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Meet our instructors

  • Extensive regulatory and industry experience
  • Members of EASA rulemaking and ICAO working groups
  • Qualified training and professional development experts

We are pleased to introduce you to our course instructors; practising UK CAA regulators and world-renowned industry experts.

Using up-to-date active, experimental and traditional training methods, our instructors encourage effective knowledge sharing, learning and application of the skills and capabilities needed for the real-world environment.
Drawing on expertise from across the UK CAA, your professional development is in safe hands.
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Kathryn Jones

Effective Fatigue Risk Management Systems
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Anna Vereker

Human Factors Application in Aviation
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Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance
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Nick Goodwyn MA Dip Psych cfs RAF (Ret)

Human Factors
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Pilot Peer Training
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Sean Parker

Just Culture in Aviation Safety
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David Campbell

Safety Management Systems – Introduction
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Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
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Simon Roberts

Leading on Aviation Safety
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Safety Management Systems – Introduction
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Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
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Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
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Just Culture for the Team
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Just Culture for Responsible Managers
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Matthew Lillywhite

Leading on Aviation Safety
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Safety Management Systems – Introduction
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Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
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Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
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Just Culture for Responsible Managers
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Just Culture for the Team
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Airworthiness
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Colin Greenwood

Leading on Aviation Safety
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Safety Management Systems – Introduction
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Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
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Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
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Just Culture for the Team
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Just Culture for Responsible Managers
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Airworthiness
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EASA Part 21 G Production Organisation Approval
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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 (EWIS)
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Neil Gray

Aerodrome Accountable Manager
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Safety Management Systems – Introduction
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Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
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Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
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Carey-Ann Jacques

Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance
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Mark Vincent

Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance
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Michael Cox

Risk Monitoring and Safety Performance
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Nicole Herrington

Risk Monitoring and Safety Performance
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Sergio Bebiano

Barrier Modelling
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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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EASA Part CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation approval)
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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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Devan Ramasamy

EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness (including SEARIF)
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EASA Part 145 including DCA Malaysia Notice 6501 (CAA Malaysia Part 145 Maintenance Organisation Approval)
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Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications (MAvA)
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Nigel Bauer

An Introduction to Compliance Monitoring
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Audit techniques
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Andrew Bell

FSTD Qualification and Operation
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Keith Ross

FSTD Qualification and Operation
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Dr Marie Langer

Effective Problem Solving and Root Cause Identification
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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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Adam Spurling

Security Management Systems
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Kevin Sawyer

Managing Insider Risks
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Threat Image Projection – Implementation and Analysis
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Introduction to Security Culture
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CAA Readiness - Operational Recovery from Lockdown
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Kirsty Wells

Security Management Systems
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Ben Wong

Threat Image Projection – Implementation and Analysis
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Nicky Keeley

Cyber Security Oversight in Aviation
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Mike Thomas

Cyber Security Oversight in Aviation
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Philippa Hammond

Training and Instructional Techniques
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Richard Moriarty

Richard was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May 2018 having previously joined the UK CAA Board in January 2016 as Group Director of Consumers and Markets and Deputy Chief Executive. In that role he was responsible for airline licensing, the ATOL scheme, the economic regulation of airports and air navigation providers, our competition powers, and our consumer redress and enforcement activities. Before joining the UK CAA Richard was the CEO of the Legal Services Board, which oversees the regulation of the legal profession in England and Wales. Richard has also held senior public and private sector roles in a number of regulated sectors including water, energy, aviation, postal communications, and social housing. Richard is a non-executive director of The Social Housing Regulator.

Peter Drissell

Peter was appointed by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as its first Director of Aviation Security in 2013 and led the transition of operational aviation security functions from the Department for Transport (DfT) to the UK CAA on 1st April 2014. In February 2015, he took on the additional role of Director CAA Transformation Programme. Prior to his appointment, Peter was Director of Security & Business Continuity for the Home Office. He was also the Home Office HR Diversity Champion. Prior to this, Peter had served for 32 years in the Royal Air Force from which he retired as an Air Commodore in April 2007. In his military career, Peter served in a number of operational and staff appointments within the UK and overseas. After a year serving as Provost Marshal for the RAF, his last appointment combined the roles of Commandant General of the Royal Air Force Regiment and Air Officer RAF Police. Until 2014, Peter was a Director of Plan UK, an international children’s charity, a position he had held for some 10 years, and until 2014 had been a trustee of the City and Guilds; he remains on the governing council of that organisation.

