New CEO takes charge at CareFlight

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From left, Andrew Refshauge, Mick Frewen, Derek Colenbrander. Credit: CareFlight

Chairman of CareFlight Dr Andrew Refshauge has announced that Mick Frewen has been appointed to the role of CEO of CareFlight, Australia, following the retirement of Derek Colenbrander.

The service says that Frewen was appointed back in February, but only took over the role formally this week. He comes to the company after a decade long management career with International SOS, a travel security assistance company. CareFlight has had ties with International SOS for some time, both as a current customer and previously as a business partner in a joint venture to provide aeromedical evacuation services to the Australian Army.

“My whole career has been focused on working with a team to achieve our mission,” said Frewen. “I was immensely attracted to the idea of doing that in a not-for-profit environment, where the overriding imperative is to deliver the very highest standards of care, and where staff are motivated by a sense of purpose and service to the community. That is what CareFlight is all about. It is an ethos with which I identify, and which I will strive to uphold.”

Dr Refshauge was pleased with the appointment of Frewen, praising his leadership and management skills, and asserting that his brief is to maintain the growth of the company.

Colenbrander said he was proud to have worked as part of the organisation: “It has been my great privilege to work with a team of exceptionally dedicated and talented people. Together we have built on the groundwork laid by our founders more than 30 years ago, to create a truly wonderful, caring organisation. Throughout, we have remained true to our mission: to save lives, speed recovery and serve the community.”

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