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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, retiring from both roles in 2018.


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 was the Chairman of the CHIRP Air Transport Advisory Board between 2014 – 2017 and was appointed as Chairman of Trustees in 2017.




Nicholas Butcher


Nicholas has held several senior positions in the UK CAA with more than twenty years dealing with cabin safety issues. Head of the Flight Operations Cabin Safety Office. Accident and incident follow-up actions
including Manchester (1985), and Kegworth (1989). Responsible for amending UK crew safety and survival training requirements, many of which are now EASA regulations. Numerous cabin safety research projects in conjunction with Cranfield University. Member of JAA Study Groups - development of JAR-OPS 1 and JAR 25/26. Flight deck security requirements prior to and following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Reporting requirements for disruptive passenger incidents. Twenty years involvement in aeroplane certification, mainly in respect of emergency evacuation. Was Chair of the EASA JOEB A380 Cabin Crew Subgroup and member of EASA A380 - Panel 8.


Retired from the CAA in 2006. Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Flight Operations Group (FOG). Lead author of two FOG Specialist Papers. Awarded the FOG Silver Medal in 2014




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.






Allan commenced his career at sea in 1973 at the age of 17; choosing a life of travel in the Merchant Navy (MN) rather than further academic studies. He served on a variety of vessels with Canadian Pacific including, Container Ships, VLCCs, Product Tankers, Geared and Gearless Bulkers where he obtained his Master’s Certificate in 1984.

Coming ashore in 1989, because of an injury sustained earlier in his career, he undertook further academic studies, obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies in 1992 and an MSc with Distinction in International Transport (Policy and Law) in 1993. Whilst attending university he served on a variety of vessels including, Survey and Ro-Ro Passenger Vessels. He 1994 he obtained a lecturing post at Warsash MN College in Southampton where he rose to become the Academic Head of the Deck Department. Prompted by changes in shipping in the United Kingdom (UK), in 1998 he took up employment in London with Nautilus International as National Secretary, retiring on 31 March 2018 as Senior National Secretary.

He served in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) from 1985 to 1997 reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander. With the end of the cold war he was assigned to fishery protection and amphibious landing ships. He utilised his knowledge of the fishing sector at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva in developing ILO Convention 188, referred to as the Maritime Labour Convention for the Fishing
Industry. He challenged the UKs introduction and implementation of ILO 180 concerning Working Hours before the Standards Committee of the ILO. Finally, he worked on ILO health and safety guidance associated with the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 and medical provision onboard merchant ships.

For two decades he represented seafarers at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on the delegations of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the International Federation of Ship Masters’ Associations (IFSMA). He represented European seafarers on bodies of the European Union (EU) including the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and specialist committees examining specific safety issues. As well as inspiring and participating in several research projects he undertook assessment of research work on behalf of EU DG Research.

While at Nautilus he was appointed to more than 50 governmental and non-governmental bodies associated
with the shipping and ports Industry. Of note, was service on the National Maritime Security Committee (NMSC) and Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB). The later for 20 years with 16 years as Vice Chair and Chair of the Technical Committee.

He remains as an independent Trustee of the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) and a Trustee of the National Sea Training Trust (NSTT). He is a: fellow of the Nautical Institute (NI); member of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN); member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).  He was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal (MNM) in 2017 for service to seafarer education/training and welfare.






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 Marella 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 is the Chairman of CHIRP's 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


Brian graduated in chemical engineering at Cambridge University and worked in ICI for 15 years doing research work, technology development, site production management and business restructuring leadership. Whilst working in Louisiana in the early ‘90s, he led the design and commissioning of the world’s first industrial scale plant making ozone friendly refrigerants.

After a short spell in Tate and Lyle, he moved to Remploy for 4 years, a company employing 6,000 disabled people in its extensive manufacturing activities around 80 UK sites, where he was Operations Director. The introduction of intensive personal learning activity and full engagement of factory teams in improvement work created productivity gains of up to 60% and gave many of the employees the confidence to find employment outside Remploy.

He moved to the affordable housing sector where he was CEO of 3 companies over 13 years. Most recently of Metropolitan. Over 5 years, he led a team that turned around Metropolitan from near collapse to a sector high performer - substantially increasing its annual profits from a break even position, re-establishing a large new build programme, and making significant, lasting improvement to the personal resilience of 17,000 customers per year.

