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Airservices Chair receives Knighthood

27 Jan 2015

Airservices Australia would like to congratulate our Chair, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) on the appointment of his Knighthood by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Australia Day.

Sir Angus said he was surprised and humbled by the honour. “I am still Angus Houston and most of the things I’ve been involved in have involved leadership, but I would be very quick to say that it’s the people I’ve worked with that have delivered the outcomes that have been achieved,” he said.

He was awarded the Knighthood for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters and in a variety of roles in the community.

Prime Minister Abbott praised Sir Angus for his commitment in serving Australia in various roles since finishing up as head of Defence. “Successive governments have relied on Sir Angus’s wisdom, judgment and character,” he said. “Throughout his life, Sir Angus has put Australia first.”

Sir Angus was appointed to Airservices Board on 6 December 2011 and was appointed Chair on 3 June 2012.