ACUO Management Committee (MC) is made up of 10 full members of the association elected annually by their peers.
The Management Committee meets regularly to make decisions on the strategies, policies & growth of the association, to discuss matters of importance to ACUO and its members, and to ensure the integrity of the association and its core values are being maintained.
The Management Committee members are:
President: Joe Urli (UAV Systems - QLD)
Joe has more than 25 years of international experience in the aviation industry having worked in senior management roles for Boeing, and as an Airworthiness & Air Safety Inspector for two national aviation authorities. Joe holds CASA chief UAV Controller approvals for piloting and maintaining various types of unmanned aerial vehicles, and is also a licenced [manned] pilot and aircraft engineer. Joe is the ACUO representative on the CASA Standards Consultative Committee (SCC) UAS Sub-Committee and is also a non-Executive member of the Board of Directors for the Paris-based International RPAS Coordination Council of UVS International.
Secretary/Treasurer: Brad Mason (Helimetrex - QLD)
Brad was a marine Captain and Engineer for 20 years before exploring an alternative career in UAVs in 2001. As a co-founder of HELImetrex, he became the first certified UAV Operator in Australia in November 2002. Brad is a Chief Remote Pilot with hundreds of hours’ flight time on predominantly rotary UAVs, and a Chief UAV Maintenance Controller with thousands of hours’ experience in building & testing UA systems and associated equipment.
MC Member: Steve Brown (Altitude Imaging - WA)
Steve Brown is the owner of Altitude Imaging, a progressive UAS Operator with a ‘can-do’ attitude. Steve has over 25 years’ experience managing engineering based services businesses in Australia, Europe and South East Asia, with a background in marine and subsea operations for the oil and gas sector worldwide. Commercially astute, results driven and a strategic leader with a proven track record in orchestrating strong organisational and revenue growth, Steve combines a passion for aviation & photography with his extensive management skills to lead his team at Altitude and is a natural asset on the Management Committee of ACUO.
MC Member: Nick Sargeant (Global Unmanned Systems - WA)
Having worked for one of Australia’s leading UAS manufacturers while completing his engineering degree, Nick is now the development engineer and maintenance controller at Global Unmanned Systems (GUS). His multidisciplinary skill set and passion for this rapidly developing industry makes him well placed to assist in implementing ACUO's vision and to bring value to its members.
Drawing on his engineering expertise, he hopes to work on frameworks and standards to ensure the integrity, reliability and safety of commercially operated UAS.
MC Member / Recruitment Officer: Mike Manning (Synergy Positioning Systems - QLD)
Michael Manning is the UAV Manager of the Australian branch of Synergy Positioning Systems. He is also Chief UAV Controller and Maintenance Controller. Michael has a BSc degree in Land Surveying and has over 30 years total experience in the Geospatial industries, including: Cadastral, Engineering, Precise Engineering, GIS, Mining, Machine Guidance, Hydrographic and Aerial Surveying. He also has extensive international Business Development Management skills.
MC Member / IT Officer: Anthony Marsh (AEROEYE - VIC)
Anthony is a highly motivated entrepreneur with a love of flight, a knack for technology and a passion for business, with experience in engineering, technology and consulting across small and large businesses, startups, and the military. Anthony has a degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), holds a current Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and is certified/licenced to fly both fixed wing and multi-rotor RPAs. Anthony is the Director of Aeroeye and currently manages ACUO's IT.
MC Member: Tony Cook (Droneworxs - QLD)
MC Member: Scott Goodkin (LENTEZ - NSW)
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Scott earned his private pilot’s license in 1983, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He flew all around Alaska’s arctic wilderness, including several trips over the Arctic Circle. It was then that he combined his passion for photography and flying.
Scott became interested in photography when he moved to the stunning, landscape rich, Juneau, Alaska in 1980. In 1988, while attending university in Fairbanks, Alaska, he was hired by the Cooperative Extension Service where he learned commercial photography and video production.
Over the years, Scott has photographed most of the western United States’ wilderness. He produced a 24-episode weekly television series called “The Family Journal” and co-produced an hour television documentary on legendary rock star Jon Anderson of the internationally acclaimed progressive rock band YES.
Following his move to Australia in 2008, Scott continued his work in landscape and wildlife photography and video production offering a variety of commercial services, including his latest addition of aerial drone photography and aerial drone video production in 2015.
MC Member: Joseph Wheeler MRAeS (IALPG – QLD) (IALPG)
Joseph is an aviation lawyer and Principal of International Aerospace Law & Policy Group (IALPG), a specialist aerospace law firm. Since 2008 he has published more than 100 articles on aviation law. He was elected a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2014 in recognition of his air law expertise, and provides aviation advice and representation to a number of national organisations’ and their clients and members, including Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the Australian Federation of Air Pilots/AusALPA.
With previous experience as an airport regulator in Canberra, Joseph now also serves as a member of both the Legal Committee, and the Professional & Government Affairs Committee of the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA). Joseph is a regular commentator on aero legal and aero political affairs for The Australian.