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The CHIRP Charitable Trust provides an independent confidential safety reporting system for the UK aviation and worldwide maritime industries.  The Trust is seeking an experienced professional air pilot with a good understanding of operational safety issues in the Air Transport and General Aviation sectors for the
part-time role of Director Aviation (D Avn).  The workload is anticipated to be the equivalent of 4 full days per week, managed flexibly.  D  Avn is a senior leader and champion of open reporting and Just Culture within the aviation environments with the ultimate focus on driving safety improvement (see note 1).

D Avn is responsible for managing the Aviation Programmes in accordance with the Board of Trustee’s policies and priorities under the strategic supervision of an Executive Director with the aim of improving aviation safety.  He/she oversees the Cabin Crew Programme and operates the Air Transport (AT) and General Aviation (GA) Programmes.  Day-to-day operation of the AT and GA Programmes requires D Avn personally to process air safety reports from receipt, through assessment to closure, maintaining contact with reporters and liaising with regulators and industry.  CHIRP recently rolled out a facility for drone remote pilots to submit safety reports and is investigating the provision of an independent Peer-Pilot Assistance Network.

Professional pilot experience, which is likely to include recent time in command of multi-crew aircraft, is essential to provide an intuitive understanding of the air environment and credibility with reporters.  Senior
leadership/management experience is highly desirable in order to view issues from a strategic perspective and to manage relationships with industry and regulators at an appropriate level.

The successful candidate will understand the management of risk and the Human-Factors issues associated with working in safety-conscious resource-constrained environments.  He/she will enjoy engaging sympathetically with people, be experienced in drawing on diverse specialist advice and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 

CHIRP is in the process of moving to a ‘virtual office’ construct.  The majority of D Avn’s role can be carried out remotely using cloud-based IT though many essential meetings are necessarily held in London and the south east of England. 

Note 1.  Previously the role of D Avn was combined with that of the Chief Executive (CE) as a full-time position.  In future there will be an Executive Director to fulfil the CE role.

Register your interest and we will send a more detailed job description.  To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to by 30 November 2019.  Interviews will be held in January.


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