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The Commissioners

Mr Martin DolanMartin _Dolan

Martin Dolan was appointed as the first Chief Commissioner of the ATSB on 1 July 2009 for a term of five years. The term of the appointment was subsequently extended by two years.

Mr Dolan has worked as a Commonwealth public servant for 35 years. Prior to the ATSB, he was Chief Executive Officer of Comcare, with responsibility for the occupational health and safety and workers' compensation of Commonwealth employees.

From 2001-2005 he was Executive Director, Aviation and Airports at the Department of Transport and Regional Services, with responsibility for airport sales and regulation, aviation security, aviation safety policy and international aviation negotiations.

Previously, Mr Dolan had undertaken various corporate management roles in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, including Chief Finance Officer and Head of Corporate Management. He started his public service career in 1980 with AusAid, managing aid projects in developing countries.



Ms Carolyn WalshCarolyn _Walsh

Carolyn Walsh has over 30 years’ experience in policy development, regulation and safety management at both the Commonwealth and state levels. She has 15 years experience in the transport sector, initially as Executive Director, Strategy in the NSW Office of the Coordinator-General of Rail, and then as the Chief Executive of the NSW Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator (ITSRR).

In addition to her role as Commissioner of the ATSB, Ms Walsh is currently Deputy Chair of the National Transport Commission and Vice President of Palliative Care NSW. She is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committees for the City of Sydney, NSW Police Integrity Commission, the Aboriginal Lands Council, Western Sydney Local Health District, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and NSW Mental Health Commission.

Ms Walsh has specialist expertise in safety (both transport and occupational health & safety), risk management and the regulatory framework governing transport operations in Australia.

Ms Walsh has a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course.



Mr Noel HartNoel _Hart

Noel Hart has over 30 years experience in the shipping industry, including thirteen years at sea in senior deck officer positions. His qualifications include a Master Mariner Class One degree and business administration and MBA certificates.

Mr Hart left his seagoing career to join BP Australia in 1985 and has held management positions with BP Shipping in Melbourne, London and Chicago in roles including Australasian Regional Shipping Manager, Liquefied Natural Gas and Shuttle Tanker Fleet Manager, Marine and Technical Assurance Manager (UK), and Regional and Commercial Manager (USA).

From 2006 to 2009, he was appointed to the position of General Manager of North West Shelf Shipping Service Company, based in Perth. In this position, Mr Hart was responsible for the safe shipping of Liquefied Natural Gas from north‑western Australia to Asian and other global customers.

Whilst based in London, Mr Hart was Chairman of the General Purposes Committees of both the Oil Companies International Marine Forum and the Society of International Gas Tankers and Terminal Operators. He also served as director of the Middle East Navigational Aids Service, and was an alternate director of both the Alaskan Tanker Company and the Marine Preservation Society in the USA, as well as the Marine Oil Response Centre in Australia.

In November 2008, Mr Hart was elected as Chairman of the Australian Shipowners Association, and in July 2009 he was appointed as a Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and reappointed for two years with effect 1 July 2015.



Mr Chris Manning

Chris Manning has over 40 years experience in the aviation industry. In the early 1970s he was an air traffic controller and was a pilot for Qantas from 1975 until 2008. 

He flew several Boeing types gaining a B767 command in 1989.  He was a check and training captain throughout the 1990s and was president of the Australian and International Pilots’ Association from 1999 until 2002.  

From 2003 until his retirement from Qantas in 2008 he was Chief Pilot and Group General Manager Flight Operations.  He chaired The Australian Aviation Associations’ Forum from 2008 until 2015, is a director of Aviation Development Australia Limited (Avalon Airshow), is chairman of Airport Coordination Australia and is a founding director of the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame. 

He was appointed a commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in March 2015.


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ATSB Commission

ATSB Commission
From left to right: Ms Carolyn Walsh, Mr Chris Manning, Mr Martin Dolan, Mr Noel Hart


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Last update 16 June 2016

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