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The principal and founder of askew and associates, Geoffrey D. Askew AM, held positions in the Australian Defence Force, Victoria State Police and Australian Airlines before joining Qantas in 1994. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, Geoff was the Senior Executive responsible for security and security risk management, and later, business resilience and emergency management across the Qantas Group of companies for 15 years.

During his career Geoff initiated several restructures of the entire security and business resilience capabilities across the group. He chaired the Qantas response to numerous international and domestic incidents including ‘September 11’ and the collapse of Ansett Airlines in 2001, SARS, the Bali bombings, the 2004 Tsunami and many others.

Geoff also chaired the Security Committee of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) in 2007/8 and the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Security Executive during its most challenging time in September 2001.

Geoff has been an active member on numerous Australian and State Government committees including the Commonwealth Governments Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council. He was also a member of the Australian Delegation to the Australian New Zealand Leadership Forum between 2004 and 2008 co-chairing the Transport Working Group, the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and the Australian Critical Infrastructure Protection Delegation to the USA.

Achievements in policy and strategic development, intelligence-led risk management, change management as well as business resilience have been some of Geoff’s career highlights.

On Australia Day 2010, Geoff was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, “For service to the aviation industry through his contributions to security policy and the development of improved crisis management programs.”

Geoff possesses a ’Top Secret’ National Security Clearance and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

askew and associates enjoys the association of strategic business partners and experienced consultants who are able, when required, to provide specialised services to meet the diverse needs of our clients.


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