Blenheim Branch Meeting "The Collapse of ANSETT AUSTRALIA - A Perspective"

When: Wednesday17 July2019at 7.00pm
Speaker: Des AshtonFRAeS

The presentation will cover the disastrous collapse of Ansett Australia – at the time 100% owned by Air New Zealand. At the time I was the General Manager of Heavy Maintenance for both AirNZ and Ansett Australia. I will cover the lead up to the collapse and provide some personal perspectives on the lead-up and the aftermath of the collapse.

The event is open to members, non-members, interested persons and guests.
Tea and coffee will be available, and dress is casual. A voluntary gold coin donation is welcomed from non-members to defray supper costs.
Please pass this notice on to anyone that might be interested and bring to my attention anyone who should be added to the list.

Des Ashton was born in Australia and moved to NZ in 1955. Apart from 45 years living in NZ,at various timeshe has lived in Aitutaki,Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoa, where his father ran airfields and seaplane bases, as well as UK, Singapore and USA during his RNZAF career. One way or another he has been involved with aircraft all that time.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Canterbury University and is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Des joined the RNZAF as a university cadet in 1969. He graduated as an engineering officer at RAFCranwell, UK in 1973 and as a pilot at Ohakea in 1976.Des retired from the RNZAF in 1993 after 24 years including postings in NZ, UK, Singapore Air Force(RSAF) and USAand numerous overseas deployments mostly with No 75 Skyhawk Squadron.

Since1993 his employment has included:
•General Managerof Safe Air Limited,
•General ManagerHeavy Maintenance) in Ansett Australia and Air NZ (until the collapse of Ansett Australia with the loss of 12,000 jobs)-
•Owner/ operator of small Marlborough based consultancy, Ashton Technologies, specialising in aviation, technology and defence in NZand overseas •Board directorships including Port Marlborough, Marlborough Electricity Lines, Cuddon Engineering, Potatopak, Flightcell International and others.
•Chief Executive Officer of Port Marlborough.
•Deputy Secretary (Acquisition) in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) from 2008 to 2016. wherehe and his small team were responsible for providing sea land and air capital capabilities for the NZ Defence Force.
•From 2016, a return to a re-activated Ashton Technologies and membership of the Council of NMIT.

Des’ honorary appointments have included Chairman of the Defence Industry Committee of NZ, Vice Chairman of the Aircraft Industry Association Engineering Division, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society NZ Division and a Directorship of NZ Aeronautical Trusts.

Des’ presentation will cover lead up and aftermath of the collapse of Ansett Australia on 14 September 2001.

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