Captain Tim Standen

Growing up in Townsville, Queensland, Captain Tim Standen joined the RAN as an Apprentice Air Technical Communications sailor on 8 January 1979 at the age of 16, where he undertook apprentice training at the then HMAS Nirimba, Quakers Hill NSW. This was followed by numerous postings over the next 37 years including squadrons, Flights, ships, RAAF and Tri-Service organisations, conducting maintenance and attaining qualifications on the A4-G Skyhawk, Macchi jet trainers, Squirrel, Seahawk and Sea King helicopters as well as aviation ground navigation aids, airborne electronic warfare systems operational and depot level maintenance.

Promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) in November 1994, CPO Standen spent three years working in the Project SEA 1411 helicopter acquisition project office. Promoted to Warrant Officer (WOATV) in 1998. WO Standen spent three years as the Assistant Aviation Engineer Officer (AAEO) in 817 Squadron and as the aviation support workshops contract liaison officer in Naval Aviation Systems program Office.

Commissioning to the rank of Lieutenant in January 2002, Lieutenant Standen spent two years working in Directorate General Technical Airworthiness (DGTA) organisation undertaking Systems Program Office (SPO) compliance assurance and continuous improvement. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the 2004 promotion list, LCDR Standen gained further experience in NASPO as well as Aviation Engineer Officer (AEO) 805 Squadron; and as the aviation facilities engineer on the Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ship project throughout 2009. In 2010, LCDR Standen took post as the Deputy Fleet Aviation Engineer officer (DFAEO) then as Fleet Aviation Engineer Officer (FAEO) in the same year following promotion to Commander in the 2009 promotion list.

Awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2013 Australia Day honours list for work undertaken as the FAEO, Commander Standen was appointed as the Director Training Authority-Aviation from Jan 13 to December 2015. Promoted on 1 February 2016, Captain Standen was appointed Director Maritime Safety Bureau, taking charge on 29 February 2016.

Captain Standen has since assumed command of Navy's sailor training establishment, HMAS Cerberus on 13 January 2017.