Our Training Courses Instructors

We are pleased to introduce you to our training courses instructors. Majority of our instructors are practising UK CAA experts or top industry specialists with extensive experience in their field of expertise. We hope you will find this page useful when deciding which course will be suitable for you or your organisation.
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Kathryn Jones

Effective Fatigue Risk Management Systems
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Anna Collard-Scruby

Human Factors Application
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Human Factors in aviation Maintenance
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Sean Parker

Just Culture in Aviation Safety
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Colin Greenwood

Leading on Aviation Safety
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Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
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Airworthiness
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EASA Part 145 Maintenance Training Approval
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EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness
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Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems
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Simon Roberts

Leading on Aviation Safety
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Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
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Matthew Lillywhite

Leading on Aviation Safety
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Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
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Airworthiness
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Neil Gray

Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Aerodrome Accountable Manager
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David Campbell

Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Michael Cox

Risk Monitoring and Safety Performance
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Nicole Harrington

Risk Monitoring and Safety Performance
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Larry Morgan

Airworthiness
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Airworthiness Accountable Manager
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AOC Accountable Manager
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Ian MacLaren

Airworthiness
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EASA Part 21 G – Production Organisation Approval
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EASA Part 21 J – Design Organisation Approval
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EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness
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Andrew Varley

Airworthiness
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EASA Part 145 Maintenance Training Approval
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EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness
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Joao Brites

Airworthiness
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Flight Operations Inspector Theory
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Gary Beaton

Airworthiness
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Steve Eyre

EASA Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation Approval and EASA Part 66 Certifying Staff
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Nigel Bauer

An Introduction to Compliance Monitoring
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Audit techniques
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Eric Gillett

Dangerous Goods Inspector Theory
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Flight Operations Inspector Theory
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Andrew Bell

FSTD Qualification and Operation
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Keith Ross

FSTD Qualification and Operation
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Kate Staples

Introduction to International Air Law
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Andrew Hamilton

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation
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Submitting an Unmanned Aircraft System Safety Case
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Dr Marie Langer

Root Cause Analysis
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Russell Woodland

Flight Operations Inspector Theory
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Graeme Ritchie

Aerodrome Certification
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Aerodrome Operations
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David MacMillan

Aerodrome Certification
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Aerodrome Operations
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Geoff Hackett

Understanding and preparing for DAOS Surveillance
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Adam Spurling

Security Management Systems
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Ben Wong

Threat Image Projection
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Kevin Sawyer

Managing Insider Risks
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Threat Image Projection – Implementation and Analysis
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Kathryn Jones

Effective Fatigue Risk Management Systems

Kathryn has worked in aviation since 1989 and is an aircrew fatigue management expert. Her experience includes: working for an airline; being a CAA auditor; and Head of Scheduling for the British Airline Pilots Union. Kathryn returned to the CAA in 2008 and has worked on flight time limitations and fatigue risk management systems and is currently focused on the delivery of the CAA’s human factors programme. She has been a member and chair of various European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rulemaking groups and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Fatigue Risk Management and Human Performance Task Forces. Kathryn also holds a Masters in Air Safety Management.

Anna Collard-Scruby

Human Factors Application
 in Aviation
Human Factors in aviation Maintenance

Anna is a BPS and HCPC Chartered Occupational Psychologist and EAAP endorsed Aviation Psychologist, who works as the Human Factors Programme Specialist within the CAA. She has worked in aviation for over a decade, serving with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and working for NATS UK before joining the Authority. Anna is focused on encouraging the aviation industry to enact more robust human factors considerations and encouraging organisations to support people to perform at their best.

Sean Parker

Just Culture in Aviation Safety

Sean has over 25 year’s regulatory experience with the CAA across several technical disciplines. He is specialising in safety reporting and performance based regulation. As the Head of the CAA Safety Data Department between 2010 and 2014 he was directly involved with the drafting of EC 376/2014 as the UK specialist supporting the Council of the European Union. This European regulation mandates Just Culture as part of safety occurrence reporting processes in aviation. Prior to various roles within the Airworthiness Division of the CAA Sean worked in the UK and Malaysia for Bristow Helicopters and British Airways.

