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Specialises in providing quality recruitment, employment and people management services and advice.


Specialises in project management, airline/charter/flight training start up ops, SMS design/implementation and aviation documentation.


Specialises in providing quality auditing services by highly experienced personnnel.


Provides quality training services across a multitude of areas including, safety management, CRM, HF/NTS and SEP training.

Karon Hughes (Managing Director)

Karon has extensive aviation experience with over 26 years in the industry including airline general management roles and numerous senior flight operations management positions with major airlines.

Karon has managed and overseen projects including airline start-ups, Air Operator Certificate applications, aircraft leasing and the implementation of advanced quality and safety management systems. Karon has previously held the rank of Captain in Australia’s largest regional airline.

Karon was instrumental in the set up and implementation of the Altara Resources recruitment and labour hire division which employs in excess of 750 personnel.

At Altara, Karon is responsible for carrying out the strategic plans and policies established by the board of directors.

Simon Vallence (Director)

Simon has extensive aviation experience with over 23 years in the industry. During this time he has managed the operational launch of a number of airlines, co-ordinated the application, upgrade and variation of numerous Air Operator Certificates and has held positions in Safety and Compliance with major airlines. Simon is a current B747 rated pilot.

At Altara, Simon is responsible for the management of the Consulting division.

Alistair Dorward (Chief Executive Officer)

Alistair has 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry, having held positions in ground handling, cabin operations, safety auditing and in-flight service design and training.

Alistair has managed numerous regulatory and customer service based aviation projects and large client bases of domestic and international airlines.

Alistair was instrumental in the set up and implementation of the Altara Resources recruitment and labour hire division which employs in excess of 750 personnel.

At Altara, Alistair is responsible for the oversight and management of the Altara Group of companies.

Bruch Brown (General Manager Human Resources)

Bruch originally trained and worked as a teacher before moving in to the corporate sector where he built an extensive career in the fields of occupational health and safety, workers compensation and human resources. Bruch has worked across many sectors including food manufacturing, shipbuilding, steel making, agriculture and health before establishing his own human resource consulting and recruitment business.

Bruch has been associated with Altara for the past 3 years and assisted with the establishment of the outsourced cabin crew recruitment and management program in early 2010. Since this time Bruch has assisted Altara with several short term human resource assignments before becoming the General Manager Human Resources in 2013.

Frank Lenarcic (Head of Consulting Services)

Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering

Bachelor of Business (Transport)

Master of Science and Technology (Aviation)

Frank has over 30 years experience in the aviation industry during which he has held various operational and management positions in Engineering, Ramp, Finance and Training with major domestic airlines as well as running his own consultancy.

Frank is also a qualified and experienced PANS-OPS Procedure designer and a Lead Auditor (JAS-ANZ) and has held a CASA Weight Control Authority.

As an Aeronautical Engineer, Frank specialises in Aircraft Performance, Flight Procedure design and training and has provided specialised services to the RAAF, airlines and other operators. He has also conducted several audits and inspections at airports both locally and overseas and has prepared an Airport Assessment manual and Airport training material.

Frank was a member of the joint CASA / industry working group drafting new legislation for Instrument Procedure Design (Part 173) and has also tutored in Swinburne University’s Post Graduate Air Transportation Management Program in the areas of Airport Management and Airline Operations for the last 15 years.

Bruce Byron

Bruce began his career in aviation in the Royal Australian Air Force in the mid-1960s.

Following active service in Vietnam, Bruce then moved into flying training with the RAAF as an instructor that included tours in Australia, the UK and Singapore. He was promoted to Wing Commander in 1980 and during 1982 and 1983 was Commanding Officer of the RAAF Central Flying School. In 1984, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Australia.

After leaving the RAAF, Bruce became an Examiner of Airmen with the Department of Aviation, flying more than 20 different types of aircraft. In 1988, he moved to private enterprise, occupying senior operational and safety positions with Kendall Airlines, Ansett Australia and Virgin Blue. He also worked as an aviation safety consultant in the areas of flight training, human factors and aviation safety management.

Bruce has had a long involvement with CASA. From 1997 to 1999, he was a member of the CASA Board, chairing the Safety Committee and guiding the development of CASA’s new safety compliance and promotion activities.

Between 2000 and 2003, he chaired the Aviation Safety Forum, a high-level industry group providing strategic advice to CASA. During the same period he was the Minister of Transport appointed industry advocate on regulatory reform. In 2003 he was appointed the Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of CASA and served in this role until 2009.

Adrian Crombie

Adrian has over 30 year’s flight operations experience. Most recently, Adrian held the position of Flying Operations Inspector with the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Through his career, Adrian has approved numerous training organisations throughout the globe, and holds significant training and checking experience.

Adrian has extensive auditing experience and has reviewed, critiqued and approved countless flight operations and training and checking manuals.

Trevor Bock

Trevor has more than 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry, having held positions as an airline Captain and various Safety and Quality Management roles.

Trevor is an organisation management specialist, a qualified instructor in Quality and Safety Auditor training, an Aviation Faculty University lecturer and qualified teacher.

Trevor is an experienced IOSA Lead Auditor in the disciplines of Organisation & Management (ORG), Flight Operations (FLT), Operational Control & Flight Dispatch (DSP), Cabin & Cargo Compartment Operations (CAB), Ground Handling Operations (GRH), Cargo Operations (CGO) and Operational Security (SEC).

John Minski (Aviation Engineering Consultant / Airline Airworthiness Advisor)

B.Sc., B.E.(Aero), MIEAust, CPEng(Ret)

CASA ARN 532855, Past CAR 2A, 6, 35, 36, 36A and 42ZS(1) approvals.

John began his career as a Qantas Engineering Cadet and was educated in Science and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Sydney, and in Air Transport Engineering at the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield UK. He has worked in diverse areas of the Australian airline industry, with direct experience in Cargo Operations, Passenger Services, Technical Publications, Helicopter Operations, Technical Services, Maintenance Watch, RAAF Client Services and Airworthiness Review.

John’s work with airline specialist teams within MROs, Operations and Engineering management, regulatory authorities, as well as aircraft manufacturer personnel while based at Boeing in Seattle and Airbus in Toulouse, helps achieve best possible outcomes for customer airlines in their daily operations.

John’s past roles such as Principal Engineer Airworthiness Review directly involved him in the initial setup of a CASR Part 42 CAMO group for Qantas Airways.

John is committed to evidence based airline safety management systems and resolving regulatory compliance issues for regular public transport airline fleets, with a focus on safeguarding airline brands. He brings considerable practical airline industry experience in continuing airworthiness management systems to the Altara team.

Megan White

Megan is a manual writing and compliance specialist with extensive flight operational experience.

Megan has compiled numerous flight operations manuals and compliance statements under a variety of different regulatory regimes and has previously held a command on a regional jet.