Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service makes senior appointments


Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has made two senior appointments.

The Australian Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has appointed John Fenwick as its new chair of the board of directors and Steven Underwood as its new CEO.

The not-for-profit service operates four Leonardo Helicopters AgustaWestland AW139 aircraft across Northern New South Wales, Australia.

New CEO Underwood served for 25 years in the UK Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying both helicopters and fast jets. He also has more than 17 years of senior leadership and executive management experience in the commercial sector.

Commenting on his appointment Underwood said: “I am proud and humbled to have the opportunity to lead such a respected and community focussed organisation; where the passion and commitment to providing a world-class aeromedical service is at the heart of who we are as individuals, as a team and as a Service, ensuring the delivery of the best patient outcomes.”

The new CEO replaces Richard Jones, who has taken up the role of head of Community Engagement.

The new chair of the board of Directors replaces John Davis. Fenwick served  in helicopter operations with the Royal Australian Army and has been a director of the board since 2022. “It has been a pleasure working alongside such a resolute and passionate board of directors, and to have the opportunity to assume the responsibilities and accountabilities as the Chair is indeed an honour,” said Fenwick.

John Fenwick (left) has been appointed chair of the board. Steven Underwood is the new CEO.