Colin Greenwood

Leading on Aviation Safety
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
Airworthiness
EASA Part 145 Maintenance Training Approval
EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness
Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems

Colin Greenwood is an Airworthiness specialist with nearly 40 years of experience working in aviation, including over 10 years with the UKCAA. Colin has experience in both military and civilian environments including aircraft & component production, continuing airworthiness for AOC and NCC/Private operations, maintenance of complex & non-complex fixed and rotary wing aircraft, engines and components, maintenance control, safety management, quality assurance (compliance monitoring), SAFA Inspector, training, management and consultancy. In addition, Colin has extensive experience as an auditor in Continuing Airworthiness, Maintenance & Production environments, under ICAO, EASA and other national regulatory requirements.

Simon Roberts

Leading on Aviation Safety
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness

Simon has 40 years aviation experience working with airlines and aviation maintenance organisations. He has been working over 21 years for the UK CAA and during last 9 years he was responsible for the Safety Management System (SMS) policy and strategy across the UK CAA. He has led international projects for SMS and State Safety Programs (SSP) working with ICAO, EASA and other regulators. Simon is also a maintenance Human Factors specialist and co-chairs the EASA Human Factors CAG. Using his extensive experience, Simon has been instructing SMS and SSP training worldwide.

Matthew Lillywhite

Leading on Aviation Safety
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
Airworthiness

Matt Lillywhite is the UK CAA’s Safety Management Systems Programme Lead; responsible for managing our SMS strategy including the approach to oversight, policy and training delivery. Previously holding various regulatory roles with responsibilities ranging from the oversight of airworthiness approval holders, to safety performance monitoring and risk management. He is the UK nominated member of the ICAO Safety Management Panel and brings an international perspective having been a Seconded National Expert to the European Commission. Matt holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. In his spare time he enjoys flying light aircraft and volunteers as an Explorer Scout Leader.

Neil Gray

Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Aerodrome Accountable Manager

Neil is a Principal Aerodrome Inspector in the UK CAA. He leads a team of Inspectors whose role is to oversee the compliance and safety performance of the UK aerodrome operators with International, European and UK standards, with particular focus on Safety Management Systems (SMS).

Neil is the UK CAA’s focal point for the SMS, he has been instrumental in the development of the CAA’s SMS evaluation process, and he took a lead role in a programme that evaluates the suitability and effectiveness of safety management systems at all UK certificated aerodromes.

David Campbell

Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications

David has worked in Civil Aviation for 25 years, starting with a large Handling Agent at Manchester airport, followed by over 12 years for two large charter airlines working in Crew Logistics (Flight Time Limitations).  David has been with the UK CAA for over 10 years auditing operators holding an Air Operator’s Certificate. David has been involved with Safety Management Systems (SMS) for 9 years.  During that time he has overseen the implementation of SMS into the regulation and assessed many operators’ SMS for approval and as part of continued oversight.  David has been delivering SMS Basic and Advanced courses for 6 years now both in the UK and overseas.

Michael Cox

Risk Monitoring and Safety Performance

Michael has over 10 years of experience working in the aviation industry in various roles including data analysis, operations and safety. He started with an aviation publishing company before moving into the cargo industry working with FedEx before taking a post with Virgin Atlantic Airways as part of the Operations Planning and Resilience team where he played a pivotal role in creating reviewing and evaluating the airlines various business continuity plans and emergency procedures. Michael worked across the operations and engineering teams analysing and improving core processes designed to maximise the efficiency of the operation. Latterly, he worked as part of the flight safety team on secondment, supporting the flight data management officer and investigators. He is currently working for the UK CAA as Senior Intelligence Lead looking at the role of Safety Intelligence in Performance Based Regulation and using data to power an effective and reliable Safety Management System.

Nicole Harrington

Risk Monitoring and Safety Performance

Nicole works as an Intelligence Lead AAA in the Safety Performance and Risk department of the UK CAA. Her responsibilities include data analysis and consolidation of intelligence sources for the identification and articulation of industry risks, as well as risk assessment. Prior to joining the UK CAA, Nicole flew commercially for a private charter operation, and then went on to hold Safety Management roles. As a Safety Manager she worked to promote the SMS as an engine for change by empowering front line personnel to engage with the process through reporting to drive safety and production improvements for the organisation.

