Key Note Speakers

We have had a minor change to our panel line-up. Simon Lutton has replaced Jack Netskar.

Patrik Peters - IFATCA President and CEO

Patrik Peters assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (PCX) of the Federation at the end of the 53rd Annual Conference of IFATCA, held in May 2014 in Gran Canaria.

Having started his career in aviation in 1990 as student air traffic controller in the EUROCONTROL Institute of Air Navigation Services in Luxembourg (INSTILUX), he quickly became involved with the EUROCONTROL Guild of Air Traffic Services (EGATS).

This professional association, a member of IFATCA, strives to improve safety and efficiency in air navigation in close cooperation with its members and the EUROCONTROL agency. Since 1995, he has held various positions on the Executive Board of this Association. He was elected president of EGATS in 2001 and held this position until 2006, when he took office as Executive Vice-President Europe for IFATCA.

He served two terms as EVP Europe before being elected Vice-President of IFATCA in 2010. He was re-elected for a second 2-year term at the 2011 Conference in Amman/Jordan and again recently at the 2013 conference in Bali/Indonesia. This latter term was interrupted as he took up the leadership of the Federation during the 2014 conference.

Patrik Peters' specialities are team management and structure, communication and print publications. One of his specialities is the field of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), where he led several seminars and work-shops. He currently holds the position of room supervisor capacity/tactical at the EUROCONTROL Maastricht Upper Area Control Center. He is responsible for the management of the air traffic controller teams working air traffic in the upper airspace (above 24.500 feet) of Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Northern Germany. The last seven years before, he served the agency as team supervisor of an ATCO team in the Brussels sector group. Previously, as training officer, he was responsible for the coordination of ab-initio student and conversion controller training. He is a fully qualified area radar controller, holding licenses for the Belgian and Luxembourg upper airspace.

Patrik is a German national and lives with his two sons in Aachen, Germany.

John Nicholson - Chief Executive, Aviation New Zealand

John was appointed Chief Executive of Aviation New Zealand, the country’s major aviation industry association, in June 2016. He has worked for the organisation since 2008.

Before joining Aviation New Zealand, John gained considerable international experience with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and its predecessor organisations. From 2002 to 2006 he was Regional Director; Australia/Pacific based in Sydney, and from 1999 to 2001 was Regional Director; ASEAN, based in Singapore.

From 1996 to 1998, John was General Manager, Corporate Services and Communications, and Board Secretary at Trade New Zealand.

He has considerable knowledge and understanding of New Zealand product and service capabilities across the whole economy.

John has also lived and worked in Melbourne, Fiji and London in international business development roles. He has travelled extensively through the ASEAN, Australia, the Pacific, and Western Europe.

Trent Fulcher - Head of Strategy, Airways New Zealand

Trent is a strategy professional with a successful track record of developing, influencing and executing strategy, while employed by Airways Corporation, Kiwibank, RBS Bank, PwC and Microsoft. Industry experience in Retail and Business Banking, Insurance, PublicSector, Manufacturing, Aviation, Telecommunications and IT – working in the US, EU and AsiaPac. His key skills lie in Strategy Creation, Digital Business, Business Incubation and Business Transformation – and execution of these strategies with key stakeholders at team and Board level. Trent is also the founder and a director of, New Zealand’s leading small business fintech provider.

Simon Lutton - Executive Director, Australian Federation of Air Pilots

Simon was appointed to the position of Executive Director in late 2012. As Executive Director, Simon has responsibility for all matters to do with the financial, management and administrative operations of the Federation. Working with the Federation’s Finance and Executive Committees, he also plays a pivotal role in setting the Federation’s strategic direction and managing its industry/government relations.

Tim Robinson- President, NZALPA

Tim Robinson is the current President of the New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association (NZALPA).Tim has also served two terms as the NZALPA Industrial Director and as IFALPA Director and Vice−President. He has been a long serving member of the NZALPA Board of Management, Air New Zealand Pilots' Council (MEC) and the NZALPA Southern Branch.

During this time he has been involved in numerous CEA/CLA negotiations involving pilots from the Air New Zealand Group of airlines, Virgin Australia (NZ), Jetstar NZ, Jet Connect and General aviation flying schools and NZ based helicopter operations. He was part of the negotiation team that secured the successful integration and merger of Air New Zealand and Freedom Air, the current scope and security of employment provisions for the Air New Zealand CLA and negotiated the current pilot's work share agreement as part of the Air New Zealand − Virgin Australia Trans-Tasman alliance.

Tim is currently flying the B777-200/300 with Air New Zealand having previously flown the A320, B737 and Saab 340.

Tim is a qualified lawyer in the New Zealand High Court, specialising in industrial, employment and family law matters. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with wife Brenda and family.

Moderator of the Panel

Karl Perry - Consultant

Karl Perry is a well respected Facilitator, Thinking Coach and Culture Consultant. He is also a skilled Human Resources, Employment Relations and Organisational Development Practitioner.

For over 20 years Karl’s passion has been helping organisations achieve more of their goals through their employment relationships. It is Karl’s belief that increased leadership capability, accelerated problem solving and fast cultural transformation are key to organisational performance and success.

His clients include NZ Airline Pilots Association, Air New Zealand, Airways NZ, Qantas, Bank of New Zealand, University of Auckland, Accident Compensation Corporation, Department of Labour, NZ Forestry Industry Association and Tuwharetoa Health Services to name a few.

Using powerful systemic thinking process tools Karl helps business leaders, teams and individuals to gain a unique insight into what needs to change, what to change to and how to implement the necessary change in order to achieve more of their goals. He facilitates breakthrough thinking.