Ben Alcott

Ben Alcott graduated in 1992 with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and went on to complete an MSc in Thermal Power at Cranfield University, graduating in 1993.

Following spells in the oil contracting industry, conducting gas turbine research for the government, and at Rolls-Royce Deutschland, Ben joined the UK CAA in 1998 working on engine certification, validation, and rulemaking projects in Europe and with the FAA.

Since then Ben has held a number of management and leadership roles in the UK CAA, covering areas from safety data and safety planning, to personnel licensing and oversight of approved training organisations. From Nov 2013- Nov 2015 Ben led the UK’s CAA’s Performance Based Regulation Programme, the UK CAA’s transformation programme to be a performance based regulator.

In November 2015 Ben was appointed as the UK CAA’s first International Director, leading the newly created International Group with accountability for the CAA’s advisory arm (CAAi), the CAA’s State Safety Partnership programme and engagement with international institutions such as EASA, ICAO and the European Parliament.

Maria Rueda

Maria joined CAAi in 2011 and was appointed to the position of Managing Director in 2015. Maria is responsible for setting the long-term strategic vision for CAAi and establishing and maintaining senior stakeholder engagement and key partnerships. Maria has over 23 years of experience in the aviation sector and holds MSc in Airports and Air Navigation Services as well as BSc in Aeronautical Engineering.

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 UK CAA auditor; and Head of Scheduling for the British Airline Pilots Union. Kathryn returned to the UK CAA in 2008 and has worked on flight time limitations and fatigue risk management systems and is currently focused on the delivery of the UK 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 Vereker

Human Factors Application in Aviation
Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance

Anna is a British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Chartered Occupational Psychologist and European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) endorsed Aviation Psychologist, who works as the Human Factors Programme Specialist within the UK 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.

Nick Goodwyn MA Dip Psych cfs RAF (Ret)

Pilot Peer Training

Nick Goodwyn, on behalf of the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), leads the strategic overview of Pilot and Human Performance and in particular the concept and implementation of Pilot Peer Assistance in developing a national programme for the benefit of all UK commercial pilots in promoting and supporting their whole health and wellbeing.

Nick has a 36 year career as a military and civilian Fast Jet Pilot, Instructor and Examiner.  Focused on Flight Operations as well as learning and development, he is a qualified Aircrew, Executive and Business Coach specialising in flightcrew welfare and personal growth.  Additionally his expertise extends to Human Factors, Performance and Crew Resource Management.

As a front line fast jet military pilot, on operations and having flown over 4500 hours (including multi-engine and rotary experience), he was latterly responsible for the delivery of Ab-Initio Human factors training to all Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Pilots.  He was also responsible for the cognitive development and performance of pilots and instructors through a unique Performance Coaching Programme and Human Performance for Instructors Course as well as a military and civilian Airmanship model.  Additionally, he undertook bespoke flying training projects as an independent service consultant for defence senior officers.  In January 2015, he was seconded to work with the UK CAA and left the RAF in September 2016 to become Director of Elite Performance Training Ltd (Aviation Services) working in the commercial air transport sector, re-joining the CAA in October 2018 to undertake the Pilot Peer Assistance project lead role.

Nick has a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology and was awarded a Masters Degree in Executive and Business Coaching focusing on Pilot Peer Assistance and mental wellbeing.

Owen Healey

CAA Readiness - Operational Restart from Lockdown

Owen joined the aviation industry in 1979, working in a wide range of aerodrome operational roles.  In 2000, he joined the UK CAA as an Aerodrome Inspector prior to becoming a Principal Inspector in 2006.  In 2014, Owen was seconded to the UK CAA Performance-based Regulation (PBR) Team for two years.  As part of a major transformation programme at that time, the CAA’s ambition was to introduce PBR in the UK.  The primary objective was to build a more comprehensive picture of aviation safety performance to capture the full extent of safety risks and take effective steps, working with the aviation industry, to ensure they are managed effectively.

Owen had the privilege of being seconded to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for four years (2016-2020). He was part of a small team that provided advice and guidance to EASA staff and EU Member State Competent Authorities to move towards a more risk/performance-based approach.  Additional team work streams included SMS, Aviation Inspector Competencies and Maturity Model.  Owen recently returned to the UK CAA in the capacity of Senior Technical Advisor Aerodromes.

