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QAOSH AviationSMS People

Evan Pearce

Director QAOSH AviationSMS

Evan has over 20 years experience in aviation safety management as the director and lead auditor of QAOSH Services Ltd.


The aviation experience Evan offers includes:

  • Senior Persons Management - NZ CAA Approvals for Part 135/125/121/139/141/145/148/115 

  • Airline and Aerodrome Startup Operations in New Zealand and the South Pacific

  • Safety Management Auditing

  • Exposition Writing to Authority Acceptance


Evan is an experienced airline pilot currently with Virgin Airlines, and previously has flown for Mt. Cook Airlines and Vincent Aviation.

Dan Webb

Director QAOSH AviationSMS

Dan has been part of the QAOSH team since 2016 and developed the AviationSMS online resources to complement QAOSH audit services with SMS implementation support and documentation services.


The aviation experience Dan offers includes:

  • Senior Persons Management - NZ CAA Approvals for Part 119/135 Part 137 and Part 139 

  • Airline and Aerodrome Startup Operations in New Zealand and the South Pacific

  • Safety Management and SMS development

  • Safety Management Auditing

  • Exposition Writing to Authority Acceptance.

Steve Backhurst

AviationSMS Consultant

Director AvWorthy Limited

Steve started his career with an apprenticeship with Air NZ in aircraft and has now 35 plus years of experience in the aviation industry and has carried out maintenance on aircraft ranging from Boeing 747s to R22 helicopters. He also worked in the NZ CAA for 6 years as an Airworthiness Inspector and Aviation Safety Advisor.

Steve is a qualified Lead Auditor, LAME, Inspection Authorisation (IA), GE certified Lab Technician and has training in QA and SMS with Baines Simmons, Southpac Aerospace, Aerosafe and Helicopter Association International

Steve has held several Senior Person roles as QA, SMS, Authorisations Manager, Occurrence Investigator and Maintenance Controller for Part 119/125 and 135 Air Operators, as well as a Part 145 Maintenance Organisation, and supported the Certification and ongoing compliance for numerous Part 125, 135, 137 and 145 organisations. 

Steve has a Inspection Authorisation, and is able to carry out Reviews of Airworthiness, Conformity Inspections and preparation for an aircraft’s Certificate of Airworthiness as part of his AvWorthy Limited services.

Murray Graham

AviationSMS Consultant

Murray has been part of the QAOSH team since 2007, and is at present flying on Boeing 787s.

Murray gained his PPL in the mid 1980’s, and his first aviation job was with Air NZ as mail boy, moving onto aircraft records. From there he worked in the Civil Aviation Department (now Airways New Zealand) as a Flight Service Officer.


He gained his CPL in the late 1980’s and commenced part-time commercial flying for various aviation organisations around lower North Island and Paraparaumu.  

Murray started full time flying in the mid 1990’s, flying various aircraft types from the Cessna Caravan to Metroliner, and early 2000’s moved up to the ATR-72.  

From 2004, was employed by the Air New Zealand group flying Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and now Boeing 787s.  

Steve Win

AviationSMS Consultant

Aviation is Steve's passion. He started learning to fly at the age of 14 with the Canterbury Aero Club at his local airfield in Rangiora and never looked back.

His first commercial job was flying freight on a Bandeirante and this was where he first met Evan. Since then he has worked for various GA scenic / charter operators flying everything from Cherokee Six’s thru to Piper Chieftains, Air Nelson on both the SAAB 340 and Dash 8 and Virgin Australia on the B737 a career spanning over 26 yrs.

During his time working for the Greymouth Aero Club and Air West Coast he was involved in introducing the QAOSH systems for QA management and it was here he was able to develop and further his interest in auditing, safety management and compliance.

Now working with Evan and Dan, he is pleased to be part of a team that can offer professional and practical solutions to SMS and regulatory compliance, a team offering a wide range of experience and skills.

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Richard Poff

AviationSMS Consultant

Richard joined the QAOSH AviationSMS team in 2018, and supports several Southland helicopter operators as a Senior Person for QA and Safety Manager, and assisted those companies through SMS Certification.


Jeff Graham

AviationSMS Consultant

Jeff has nearly 40 years of aviation experience and been part of the QAOSH team since 2017, currently holding the Safety Manager role for Barrier Air and Golden Bay Air.

Prior to that, Jeff worked as a Flight Operations Inspector for the NZ CAA for nearly 25 years following his flying career in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.

