The Commissioners

Mr Greg Hood 

Greg Hood was appointed to the role of Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on 1 July 2016.

In his time as Chief Commissioner, Greg has overseen a number of significant transport safety investigations and report releases across the three modes of aviation, rail and maritime.  He has also successfully transitioned the ATSB into its new role as the single national rail safety investigator, bringing to a close a commitment to rail reform initiated by the Council of Australian Governments in 2009.

With more than 35 years of experience across a wide range of operational, training and management roles within the civil aviation industry, Greg has been well-positioned to drive an innovation agenda at the ATSB.  The ATSB’s evolution program has already seen enhancements to its world-leading practices, including streamlined operations, a multi-modal team approach to transport safety investigations and the introduction of remotely piloted aircraft to capture evidence following accidents and other safety occurrences.

Prior to his commencement with the ATSB, Greg held the role of Executive General Manager, Air Traffic Control with Airservices Australia.  In this position, he was responsible for the management of over 1,300 air traffic management staff, providing services for 11 per cent of the world’s total airspace for more than four million flights annually from 28 air traffic control towers and facilities.

Greg began his career as an air traffic controller in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1980, serving at locations throughout Australia and in the Middle East.  In 1990, he moved to the Civil Aviation Authority, a predecessor to what is now Airservices Australia.  Greg worked in many locations across the country, and was also involved in the training of new controllers at the University of Tasmania, Launceston.

In 2002, Greg was appointed to lead the management team in Melbourne, and then, in 2005, he led the team responsible for the provision of regional air traffic services, including the operation of regional control towers throughout Australia.  Greg has also been integrally involved in the implementation of major air traffic management and technology projects, such as the Australia Advanced Air Traffic System known as TAAATS, the evolution of safety management systems and the introduction of user-preferred routes and flex-tracks.

In 2007 Greg joined the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), where he held the positions of Group General Manager Personnel, Licensing, Education and Training, then Executive Manager Operations.  He returned to Airservices during 2013 to take on the role of General Manager Demand and Capacity Management and was appointed as the Executive General Manager of the Air Traffic Control Group later the same year.

Greg has served on the Business Advisory Council for World Vision, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Freeman in the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, a Life Member of the Qantas Founders Museum, and past President of Canberra Philharmonic Society. Until being appointed as ATSB’s Chief Commissioner, he was also a Board Member of Safeskies Australia and internationally, Vice-Chair of the steering committee for the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation’s Operations Standing Committee.

He has a passion for the transport industry in general and transport safety in particular.  He is a glider and powered aircraft pilot.

Ms Carolyn Walsh Carolyn 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 of Strategy in the NSW Office of the Coordinator General of Rail, and then as Chief Executive of the NSW Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator.

In addition to her role as a Commissioner of the ATSB, Ms Walsh was appointed Chair of the National Transport Commission in December 2017, having been Deputy Chair for 4 years.  Ms Walsh is also a member of the audit and risk committees for the City of Sydney, NSW Law Enforcement and Crime Commission, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Western Sydney Local Health District, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and State Transit Authority.

Ms Walsh has specialist expertise in safety (both transport and occupational health and 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.

Mr Noel Hart Noel Hart

Noel Hart has over 40 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. 

He has also been Chairman of Maritime Industry Australia Ltd, Australia’s peak maritime association, since 2008.

Mr Chris Manning 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 Aerospace 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.


ATSB Commission

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











Last update 30 August 2019

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