Larry Morgan

Airworthiness
Airworthiness Accountable Manager
AOC Accountable Manager

Larry has been working in the aviation industry for 40 years. He started as a licenced aircraft engineer and gradually moved into Quality Management working for small companies, large MRO companies and airlines. Following the period working as an Airworthiness Surveyor, Larry moved into Compliance Monitoring within the UK CAA. He is also the National Standardisation Coordinator, coordinating standardisation activities between EASA and the UK CAA.

Ian MacLaren

Airworthiness
EASA Part 21 G – Production Organisation Approval
EASA Part 21 J – Design Organisation Approval
EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness

Ian has 34 years of experience in Aviation as an Airworthiness specialist, he spent 24 years with the UK CAA and 10 years with British Aerospace, now BAE Systems. Ian has previously worked as an Avionics design certification specialist and a Part 145 and Part M specialist. Ian is currently delivering our Initial Airworthiness and Continuing Airworthiness training courses and instructing training addressing the airworthiness aspects of Specific Approval.

Andrew Varley

Airworthiness
EASA Part 145 Maintenance Training Approval
EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness

Andrew has been working in the aviation industry for 47 years, in the areas of aircraft maintenance, continuing airworthiness and as a safety regulator. Andrew is a qualified aircraft maintenance engineer with 17 years of aircraft maintenance experience, on multiple aircraft types, in various roles.

Andrew has been part of the UK Civil Aviation Authority for 30 years. During this time he worked with foreign Civil Aviation Authorities and Governments on improving safety standards and levels of compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.

Andrew has vast experience of the implementation and application of CAA and EASA requirements and he brings this experience to all the courses that he delivers.

Joao Brites

Airworthiness
Flight Operations Inspector Theory

Joao Brites is the UK CAA’s Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) Specialist. As part of his job at the CAA, Joao hosts and moderates the UK FDM Forum, an event which gathers industry experts from the UK and abroad with the purpose of sharing best practices and experience. He also supports the UK CAA Flight Operations Inspectors during audits of FDM programmes and is involved in policy and safety management activities in the UK and abroad. Prior to joining the CAA, Joao worked as the manager of an FDM programme, dealing with all the practical day-to-day aspects of FDM; ranging from the logistics of extracting data from the aircraft, managing and programming the FDM software, managing safety investigations, crew interviews and translating data into actionable information and its dissemination at Safety Board levels and integration with the SMS. Joao is a lecturer at the Flight Data Monitoring course at Cranfield University and a member of EASA’s European Operators FDM Forum.

Gary Beaton

Airworthiness

Gary has nearly over 40 years’ experience in the aviation industry, working both in the UK and overseas. He worked as an air traffic controller and Airside Operations Manager before joining the UK CAA where he was involved in rulemaking, incident investigation, inspections and auditing, in a variety of domains. Since then he has worked as a trainer, specialising in the regulatory framework and regulatory oversight, for more than ten years with Eurocontrol and combines this with hands-on, practical support to aviation authorities, airport and air navigation service providers.

Steve Eyre

EASA Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation Approval and EASA Part 66 Certifying Staff

Steve has 20 years of experience in working as an engineering-type training instructor. He joined the UK CAA in 2012 and was working as a licensing and training standards surveyor conducting surveys for UK and EASA organisations. Steve has also experience as a quality manager working for a Part 147 organisation. He is currently part of the UK CAA airworthiness team conducting Part 147 surveys for UK and EASA organisations.

Nigel Bauer

An Introduction to Compliance Monitoring
Audit techniques

Nigel has been designing and presenting Auditor training courses and Root Cause Analysis and problem-solving techniques in the UK and internationally for over 30 years. His extensive experience also includes IRCA Certificated Lead Auditor training courses.  Prior to becoming a management systems and training professional, Nigel held senior management positions in Design and Manufacturing Approved organisations, where he developed, managed and implemented internal audit processes in support of regulatory compliance. Following his move into consultancy, he provided direct auditing services to many aviation organisations, including Maintenance organisations, Aerodromes and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP), together with the provision of practical support to facilitate regulatory compliance. Additionally, he has been involved with EU Support to States leading, supporting and training audit teams involved in formal ANSP Certification activities.

