TAE Aerospace


Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team of industry experts is based in Australia and North America.

Some of our leaders have been with us since day one. Others have been welcomed to the team as we’ve continued our growth across Asia-Pacific and into the Americas.

Together we provide many decades of experience with an enduring passion for aerospace and aviation.

Some of our leaders have been with us since day one. Others have been welcomed to the team as we’ve continued our growth across Asia-Pacific and into the Americas.

Together we provide many decades of experience with an enduring passion for aerospace and aviation.

Darren Hutchinson

Chief Strategy Officer

Darren began his aerospace career as an Apprentice Aircraft Engineer in Ballarat. After completing his apprenticeship in 1988, Darren joined the Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) where he worked as an all trades LAME in a variety of roles in PNG, Arnhem Land and Northern Australia. As he progressed through the business, he was appointed as the Workshop Manager and Chief Engineer, which included responsibility for the airworthiness of its aircraft fleet.

In 2001, Darren returned to Adelaide to join the Rossair business in the general aviation market. He then joined the TAE Aerospace group in 2008, when the business was acquired by TAE Aerospace. Throughout that time, he was an engine technician and quality engineer before moving into operations and general management.

Darren is now the Chief Strategy Officer for TAE Aerospace leading all strategic development and commercial activities for the company. Darren is also the General Manager Commercial MRO for the company, leading all activities across our Australian and the United States operations in support of our commercial customers.

Darren holds a Master of Business Administration from Adelaide University.

Deidre Roos-Korf Headshot

Deidre Roos-Korf

Chief People, Culture & Safety Officer

Deidre is an agile business leader with a transformational mindset shaped by more than 26 years of experience, diversified across various industries. She has a well-demonstrated track record of success in leading multi-cultural and multi-national HR teams in large global organisations across three continents and now holds the role of Chief Human Resources Officer for TAE Aerospace.

She is passionate about putting people at the heart of an organisation.  Interests and experiences are in the field of employee well-being, organisation development and leadership.

She holds a PhD in Organisational Psychology (UNISA) and an MBA from the University of Warwick in the UK.

Deidre is a fellow of both the Australian HR Institute and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK. She is a Board member/Advisor to the People Sub-Committee of the Mater Hospital Group and an Advisory Board member of the Work and Wellbeing Department at the University of Griffith.

Damien Richards

General Manager Defence MRO

Damien is a mechanical and manufacturing engineer with extensive experience establishing and working in maintenance, manufacturing, construction and asset management industries across Asia Pacific. He has substantial general; operational and project management experience having led businesses and large-scale complex projects. This has included all areas of project and program management aided by a Masters in Project Management and Post Grad Business training. 

Damien is our General Manager Defence MRO, leading the company’s activities in support of our Defence customers across the world through delivery of maintenance, repair and engineering services for fighter jets, trainers, transports and the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.

Mark Pearce

Chief Information Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Mark has over three decades of experience in delivering business value by leveraging technology solutions that best fit business goals. 

In his current position as Chief Information Officer (CIO), Mark oversees all aspects of information, communications and technology (ICT) including IT business systems, information security and networks, data and analytics. He is charged with progressing an agenda that is transforming the TAE ICT landscape to support our business growth across the globe. Additionally, as Chief Compliance Officer, Mark has overall responsibility for the Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) functions across the business, including quality management, risk management and security management. 

Mark joined TAE Aerospace in 2018 and brings with him a diversity of knowledge gained from numerous industry sectors, both domestically and abroad. Prior to joining TAE Aerospace, Mark was Associate Partner at Information Professionals, where he oversaw solution delivery and quality practice by providing management expertise on investment analysis, business change programs, projects and major business transformation programs. Previously, Mark was also CEO for K.J. Ross & Associates, one of Australia’s premier providers of software quality and testing services. 

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