Christiaan Durrant comes to his post as CEO of Lancaster 6 with decades of experience in government and private enterprises. His leadership accomplishments extend across continents, including Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Durrant is highly respected in the international community for his honest and credible approach to business initiatives, as well as his passion for humanitarian efforts around the world, particularly in countries experiencing extreme upheaval due to conflict.
Durrant assumed the leadership of Lancaster 6 after a successful tenure at Frontier Services Group where from 2014 until 2016, he was Director of Operations. In his capacity as Director, Durrant was responsible for all aspects of the global operations of Frontier, including leading the operations of over 300 personnel. He succeeded in identifying and exploiting new international business opportunities for Frontier, maximizing the organization’s operations. Durrant has worked in a number of challenging & austere environments. Today, he is embedding his skills and accomplishments into his role as the leader of an international organization, with a mission to bring financial prosperity and peace to at-risk populations in war-torn countries.
Christiaan Durrant was born in Australia in 1970. He began his professional life in 1988 when he joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an F-18 Fighter Pilot where he served until 1999. During this time, he began to build his management and diplomatic skills serving as a liaison between the Air Force and other governmental agencies and contractors. Continuing to advance professionally in the military aviation industry, Durrant became a Squadron Leader in 1999. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing a $200M operating budget and more than 1500 employees. Durrant oversaw all aspects of daily aviation operations, including training, monitoring and evaluating performance and developing infrastructure for interrelations between the RAAF its partner communities.
The Year 2001 marked Durrant’s transition from government service to the civilian aviation industry. He joined QANTAS Airlines as an Airline Transport Pilot. He was responsible for management of the aircraft and its 20-person crew, and ensuring compliance with international protocol and safety standards. Four years later, in 2004, Durrant became an aviation industry consultant, working with governments and corporations to develop training, safety, and international operational procedures. Durrant continued to advance in leadership positions within the aviation industry, including senior management roles with Tasmanian Air Adventures and Emirates Airlines.
Christiaan Durrant was a natural choice to assume the helm of Lancaster 6. His facilitation skills are evidenced by a number of profitable initiatives such as, serving as a key player in multiple cross-industry memorandums of understanding that resulted in significant growth for airline companies. Durrant is also a successful entrepreneur, launching two start-ups, involved in management consulting and the second in tourism. His innate skills in strategic planning, product development and market deployment, as well as networking and advocacy resulted in immediate success for both ventures.
Durrant is married and has two daughters. In his spare time, Durrant enjoys mountain climbing, sailing, endurance sports, music and, naturally, aviation.