• Geoff Woodham, Robyn Peskovic and Aaron Glaskin

    Geoff Woodham, Robyn Peskovic and Aaron Glaskin

  • Susan Dow and Rebecca Munnings

    Susan Dow and Rebecca Munnings

  • Jo Larter and Sue Neylon

    Jo Larter and Sue Neylon

  • Justine Hagel, Cathy Cottor, Belinda beauman and Peta Glavurdic

    Justine Hagel, Cathy Cottor, Belinda beauman and Peta Glavurdic

  • David Hawes, Richard Collard and Mark Sproat

    David Hawes, Richard Collard and Mark Sproat

  • Maegaret Luff and Maurice Reilley

    Maegaret Luff and Maurice Reilley

  • Henry Barrington, Mair Roach and Paul Nicholas

    Henry Barrington, Mair Roach and Paul Nicholas

  • Anthony Smith, Amanda Emerton and Belinda Beauman

    Anthony Smith, Amanda Emerton and Belinda Beauman

  • Joyce Deedy with Allan and Janene Williams

    Joyce Deedy with Allan and Janene Williams

  • Phil Dalley, Denise Sutton, Bente Phillips and Colin Thomas

    Phil Dalley, Denise Sutton, Bente Phillips and Colin Thomas

  • Doug Wesney and Ross Appleton

    Doug Wesney and Ross Appleton

  • Geoff Woodham and Doug Wesney

    Geoff Woodham and Doug Wesney

  • Yvonne Nesa, Francois Beghin and Esther Robinson

    Yvonne Nesa, Francois Beghin and Esther Robinson

  • Helen Parker and Margot Sawyer

    Helen Parker and Margot Sawyer

  • Carol Scott, Tony Wheelens and Robyn Hendry

    Carol Scott, Tony Wheelens and Robyn Hendry

  • Richard Collard, Mark Sproat, Belinda Beauman, Joyce Deedy and Amanda Emerton

    Richard Collard, Mark Sproat, Belinda Beauman, Joyce Deedy and Amanda Emerton

  • Colin Thomas

    Colin Thomas

  • Allan Williams and Colin Thomas

    Allan Williams and Colin Thomas

  • Allan and Janene Williams and Colin Thomas

    Allan and Janene Williams and Colin Thomas

Qantas: Allan Williams' Retirement

23 June 2014

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.