An industry veteran has been appointed to spearhead the company’s aviation services offering.
Babcock Australasia has named Peter Newington as its new director, aviation and critical services, effective from 1 August 2022.
Newington joins the company from advanced aeromedical services and training provider CareFlight, where he is currently serving as general manager of strategic projects, responsible for the delivery of patient transfer services, aerial firefighting, international jet patient retrieval and rapid response specialist clinical helicopters.
Prior to joining CareFlight, Newington served as CEO of fixed and rotary-wing services operator Hevilift in Papua New Guinea.
The new appointee has also previously served as an operations analyst a Boeing and as a pilot for Everett Aviation.
Newington will now be tasked with supporting Babcock Australasia’s work in providing rotary wing emergency services, medical service, law enforcement and search and rescue aviation capability.
The company’s customers include the Australian Border Force, the State Rescue Helicopter Service in South Australia, Queensland Health and Ambulance Victoria.
Babcock also provides asset management support to commercial and government clients such as Qantas, Air New Zealand and South Australia’s Metropolitan Fire Service.
CEO of Babcock Australasia, David Ruff, welcomed Newington’s appointment.
“It is exciting to have a leader of Peter’s calibre joining our team,” he said.
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“Peter’s appointment will strengthen Babcock’s commitment to delivering outstanding service to our customers and the communities we serve across Australia.”
Newington said he looks forward to overseeing the company’s critical services offering in Australia.
“Babcock has an excellent track record of performance and delivery and I’m looking forward to working closely with our customers and partners to further strengthen the services it provides to the community,” Newington said.
The appointment comes just a day after the Babcock group announced its receipt of a £30 million (AU$52 million) contract from the Royal Navy for the provision of dry-dock maintenance services across the HMS Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers over the next 10 years.
This builds on the company’s previous work developing the first docking for HMS Queen Elizabeth at the Rosyth site in 2019 and the subsequent maintenance and repairs.
As part of this latest contract, Babcock has also been tasked with providing facilities for any contingency dockings required over the 10-year contract, tipped to support 300 jobs.