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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 the Chairman of the Air Transport Advisory Board and a Trustee of CHIRP.  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’.




Independent (Engineer)




Independent (Flight Crew)

David is an A380 line captain with nearly 20,000 hours in his logbook gained on A319/A320, A380, BAC1-11, DC-10, B737-200, B747-100/200, B757, B767 and B777-200/300 based at BHX, LGW and LHR.  After a RAF flying scholarship and university, he switched careers and left chartered accountancy at Coopers & Lybrand (PWC nowadays) to join British Airways as a pilot cadet in 1988.




Independent (Flight Crew)




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



Military Aviation Authority

Dickie Calhaem joined the Royal Navy as a Pilot in 1996.  He has had an interesting and broad ranging career, operating Sea King Helicopters in both the Commando Junglie world out of RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset and the SAR Mk 5s Force at RNAS Culdrose. He has flown Sea Kings in many diverse operational and peace time roles, as well as fulfilling various staff and command appointments.

Richard was born in New Zealand in 1975 and grew up in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire where he attended Sir Thomas Alleynes High School, before reading Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Bath. Joining Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) he completed Naval General Training before going onto Basic Rotary Flying Training at Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury, he qualified as a Commando (Junglie) Sea King Mk 4 pilot, serving with 846 and 845 NASs and seeing operational tours on both Operation Silkman in Sierra Leone and on Operation Telic in Iraq.

After a tour as a Deputy Flight Commander, he was selected to serve in Naples, Italy working for NATO before returning as a Flight Commander on 845 NAS, where again he saw operational service on Operation Herrick in Afghanistan.  On promotion to Lieutenant Commander in 2008 he moved to Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) based at Headquarters Land Forces in Wilton and Andover as Staff Officer on the Capability Development Desk for all support helicopters.

Prior to joining 771 Naval Air Squadron (SAR) as the Senior Pilot and Executive Officer in Apr 2013, he served in the Merlin Project Team as the Requirements Manager for the green Merlin Mk3/3a fleet and was responsible for a number of programme deliveries.  He took over Command of 771 NAS in January 2015 and sadly oversaw both the demise of Military Search and Rescue and also the Sea King Helicopter.
Post command he was selected as the Staff Aviation Officer (SAVO) to Commodore Amphibious Task Group responsible for the command and generation of the UK’s amphibious aviation and surface assault capability.

Now serving with the MAA in the Air Safety Management team he is responsible for the delivery of the military’s human factors management and policy.

Married to Emilie they have two children Archie and Evie and he lives in Clevedon near Bristol.  Hobbies include DIY and enjoying the Somerset countryside with the dogs.


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

Chris Daly served in the RAF operating the Wessex, Puma and Chinook helicopters before graduating from the US Navy Test Pilot School in 2003. Following a tour at the Rotary Wing Test Squadron, Boscombe Down, Chris went on to operate EC145 with the Air Support Unit of the Metropolitan Police Service before moving into the Oil and Gas Industry.
He has flown both the EC225 and S92 helicopters in the North Sea and is now the Shetland Island Chief Pilot and company test pilot.






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.




Bristow Helicopters 


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.

In 2019, Terry moved to Bristow Helicopters.




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.




Independent (Engineering)

Ben Greenaway is a B1/2 Part-66 licensed engineer.  He spent over 20-years at British Airways going from apprentice to supervisor, working on a variety of aircraft including A320, B777 and the Concorde.  He left as a Part-147 A380 subject matter expert to become a Part-66/147 airworthiness surveyor with the UK CAA and is now currently the Head of Training for Storm Aviation.

Passionate about aviation, Ben is driven to help those at all stages of their career to be safe, regulatory compliant and move forward.  He is very clear on the need to use HF feedback to improve the safety margin and ensure that the UK continues to be at the forefront of the aviation industry.




Independent (Air Traffic Control)

Scott was born in Fife, Scotland in 1973 and from a very early age wanted to become a commercial pilot. However, after years of commitment to that path (he started flying at the age of 12), Scott made the difficult decision in 2001 not to pursue a flying career due to the post 9/11 employment landscape at that time. He then joined NATS in 2002 to train as an Air Traffic Controller. After training, he was initially posted to LATCC West Drayton in Terminal Control which, in 2007, closed with the unit relocating to Swanwick in Hampshire. Since then he has worked on various projects within NATS such as the next generation Flight Data Processor, controller tools and workstation.

Scott has been a GATCO (Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers) member since 2002 and  a GATCO Board member since 2012 in the role of Manager Recruitment and, more recently, Manager Benefits and Admin. Scott is passionate about the future of Air Traffic Control from a professional and technological standpoint and hopes to make further contributions in these areas in the years to come. He still flies for fun and is now a keen Instrument Rated GA pilot which gives him an exposure to ATC from ‘the other side’.  He is also a bit of a car nut and has a love for all things mechanical, especially those that are petrol powered!!

