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Captain David Harrison MA (cantab) FRAeS - Chairman


As an Engineering graduate from  Cambridge University, David joined the aviation industry in 1969  with the  British Aircraft Corporation on the BAC 1-11 test programme. Taking a graduate training opportunity in 1971 he undertook pilot training at Oxford Kidlington and joined British European Airways  on the Trident fleet,  flying all three variants.

Early in his flying career, he joined the technical section of the British Airline Pilots Association as a Cranfield University qualified pilot accident Investigator. Subsequently he Chaired the Accident Investigation Group for ten years, before taking the Chair of the Association Technical Committee for a  further eight years.

In 1985 David transferred  to  the British Airways Boeing 757 and 767 fleet with a subsequent Command on type, remaining until retirement in 2002, and achieved  task variety by accepting appointments in Safety roles, Fleet Technical Management,  aircraft acceptance and delivery from Boeing Seattle and  ETOPS development before transferring to a training appointment for the final eight years.

Shortly after retirement, he joined CTC Aviation Services as a Boeing Instructor and Deputy Head of Safety and Compliance, roles which are still current in CTC as it develops as part of L-3 Communications Company of New York.

As a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, David has supported their Technical debate chairing the Committee from 2009 for six years.

As Chairman of the BALPA Technical Committee  from 1994, he was a founder member of the CHIRP Air Transport Advisory Board and of the Royal Aeronautical Society Human Factors Accreditation Focus Group, which later became the CAA CRM Advisory Panel from which he recently retired.  He has been Chair of the CHIRP ATAB for the past three  years and was appointed to the Charity Trustees in 2013. 



Jim McKenna - Vice Chairman


I joined BEA as an engineering undergraduate apprentice in 1974 subsequently gaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Air Transport Engineering through City University. My career with BEA, later BA, led to my becoming a licensed engineer, supervisor and then hangar foreman. My first aircraft maintenance was, surprisingly, spar replacements and recovering of a Beagle Terrier and defect diagnosis on a Spitfire before moving on to the heavier metal represented by Viscounts, Vanguards, Tridents, BAC1-11 and L1011 Tristars. I moved to Boeing 747/Tristar maintenance checks before leaving BA in 1984.

In 1984 I joined the CAA as an airworthiness surveyor, based initially at Perth. I subsequently became Surveyor in Charge Aberdeen, Regional Manager Stansted, Head of Engineer Licensing, Chief Surveyor and latterly Head of Airworthiness Policy and Standards. I was able to gain experience on a wide variety of aircraft, from De Havilland Moths to Boeing 747 and a considerable smattering of warbird aircraft as my time at Stansted included supervision of the companies and aircraft at Duxford. I also gained considerable experience on helicopters ranging from Robinson 22 to the Chinook. Although my duties were primarily to monitor aircraft airworthiness and maintenance organisation standards I did assist AAIB in several investigations, including Pan Am 103 at Lockerbie, helicopter ditchings in the North Sea and GA accidents. With all of that, I am indebted to the skill and experience that numerous very knowledgeable engineers and pilots shared with me. As Head of Engineer Licensing I was active in the JAR-65 working group, developing requirements for what was to become the new European Licensing requirements for large aircraft under Part 66. I also assisted in the development of JAR-147 for training schools. This work involved participation in the JAA Maintenance Sectoral Team meetings giving me a wider knowledge and experience of the way that European politics work.

I took a Master of Science degree in Air Transport Management through City University in 2001 and subsequently acted as an external examiner at City University London for their Masters degree courses in Air Transport Management and for Cranfield University on some of their Masters and PhD degree courses. I was also actively involved in both Human Factors and Safety Management Systems work at CAA. My final project was looking into the Regulatory Approach to Recreational Aviation (known as the RA2 report). This report, which suggested a number of changes in the regulatory approach to GA operations, was submitted to and agreed by the CAA Board. I would like to hope that it laid the foundations for the recent establishment of the CAA GA Unit and well as continuing the development of concessions and alleviations for GA operations (e.g. Permit IMC, A8-26, overflight privileges)

I am currently a Board Member and Director of the Light Aircraft Association and chair their Airworthiness Oversight Committee. I am also a Board Member and sit on the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Airworthiness.

I have been involved with CHIRP since 1995 when it was proposed to include an engineering aspect to the Air Transport Advisory Board and have also been involved in the UK MEMS programme since its inception. I am presently a Trustee for CHIRP and continue to sit on the ATAB.