Most recently, he has been doing interim leadership work in the bio-pharmaceutical sector.




Chief Executive, The Nautical Institute


Captain John Lloyd was appointed Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute in May 2017 having previously been Chief Operating Officer.  In this role he was responsible for the Certification and Accreditation services including the Dynamic Positioning scheme and Oil Spill Response training programmes. 

At The Nautical Institute he has pioneered a range of professional development short courses for the maritime community, led developments enhancing membership benefits globally in collaboration with KVHVideotel and developed specialist qualifications for the renewable energy sector.

Prior to joining the NI, John was Professor, Maritime Training at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in charge of the international pathways for students and for delivery of Advanced level maritime simulation courses.  In 2014 he inaugurated a new maritime college in Angola following a two-year development

Prior to this he held appointments as: Chief Executive Officer of the Vanuatu Maritime College in Santo, Vanuatu; and senior posts at Flagship Training Limited and Warsash Maritime Centre.

John is a Master Mariner and served as a Marine Pilot in Namibia from 1994 – 1995.  He is a Master of Business Administration and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Tasmania, a Freeman of the (UK) Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

John is married with 2 grown-up children who live in Australia.






Sir Alan served as Chief Executive of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency from 2010-2018, taking the organisation through major modernisation and transformation programmes, including a complete overhaul of Her Majesty’s Coastguard and the introduction of an all-new, UK-wide search and rescue helicopter service.  This followed a 33-year career in the Royal Navy that included command of two aircraft carriers and culminated in the role of Second Sea Lord as a Vice Admiral.

Alongside a number of voluntary charitable trusteeships and patronages, Sir Alan is now pursuing a career in consultancy and non-executive directorships.



Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents 


Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1978 as a seaman officer and initially specialised as a Fighter Controller.  He served in this capacity in HMS COVENTRY from 1981 until the ship’s loss in May 1982, during the Falklands Conflict. Thereafter, Andrew’s naval career was largely sea-going as both a surface and anti-air warfare specialist in destroyers and aircraft carriers.  His commands included: the fast patrol boat SNV AL FULK, while on loan to the Omani Navy during the later stages of the Iran-Iraq war; the Type 42 destroyer, HMS YORK, again in the Gulf and on counter-narcotics operations; and, the Type 22 frigate, HMS CHATHAM, leading NATO’s squadron in the Mediterranean and patrolling the Baltic.

He was staff trained at the Joint Services Defence College, Greenwich, and completed two appointments in the Ministry of Defence: the first in the Directorate of Naval Operations, and the second as the Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff Committee, covering the period of the 2003 Iraq war. 

Andrew joined the Marine Accident Investigation Branch in January 2005 as a Principal Inspector in charge of one the Branch’s four investigation teams.  He assumed the post of Deputy Chief Inspector in September 2010, and was appointed as the Branch’s Chief Inspector in October 2018.  

Away from work, true to form, Andrew’s activities involve boating.  He is an RYA Powerboat Trainer and Yachtmaster; a Younger Brethren of Trinity House, and the Chairman of Trustees for Southampton Sea Cadets.


Safety Director, NATS


Alastair was appointed Safety Director for NATS in April 2018 and is accountable for the provision and oversight of safety and human performance in NATS he also has the executive lead for drone integration within NATS.  Alastair is an engineer by background with over 30 years of experience in air traffic management with the vast majority of the time holding safety accountability across centre operations, airport operations and engineering. Prior to his current post, Alastair led the northern UK and north Atlantic operations and previously led NATS engagement with the European Commission on single European Sky Legislation.  He currently holds the Chairmanship of the United Nations International Civil Organisation (ICAO) North Atlanticship implementation group and has held similar positions within Euro control.


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.




Captain John Rose is an Extra Master Mariner, Master of Laws and a Younger Brother of the Corporation of Trinity House.  He has 48 years of maritime experience including extensive senior management employment in worldwide shipping and port operations.  His major assignments include London; Melbourne, Australia; Aberdeen, Scotland and Houston, Texas. 


As the Director of J. Rose Associates, he is now focused on supporting Charitable organisations, primarily helping seafarers by providing expert advice on improving safety and their professional development.

In 2015, he was awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for his work in the detection of hazardous incidents at sea.






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