Sean Parker

Just Culture in Aviation Safety

Sean has over 25 year’s regulatory experience with the UK CAA across several technical disciplines. He is specialising in safety reporting and performance based regulation. As the Head of the UK 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 UK CAA Sean worked in the UK and Malaysia for Bristow Helicopters and British Airways.

Ben Bamber

CAA Readiness - Operational Recovery from Lockdown

Ben started his aviation career in 1971 via an RAF Flying Scholarship and possessed a Pilot’s Licence before he had a Driving Licence. He went on to serve in the Fleet Air Arm as a pilot, and worked for the Bristow Helicopter Group, the British Midland Airways Group and the British Airways Group in various flying, training and management roles.

Ben joined the UK CAA in 2003 as a Flight Operations Training Inspector and worked as the Lead Inspector with a number of the UK’s major Airlines and AOCs, including Britannia / Thomson Airways where he was responsible for the introduction of the Boeing 787 into Airline Service, and onto the UK Register. In 2016, Ben moved into the UK CAA International Group, where he has worked with such other National Authorities as Kuwait, Mongolia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ireland, Seychelles and others, as well as delivering training for diverse and different bodies, ranging from EASA to the Department of Forests Fire-Fighting Flight Unit.

Ben continues to play a role within the EASA and UK requalification of Full Flight Training Devices on a world-wide basis; and also with the examination of Type Rating Examiners and Instructors, as well as Senior Examiners within the EASA context. He maintains ongoing professional qualifications as a Senior Examiner, Type Rating Examiner and Type Rating Instructor on the Boeing 777/787 as well as continuing as an EASA & National Authority Training Inspector.

David Campbell

Safety Management Systems – Introduction
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations

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.

Simon Roberts

Leading on Aviation Safety
Safety Management Systems – Introduction
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
Just Culture for the Team
Just Culture for Responsible Managers

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 Collaborative Analysis Group (CAG). Using his extensive experience, Simon has been instructing SMS and SSP training worldwide.

Matthew Lillywhite

Leading on Aviation Safety
Safety Management Systems – Introduction
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
Just Culture for the Team
Just Culture for Responsible Managers
Airworthiness

Matt is the UK CAA’s Safety Management Systems (SMS) 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.

Graham Wheeler

CAA Readiness - Operational Recovery from Lockdown

Graham has over 38 years’ experience working in the Aviation industry, in areas of aircraft maintenance, production and quality oversight.  He is a qualified aircraft maintenance engineer and lead quality auditor, spending several years overseeing the build of Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.  Graham has been working for the UK CAA for the last 18 years as an Airworthiness Surveyor and in several managerial technical roles supporting the regulatory oversight of aviation and the UK CAA as a competent authority. He is now using his experience to help the development and sustainability of aviation safety globally.

Colin Greenwood

Leading on Aviation Safety
Safety Management Systems – Introduction
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
Just Culture for the Team
Just Culture for Responsible Managers
Airworthiness
EASA Part 21 G Production Organisation Approval
EASA Part 145 Maintenance Training Approval
EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness
Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems

Colin is an Airworthiness specialist with nearly 40 years of experience working in aviation, including over 10 years with the UK CAA. Colin has experience in both military and civilian environments including aircraft & component production, continuing airworthiness for Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (AOC) holders and Non-Commercial Complex aircraft (NCC)/Private operations, maintenance of complex & non-complex fixed and rotary wing aircraft, engines and components, maintenance control, safety management, quality assurance (compliance monitoring), Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) 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.

Neil Gray

Safety Management Systems – Introduction
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
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 UK CAA’s SMS evaluation process, and he took a lead role in a programme that evaluates the suitability and effectiveness of SMS at all UK certificated aerodromes.

Carey-Ann Jacques

Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance

Carey-Ann has been working in the aviation and motor industry for over 20 years. She is part of the UK CAA's Safety, Performance and Risk team where she is working closely with Flight Operations and Airworthiness, delivering solutions to support the UK CAAs programme of Performance Based Oversight. Before joining the UK CAA, Carry-Ann worked at two of the busiest UK airports with a variety of management roles in airfield, terminal and security operations, most recently at senior management level contributing to a complex airspace change programme. She applied continuous improvement skills gained in the motor industry, when leading aviation frontline customer facing teams (largest team over 600 members) and was able to develop some very powerful initiatives to deliver cultural change within the workplace. Carey-Ann is passionate about using her technical and operational skills to support the delivery of improvements to aviation safety performance across the industry.

