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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 the 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 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’.



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 a 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.

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 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.


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



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.

In his spare time he works as a Civilian Instructor in the local ATC Squadron.


Chief Pilot - Aberdeen, Bristow Helicopters



Airfield Operations Manager, Birmingham Airport


Bob 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 VC10 with short periods on Phantom and Tornado GR4. His final years were spent as an Aircraft Ground Engineer holding approvals for Airframe, Propulsion, Electrical and Flight Systems on the VC10 in its Air-to-Air Refuelling role and an Air Transport role where his 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 his time with the Air Force, he gained a degree in Psychology which was a subject which had always fascinated him.

Bob’s current role is that of the Airfield Operations Manager at Birmingham Airport, which offers him many challenges and opportunities. He has been in this role for 12 years but had a 3 year secondment as the Airfield Projects Manager. During this time, he 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.


European Operations, Bristow Helicopters

Captain Rupert Duringer joined Bristow Helicopters in 1995 flying the Aerospatiale AS332L ‘Tiger’ helicopter to offshore oil and 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, Deputy Chief Pilot, 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.


Ground Operations Manager, Atlantic Airlines

Robert started his aviation career Lufthansa Cargo based at East Midlands Airport. He is currently employed as Nominated Post-Holder Ground Operations with Atlantic Airlines. Robert 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 and is part of the West Atlantic Group.


Flight Safety Officer & Line Training Captain, Babcock International

Terry started his 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. He 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, Terry flew offshore for 4 years and onshore conducting training and charter.

From 2006 to 2009, he 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.

Since 2009, Terry has again been evolving in a dual role with Babcock (previously Bond Offshore Helicopters): Flight Safety Officer and Line Training Captain, based at Norwich and covering the Southern North Sea.

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 also currently Chairman of the European Aviation Authorities’ Chief Medical Officers’ Forum.

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.


Technical Manager Safety Engineering, Ryanair

Neil joined Ryanair as an apprentice aircraft mechanic/aircraft electrician in 1993 and is a holder of an EASA B1/B2 licence on B737-200 & B737-800. He worked as a line engineer in Dublin and at the Ryanair outstation Charleroi, Belgium.

Neil has set-up and managed various Ryanair outstations across Europe. He was the Manager of Engineering for Spain and Portugal region where over 70 aircraft were based across 13 stations and the Manager of Airframe Systems Section in Ryanair Technical Services Department. Neil currently holds the position of Technical Manager Safety Engineering in the Ryanair Safety Department.

He completed a degree in Business Management in Aviation and is currently studying at City University London for a Masters in Air Safety Management.


Compliance Director, Gate Gourmet


Chris was taught to fly at Eastleigh while at school courtesy of an RAF Scholarship. He joined the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) and flew helicopters for 5 years. Chris 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.

Chris was a CHIRP Trustees for 19 years and now serves on the Air Transport Advisory Board.

Flight Ops Manager - Governance Compliance and Risk, easyJet


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 CHIRP Trustee 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.



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.



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.


Quality Manager, British Airways Engineering



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 and 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 Air Transport Advisory Board 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.



Association Licensed Aircraft Engineers



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 CHIRP to support and participate in the programme.



Leonardo Company

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 Mediterranean.

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.



Flight Safety Manager, Babcock International

Richard joined the Royal Navy in 2001 as an Anti-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.


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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