Marc Bailey

British Business and General Aviation Association (Eng)

Marc has been in aviation for 40 years and is a professional engineer who still holds Part 66 B1, B2 and C licenses; he also has a BSc hons in Air Transport Engineering and an MBA.

Having started with BOAC in 1974 he spent 23 years in many areas of operational maintenance. In the last ten years at British Airways he managed not only the introduction of the B777 into the company but was also responsible for the continuing airworthiness of several aircraft types (Concorde, A320 and ATP).  He also led an approved maintenance programme escalation project which generated significant maintenance savings on several aircraft types. 

In 1998, he joined FR Aviation to manage both company aircraft and third party contracts in production. In the last few years, at what was Cobham Aviation Services, he looked after the areas of  Quality, Continuing Airworthiness and Training.

For nearly six years Marc has been directing British Business and General Aviation as their CEO and he represents the interests of 130 members in commercial general aviation. This role is wide ranging, affording the opportunity to represent those members with government and its agencies, EASA and the Commission, plus many specific industry technical issues.

Marc has taken an active role in a number of key industry bodies, which includes Chairman of the European Independent Maintenance group representing MRO’s in UK and Europe. He is Chairman and President of the European Council of General Aviation Support which represents 700 members (Which are maintenance and approved training organisations), with over 400 SME’s included in their ranks. He is a member of the EASA advisory board to represent the commercial GA activities for the sector. He is Deputy Chair of the UK maintenance error management group which works with industry and the CAA to improve safety performance of aviation in the UK.

As a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Marc was elected as a member of the main council to again represent the operational side of aviation.

He has a particular interest in seeking to generate support wherever possible for training the next generation of aviation professionals. In the last year the BBGA team have seen significant success in the establishment of Trailblazer apprenticeships which are the start of an extensive programme to support Aviation Services in the UK.



Major Mike Baker

SO2 Human Factors, Military Aviation Academy



Karen Bolton

External Safety Manager, NATS Safety Directorate

Karen has worked for NATS for 25 years; and is currently their External Safety Manager working predominantly with EASA on new regulations; but also with the airlines on joint safety improvement programmes. Karen has 18 years’ experience as an Air Traffic Controller in busy TMA airspace and is an expert in all aspects of Air Traffic Management.


Mark Brosnan

Accident Prevention & Flight Safety Programme Manager, CHC Helicopters/EEA Helicopter Group


Tim Cheal

Senior Examiner, Thomas Cook Airlines

On leaving School in 1977 Tim joined the RAF as a pilot. He served in the RAF for 20 years where he operated Harrier aircraft in the UK, USA and Germany. He spent much of his time on instructional duties with formal instructional appointments on the Jet Provost, Hawk and Harrier aircraft. His final tour in the RAF was as a Board of Inquiry Advisor investigating RAF aircraft accidents.

In 1997 Tim joined Airtours as a Boeing FO. He gained Command on the Boeing in 1999 and has since progressed as Line Training Captain, TRI and TRE. He has filled the roles of Flight Safety Officer, Fleet Operations Manager and Fleet Manager before he was appointed as the Training Manager in November 2005.

Tim is married with 4 children and lives in Wilmslow. In his spare time he works as a Civilian Instructor in the local ATC Squadron.


Captain Chris Daly

Chief Pilot - Aberdeen, Bristow Helicopters


Bob Donnelly

Airfield Operations Manager, Birmingham Airport

I joined the Royal Air Force on leaving School in 1980 as a mechanic. He served in the RAF for 24 years with the majority of time being spent on the VC 10 with short periods on Phantom and Tornado GR4. My final years were spent as an Aircraft Ground Engineer holding approvals for Airframe, Propulsion, Electrical and Flight Systems on the VC 10 in its Air-to-Air Refueling role and it Air Transport role where my task was as a Flying Spanner. This was no mean feat as the aircraft was approaching 40 years in service at that time and was still one of the fastest airliners produced. During my time with the Air Force I gained a degree in Psychology which is a subject which has always fascinated me.

My current role is that of the “Airfield Operations Manager” at Birmingham Airport which offers me many challenges and
opportunities. I have been in this role for 12 years but had a 3 year secondment as the “Airfield Projects Manager” during which I was involved in the move of a major dual carriageway, construction of a 400 meter extension to the runway (while maintaining an efficient operation on it), installation of a new radar, construction of a new Air Traffic Tower, installation of a new Instrument Landing System, a full resurface of the existing runway and a lighting upgrade to LED fittings amongst other tasks.

