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Chairman of Trustees

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. He 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 Air Transport Advisory Board since 2014 for the past three years and was appointed to the Charity Trustees in 2013.





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.







Captain Stephen Gobbi is a Master Mariner, business and law graduate. Having completed a successful 20 year seagoing career from Cadet to Captain on a variety of ship types he joined the Port of London Authority in 1991 as marine pilot. Moving to the Medway Ports in 1994 firstly as a pilot and later as Harbour Master he gained experience in a wide spectrum of operational and commercial port management functions becoming Managing Director of the Port of Sheerness in 2006. Following the takeover of Medway Ports by the Peel Ports Group, Steve was given an executive central role as Group Marine Director where his responsibilities covered the major ports of Liverpool, Clydeport, the Manchester Ship Canal and Sheerness.

He is a recognised expert in statutory port functions and including formal structure, port marine safety, pilotage, risk management, dredging, harbour management and its relationship within the environmental legislation with the UK and Europe. Steve has sat on various marine advisory groups to the UK Department of Transport and as Vice Chair of Ports Skills and Safety, Britain’s principle industrial organisation for safe operations in ports. Steve has also worked on major projects including Offshore Renewables, LNG gas terminal operations, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for coal fired power stations and port management for a new super-port in Qatar.

He holds a bachelors and masters’ degree in history and enjoys studying naval history in the little spare time he has available. Steve is an Elder Brother of Trinity House.





Senior National Secretary for Nautilus International from January 1998 – Present.
Senior Lecturer at Southampton Solent University from September 1993 – December 1997.






Adrian began his sea going career in 1990 with a cadetship P&O and Princess Cruises. Trading in all major cruising areas including three full world cruises, he left P&O Princess after 10 years as First Officer of the company’s new build Aurora.

After a short period outside of the industry, Adrian returned to cruising with First Choice Holiday’s start-up operation Island Cruises. Initially as Chief Officer and then as Deputy Captain, he spent 3 years spending summer in the Mediterranean and winter in Brazil but, like many seafarers, a new marriage and the demands of family life had him looking for opportunities a little closer to home. In 2004 Adrian was appointed as Master on a new fast ferry service operating between Dover and Boulogne where he remained for two and a half years. However an opportunity to please his wife even more came along when his former employers at First Choice knocked on his door and offered Adrian his first shore based position as Fleet Manager for Island Cruises (with a short stint as relief master), based in his home town of Brighton. Two years later, the merger of Thomson and First Choice saw the relocation of Island Cruises Head office to Luton. This was the catalyst that allowed Adrian to fulfil a long held ambition to join the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) as a Nautical Inspector.

In 2012, after three years with the MAIB, an offer to re-join the cruise industry as Operations Director for Thomson Cruises was too good to miss and Adrian made the difficult decision to leave the Branch. In his first years in the role he has worked hard to restructure the Operations department and its practices and procedures to reflect many of the best practices seen in his work with the MAIB but without burdening the seafarer with extra, unnecessary administrative responsibilities.





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 the Chairman 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’.



Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency


Alan joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as Chief Executive in July 2010. This followed a career in the Royal Navy that culminated in the post of Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief, Naval Home Command, in the rank of Vice Admiral. In his seagoing years he commanded 4 warships, including the aircraft carriers HMS Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal. He was appointed CBE in 2003 and KCB in 2009. Alan is a qualified secondary-level teacher and a current school governor. He is President of the Royal Navy Physical Training Branch Association, Honorary Vice-President of Royal Navy Football, a Younger Brother of Trinity House, an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Trustee of the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth and a Trustee of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets.




Chief Inspector of Accident Investigations, AAIB


Crispin joined the AAIB as Chief Inspector in January 2017 following a career in the Army including senior appointments as an Aviation Commander, Commanding Officer of the Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron and as Head of Military Air Accident Investigation Branch. In 2015, he established and was the first Head of the Defence Accident Investigation Branch.

Crispin has an engineering degree from Durham University and an MSc in Defence Technology from Cranfield University, as well as post graduate qualifications in Safety and Accident Investigation. He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.



Safety Reporting 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.



Independent Trustee and Secretary of CHIRP


In May 2003, Philip Wake became the Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute – the international professional body for qualified seafarers – having served in the Secretariat since November 1999. Prior to that, he was Chairman of the voluntary London Branch 1998/99 and was selected a Fellow in 1996.

Previously, he served at sea from Cadet to Chief Officer with Ellerman City Liners before coming ashore to a container consortium (including establishing a new commercial department). He became a Senior Consultant in shipping economics at LMIS, and latterly was a Director of Clarkson Research Studies.

He holds an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from the City University Business School, London and a Master’s Certificate of Competency (Foreign Going). He also served in the Royal Naval Reserve specialising in Mine Counter Measures and Naval Control of shipping.

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