About Southpac Aerospace

Why We Are Here
Certifications, Accreditations & Affiliations
Southpac Aerospace Services
Southpac Quality & Compliance
Southpac Team
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Why we are here

To be successful, aviation organisations need to know their stuff. They must have effective systems and processes in place. People need to know their organisational processes and systems, but, more importantly, they need to be involved. People who are empowered to do the right thing can contribute to significant improvements in the way an organisation works.

Successful organisations are those who achieve the right balance of effective leadership, workforce involvement, engagement and system reliability. Over-reliance on any one element will leave an organisation weakened, and potentially vulnerable.

In an industry and in an age where complexity and dynamic change is increasing, and customers demand more than ever before, aviation organisations need to maximise the benefit they derive from their systems, and the tools and methods they use to implement and improve them.

Southpac Aerospace has been established to assist aviation organisations and leaders to get the very best; from their people and from their systems. This involves challenging existing norms and, at times, being willing to do things differently. In order to continually improve and achieve true innovation as an organisation, people need to be seen as the solution to organisational problems, not the cause. Employees need to be given the opportunity to prove their value and abilities; only when people, clients and other stakeholders are seen as true collaborators and partners will an organisation achieve lasting success.

Southpac Aerospace is committed to equipping organisations with the knowledge, skills and tools to be able to create a culture that fosters and develops these approaches. We believe that quality, safety, risk and reliability go hand in hand with effective leadership, strong organisational culture and a happy and empowered workforce.

We believe this passionately and will strive to help your organisation feel the same way. Most significantly however, we strive to educate, to lead and to inspire.

Our Mission

Our team is passionate and committed to making a difference for our clients and to making a meaningful contribution to aviation safety, both domestically and globally. We focus on the importance of effective leadership, involving people and promoting a strong healthy culture. This dedication and focus underpins our collective values, and guides and drives us in every aspect of our business.

Certifications, Accreditations & Affiliations

Southpac has well established management systems and hold ISO9001:2015 Certification.

We have well established management systems and hold ISO9001:2015 Certification.

Southpac is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (Registration 32353) and offer Nationally Recognised Training including several Diplomas.

We are an Australian Registered Training Organisation (Registration 32353) and offer Nationally Recognised Training including several Diplomas.

Southpac Aerospaces management systems and lead auditor courses are certified by Exemplar Global.

Our management systems and lead auditor courses are certified by Exemplar Global and allow for professionals to gain recognition as Exemplar Global registered auditors.

Southpac is proud to be a Diamond level corporate member and supporter of the Safety Institute of Australia.

Southpac is proud to be a Bronze level corporate member and supporter of the Safety Institute of Australia.

RAAA - Regional Aviation Association of Australia

Southpac is a proud member of the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA), advancing the interests of regional aviation with government, industry and the Australian community.

Southpac Aerospace Services



Southpac’s aviation-specific training courses have been developed to appeal to personnel from all levels within an organization and aim to equip such persons to manage and support their organization’s quality and safety programs. Training programs include;

We are specialists in Aviation Quality, Aviation SMS & Aviation Management Training. We can customise a training program to suit your specific operational needs and to suit the audience.


Audit and Assurance

We can provide the following aviation auditing services for fixed & rotary wing operators and all supporting maintenance and service providers;

  • Carryout Third-Party Audits of your organisation or of the operators that you utilise
  • Provide an independent and objective assessment of the effectiveness of your Quality/OH&S/Environmental or Safety Management System’s
  • Audit your Suppliers and Subcontractors based upon your criteria
  • Regulatory Compliance Audits
  • Contract Reviews
  • Service Provider Safety and Compliance audits,

Consulting & Advisory

Southpac Aerospace is a leading provider of aviation consulting and advisory services to both aviation companies and to the organisations that rely on reputable, safe aviation operators. Our experienced team provide a comprehensive range of services to support the management of aviation operations. Our core consulting and advisory services include;

  • Management Systems development
  • Manuals and expositions development
  • Aviation Advisors
  • Safety Innovation

Southpac Quality and Compliance

Southpac aerospace have a Future Focus with continually improving moto.

Quality Policy

Southpac Aerospace was established to assist all elements of the aviation industry to understand, implement and continually improve their quality and safety management systems. Our services include training, mentoring, auditing and management systems certification. Southpac aims to provide world-class services that are responsive to customer and industry needs.

To help facilitate this aim Southpac has implemented an integrated management system that is compliant with ISO9001, ISO17021, the VET Quality Framework and the Exemplar Global TPECS-requirements. Compliance with these standards is monitored on a continual basis.

To achieve continual improvement of our processes and services, Southpac management has set objectives that will be monitored and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

We aim to ensure that all our personnel are competent and continually trained to assist with the latest developments and initiatives taking place within the aviation industry. We encourage and support the professional development of our staff and believe that, as a team, we are far more effective. All personnel are expected to play their part and contribute to the positive culture of the company, expressing their ideas, sharing their experiences and collaborating to continually improve the way we work.

Andy Shone
Chief Executive Officer

Andy Shone has been leading Southpac in the capacity of CEO since 2014.