I am married with two children and enjoy fast motorcycles.



Captain Rupert Duringer

European Operations, Bristow Helicopters

Captain Rupert Duringer joined Bristow Helicopters in 1995 flying the Aerospatiale AS332L ‘Tiger’ helicopter to offshore oil & gas platforms in the central North Sea. He has been with Bristow ever since, spending a number of years rotating through the Shetland Islands before settling in Aberdeen with his wife (also a rotary pilot) and children.

He has spent time, alongside operational flying, serving in Operations Services, as the Flight Safety Officer, as Deputy Chief Pilot, as a Line Training Captain and is currently a TRI/TRE. More recently flown types include the Eurocopter EC225 and the Sikorsky SK92. He has accumulated around 11,000 hours experience of North Sea Operations over the last twenty years.


Captain Gareth Eccott

CRM Trainer and Line Pilot, Monarch Airlines



Robert Edson

Ground Operations Manager, Atlantic Airlines

Currently employed as Nominated Post-Holder Ground Operations with Atlantic Airlines. I joined the company in 2005 and was initially based in Italy before returning to the UK in 2010. Atlantic Airlines operates a fleet of all cargo Boeing 737 aircraft operating on behalf of Postal and Express Integrator clients throughout Europe. Atlantic Airlines is part of the West Atlantic Group.  Prior to this I started my aviation career with Lufthansa Cargo based at East Midlands Airport. 



Captain Terry Eglinton

Flight Safety Officer & Line Training Captain, Babcock (Previously Bond Offshore Helicopters)

Since 2009, I have been evolving in a dual role within BOH: Flight Safety Officer and Line Training Captain; based at Norwich and covering the Southern North Sea. From 2006 to 2009, I also held a dual role within BAS: Flight Safety Officer and EC135 Fleet Training Captain. BAS operated 70% of the UK’s air ambulances and the Police helicopters for Scotland and South Wales, in addition to supporting Trinity lighthouse and the Northern Lighthouse board, BAS developed the UK’s first offshore wind farm helicopter support.

Before joining BAS and BOH, I was a line pilot with the Chiltern Air Support Unit, based at Luton International Airport and RAF Benson, supporting Police and other agencies in surveillance, search and casualty evacuation missions and rapid transportation of specialists.

Previous to flying police operations I flew offshore for 4 years and onshore conducting training and charter.

My aviation career started with the Royal Air Force as an engineer, and worked in engineering for 17 years ending as Director of Maintenance for two companies in the United States before flying full time.


Dr. Sally Evans

Chief Medical Officer, CAA

Dr Sally Evans graduated in medicine from London University in 1984. After qualifying as a general practitioner she initially worked for British Airways and then moved to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 1993.

She is a Consultant in Occupational Medicine specialising in Aviation Medicine and holds a PPL. She was Head of the CAA’s Aeromedical Section from 1999 until 2005 when she became Chief Medical Officer. She is Deputy Chief Examiner for the UK Diploma in Aviation Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. She is a member of the Medical Provisions Study Group of the International Civil Aviation Organization and was the Chairman of the EASA FCL.001 Medical Sub-Group tasked with drafting the EASA Medical Requirements. She is currently Chairman of the European Aviation Authorities’ Chief Medical Officers’ Forum.


Air Commodore Steve Forward

Director, UK Airprox Board

Steve is an ex-RAF fast-jet pilot who joined the RAF in September 1981 following graduation from an Electronic Engineering degree at Leeds University. He flew almost 1000hrs on the Tornado GR1, and over 2000hrs on the Harrier. He graduated as a Harrier Qualified Weapons Instructor, carried out duties as a Flight Commander and Squadron Executive Officer and conducted a number of operational deployments flying over Iraq in the early 1990s. Subsequently Steve commanded the Strike Attack Operational Evaluation Unit (responsible for equipment and tactics trials on Tornado, Jaguar and Harrier) before joining the newly forming UK Joint Force Air Component HQ (JFACHQ), initially as Executive Officer and then as its commanding officer, where he was involved in introducing the RAF’s deployable Air C2 capability, participated in the UK’s immediate response to the 9/11 attack and also contributed to the control of coalition air operations over Iraq where he was awarded the US Bronze Star for his role in the US-led Combined Air Operations Centre. In early 2005 he activated and was the first commander of the newly established UK Joint Ground Based Air Defence HQ.