Eric Gillett

Dangerous Goods Inspector Theory
Flight Operations Inspector Theory

Eric Gillett was a CAA Dangerous Goods Inspector for 14 years and conducted safety oversight of several high-profile airlines, the designated postal operator, global freight forwarders and ground handling agents. The role also involved Investigating dangerous goods accidents, incidents and occurrences in accordance with Just Culture principles and the preparation of evidence for enforcement of the regulations. Now as the CAA’s Dangerous Goods Policy Specialist, he is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Dangerous Goods Panel and is tasked with formulating the CAA’s dangerous goods policy, maintaining its regulations, supporting the regulatory safety management system, and influencing the performance and risk-based dangerous goods oversight programme.

Andrew Bell

FSTD Qualification and Operation

Andrew worked for a major flight simulation training device (FSTD) manufacturer over 20 years, where he acquired extensive experience in the areas of FSTD software design, development, integration and testing. He also worked as project engineer for several years and, latterly, as platform lead engineer responsible for configuration control across all FSTDs for specific aircraft types, controlling simulation baselines and providing FSTD evaluation support internally, to FSTD end users and to regulators. Over 10 years, Andrew has been working as an accredited technical inspector carrying out FSTD technical evaluations and operator management system audits on behalf of the UKCAA nationally, and EASA internationally.

Keith Ross

FSTD Qualification and Operation

Keith has been working for the major flight simulation training device (FSTD) manufacturer over 20 years. His experience includes the FSTD software design, development, integration and testing. Keith was also working for several years as a platform lead engineer and, latterly, as baseline manager responsible for configuration control across all FSTDs for specific aircraft types, controlling simulation baselines, providing FSTD evaluation support internally and defining technical specifications to FSTD’s end users and also to regulators. Keith also has over 7 years of experience as a performance engineer working for major aircraft and aerospace equipment manufacturers. Over the past 4 years, Keith has been working as an accredited technical inspector carrying out FSTD technical evaluations and operator management system audits on behalf of the UK CAA nationally, and EASA internationally.

Kate Staples

Introduction to International Air Law

Kate Staples is a General Counsel and Secretary to the UK CAA. She has joined the UK CAA in 2010. Her responsibilities include leading the in-house legal and enforcement teams, internal audit team and ensuring that the CAA properly identifies and addresses legal risks. Kate leads the innovation of the aviation regulatory framework in the UK CAA, to ensure that the framework not only keeps up with but is able easily to adapt to industry and technological developments. Kate is a trustee of the UK’s Air Travel Trust, which protect UK holidaymakers if their travel company goes out of business. Prior to joining the CAA, Kate was a legal adviser at the Department for Transport, advising on aviation law and, for a short time, railways infrastructure law.

Andrew Hamilton

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulation
Submitting an Unmanned Aircraft System Safety Case

Andrew has worked at the Civil Aviation Authority for the last 15 months where he currently leads the UAS sector team. The team are responsible for assessing operating safety cases and leading on the auditing and oversight of permission holders and National Qualified Entities.  Andrew works alongside the UAS unit Policy team looking at how the new EASA regulations will affect the drone industry and Emergency Services. Prior to joining the CAA, Andrew was a Police officer in both the Metropolitan Police and Devon and Cornwall Police where he completed his 31 years’ service. Prior to his retirement, Andrew set up his own personal drone business and also set up the Devon & Cornwall Police drone team where he led on the procurement of equipment and training as well as developing the policies and procedures for using Police drones. Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and experience in operating drones in an emergency service environment.

Dr Marie Langer

Root Cause Analysis

Marie is working for the UK CAA as an Airworthiness Surveyor responsible for the regulatory oversight of UK training, maintenance and airworthiness organisations. As a Human Factors (HF) and Safety Management Systems specialist she is working closely with industry and other regulatory agencies. Marie represents the CAA at EASA rulemaking groups and acts as the Deputy Chair for the Royal Aeronautical Society Human Factors Group: Engineering. She holds a PhD in HF in maintenance and has many years of teaching experience on MSc HF and SMS programmes. Marie is involved in design and delivery of HF and Root cause identification training courses for CAA and external organisations.

