A/AA Announces New Board Directors

A Message From Our Chair

I am absolutely delighted to welcome to the A/AA board two phenomenal women, Stephanie Tully and Lea Vesic. Stephanie Tully, experienced airline executive and current Group Chief Customer Officer for Qantas, will bring marketing, strategy and commercial skills to the board as well as a deep understanding of the airline sector. Lea Vesic’s experience in the public and private sectors across flight operations, jet sales, aviation training, policy development and most recently as an Aviation and Maritime Advisor to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will provide excellent guidance in many areas that A/AA operates. Both Lea and Stephanie bring a passion for the long-term health and sustainability of Australia’s aviation and aerospace sector, in particular through growing it’s diversity.

Sarah McSwiney | Chair, Aviation/Aerospace Australia 

New Board Directors 
/ Stephanie Tully | Group Chief Customer Officer  at Qantas Airways Limited

Stephanie Tully was appointed Group Chief Customer Officer in August 2019, following a 15-year career at the Qantas Group spanning operational, commercial, customer experience, marketing and strategy roles across the airline and loyalty businesses. 

As Group Chief Customer Officer, Stephanie is responsible for all aspects of the customer experience and strategy across the Group including digital, customer products such as lounges and inflight experience, and customer care operations. She’s also responsible for the Qantas brand, marketing and sponsorships. 

Stephanie was appointed as a Board Director of Aviation/Aerospace Australia in September 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. 

“I’m delighted to be joining the board. Qantas shares many of the same goals as A/AA including making aviation more sustainable and boosting gender diversity including the uptake of STEM subjects as part of secondary and university education."
- Stephanie Tully

/ Lea Vesic | Aviation Industry Advisor

Lea is a commercial, multi engine Command Instrument Rated pilot, and has worked in the public and private sectors, internationally and in Australia. Her experience across the aviation sector covers many disciplines, having worked in flight operations, business development and sales, aviation training, policy development and strategic management. Most recently, Lea was appointed Senior Aviation and Maritime Advisor for the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Michael McCormack, providing advice and oversight of policy and regulatory design and implementation, particularly in the context of the Federal COVID-19 pandemic response. 

Lea holds a Diploma of Flight Operations, a Commercial Pilot’s License and Multi Engine Command Instrument Rating. As well as certificates in Lead Auditing, Risk Management and currently undertaking a CASA Flight Instructor Rating.

Lea has guest lectured at the University of New South Wales, is the former Secretariat for TAAAF (The Australian Aviation Associations Forum), the first female chair of Royal Aeronautical Society Canberra branch and a past-president of the Women in Aviation, International (WAI) Australian chapter.

"Aviation was arguably hit first and hit hardest by the pandemic I am thrilled to be joining the team at A/AA to broaden the awareness and support for an industry so integral to our nation and to our society. A/AA has a proven record of delivering quality products and services to current and future aviation professionals and I look forward to contributing to its success." - Lea Vesic

For more information about our Board of Directors CLICK HERE