Promotion to the rank of Air Commodore in 2011 followed a busy time in HQ Air Command A3/A5 which included overseeing the UK’s Air contribution to the Libya crisis and acting as the lead for devising the 2012 Olympics Air Security Plan. In December 2011 he was selected for a year’s deployment as Air Officer Commanding 83 Expeditionary Air Group based in the Middle East, where he was responsible overall for the UK’s Air Component contribution to operations in Afghanistan, and was integral to the planning and initial build-up of the UK’s growing Middle East regional posture.

Steve retired from the RAF in 2013 to take on the role of Director UK Airprox Board where he leads the jointly sponsored and co-funded CAA/MAA team, charged with assessing and reporting on Airprox (near-mid-air collisions) in the UK. The aim of the UK Airprox Board is to enhance Air Safety by raising awareness and understanding of airborne conflict and mid-air collisions in general in order to help prevent future air incidents and accidents.


Neil Hickey

Technical Manager Safety Engineering, Ryanair

Joined Ryanair as an apprentice aircraft mechanic/aircraft electrician in 1993.  Holder of an EASA B1/B2 licence on B737-200 & B737-800.

Worked as a line engineer in Dublin and in Ryanair outstation Charleroi, Belgium.

Set up and managed various Ryanair outstations across Europe.

Manager of Engineering for Spain and Portugal region where over 70 aircraft were based across 13 stations.

Manager of Airframe Systems Section in Ryanair Technical Services Department.

Completed a degree in Business Management in Aviation. 

Currently hold the position of Technical Manager Safety Engineering in the Ryanair Safety Department.

Currently studying in City University London for a Masters in Air Safety Management.


Barry Hinxman

Compliance Director, Gate Gourmet



Chris Hodgkinson


Taught to fly at Eastleigh while at school courtesy of an RAF Scholarship. Joined the RN (Fleet Air Arm) and flew helicopters for 5 years. Joined BOAC on VC10s and having obtained a command on type, moved to the 747-100/200 and lastly the 747-400 as a Training Captain.

He retired two years early and after a year as Master of GAPAN (now Honourable Company of Air Pilots) he worked as a Consultant for many years, including 15 years as the then GAPAN Technical Director.

In 1994 he was asked to review the then dying CHIRP, and in conjunction with Clive Elton, wrote a detailed report which recommended revitalising the organisation, including better funding and a full time Chief Executive. The report was accepted by the CAA.

He was a main Board Trustee for 19 years and now serves on the Air Transport Board.


Peter Hunt


Peter learned to fly whilst still at school, later qualifying as an airline pilot. He joined BEA/British Airways in 1962, became a captain in 1972 and after two years entered the management team. Airline management appointments followed, all allowing him to continue to fly.

In 1990, Peter joined the UK CAA as a Flight Operations Inspector. Subsequently he joined CAA’s management team becoming head of operating standards division before moving to the UK Airprox Board as director.

Peter is now retired and is an independent member of the CHIRP Air Transport Advisory Board. He has an Open University degree having studied control engineering and computing and a Cranfield MBA. His cv’s over the years mention that he is learning to play the piano – he still is: ‘keen student; slow progress’.


James Jeavons


James represents GATCO (Guild of Air traffic Control Officers) and is the ‘Area Control’ representative. He is currently an en-route Air Traffic Controller at NATS Prestwick Centre and has over 15 years experience in Air Traffic. Prior to that he gained a degree in Law, but after graduating joined the aviation industry.



Captain Lance Jordan

Flight Ops Manager - Governance Compliance and Risk, easyJet



Dr. David King


David King was the United Kingdom’s Chief Inspector of Air Accidents and Head of the Department for Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) based in Farnborough.

He served a multi-disciplinary apprenticeship with Hawker Siddeley Aviation (1963-70), in which he obtained an Upper Second Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He then worked in the Future Projects section with Hawker Siddeley on Harrier development and early Hawk configuration wind tunnel testing.

He joined the AAIB as an investigator in 1972 and was engaged in accident investigations throughout Europe, Africa, North, Central and South America. He also, as the Investigator-in-Charge, has been responsible for both the conduct of investigations into a number of large public transport accidents and the published reports. These include the BAC 1-11 windscreen loss, the August 1993 Airbus A320 ‘floating’ spoiler event and the February 1995 Boeing 737 double engine oil loss incident. All of these investigations focussed on and developed knowledge in the area of maintenance activity related Human Factors. The substance of these investigations have formed the core of presentation on Human Factors in engineering to ISASI, in North America and New Zealand and to a number of RAeS audiences.

He obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The City University in 1991, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. In 1999 he was awarded the Honorary Degree of ‘Doctor of Engineering’ by Kingston University in recognition of more than 25 years contribution to aircraft accident investigation.

David is the President of the European Society of Air Safety Investigators (ESASI), a division of ISASI, a former Trustee of CHIRP and Chairman of the CHIRP Maintenance Error Management Systems Review Board. He was recently appointed a visiting Professor of Cranfield University assigned to the School of Engineering.

He holds a current multi-engine Private Pilot’s Licence with an unrestricted Instrument rating.

David is married to Patricia with two sons.



Dr Felipe Nascimento BSc (Hons) MSc DIC PhD

Flight Operations Manager - Specialist Teams & Safety Performance, Civil Aviation Authority (SARG)

Felipe started his career in aviation as a military pilot in Brazil. As a Naval Officer, he piloted Super Lynx helicopters in and out of fast ships at night and, in the Air Force, Embraer Tucano aeroplanes. Military service ended, Felipe was awarded an MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics by Cranfield University and a PhD in Transport Risk Management by Imperial College London. His scientific production has pulled together the best safety management practices across various industries to develop predictive risk assessment techniques applicable to aviation. These were implemented in the complex environment of offshore helicopter operations in various countries, resulting in a number of high impact scientific publications. Felipe joined the UK CAA's Flight Operations Department as a Safety Programme Manager in 2014 and, since 2015, he has also managed the teams of inspectors in the areas of cabin safety, ground handling and dangerous goods.



Sean Parker

Safety Reporting Programme Lead, Civil Aviation Authority (SARG)


Now specialising in safety reporting and performance based regulation Sean has over 20 year’s regulatory experience with the CAA across several technical disciplines. As the Head of the CAA Safety Data Department he was directly involved with the drafting of EC 376/2014 on Occurrence Reporting as the UK specialist supporting the Council of the European Union. Prior to various roles within the Airworthiness Division of the CAA, including Quality Manager and Design & Production Organisation Approvals Manager, Sean worked in the UK and Malaysia for Bristow Helicopters, British Airways and British Caledonian.



Captain Ed Pooley


Ed spent over 30 years as an airline pilot ending up at British Airways after much time in the independent sector. As a young co-pilot, he was an active light aircraft instructor. After becoming a line and later a Training Captain, he then led the implementation of integrated and independent oversight of operational safety and accident/serious incident investigation at the British Regional Air Lines Group as it expanded to a 100-aircraft operation in the 1990s. He continued in this role whilst continuing to fly until taking early retirement during re-organisation at British Airways. Since then, he has set up and led a small consultancy business which has carried out work for clients in Europe and around the world. He has been a presenter at leading safety conferences for almost 20 years and remains active in various pro-bono activities relating to aviation safety.


Ellie Powell

Safety Manager - Flight & Cabin Operations, Virgin Atlantic



Sukhi Rai

Quality Manager, British Airways Engineering



Tim Roberts

Investigator - Air Traffic Standards, Civil Aviation Authority (SARG)

25 years-experience as a tower and approach radar controller and ultimately Air Traffic Manager in the North of England. Joined the CAA in 2015.


Alan Roper

Unite Representative (Engineering sector)

Alan followed in his grandfathers, then father’s footsteps joining British Caledonian as an apprentice in 1985, but broke from family tradition chose avionics as his discipline. British Caledonian merged with British Airways in 1987 and Alan finished his apprenticeship and became an avionics technician working in line maintenance at Gatwick.

Alan studied to hold CAA licences in Cat X Electrics, Instruments and Autopilots, then gained his first type authorisation on the Boeing 767 as a certifying technician. His next approval course was on the Lockheed L1011 Tristar and with that came a promotion to Licenced Aircraft Engineer.

Alan gained one more type, the Boing 757 before leaving to join a new start up engineering company at Gatwick, Flying Colours, in 1999, where continues to work today, albeit now known as Thomas Cook Aircraft Engineering and adding the Airbus A320/1 and A330 to his approvals.

However, it is not from his employment that Alan is a member of the ATSB, but because he is the current Chairman of Unite the Unions Engineering Advisory Group for Civil Air Transport. Unite has union recognition agreements with many airlines and engineering businesses throughout the UK and workplace representatives meet on a quarterly basis to share and discuss the challenges that face Unite members in employment today. 