Southpac Aerospace Leadership Team

Andy ShoneChief Executive Officer
Andy has been leading Southpac in the capacity of CEO since 2014 and had previously held the role of General Manager for four years. In this time Southpac has grown to become the region’s leading provider of aviation safety services…
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Richard BucknellSouthpac Aerospace Founder
With over 30 years experience working with Quality Management Systems, Richard has the experience, knowledge and passion to work with almost any organisation…
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Robert RussellDirector of Training & Assurance
Rob has a wealth of experience in Safety Management and Training within commercial aviation. With more than 20 years in the industry as an active crew member, an airline Training Manager and a Human Factors specialist…
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Steve WaltersDirector of Aviation Advisory
Steve is an experienced Aviation Advisor and has had global exposure to all aspects of aviation operations, including Oil & Gas exploration and production. He has over 15 years’ experience in Senior Management and Director Safety positions…
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Management & Service Delivery Team

Annemette KilpatrickAdministration Manager & Course Coordinator
Annemette has worked for Southpac since 2007 in the role of Administration Manager. As well as being the main contact for all clients, Annemette manages the coordination of all Southpac courses…
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Rebecca GilTraining Manager
Bec has a Masters in Aviation Management and has lived and worked in various countries including England, Dubai, Hong Kong, Brunei and Japan. As Training Manager, Bec is directly involved with all our courses and their continual development and improvement…
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Kiri TarehaAdministrative &
Personal Assistant
Kiri is a highly experienced personal assistant with a range of skills that drive and support the administration of the Southpac Group. She has more than 20 years of RTO experience working for Business Management colleges…
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Amanda ShoneSystems Consultant
Amanda is a qualified and passionate business systems consultant with experience working with a range of organisations, from Government Departments to international boutique agencies. With a degree in business, several further qualifications in auditing, management…
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Kadie BrownMarketing Manager
Kadie is a dynamic marketing manager with over 10 years’ experience in marketing and communication roles. Having worked in a number of industries and sectors including tourism, events, policy and government, she has a passion for both digital and traditional marketing…
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Dorothy BurmasAccounts Manager
Dorothy has worked with Southpac since 2000, looking after finances, payroll and management accounting. Having been with the company through its growth from just 2 employees to what it is today, Dorothy holds an exceptional knowledge of the Southpac business..
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Jacque PlunkettAdministrative Assistant
Jacque provides administrative support services to the Southpac team and has experience in hospitality and the financial management industry. Jacque is also an extremely talented athlete, playing at representative level in soccer and Oztag.
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Luis GilCertification Coordinator
Luis’ background is in aviation, management and the defence. He has combined all of this experience to focus on the certification needs of Southpac clients. With qualifications in Management, Environmental Management, Auditing and Aviation…
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Leslie McChesneyWA State Manager, Lead Auditor & Aviation Advisor
Leslie has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, in a variety of roles including Quality, Safety, Operations, Engineering and Management. She has a strong commitment to promoting aviation through safety, education and collaboration…
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Tessa KerrLearning & Development Specialist
Tessa has worked in the aviation industry for 10 years in customer service, operational and training roles and during that time developed a passion for learning and development. Prior to joining Southpac, she was a Learning Designer for a major Australian airline…
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David MunnsFacilitator & Lead Auditor
David is a licenced commercial pilot and helicopter pilot with over 30 years experience in all aspects of the aviation industry from GA to commercial and the Navy. David also has worked as a trainer to the Mining Industry, teaching and operating some of the largest dump trucks…
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Wayne MartinSafety & Human Factors Facilitator
Wayne is a highly experienced aviation professional, having flown as a pilot for 42 years. Over the last 16 years he has mostly been flying Boeing 777s, as well as teaching in the university sector…
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Matt McKayFacilitator & Aviation
SMS Specialist
Matt is a trainer with Southpac specialising in Aviation Safety Management Systems. His background includes 15 years as a pilot and flying instructor with the Royal Australian Air Force…
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Trevor BockTrainer & Lead Auditor
Trevor has over 25 year’s experience in commercial aviation and specialises in all aspects of aviation quality and safety management. His career has taken him through many roles within the industry including; Pilot, Instructor, Quality & Safety Lead Auditor, Fleet Manager…
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Derek LongCourse Facilitator &
Aviation Safety Specialist
Having spent the last 5 yrs involved in Aviation Safety, Airworthiness and Organisational Continuous Improvement, Derek found his greatest passion was with Aviation training. Driven by organisational continuous…
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Doug MaddocksConsulting Facilitator
Currently working with the ADF, Doug facilitates the Safety & Lead Auditor (LA5) course and the Systems for Continual Improvement (SCI) course…
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Phil RobertsonLead Auditor & Consultant
Phil is an experienced aviation safety auditor, and has conducted many audits, including evaluation of compliance and/or conformity with the international standards and recommended practices, industry-standard audit programs…
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Bernadette SurvesonQuality & Safety Consultant
Bernadette has extensive Quality Assurance experience in the Aviation Engineering industry. Enjoying obtaining ISO standards for companies while promoting safety assurance, Bernadette is proficient in conducting Internal and External Audits Implement/Manage/Audit Quality and Safety…
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Rich CliffordConsultant & Lead Auditor
Rich has extensive experience as a Lead Auditor, mentor and trainer in Quality Management Systems and auditing processes. His background is in aviation and Defence, having flown as a British and Australian Army helicopter pilot for over 10 years…
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Ben HilditchManagement Systems Auditor
Ben has worked as a HSEQ professional for over 10 years across several industries and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure clients’ needs are met as part of the audit, assurance and certification process. He has worked in the Defence, Aviation and Oil and Gas arenas…
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Amy KightConsultant & Lead Auditor
Amy has a passion for promoting individual, professional and business growth. During consultations, Amy takes a holistic approach and explores the leadership, management systems, people and practices in place to guide businesses towards overall business improvement…
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At Southpac Aerospace we believe that only when people, clients and other stakeholders are seen as true collaborators and partners will an organisation achieve lasting success.

To Educate, To Lead, To Inspire…