Phillip Bedford started his career as an Engineer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, serving as Mission Commander on operations throughout the Pacific and further afield, eventually rising to the role of Commanding Officer at Ohakea air base.
After leaving the Air Force, Phill earned an MBA degree with distinction from Massey University before joining the New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy (NZICPA) situated in Wanganui, where he was the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the development of the flight school.
Phill is a qualified aircraft engineer, flight engineer, and pilot, holding a CPL and B CAT instructor rating.
Annabel Toogood has been working in the air ambulance sector for over ten years. She has extensive experience in mission management, logistics, inter-hospital transfers and coordinating international retrievals and repatriations.
Stephen Shepherd (CA)
Stephen Shepherd is a Chartered Accountant and has been with Skyline Aviation since its formation in 1990. He became a director in 2010.
He has been part of growing the business from its small beginnings to where it is today with a substantial fleet of aircraft and a diverse base of operations. Stephen has developed a wealth of experience in the aviation sector.
Stephen is also a senior partner in Hawkes Bay Chartered Accountancy practice Shepherd Hensman Ltd, specialising in accounting, taxation, and computer services for small and medium businesses.
He is involved in many Hawkes Bays businesses and charities either as a director/trustee or trusted advisor. He has developed a wealth of business and governance experience, and he is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Outside of his director and accounting roles, Stephen gets to pursue his aviation passion by holding a Private Pilots license, owning a light aircraft and being heavily involved in the local aero club.
Tom Bridgeman (CA)
Tom Bridgeman is the Group Finance Manager and a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Tom has been with the company since 2018. He started his career with BDO in Wellington before spending two years living and working abroad in Edinburgh.
Tom has an analytic and critical eye and heads up an enthusiastic admin division which keeps the finances operating smoothly.
He is always on the lookout for improvement and brings this positive change mindset to the role.
Outside of finance, Tom is a keen mountain biker and enjoys getting into the outdoors.
Dylan Robinson started his career as an Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer with Air New Zealand before becoming an Auditor / Investigator for the Airline’s Operational Integrity Team. After ten years with Air New Zealand, he then spent some time as an Auditor / Investigator within New Zealand’s rotorcraft sector.
Phil Slattery is the Director of Maintenance and is responsible for Maintenance Control of the Skyline Aviation fleet.
He brings nearly 30 years of aeronautical engineering experience to the role with a broad background ranging from small, fast jets to heavy transport and rotorcraft.
Phil has been with the team since December 2015 and assisted with establishing the maintenance divisions NZCAA Part 145 certificate in 2016.
Katrina Wright is the Group Manager for Skyline Aviation, New Zealand Air Ambulance and MedAssist NZ.
Katrina has been with the company since 2018 providing operational oversight of the aircraft and coordinating patient movement. With over ten years of experience working in the rehabilitation and medical field, Katrina ensures clients and patients a safe, effective, and efficient planning of all aeromedical missions, whether air ambulance or commercial medical escort.
You will find Katrina peddling the cycle pathways enjoying all that Hawke’s Bay has to offer outside of coordination.
Our charter operations manager Rowan Brookfield is in charge of the organisation and management of all charter arrangements and logistics.
Martin Dulon-Barre joined the Skyline team in 2015, bringing over ten years of experience flying twin-engine turboprop aircraft throughout New Zealand, the Pacific, Middle East, and Europe.
Martin will be found on or in the water when not flying, having a passion for watersports and the marine environment.
Warwick Wild (CAA FI/FE, ATPL)
Warwick Wild has a strong passion for flying and joined us with a wealth of knowledge and experience from various backgrounds, including scheduled airline, charter, aeromedical, aerial surveying and international operations. Warwick is a certified flight examiner conducting flight tests under Part 125, 135 to ensure the company maintains a high set of standards.
Outside of his role, he has a keen interest in boating, fishing and biking.