Qantas: Allan Williams' RetirementShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Allan Williams the Regional General Manager Qantas ACT, is after 40 years and two months with the company ready to go through a final security check on to the departure gates of the life of a retiree, one who is unlikely to stop working but at his pace now.
Looking back over those 40 years at the changes to the industry that has sent him around the world, around Australia but finally landed him back in Canberra for a second term of duty that made it the perfect finale to that long career and a perfect place to retire, were many former Qantas staff and current ones weathering the storm of redundancies and uncertainties in the industry but stoic still joining the party at the National Press Club. Williams reminisced about the original TAA he joined in ‘74 and the Ansett ANA his father worked for. The merging of BOAC and BEA that is now British Airways and that full house of 640 plus passengers out of Darwin in ’74 on a 747 after Cyclone Tracey that is still a record and those DC 10 planes that kept falling out of the sky.
His extracurricular activities have seen him on the committee circuit of notable causes and many he will continue, particular Hands Across Canberra, an innovative philanthropic organisation that shares donations among many, the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal Fundraising Committee and as chair of the Canberra Convention Bureau.
We who have enjoyed his company on many and varied occasions wish him well and know he’ll be just as enthusiastic for Canberra and its community in his retirement as he lingers longer as he wont have to rush back to work for that afternoon kip.