SYDNEY CONNECT BIOGRAPHIES

ADAM TURNER

CONNECT COORD

EXPERIENCE  / BACKGROUND

Joining Virgin in 2010 Adam is a Sydney based 737 FO. A military veteran of 21 years he has completed operational tours of Afghanistan and Iraq. Adam has been involved with peer support for several years.

SITUATION

Adam lives in Wollongong on the NSW South Coast with his wife Kathy and two children Jemma (16) and Owen (14).

 

RELATED INTEREST/S

A huge Sydney Swans fan he loves anything red and white and has been known to get quite vocal at games sometimes needing peer support after a Swans loss!!!

 

 
 

MATT O'KEEFFE

CONNECT COORD

EXPERIENCE  / BACKGROUND

Matthew is a Coordinator with the Virgin Connect peer support program.  He is also a founding member of the HIMS Australia Advisory Group, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for pilots.  Matthew was the inaugural Welfare Director for the AFAP, a position he held until the beginning of 2020.He has made many presentations to industry on pilot peer support and has actively worked with a wide range of stakeholders including regulators, health professionals, management and peers to advance peer support.   Matthew is passionate about supporting colleagues to return to flying and has over 8 years' experience as a pilot peer support volunteer. 


 

TRISTAN MOIR

CONNECT COORD

EXPERIENCE / BACKGROUND

I’ve been working with Virgin for around 10 years. Starting life as a cruise relief First Officer and then moved on to the E-jet and progressing onto the 737 before the Ejet was retired. In my working life I’ve worked at Ansett as an Engineer and Qantas as a Flight dispatcher and in-flight training as an instructor. My time in Qantas was ended in 2009 due to the GFC and I went through the redundancy process, which is very similar in the way that the resizing program is going at the time of writing this bio.

SITUATION

Having been through a relationship break up which saw me experiencing depression and, at the time, was involved in NTS for many years I read the signs and looked for professional help.

 

RELATED INTEREST/S

My circle of friends involves members of the LGBTIQ community and am well aware of issues that can arise from same sex couples.

 

MELANIE GRIFFITHS

EXPERIENCE / BACKGROUND  

I have over 20 yrs experience in the aviation industry and 15 at Virgin Australia and check captain for 7 years.

SITUATION

I am happily married (coming up to 15 years) and have 2 daughters (7 and 4) plus a 22 yr old step son. I know first-hand the challenges that exist in the juggling act that is maintaining your performance as a pilot, being a mum, wife, housekeeper, expert at homework etc. I know all too well that you are bound to drop a few balls. Being the wife of a pilot, I am able to relate to the many wives, girlfriends, significant others that quite often have to play second fiddle to this job.

RELATED INTEREST/S

Although not in the check captain department today, I certainly have been exposed to many crew who experience anxieties in the sim environment, or generally have standards difficulties. I can relate and empathise with these experiences and do not trivialise them. Everyone is different. 

 

STUART JOHNSON

EXPERIENCE / BACKGROUND

I have been with Virgin for over 10 years. Initially with Long Haul on the 777 as a Cruise FO and now on the 737 Domestic Fleet - Sydney Base. Prior to Virgin I worked in numerous areas of Aviation including included almost 3 yrs in remote WA, as well as time in Asia and several years instructing. Prior to flying I did 18 years in the NSW Police, working both uniform and plain clothes. Most of my service was in the inner-city areas finishing with my last few years at Redfern. After leaving the Police I also had my own Private Inquiry agency.

 

SITUATION

I am in a long-term relationship with a Cabin Crew member who is currently studying to be a pilot. I don’t have any children 

 

RELATED INTEREST/S

With another Pilot in long haul I established the original Mentoring Program for the 777 and new Pilots. I was also actively involved in mentoring in the Police. I have had friends who have sadly committed suicide, I also have a close family member who has had a complete mental breakdown and suffers anxiety and depression. I am also pretty much primary carer for two close family members.

 

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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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