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VINCE NICOTRA

EXPERIENCE  / BACKGROUND

I am a Melbourne based 737 FO and have been flying for 24 years.

SITUATION

I am currently married with a daughter and I have many different hobbies and interests which include playing the guitar and drums. I also like to keep fit and go to the gym regularly. Other interests are fast cars, boating, cooking, remote control flying and aircraft modeling. 

 

RELATED INTEREST/S

I am passionate about mental health. Bullying is one of my pet hates which can create significant anxiety. This could lead to depression, disruption to circadian rhythms, performance and a feeling of worthlessness. 

Also I feel men in general have a harder time expressing their feelings, talking or seeking help as society perceives men to be strong and resilient.

 

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SHANE MURDOCK

EXPERIENCE / BACKGROUND

I have been employed by Virgin for 18 years and have 40 years of aviation industry experience as a pilot. I have studied Human Factors to Masters level, have 2 certificates in accident investigation. I have lived and worked in most states of Australia for many different operators and airlines. I was caught up in the 1989 pilots dispute and was also made redundant with the Ansett collapse in 2001

SITUATION

I have been divorced and have two grown up children,

 

RELATED / INTERESTS

I am a qualified African Safari guide and tracker. I have experienced personal tragedy having lost a parent and a brother but to this point have enjoyed good health myself.

 

Grant McKern

EXPERIENCE  / BACKGROUND

I have been in the aviation industry for 23 years, the last 17 years with Virgin Australia.

SITUATION

Happily married with 3 beautiful primary school aged children.

RELATED INTEREST/S

It wasn’t until my children presented with learning difficulties (dyslexia) that I embraced the science and research that underpins Psychology. I have supported close family members that have faced their own challenges associated with bipolar, anxiety and depression. Whilst previously, I enjoyed boating and fishing, I find myself immersed in the science of reading (a topic that usually ends a conversation!) and am currently undertaking accreditation as a Multisensory Structured Language tutor. I hope to provide my peers with the kind of support and understanding that I needed when I was going through challenging and uncertain times.

 

CONNECT ADMINISTRATION

Medical Projects Coordinator 

Virgin Australia Training Centre

Level 2 Bld D 36-38 Lord St Botany NSW 

Ph +61 2 89857400

Email connect@virginaustralia.com

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