Celebrating Pride in Flight

Thu 2 Mar 2023 (8:30am - 11:30am)
Thales Australia
World Trade Centre Northbank Warf, Atrium Lobby/18 Siddeley Street, Melbourne VIC 3005
Non-Member Ticket $45.00
Additional Member Ticket $25.00

Member Ticket
Celebrating Pride in Flight




Aviation/Aerospace Australia (A/AA) is delighted to launch Australia's first Pride in Flight panel to celebrate World Pride during Avalon Airshow 2023.

For over 20 years, World Pride has advocated for LGBTQIA+ rights on an international level. On the 50th anniversary of Australian Gay Pride Week, World Pride will be hosted in Sydney - the first time the event is hosted in the Southern Hemisphere.

To celebrate Pride in Flight and support LGBTQIA+ rights in the workplace, A/AA is bringing together industry leaders across the Australian aviation, aerospace, and space sector to engage in meaningful discussion on issues important to the LGBTQIA+ community and workforce representation.

Our aim is to support, build, and unite the LGBTQIA+ community, and contribute to a more diverse, inclusive, equal, and innovative workforce. 


/ Dave Dawson | President of the Boeing Employees Pride Alliance (BEPA), APAC at Boeing Australia

/ Luke Gumley
 | Head of Integrated Airspace Program & , Co-Chair of Elevate Pride Network at Airservices Australia

/ Mark Hilton | Vice President, Sales & Marketing and Vice President, Digital Systems at Thales Australia

/ Jacob Sibbald | Senior Strategy and Planning Associate, Co-Chair – Virgin Australia’s Pride Network



/ Mark Hilton | Vice President, Sales & Marketing and Vice President, Digital Systems at Thales Australia

In December 2022 Mark Hilton was appointed Vice President, Digital Systems which encompasses the Secure Communications & Information Systems, Digital Identify Solutions, Avionics and Space business in Australia. Mark joined Thales in April 2020 appointed Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Thales Australia.

He remains responsible for the leadership of our Sales and Business Development capability with a focus on engaging with our customers to showcase our diverse capabilities to realise meaningful value in their business. Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in the AsiaPac market across a wide range of industries and technology sectors, including Public Cloud, Data, Analytics, Biometrics and Artificial Intelligence. His passion is the practical application of technology to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, particularly in complex and mission critical environments.

Mark holds an MBA from the University of Singapore Business School and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where he continues to mentor students under the UTS Lucy mentoring program for women in technology.

Jacob Sibbald | Senior Strategy and Planning Associate, Co-Chair – Virgin Australia’s Pride Network

Jacob is currently a Senior Associate in Virgin Australia’s Strategy and Planning team and is involved in a number of transformative projects across the Group. Having managed Virgin Australia’s annual Pride Flight in 2022, Jacob was nominated as the Co-Chair of Virgin Australia’s Pride Network, which represents one of the key pillars in Virgin Australia’s Belonging strategy. Since its re-establishment, the Pride Network championed for Virgin Australia to become a Principal Partner of Pride in Diversity and is working with the organisation on several initiatives that will cement the airline as one of Australia’s most loved and most inclusive places to work.   

More speakers to be announced.


A/AA Member Tickets

  • Sole Trader - x1 complimentary ticket
  • SME Member - x2 complimentary tickets
  • Corporate Member - x5 complimentary tickets
  • Women in A/AA Sponsor - x7 complimentary tickets
  • Partner - x10 complimentary tickets
  • NGN Member - x1 complimentary ticket
  • WA/AA Member - x1 complimentary ticket
  • Additional Member Ticket - $25.00

Non-Member Tickets

  • Non-Member Ticket - $45.00

NB: Photo ID will be required for this event

*We acknowledge that World Pride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.  We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.


Aviation/Aerospace Australia


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