Loretta Reynolds

Loretta's lasting legacy

Date published

30 May 2022

The RFDS Central Operations Board was proud to acknowledge Loretta Reynolds with Life Membership for her decade-long contribution to the organisation.

Loretta Reynolds

Loretta was originally appointed to the RFDS Central Operations Board in 2011, and a year later, became a Federation Board Member where for eight years she played an essential role in building a stronger national platform for the RFDS. She was appointed Chair of Central Operations in 2016, a role she held for three and half a years.

Loretta's immersive and pragmatic approach was evident in her insistence that the Board maintain a strategic leadership role and her strong advocacy towards ensuring that the RFDS continues to deliver high quality healthcare services.

"Following long-serving and successful Chief Executive John Lynch and Chairman David Hills respectively, Tony Vaughan [incoming Chief Executive] and I had big shoes to fill," Loretta said.

"I am especially proud of the contribution the RFDS makes to communities as a highly regarded healthcare service provider in addition to its exceptional aviation operations. 

"I was enormously privileged to serve the RFDS and will continue to be an avid supporter of its important work for rural, remote and regional communities."

During Loretta’s decade with the RFDS (2011-21), the organisation witnessed rapid growth and development. Just some of the highlights and achievements, include:

  • providing care to almost 500,000 patients during the 10 years; 
  • increasing our employee cohort by 62 per cent, from 177 to 285 staff; 
  • bolstering our fleet with nine new aircraft, including two RFDS Medi-Jet 24s; and,
  • redeveloping and constructing new facilities and clinics in Adelaide, Darwin, Port Augusta, Andamooka, Marla, Marree and Mount Gambier. 

On behalf of RFDS Central Operations, we thank Loretta for her illustrious service.

Loretta Reynolds RFDS Live Membership
Photo: RFDS Central Operations Chair, Peter de Cure acknowledges Loretta Reynolds' Life Membership at the 2022 'Wings for Life' Gala Ball.