Our Team

Ian Vanderbeek Chief Executive Officer

Ian Vanderbeek has over 35 years of safety and quality experience and 22 years as a Director, Managing Director or CEO of aviation companies as well as being a licenced CASA and EASA Airline Transport Pilot.  Prior to becoming CEO of Aviator Group in 2013, Ian worked in regional, corporate and airline operations in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Justin Smith Chief Financial Officer

After training with Ernst and Young, Justin joined Cable and Wireless in London before moving into investment banking in London and Sydney, then to institutional banking with Commonwealth Bank Australia. He then spent 4 years with Coates Hire in a finance and commercial role. Justin brings a broad range of experience and knowledge to us gained in these roles.

Dean Shipp General Manager

Dean is an experienced General Manager within the transport and logistics stream with significant aviation experience.  His professional career has spanned over twenty-four years including eight years in the military sector and sixteen years in the civil sector.  He commenced his career as an Aircraft Technician before becoming and Aircrewman and Senior Check & Trainer on SAR aircraft.  Thereafter he took up a position of General manager of a fixed wing operation, with responsibility for a fleet of 16 aircraft.

Dean was then appointed State Operations Manager for a national rail provider, where he was accountable for leading the development and implementation of strategies to improve safety, employee capability and operational performance of all aspects within the business.

In addition to his considerable practical aviation experience, Dean holds a Masters of Business Administration, Cert IV in Workplace Training & Assessment, and has completed the ICAM Lead Accident Investigators Course, along with numerous other professional skills education.

Azette Lonie Group Finance Manager

Azette is a qualified CPA and has worked in accounting and finance for more than 25 years, across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, service, small business taxation and aviation. In the last 9 years, Azette has held a senior finance role with the Aviator Group, with special focus on Operational and Aviation specific financial considerations.

Piumi Holland Group Safety Manager

Piumi Holland has over 10 years’ safety experience gained with international and regional operations including approval as a Lead Auditor and an ATSB Human factors Safety Investigator. She has experience in developing and managing Safety Management Systems (SMS). She also holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and has had extensive experience in authoring and producing aviation operations manuals.

Our Companies

Mackay Helicopters

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Whitsunday Helicopters

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