LifeFlight Foundation Board
The LifeFlight Foundation Board brings together respected leaders with a diverse range of medical, aviation, business, financial and philanthropic experience. The Board reflects the Foundations values and works to ensure integrity, transparency and accountability at all times while shaping the direction and future sustainability.
Merren McArthur – Chairperson
LifeFlight Foundation Chairperson Merren McArthur is Chief Executive, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) and Virgin Australia Cargo, one of Australia’s ASX100 public companies.
VARA is one of the largest charter operators in Australia, servicing the high-growth fly-in-fly-out market for the resources sector. Merren oversaw the complex integration of Skywest Airlines (now VARA) into the Virgin Australia Group, returning the airline to profitability in just 12 months, growing charter revenue by 30 per cent, expanding the fleet by 15 per cent and adding two regional routes.
Merren commenced with the Virgin Australia Group in 2008 as General Counsel and Company Secretary and has held a number of other Group Executive positions since. Prior to joining Virgin Australia she was Chief Advisor at Rio Tinto Iron Ore, based in Perth. Previous positions include Deputy State Solicitor for Western Australia, and Executive Partner at national law firm Allens Arthur Robinson, based in Melbourne. She was also Chair of Queensland Rail’s People and Safety Committee from 2010-2013.
Merren was a finalist in the 2013 Telstra Business Women Awards and is regarded as a role model across the aviation sector and is a sought-after mentor for female professionals.
Hon Rob Borbidge AO
The Honourable Robert Borbidge AO became Chairman of LifeFlight Australia in July 2013 after the company merged with the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service.
The 35th Premier of Queensland, Rob Borbidge led a minority National Liberal Coalition Government from 1996 to 1998. He served in senior Cabinet posts, was Deputy Leader and Leader of the Opposition before retiring in 2001 after serving more than 20 years as the Member for Surfers Paradise.
Rob is Chairman of a number of business boards and was appointed to Chair the Legacy Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is a Trustee of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
His passion for education sees him a member of the Council of Griffith University, Chair of the Board of Advice for the Institute for Glycomics, a Board member of the Griffith Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Griffith (incorporated in the United States).
In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal, in 2004 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Griffith University and in 2006 appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
He is married to Jennifer and they have two children, James and Megan.
Allan has a career spanning 30 years in the professional services industry. He is a founding partner of strategic accounting firm Godbee Favero.
Allan assists his clients with the strategic development of their business and personal affairs through business growth planning, risk targeting and management, benchmarking, strategic advice, succession and estate planning, capital investment and funding.
Allan holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian College of Pharmacy.
Before joining the LifeFlight Foundation Board, Allan sat on the LifeFlight (formerly CareFlight) board for a number of years, and also has a role on the Board of Gold Coast private school All Saints Anglican School.
Ashley van de Velde
Driven to provide rapid aeromedical retrieval services to as many people as possible, Ashley has devoted his life to LifeFlight’s mission and vision and has been CEO of LifeFlight Australia for more than two decades.
Ashley measures success by the number of lives LifeFlight has helped over the years, and will help in the future.
With the organisation from the beginning, the then Queensland Water Police Officer used to volunteer as an Aircrewman back in 1981.
Since then Ashley has been responsible for LifeFlight’s growth and diversification nationally and internationally and is committed to ensuring quality medical care is available to local and remote communities.
One of Australia’s most experienced CEO’s in the complex aeromedical industry; Ashley is a master at developing solutions in challenging situations. His core belief is helping build stronger communities alongside government and industry.
The combination of these skills and his extensive operational knowledge, help ensure LifeFlight’s long-term sustainability.
Travis is the principal of Travis Schultz Law and has expertise as a commercial litigation and personal injury lawyer in the areas of workers’ compensation, motor vehicle and public liability law. Travis’ career has seen him become managing partner of an established firm (by the age of 27) and then continued to grow that entity to a total staff of 76 at the time it was sold in 2014.
His service to the profession includes two terms as president of the Sunshine Coast Law Association, life membership of the Sunshine Coast Legal Service, membership of the Human Research Ethics Committee of University of the Sunshine Coast, and membership of the QLS Personal Injuries Specialist Accreditation Committee and Accident Compensation Committee.
In the community, Travis has served on numerous charity committees including Wishlist, SunnyKids, Coast to Bay Housing, Cystic Fibrosis Queensland; as a board member for Sunshine Coast Turf Club and chairman of the foundation of Matthew Flinders Anglican College. Travis also currently serves as a Board Member of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club, as Deputy Chair of the Board of Matthew Flinders Anglican College, as a Councillor of the Queensland Law Society and as Chairman of the Matthew Flinders Foundation. He is a life member of the Sunshine Coast Community Legal Service and remains involved in a range of charities and not for profit groups such as Wishlist and Sunnykids. He is the Ambassador for Coastline BMW on the Sunshine Coast and continues to write a weekly wine column for the Life & Style Magazine (published by Newscorp) in the weekend edition of the Sunshine Coast Daily.
Stewart Morland has been involved in the Australian Energy sector for more than 25 years.
Since his first venture in the Eromanga Basin in the 1990s Stewart has been at the forefront of the upstream development in Australia's oil and gas sectors. This involvement led to the growth and evolution of the IOR Group into one of Australia's leading suppliers of fuels and storage systems for fuel in the coal seam and shale gas sectors. His company has also established a network of unmanned refuelling stations throughout Australia, and operates an oil refinery in the Eromanga Basin.
Stewart's additional business interests include transport, aviation and marine charter and computer software and hardware development.
Stewart has a strong commitment to philanthropic endeavours which saw him sit as Chairman of LifeFlight for seven years from 2006; a time of service expansion and diversification within the not-for-profit organisation. During his tenure LifeFlight responded to a clear community need in South West Queensland, establishing a helicopter rescue base in Toowoomba. It was to become a 24 hour service in 2010. LifeFlight aeromedical bases were also introduced into the Surat Basin and Gladstone regions, servicing growing communities throughout regional Queensland.
Stewart is married to Tracey and they have two adult children.