Davy Ross

Association Licensed Aircraft Engineers



Jason Sandever

Ground Safety Inspector, Civil Aviation Authority

Jason has been the Ground Safety Inspector at the UK CAA for over 12 years. He joined the Flight Operations Inspectorate in 2004 after nearly a decade at a UK cargo airline, where he worked as a Loadmaster on various turboprop and jet aircraft types.

His regulatory oversight duties are very much focused on all aspects on Ground Operations, which as well as live under-wing operations, include topics such as compliance monitoring and safety management.

He is also the co-chair of the GHOST (Ground Handling Operations Safety Team) and in light of the recent addition of ground handling reporting, has joined to CHIRP to support and participate in the programme. 




Andrew Strachan

Leonardo Company formerly Agusta Westland

1962 Joined Royal Navy as helicopter pilot
1962-64 Training
1964-65 845 Commando Squadron Wessex 1. Service in Far East, including the Borneo confrontation.
1965-67 826 A/S Squadron Wessex 1. Based on HMS Hermes, Middle and Far East tour. First participated in Farnborough Air Show.
1968-71 Wasp pilot. HMS Yarmouth Flight commander. Service in Far East and Med.
1972 Empire Test Pilot’s School.
1972-75 Test pilot at Boscombe Down. Initial trials on Gazelle, Lynx and Sea King. Carried out first Lynx deck landings. Icing trials in Canada. Awarded Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air.
1976-77 Senior Pilot of first Lynx Squadron, 700L.
1978-9 Flight Commander HMS Kent. South America tour.
1979 Joined Westland Helicopters as test pilot.
1979-86 Test pilot carrying out development and production test flying on Gazelle, Lynx, Sea King and Westland 30.
1986 Appointed Deputy Chief Test Pilot.
1988 Appointed Chief Test Pilot. Joined Flying Control Committee for Farnborough Air Show. Member of Committee for next nine Shows.
1988-2003 CTP at Westlands. Development flying of EH 101/Merlin, including first flights of all prototypes, and introduction into service. Carried out first deck landings.
2003 Awarded OBE.
2003-09 Comms pilot at Westlands.
2004 Appointed Flying Display Director for Farnborough Air Show, and retained that position in 2006 and 2008.



Mark Taylor

Deputy President, GATCO


Providing an 'Airfield View' Mark is the Terminal ATC representative of the UK Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers (GATCO), the professional body that represents the professional, technical and legal interests of ATCOs in the UK of which he is the current Deputy President. A fully qualified military Terminal Air Traffic Controller who has over 15 years controlling experience both in Tower and Radar Approach environments. Additionally, he is a Unit Safety Manager and a Human Factors training supervisor. Prior to controlling, Mark was an ATC Assistant, Operations Assistant and Flight Planning Assistant at various airfields.



Richard Warren

Flight Safety Manager, Babcock International (formerly Bond Offshore Helicopters)


Richard joined the Royal Navy in 2001 as an Ant-Submarine Warfare pilot flying the Merlin helicopter and enjoyed many varied tasks and operations including working on the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and as the P1 on HMS Monmouth.  He left the Royal Navy in 2012 to pursue a career in the Oil and gas industry with Bond Offshore Helicopters (now Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Ltd) based out of Aberdeen.  He is a Captain on both the Super Puma and S92-A helicopters and is also the Flight Safety Manager for the company, where he is the principal Flight Operations Investigator and manager of the Accident and Incident Prevention Programme.  



Air Commodore Dai Whittingham FRAeS

Chief Executive, UK Flight Safety Committee

Dai Whittingham joined the RAF as a pilot in 1974.  He flew Phantoms in the Air Defence fighter role and also served as a flying instructor on the Jet Provost.  He has commanded an E-3D AWACS squadron and the main operating base of RAF Waddington.  A graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies, he deployed in 2004 as the Air Component Commander for all UK flying operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, prior to taking up an MOD operational management appointment.  MOD duties included policy for air safety, UK and European airspace, ATM aircraft equipment, and UAVs; he also chaired the Military Aviation Regulatory Group.  He has held responsibility for operational management and oversight of all RAF
airborne surveillance platforms, and the RAF Search and Rescue Force.  His last formal military appointment was as Deputy Commander, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force.

Dai joined the UKFSC as Chief Executive in February 2012, where he works with a wide range of industry partners to improve commercial aviation safety.  Currently Chairman of the national Laser Working Group and the Honourable Company of Air Pilots Technical Committee, he is also a member of the RAeS Flight Operations Group and a number of industry forums in the UK and Europe.

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