Scott is honoured to be on the CHIRP ATAB and hopes that his experience and expertise can play a small part in the process of further advancing aviation safety.



Independent (Flight Crew)




Independent (Air Traffic Control)




Independent (Flight Crew)

Chris has been flying professionally since 1985 and has worked in a management role in British Airways since 2004. In the Royal Air Force he flew, and trained pilots, on the Hawk and Tornado F3. In British Airways he has gained type ratings on the Boeing 737, 757, 767,777 and 787, he also has instructor ratings and examiner authorisation on the B737, 777 and 787.

Chris’s main focus has always been the training of pilots; as a Flight Training Manager he was responsible for the management of training on the B777/787 and B737 fleets. His management experience covered the fields of Quality, Technical and Training at both Heathrow and Gatwick and he has worked inter-departmentally within British Airways, across the airline industry as a whole, and with national and international regulatory bodies, including speaking at international training conferences.

Chris now works as a Training Standards Captain on the B777/787 fleet in British Airways, which he enjoys immensely.




Independent (Air Traffic Control)







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.




Independent (Helicopter Flight Crew)



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 Trustee for 19 years and now serves on the Air Transport Advisory Board.




Independent (Air Traffic Control)




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.





Independent (Engineer)

Vickers Armstrong Technical apprentice 1963 1969 working on BAC1-11, VC10, TSR 2, and final flight testing. Chris joined BEA in 1969 later to become BA.  He is a B1/2 Part 66- licensed engineer  B707/737/747/757/767 A320 Series BAC 1-11 Tristar all series .
Chris was an Aircraft Supervisor on casualty aircraft, and Technical Management Group as a Fleet Technical Engineer, also one of three other FTE’s who were responsible for all aircraft recoveries worldwide.  He also supervised the recovery of Virgin Atlantic’s A340 that landed with a gear up landing at LHR in Nov 1997, with BA crash gang personnel and was an apprentice assessor at Brooklands College at Weybridge.
Chris contributed to World Sills Canada 2009 for Aircraft Maintence, setting daily checks on a B737 for RAF, FLEET AIR ARM And ARY engineers, helped to select the RAF engineer to attend the event in Calgary who won the Bronze medal.
He also supplied BA with Delta Airlines procedures for single engine taxing, which they incorporated into their procedures.




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.





Jez joined NATS in 1991 working as an area radar Controller and more recently as a Supervisor at London Centre. He spent a number of years working in NATS’ incident investigation team and then within it’s corporate safety team. Jez was a member of, and then chair of the Professional and Legal Committee of IFATCA. He has a degree in Psychology and is currently studying for an MSc in Human Factors. Previously he represented GATCO at the UK Airport Board and is their Vice President Policy.





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




Independent (Air Traffic Control)

Tim joined NATS in 1998 and validated as a Luton Tower controller in 2000.  In 2004 he moved to Cardiff and validated in Tower and Radar.  In 2006 he became a Deputy Watch Manager and in this role he was heavily involved in safety management work, including ATC procedures safety analysis, incident investigation and lesson learning. 

Since 2011 Tim has been an ATC Watch Manager and Unit Safety Manager, responsible for driving forward safety improvement at all levels of the operation and chairing the Unit’s Safety Steering Group. He has been a member of the ATAB since January 2018. 




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.




Birmingham Airport




Independent (Air Traffic Controller)




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.





College of Air Training 1974-1976
British Caledonian Airways 1976-1988...flying BAC 1-11, B707, DC10
British Airways 1988-current...flying B747-400, B777, B787
TRE/TRI since 1992
BALPA Study Rep 2010- current




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.




Independent (Flight Crew)




Independent (Helicopter Crew)




Independent (Engineering)

Phil started his 48 years in aircraft engineering, by way of an Apprenticeship at BAC Weybridge (Brooklands) finishing with building Concorde Fuselages, Fins and Rudders. Preferring Maintenance to production, he went to Heathrow, starting on HS125’s with Fields (Hunting) then British Airways RB211 Engine Overhaul shop. Eventually to escape workshops, Phil joined Aer Lingus, eventually becoming a Licenced Engineer with CRS on the B737 Classic and acting as a Crew Chief as required.  At this time, he was the de-icing co-ordinator and sat on the Heathrow airport committee of de-icing best practice.

For a short period, Phil was on the LHR RAeS committee. Phil left LHR after 25 years and worked in Farnborough, then ATC Lasham, became a supervisor at Malaysian in KL and a Technician in Lufthansa FRA. He returned to the UK back into ATC Lasham, as a Licenced Engineer, working at the Lasham base with periods at Southend. Phil went back to LHR with Saudi Arabian for two further years, where he had a Saudi A&P licence with CRS for the B777 & B747 Classic.  Phil first became a Quality Engineer at ATC Lasham.

Currently, Phil works for TAG Aviation at Farnborough as a Quality Engineer including presenting Part 145 Training. 


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