WA/AA Benefits

Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia (WA/AA) is an initiative to promote the issue of gender diversity and the participation of women within the aviation and aerospace sector in Australia and a network for women to connect with industry peers, inspire future generations to join the industry, and excel in their chosen careers.

A/AA is proud to take a leading role in celebrating and promoting diversity in the workplace generally, and the Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia program is designed to help the industry change the status quo in relation to the participation of women in this exciting and dynamic sector.

The objectives of the initiative are to:

  • Inspire more women to pursue careers in the sector
  • Encourage women to pursue career progression within the sector
  • Raise awareness of gender diversity issues
  • Provide support and professional development opportunities for those already working in the sector
  • Support human resource professionals in attracting and retaining women in the sector

Women in A/AA Initiative Sponsors



Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia (Women in A/AA) National Committee Members  

  • Kathleen Boseley Head of Airworthiness System Monitoring Capability, Airbus Group Australia Pacific (QLD)
  • Davida Forshaw, International 787 Airline Pilot, Qantas Airways (VIC)
  • Hayley Grieve, KC-30A Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force (QLD)
  • Luke Harrop, HR Director, Asia Pacific, Lockheed Martin Australia (VIC)
  • Sarah McSwiney, Engineering Manager Boeing Research and Technology Australia, (VIC)
  • Carly Moore, Director, Human Resources, Air Traffic Management, Thales Australia (VIC)
  • Cathy Riach, National Talent Acquisition Manager, BAE Systems Australia (SA)

Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia (Women in A/AA) QLD Sub-Committee Members  

  • Rebecca Chandler, Senior Airport Planner, Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • CPL Jo Clark, Royal Australian Air Force
  • Karina Galliford, Lawyer, International Aerospace Law and Policy Group
  • Ruth Harrison, Brisbane Branch Manager, Inventra
  • Alise Hewson, Operations Manager, Nova Systems
  • Emily Hughes, Chief Engineer, Phantom Works International – Boeing Defence Australia
  • Heather Mattes, General Manager, Archerfield Airport 
  • Tannielle Raynor, HR Consultant – Diversity, Boeing Defence Australia
  • Joanne Russo, Manager Inclusion and Diversity People and Workplace, Airbus Australia 
  • Bojana Spasojevic, Lecturer in Aviation, Griffith University
  • Adele Townsend, Partner, BDO