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Women in Aviation - Evening in the Hangar

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Speaker Profiles

Milton Dick MP

Member for Oxley, Queensland

Milton grew up and went to school on the south side of Brisbane and now lives locally in the electorate of Oxley. Locally, Milton is a proud patron of many local sporting, community and service clubs.

After finishing his studies at the University of Queensland, Milton went on to work as an adviser in the Federal Government before working at both State and local government levels. For the past eight years, Milton has served as the Brisbane City Councillor for the Richlands Ward and in 2012 was elected Leader of the Opposition.

In 2015, Milton was pre-selected by the Australian Labor Party to contest the Division of Oxley at the next Australian federal election. He left Brisbane City Council on 19 March 2016 and was elected as the member for Oxley at the 2016 federal election on 2 July 2016.



Hayley Grieve

KC30A MRTT Pilot - Royal Australian Air Force

KC30A MRTT (Multi Roll Tanker Transport) pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A mentor to young female aviation candidates. After completing a duel degree, Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts (French Major) at the University of Queensland and starting out as an intern for the Courier Mail, I subsequently worked as a Journalist in various locations. I realised at the age of 24 I needed to pursue my love of aviation and began flying.

Initially completing my Private Pilot's Licence and on the way to completing my Commercial Pilot's Licence, I got accepted into the RAAF. I currently hold an A330 endorsement, have been deployed to the Middle East for Operation OKRA (based Al Dhafra operating into Iraq & Syria) gaining my Australian Operational Service Medal whilst there, and qualified in Airbus Basic Engineering and Performance. I also sit on the board for Women in Aviation and Aerospace Australia (WA/AA), who promote the issue of gender diversity and participation of women in the aviation and aerospace sector in Australia.

A combination of growing up in Asia and the Middle East, having my fiancé, mother and father that are pilots and a very accomplished sister role model in pharmacy, I was brought up as a strong advocate of women in aviation and will continue to foster this through mentoring and developmental programs.


Paley Williams

B737 Training Captain - Virgin Australia

I competed a Bachelor of Technology as undergraduate studies in Melbourne and my first job was in general aviation in 1999 in Mackay as an instructor and charter pilot. I then moved to flying freight throughout western Queensland and western NSW in a twin engine aircraft. From there, in 2003, I was employed as a First Officer with Virgin Australia. I’m just about to complete 15 years of service with them, 5 years as a FO and 10 years as a Captain. In that time I’ve held various positions in addition to my flying role- Crew Resource Facilitator, induction facilitator, and Flight Operations Safety Officer. More recently I became a training Captain and instruct new First Officers on the Boeing 737 and First Officers upgrading to a Captain. I have also completed a Bachelor of Psychology and Graduate Diploma in Psychology in that time.

Harsha Patel

Operations Manager, Flight Safety Training – Aviation Australia

Harsha has more than 3 decades of experience in post-compulsory adult education and training. As the Operations Manager, Flight Safety Training at Aviation Australia, Harsha leads a team which oversees Aviation Australia's Cabin Crew Training Centre (dry hire, and a Flight Attendant Career Training Course), and the English Language Centre. Aviation Australia's Cabin Crew Training Centre is the most advanced independent crew training facility of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. The facility houses a number of cabin simulators, door trainer, rafts and slides. The sole purpose of the Flight Attendant Career Training Course is to develop industry-ready flight attendants. The English Language Centre focuses on providing hands on Aviation English training to international aviation clients (predominately from the Middle East).

Harsha holds a Masters of Education, Diploma TAE, and the International Diploma of Language Teaching Management; and has lived, studied and worked Internationally in countries such as Japan, India, the Middle East, Canada and NZ. Harsha has valuable experience in the Aviation Industry with multi-faceted client engagement, and high quality service to air operators such as Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar, Fiji Airways and many others . Harsha remains passionate about life-long learning and applying game principles within learning contexts.


Casey Byron

Strategy Analyst - Boeing Defence Australia

Casey Byron was recently appointed as a Strategy Analyst in the Global, Sales and Marketing team. In this role, Casey is responsible for market intelligence research on Boeing’s competitors; assist in winning new business for the company and conduct market assessments to see where the future of the aerospace industry is heading. Prior to this role, Casey was the Chief of Staff to the Managing Director and Vice President of Boeing Defence Australia.

Casey joined Boeing as an Operational Analyst in Military Training. In this position, Casey was responsible for supporting military training through simulation-based experimentation and analysis.

Prior to her career with Boeing, Casey completed 13 years’ service with the Royal Australian Air Force as an Air Combat Officer. After graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy, Casey posted to Number 3 Control and Reporting Unit to undertake Air Battle Management duties in the strategic and tactical environments. Casey’s postings also included Headquarters 41 Wing where she became qualified in the roles of Regional Surveillance Director, Operations Director and Aviation Safety Officer.

In 2010, Casey became an Air Combat Officer Instructor at the Surveillance and Control Training Unit, before gaining her Aviation Instructor Qualification at the School of Air Warfare where she taught students air navigation, emergency procedures and communications in the KA350 King Air.

Casey’s operational service includes three deployments to the Middle Eastern Area of Operations in the role of Weapon’s Director, where she controlled and managed the Afghanistan battle space in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance role.

Casey received the Australia Day Medallion for exceptional performance and outstanding service to the Royal Australian Air Force. Casey also holds a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics, from the University of New South Wales; a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Southern Queensland; and is currently working towards a Masters in Statistics from Swinburne University of Technology.


Earlier Event: February 28
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Later Event: March 14
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