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Joyce and Hogan awarded high Australian civil honours

June 13, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has been named a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civil honour, in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list.

Airline executive James Hogan, whose career has spanned many carriers at senior level, latterly Etihad Aviation Group, has been named an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

James Hogan

Joyce was recognised for his “eminent service to the aviation transport industry, to the development of the national and international tourism sectors, to gender equity, inclusion and diversity, and to the community, particularly as a supporter of Indigenous education”.

Joyce said he was “truly honoured by this award, which also recognises the work of thousands of people who make Qantas an institution that Australians can rightly be proud of.

Alan Joyce

“I’ve been lucky enough to spend all of my professional life working in aviation and the majority of that at the national carrier. It’s a privilege to promote this country to the world through transport.

“Aviation can be such a force for good because it’s ultimately about connecting people, and that encourages a diversity of ideas that makes Australia the kind of place it is today.

“The notion of a ‘fair go’ has to be one of the most important Australian values, and it’s been a big driver behind my work promoting equality. We’re lucky to live in a very accepting, open society and we need to keep championing the need for everyone to share in the same opportunities.”

Born and educated in Ireland, Joyce began his airline career with Aer Lingus and moved to Australia in 1996 to work with Ansett Australia. He joined Qantas in 2000 and was the inaugural chief executive of Jetstar in 2003.

Joyce was one of 15 prominent Australians to be awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia, or AC. Another was Hollywood star Cate Blanchett.

Among other people with travel, tourism or aviation links named in the honours list were:

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA 

James Reginald HOGAN, United Kingdom

For distinguished service to the aviation transport industry, to the development of tourism and trade linkages between Australia and the Gulf States, and to international airline associations.

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA 

Peter John BURNESS, Holt ACT

For significant service to the preservation of military history as a researcher, curator, author and guide. Led the Australian War Memorial’s annual tours to the battlefields of the Western Front, for over 15 years.

David Charles DAINTREE, Colebrook TAS

For significant service to education, particularly to tertiary colleges, and as a scholar. Director of Odyssey Travel, (study tours), since 2012.

Anna Eva GUILLAN, Double Bay NSW

For significant service to the Australian tourism industry, and to the community through support for social welfare and health organisations. Regional director of sales and marketing, Australia and New Zealand, Kerzner International, since 2014; executive general manager, Hayman and Mulpha Hotels Australia, 2010-2013: executive general manager, sales and marketing, Voyager Hotels and Resorts, 2008-2010.

Ian Alexander SCOBIE, Kingswood SA

For significant service to the performing arts through the production, management and promotion of festivals, theatre and performance events.

Paul David THOMAS, Wallaroo SA

For significant service to local government, to the community of the Northern Yorke Peninsula, to tourism and to cultural festivals.

Garry Stephen WATSON, Cook ACT

For significant service to the tourism industry in the Australian Capital Territory, and to educational visitation initiatives. Founder and Project Leader, National Capital Educational Tourism Project, since 1999.

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

David Christopher BELL, Cremorne NSW

For service to aviation. Chief executive, Australian Business Aviation Association Inc since 2003.

Barry John McCONVILLE, Razorback NSW

For service to the community, and to education. Public Officer and Treasurer, Wollondilly Tourism Association, since 2006.

Group Captain Kenneth Arthur PRATT (Retd), Scarborough QLD

For service to the aviation industry. Airworthiness Surveyor, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, 1988-2009.

Written by Peter Needham

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