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Chief Executive - Full Time

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 full-time role of Chief Executive (CE).  The CE is a senior leader and champion of open reporting and Just Culture within the aviation and maritime environments, with the ultimate focus on learning and driving safety improvement.

The CE is responsible for managing the Trust in accordance with the Board of Trustee’s policies and priorities with the aim of improving maritime and aviation safety. He/she oversees the Cabin Crew and Maritime Programmes and operates the Air Transport (AT) and General Aviation (GA) Programmes.  Day-to-day operation of the AT and GA Programmes, to which the CE devotes most of his/her time, requires the CE personally to process air safety reports from receipt, through assessment to closure, maintaining contact with reporters and liaising with regulators and industry.

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 experience is required to manage the Trust and its relationships with industry, regulators and sponsors in the maritime and aviation industries.

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 with people, be experienced in drawing on diverse specialist advice and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  

The CHIRP office is in Fleet, Hampshire but some of the CE’s role can be carried out remotely using cloud-based IT.  Many meetings are necessarily held in London and the south east and the existing CHIRP staff are located in the south. 


Applicants for the position of CE CHIRP should submit a CV with covering letter explaining their suitability for the role to

The closing date for applications is 5 October 2018


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