Chris Smith

Chris Smith, Senior Lecturer, Aviation,
University of Southern Queensland

Trust Program Developer, Organisational Culture Program Designer, Airline Pilot, Lecturer, Counsellor

After a lifetime in the aviation industry, and with an in-depth understanding of the critical nature of aviation operations, Chris now dedicates much of his time to developing leadership and mental health programs for organisations, with a particular focus on manager – staff relations and conflict prevention – lecturing, and building his podcast, ‘Aviationale, and Other Matters’.

He continually receives requests for presentations, including his signature presentations, ‘Where Management, Engagement and Mental Health Intersect’, ‘Emotional Intelligence at Work’, and ‘Peer Support Plus – For Permanent Cultural Change’.

He has established and operates programs in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam, and consults in Ireland and Germany.

Throughout his 40-year career, he has held numerous Senior Managerial positions with various airlines, including Flight Operations Manager and Chief Pilot, Head of Standards, Flying Operations Development Manager, and Wellness Manager, spent 20 years in airline examining roles, test flown and introduced airline aircraft types to Australia and PNG, founded his own aviation development business, and worked extensively with international corporations and executives from multiple industries.

He currently also holds an Ambassadorial Role for the Trust Program.

In 2012, he was awarded the Master Air Pilot Certificate by the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators, London, for services to the aviation industry.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Aviation Management, a Diploma of Counselling and has a PhD candidature with the University of Southern Queensland.

He lives in Brisbane.