural regions having been born and raised on the far south coast of NSW. He believes that there must be a sustainable future for rural Australia based around a diverse range of industries. He feels that central and western Queensland offer a unique, safe and rewarding lifestyle for those who make this region their home. He is a strong advocator that QFM and similar tourist attractions in the central west will help strengthen and diversify the region thus making it an even more attractive area in which to live and to holiday.
Graeme Wills was elected to the QFM Board of Directors at the QFM Annual General Meeting in November 2014. He has severed as the Deputy Chairman of the QFM Board of Directors since May 2017.
Alan is a qualified CPA and began his working career at Qantas in 1964. During his nearly 32 years with Qantas he held a number of positions within Finance including periods overseas in relieving positions. In 1985 he was seconded to Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways) as Director of Finance and later, as the airline’s Deputy Chief Executive. On returning to Sydney, Allan undertook a change management role within Qantas and subsequently was appointed Strategic Planning Director for the Qantas Group with responsibility for the business planning process and the development of the Group strategic plan.
After his career at Qantas, Allan undertook a number of consultancy engagements with various commercial and government enterprises, including an extended assignment with the NSW Rail Department developing new business processes and restructuring of its finance activities.
Allan’s interests include gardening, tennis, walking – including trekking the Kokoda Track, helping out on a family farm in the Hunter Valley when time permits and an ongoing objective of lowering his golf handicap. He has a continuing obsession with ‘all things associated with aircraft’ and considers himself privileged to have been appointed to Qantas Foundation Memorial Board in 2015
Kalair McArthur has a background in marketing and economic development with skills in grant-writing, project management, project due diligence, marketing, risk analysis, and political and stakeholder liaising, and communication. She is a previous Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia, Fitzroy and Central West where her role was to facilitate economic development opportunities across the region. Kalair now operates her own business supporting projects in rural and remote areas.
A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors having completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. Previously serving on the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network Board, holding the Communications Portfolio. Previously having served on the Capricornia Chamber of Commerce as well as advising multiple boards on a regular basis regarding project investments and project due diligence.
Janette’s early career included 25 years at Qantas Airways in Australia and the United States of America. Janette has extensive leadership and board experience, with a strong understanding of finance, commercial arrangements, risk, audit, data protection, operational excellence and new business development across the commercial and Not-for-Profit sectors.
Her expertise includes delivering small and large scale business transformations, developing and leading customer service strategies as well as the ability to build new organisational structures to increase organisational functionality and revenue.
She is an excellent communicator, with a passion and reputation for inspirational leadership, a collaborative style resulting in a powerful capacity to build high performance teams to exceed industry benchmarks. Passionate about mentoring start-ups, promoting innovation and driving change.
David is a fourth generation Western Queenslander and beef and wool farmer/ producer and property owner. David owns a property 60km North West of Longreach called “Acacia Downs”. Prior to running “Acacia Downs”, David worked all over Australia in the Beef and Wool Industry.
David has been involved with the Qantas Founders Museum since the early days. He helped his father Frith Fysh (who was on the Qantas Foundation Memorial Board from 1989 to 2002 and was Chairman from 1999 – 2002) with various aspects of the museum and has seen its development.
David is passionate and proud about Qantas History and that it all started in Central West Queensland. This pride and passion is not only a result of his family’s connection with the story but because he believes it is important to preserve this important story in Australian history and for the benefits the Qantas Founders Museum brings to the town and region.
David was on the Qantas Founders Museum Board for 2 years and has been on the Qantas Foundation Memorial Board for nearly two years. David feels it is important to play his part to ensure the Qantas Founders Museum remains a viable, vibrant, world Class museum.
Emma grew up in a small farming town called Mukinbudin, situated in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia between Perth and Kalgoorlie.
Emma has a Bachelor of Commerce, Double Degree in Tourism Management and Public Relations. She has a background in partnership and grant management and tourism events, with expertise gained at Qantas and previously at Tourism Western Australia.
Emma brings with her a range of skills including internal and external stakeholder management, social media engagement, strong written and communication abilities and interpersonal skills. These have primarily been showcased appraising highly detailed business cases/feasibility assessments on medium to large-scale sporting and arts event proposals, developing and managing partnerships with stakeholders via sponsorship contracts and Project Lead on various philanthropic programs.
Emma is currently a part of the Arts and Community Partnerships team at Qantas.
Don has been a career airline pilot since 1981, beginning as a First Officer on Fokker Friendships flying regional operations throughout Western Qld. He remembers parking in front of the now Heritage Listed Qantas hangar in Longreach in the early 1980’s, and being fascinated by all of the aviation history it had seen. In 1995 he was employed by Qantas as a pilot and is currently an A380 First Officer with a great passion for the heritage of the airline and its western Queensland routes.
Don has had a close associated with the museum since 2008 when he organised and led the recreation drive in ‘Molly’ the Model T from Longreach to Darwin. The documentary of this re-enactment has since been broadcast and the DVD is sold in the Museum shop. He has been involved in a number of small museum projects including most recently, the reclamation of aircraft parts from the Qantas Constellation aircraft abandoned in the Kuwaiti desert.
Dr Geraldine Mate is a Principal Curator at Queensland Museum responsible for the History Industry and Technology collections in the Cultures and Histories Program. Geraldine has been with the Queensland Museum since 2007 working for several years at The Workshops Rail Museum which is part of the Queensland Museum Network, and now based at Queensland Museum and Sciencentre at Southbank in Brisbane. Her research has focused on the cultural landscape of 19th and early 20th century mining towns and industrial complexes in Queensland.
Geraldine’s other research interests include broader reflections on cultural landscapes in archaeology, the interpretation of industrial cultural heritage and the adoption of technology. This includes how labour history, industry and technology can be represented in museums.
Rodney is a long serving director of QFM and having held many positions including Chairman, Company Secretary, Treasurer, Managing Director and Project Manager for numerous large and small projects. Major projects included painting the tail of the Boeing 747 Jumbo and DC-3, the recovery of the Catalina from Spain and Boeing 707 from the UK. The largest and most challenging project was the purchasing, recovering, shipping and restoration of the Super Constellation aircraft from the mud in Manila (Philippines) to the extremes of temperature in the Longreach summer.
He has owned and operated a sheep station and air charter business in the Central West and has also held many positions in local organisations and clubs. Prior to this he worked in numerous countries in Africa and England.
Rodney’s unique role and experience with QFM is invaluable for future planning to keep the museum growing and expanding and remaining a major and profitable attraction in the Central West. It provides some stability to the economics of the local area as well as a place of employment.