Russell Woodland

Flight Operations Inspector Theory

Russell has been working with helicopters and fixed-wing aircrafts in the aviation industry for 37 years. He has been operating short-haul and long-haul commercial aircrafts and has extensive experience in airline management. Since 2013 Russell has been working as a Flight Operations Inspector (FOI) for the UK CAA. He is currently working as Standards Lead within the UK CAA’s Flight Operations Department and is responsible for the initial and recurring training of all FOIs including standardisation checks. Russel was part of the team that wrote the EASA accredited CAAi Flight Operations Inspector Theory course. He has also assisted national authorities overseas with FOI training and oversight assistance. Russel is a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Training Inspector for the UK CAA.

Graeme Ritchie

Aerodrome Certification
Aerodrome Operations

Graeme Ritchie is an Aerodrome Inspector at the UK CAA, where he is responsible for the oversight of UK licensed aerodromes, covering aerodrome operations requirements. Following 14 years in industry in various airside operations management roles, he joined the UK CAA in 1999 as an Aerodrome Inspector. He moved into a policy role in 2007 developing requirements for UK aerodromes, becoming increasingly involved with the development of European requirements. Throughout this period, he was the UK representative on the ICAO Aerodrome Design Working Group. Additionally, he was one of the UK team on the rulemaking groups responsible for drafting the European (EASA) rules for aerodromes. He was head of the aerodrome function in the CAA between 2014 and late November 2016; his role was to lead and direct the team that provides the safety oversight of EASA certified and UK licensed aerodromes and heliports in the UK.  led the project to implement the EASA aerodromes rules in the UK and also led the aerodromes team through the introduction of the CAA performance-based regulation (PBR) programme.

David MacMillan

Aerodrome Certification
Aerodrome Operations

David has nearly 50 years’ experience in the aviation industry. He has been with the UK CAA since 2010 as an aerodrome inspector auditing aerodromes, both in the UK and overseas. Prior to joining the UK CAA, David had been working in various airside operations roles, including senior management level at the UK four busiest airports. He also has seven years of experience working in the Air Traffic Control in control centres and aerodromes. David held Air Traffic Controller’s licence and Private Pilot’s licence. David is bringing extensive experience, on the operation of aerodromes and Air Traffic Control combined with the role of aerodrome inspector for the UK CAA, enhancing each training for practical aspect and enabling a better understanding of the topics.

Geoff Hackett

Understanding and preparing for DAOS Surveillance

Geoff has been working in the Military and Civil Aviation sectors for 38 years in the area of aviation Design and Production, and as an Airworthiness Regulator for the UK CAA.  He has been conducting regulatory oversight of the aircraft Manufacturing and Design organisations on behalf of the UK CAA and Military Aviation Authority (MAA). Geoff is also a registered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE). Geoff has been presenting courses on the CAA and EASA regulatory requirements for 16 years. He brings his vast experience in the implementation and application of Civil and Military requirements to all courses that he delivers.

Adam Spurling

Security Management Systems

Adam has started working for the UK CAA in 2014 as a security compliance auditor. He is currently part of the UK CAA Security Management System (SeMS) leadership team. He has been participating in the continued roll out of the SeMS in the UK and a performance-based oversight approach for the UK CAA.  Adam has also taken great part in writing the SeMS specific training and Aviation Security training. He has been delivering security trainings in the UK and internationally.

Ben Wong

Threat Image Projection

Ben has over 20 years’ experience working in counter-terrorism science and technology, including ten years in the Department for Transport’s aviation security division. Ben has led European technical groups on explosives detection, and developed the European performance standards for cabin baggage explosive detection systems. Ben has provided technical programme oversight of multi-million pound cross-Whitehall research programmes for aviation security. At the CAA, Ben works alongside regulation, compliance and airport security teams to provide technical advice on aviation security.

Kevin Sawyer

Managing Insider Risks
Threat Image Projection – Implementation and Analysis

Kevin has 18 years of experience working in regulatory roles in the transport sector. Kevin has been working for the UK CAA since 2014, primarily in Aviation Security regulation but also in General Aviation and most recently as aviation security lead in CAAi. Prior to joining CAA, Kevin spent 12 years with the Department for Transport in a variety of security-related roles ranging from compliance, policy, strategy and head of personnel security and vetting.  Kevin has significant experience of working on a number of high-profile security events and polices both domestically and internationally with a focus on risk management and has an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

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