About WA/AA

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, aerospace and space 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 (WA/AA) National Committee Members  

  • Anahi Bock | Project Coordinator Fleet Development at Jetstar 
  • Kathleen Boseley | Manager Engineering Capability and Innovation at Airbus Group Australia Pacific 
  • Simon Calleja | Engineering Talent Manager at BAE Systems Australia
  • Natalie Davies | Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Rescue Co-pilot at LifeFlight 
  • Vicki Emmerson | Director, Talent Acquisition at Thales Australia 
  • Davida Forshaw | International 787 Airline Pilot at Qantas 
  • Flight Lieutenant Hayley Grieve | Qualified Flying Instructor - No. 1 Flying Training School at The Royal Australian Air Force 
  • Sarah McSwiney | Strategy and Operations Manager, Office of the Chief Engineer at Boeing Defence Australia
  • Cathy Riach (Diener) | Head of Talent Acquisition & Planning at QinetiQ Australia
  • Eleni Sarris | Director Operations Aerodrome Services at Airservices Australia
  • Linda Spurr | Industry Advisor at Linda Spurr Consulting
  • Yvette ‘Vee’ Payne | Quality Control Analyst at Sikorsky Australia

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

  • Tracy Alba | Manager Employee Relations at Qantas
  • Dr Christine Boag-Hodgson | Senior Lecturer  | Program Director Bachelor of Aviation at Griffith University
  • Fiona Carter | Early Careers Lead at Nova Systems
  • Rebecca Chandler | Senior Airport Planner at Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Ailsa Doyle | Senior Strategy Manager at Boeing Defence Australia
  • Olga Hansen | National Coordinator Cool Aeronautics at Royal Aeronautical Society Australian Division
  • Ruth Harrison | Senior Project Recruiter at CAE Parc Aviation
  • Alise Hewson | Maritime & Land Advisory Delivery Manager at Nova Systems