TOP Women in Aerospace & Aviation To Follow on LinkedIn 2022: 86.Nicola MacPhail

86. Nicola MacPhail

Chief Financial Officer | Safety Specialist | International Airline Pilot, Hover UAV

86. Nicola MacPhail

Average Post Engagement: 13.40



What I use Linkedin for:

Staying up to date with with career field, new products, what companies in my field are achieving and celebrating their successes. Personal networking for my research. Helping other people looking for new opportunities.

Number of Followers:



Aerospace & Aviation


Who am I:

I am passionate about supporting women in aviation and promoting their advancement. I have spoken at the Virgin Australia IWD about the misconceptions about women in aviation.

What I do:

I am an accomplished civilian aviation professional with manned and unmanned aviation experience. She holds an ICAO Airline Transport Pilot Licence and CASA licences as both an airline transport pilot and remote pilot. I have operated international passenger and freight flights and has piloted aircraft in Australia, Europe and Africa. Her experience includes operating Boeing RPAS programs supporting both commercial projects and technology testing.

I am also an experienced consultant developing compliant solutions for international UAV operators intending to set up operations in Australia, as well as supporting Australian RPA operators develop their BVLOS capabilities. A member of the technical working group formed to inform the development of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) strategic regulatory roadmap.
Currently I am the Chief Financial Officer at Hover UAV.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

As a chartered accountant, I believe that simply counting the gains and losses and saying who won at the end of the day is an easy and useless task. I was always excited by roles that provided value to the company. I jumped on opportunities to improve productivity. I have worked on projects that improved the accuracy of reported financial information by linking data feeds directly to reporting, creating more time for analysts to understand information. A large chunk of my accounting career has been spent on developing and designing management reports to highlight key business drivers and areas of risk.

Accountancy became the wind beneath my wings when I started flying. I was given my first job because I could help out with the numbers a couple of times a week, eventually I was flying full time.

I’ve flown the big jets and the little ones. I’ve also flown unmanned planes. Along the way, I got interested in safety – and became a Safety Officer, which is all about capturing data and making sense of it. I met some inspiring people along the way, and now I’m working towards a PhD in Safety and Resilience.

Who I follow on Linkedin

Andrew Jepson, Patrick Hudson, Alex MacPhail, Lewis Pugh


Andrew Jepson

I train coach and develop accountants to be highly influential Finance Business Partners, The Finance Business Partner

Patrick Hudson

Professor, Delft University of Technology

Alex MacPhail

Top 5% of Global Podcasts | Aviator | Founder | Global Speaker | The Air Race, Digital Care

Lewis Pugh

Endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, UN Environment Programme

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It challenges the myth in aviation that some stress is good for you.  Stress is never good.  I got a lot of validation from safety officer’s at airlines who agree with me, despite the  fact that this dubious science continues to be taught in Human Factors courses.

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