Based in Kapiti, Jeff has a passion for supporting fixed wing small- and medium-sized air operators across Central and Northern New Zealand.

Jaime Fleming

AviationSMS Consultant

Jaime’s love of aviation comes from many years of travel, time spent in airports and a very memorable first helicopter flight on a cattle muster at 7 years old.


Coming from an administrative and customer service background Jaime has a mind for policies and procedures.


With 4 years experience base managing helicopter companies in Queenstown she picked up a passion for improving safety and has since completed a number of courses and a tertiary qualification focussing on Aviation Safety Management Systems.


Jaime now has a strong, tested knowledge of CAA Part 100 having led successful implementation plans and initial audits for Part 135 companies and now extending those skills into Part 139 working alongside Lee at Te Anau Airport

Jason Lush

AviationSMS Consultant

Jason started his aviation career as a Navigator / Air Warfare Officer on the RNZAF P-3 Orion. In addition to operational flying around NZ and the globe, across 15 years of service Jason also spent time in instructional, operational planning and project management roles. 

He spent several years in the USA test flying aircraft systems as part of a major upgrade to the P-3, and during this time gained valuable experience in the development and conduct of acceptance test plans, training packages and operating procedures. 

The early adoption by the RNZAF of SMS principles has allowed Jason to bring a wealth of SMS experience to the GA sector. 

Jason is now an active helicopter commercial pilot, having worked in the Mackenzie and South Westland regions, and is currently the Safety Manager for Heliservices.NZ

Callum McGlinchy

AviationSMS Consultant

Callum has held a passion for Aviation as long as he can remember. 


He trained in Christchurch before progressing into General Aviation jobs with Skydiving NZ and Soundsair. From there he flew with Pionair on the Convair 580 throughout Australia and New Zealand, a highlight of his career. 


Callum then spent 12 years at Virgin Australia with Line Checking and Training experience.


Callum has held Senior Person Security roles and has an interest in training and projects. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business and Marketing and has undertaken fuel saving and business efficiency projects for Pionair and Virgin.


A long time friend and colleague of Evan he is pleased to now be working Qaosh Services and contributing to their high quality services.

Murray Vincent

AviationSMS Consultant

A love of aviation runs in Murray's family, and this led to his first flying lesson at age 17. His professional career commenced as a flying instructor in Wellington before returning to the South Island to join Milford Sound  Scenic Flights. Murray joined the world of multi engine IFR Flying with Fieldair Freight on the Douglas DC-3 before proceeding to Ansett NZ as a First Officer in 1988. 

Now with over 20 000 flying hours, Murray is privileged enough to have flown the DHC8, BAe146 and various models of the Boeing 737, most recently as Check Captain with Virgin Australia.

Murray has extensive experience in Check and Training, Simulator Instructing and facilitation of ground courses and holds CAA NZ Part 121 and 125 Airline Flight Examiner Ratings, and has previously held Senior Person roles with Southern DC-3

Dave Bargh

AviationSMS Consultant

Dave has had a life time interest in aviation, from gaining a PPL through the Marlborough Aero Club in the early 80s to more than 30 years of cross divisional airline industry experience; working throughout NZ, Australia and the Pacific.

Dave has particular interest in Airports, Network Support, Safety and Quality Assurance, Risk Analysis and Change Management, RFP and contract negotiations

Jacob Pearce

AviationSMS Support

Jacob has been supported our consultancy team since mid 2018 and has worked as Cabin Crew for Virgin Australia as well holding a tertiary level of qualification.  


He has a passion in exposition writing and safety management, and has worked with a number of parts 135, 141 and 137 organizations to help them achieve CAA Certification. 


Jacob is looking to further his skills by undertaking CAA SMS courses and finishing his PPL and eventually CPL    

Lee MacGillivray

Te Anau-Manapouri Airport Operations Manager

AviationSMS Support

Lee started working in the aviation industry for Air Fiordland in 1994 where she had a variety of different roles ranging from Flight Coordinator and ground handling for the Manapouri Airport, as well as Quality Assurance with us at QAOSH.


When Air Fiordland’s Te Anau base moved out to the new Te Anau-Manapouri airport terminal, Lee’s role changed to include more airport duties. 


Lee has now been looking after the daily running of the airport for over a decade, and brings airport operations experience to the QAOSH AviationSMS team.  

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