Awarded as an ongoing commemoration of the Australian Bi-Centenary, to recognise an outstanding individual contribution to Australian aviation.
2020 Awarded to: Gregory James Hood FRAeS
Gregory (Greg) James Hood has spent his entire career in aviation and risen to become one of the most respected aviation administrators in Australia and internationally.
Greg Hood grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. Following school and a stint at university Greg joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1980 as an Air Traffic Controller serving for the next ten years at various location around Australia as well as a deployment to the Sinai.
Upon leaving the RAAF Greg took his Air Traffic Controller skills to the civil sphere and joined Australia’s Air Navigation Services provider, initially the Civil Aviation Authority and later, Airservices Australia. Greg worked in a number of ATC centres around Australia for the next three years before moving to the Centre for Air Traffic Services, University of Tasmania, as an ATC instructor, based in Launceston. Greg’s leadership and management skills were beginning to be recognised and after almost two years in Launceston he moved to the Brisbane ATC centre taking on roles as Team Leader, Group Leader and Flight Information Region Manager over the next seven years.
In 2002 Greg was promoted to the Manager of the Melbourne ATC centre within Airservices Australia and then in 2006 as the Manager, National Towers and Regional Services. During his time with Airservices Australia Greg was integrally involved in the implementation of major air traffic management and technology projects, such as the Australia Advanced Air Traffic System (TAAATS), the evolution of safety management systems and the introduction of user-preferred routes and flex-tracks.
After his 18 years with Airservices Australia Greg moved to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for a period of 5 years, initially as the Group General Manager Personnel, Licensing, Education and Training and then as the Executive Manager, Operations. However, Airservices Australia beckoned again and Greg returned as the General Manager, Demand and Capacity Management for a short period before taking on the role of Executive Generals Manager, Air Traffic Control. In 2016 Greg moved to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commissioner, a role that he holds to the present day.
During his career Greg has served on a number of national and international committees and boards including as a board member of Safeskies Australia and Vice-Chair of the steering committee for the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation’s Operations Standing Committee. In 2019 Greg was elected as the Chair of the International Transportation Safety Association (ITSA). Whatever his role, Greg has been a regular presenter at conferences and symposia advocating with passion for aviation.
Greg is a recipient of the Australian Defence Medal, the Australian Service Medal - Sinai Clasp, and the Multinational Force and Observers Medal. He is a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Greg holds a PPL as well as flying gliders, owns his own light aircraft and is also an accomplished musician and linguist. Greg Hood has made an outstanding contribution to Australian aviation over his 40-year career and is the recipient of the 2020 Australian Bi-Centennial Award.
1987/88 Captain T Thom
1988/89 Keith Robey MBE
1989/90 Wing Commander K C Andrews
1990/91 Captain J K Davenport
1991/92 Group Captain J W C Baker RAF
1992/93 A J (John) Douglas Esq
1993/94 Captain A Wickes
1994/95 John R Colwell Esq
1995 Mrs Senja Raymond Robey
1996/97 Glenn Elms Esq
1997/98 Captain John W Kessey
1998/99 Langley Kidby
1999/2000 Captain Philip Davenport
2000/01 Stephen Ingham
2001/02 Allana Corbin
2003/04 Captain Peter James Raven
2005 Not Awarded
2005/06 Bill Bristow
2006/07 David H Lowy
2007/08 Not Awarded
2008/09 Peter Nottage
2009/10 Group Captain Dr Robert Lee
2011 Not Awarded
2011/12 Dr Carol Lesley Durkin PhD LLM BA DipSocStud
2012/13 Christopher Sperou
2013/14 Captain Patrick Stuart Murray
2014/15 Harry Schneider
2016 Matt Hall
2017 Bastiaan Scheffers
2018 Wing Commander Ian Mallett DFC RAAF(retd)
2019 Nathan Higgins
2020 Gregory James Hood FRAeS