Mark Vincent

Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance

Mark has been working for the UK CAA since Oct 2017. Following a role of a Performance Based Oversight (PBO) Principal, Mark is now working as the Performance Based Regulation (PBR) Manager. Within the UK CAA's PBR team, he is responsible for managing Performance Based Oversight and the Regulatory Safety Management System. Prior to joining the UK CAA he spent over 22 years in the Royal Air Force in a variety of roles in aviation delivery, including operating as an Air Traffic Controller and then as an Aviation Safety Management Specialist.

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 Herrington

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.

Sergio Bebiano

Barrier Modelling

Sergio has more than 15 years of experience working in the aviation industry. He started as a cabin crew for GB Airways and soon after became an instructor delivering all aspects of Safety and Emergency Procedures, Dangerous Goods and First Aid. When GB Airways was acquired by easyJet Sergio joined the easyJet’s Cabin Safety Team and became a Cabin Safety Officer and then a Cabin Safety Coordinator. He was in the role for almost 10 years conducting Mandatory Occurrence Reports investigations for the entire easyJet network and was also responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the cabin crew procedures. Sergio is currently working for the UK CAA as a Safety Intelligence Lead. His responsibilities include data analysis from all different sources of data, that will help to identify industry risks.

Andrew Varley

Airworthiness
EASA Part 145 Maintenance Training Approval
EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness
EASA Part CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation approval)

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 CAA for 30 years. During this time he worked with foreign Civil Aviation Authorities and Governments on improving safety standards and levels of compliance with ICAO standards.

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

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.

Devan Ramasamy

EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness (including SEARIF)
EASA Part 145 including DCA Malaysia Notice 6501 (CAA Malaysia Part 145 Maintenance Organisation Approval)
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications (MAvA)

Devan has been with the UK CAA since 1998 and has about 52 years’ experience in the aviation industry, spread across both GA and large aircraft. He has worked with Airlines / MROs based overseas and in the UK. Devan holds an EASA Licence in Cats B2/limited B1 and C. He is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Incorporated Engineer with the UK Engineering Council.

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 the International Register of Certificated Auditors Certificated (IRCA) 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.

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 UK CAA 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 is the 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 UK 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 UK CAA, Kate was a legal adviser at the Department for Transport, advising on aviation law and, for a short time, railways infrastructure law.

Dr Marie Langer

Effective Problem Solving and Root Cause Identification

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 (SMS) specialist she is working closely with industry and other regulatory agencies. Marie represents the UK 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 Human Factors 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 UK 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 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 EASA rules for aerodromes. He was head of the aerodrome function in the UK 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. He led the project to implement the EASA aerodromes rules in the UK and also led the aerodromes team through the introduction of the UK 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.

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.

Kevin Sawyer

Managing Insider Risks
Threat Image Projection – Implementation and Analysis
Introduction to Security Culture
CAA Readiness - Operational Restart from Lockdown

 

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 the UK 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 policies both domestically and internationally with a focus on risk management. Kevin has an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

Kirsty Wells

Security Management Systems

Kirsty has 14 years of experience working in the Aviation Industry, namely within Aviation Security, Business Resilience and Emergency Planning. Kirsty joined the UK CAA in 2015 as the Security Management Systems (SeMS) Aviation Security Manager and more recently the senior role of SeMS Programme Lead. She has been leading the UK CAA development and progress of SeMS since that time, collaboratively working with both Industry and International partners. Kirsty has been participating in the continued roll out of SeMS in the UK, looking at the area of a Performance-Based Oversight approach for the UK CAA. Kirsty has played a key role in the development of the SeMS training, delivering this both within the UK and Internationally.

Ben Wong

Threat Image Projection – Implementation and Analysis

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 UK CAA, Ben works alongside regulation, compliance and airport security teams to provide technical advice on aviation security.

Nicky Keeley

Cyber Security Oversight in Aviation

Nicky leads the team responsible for aviation regulatory cyber security oversight in the UK. She aims to have a proportionate and effective approach that enables aviation to manage cyber security risks without compromising aviation safety, security or resilience. Having worked in a variety of industries in various governance, risk, compliance and technical information security roles, Nicky brings a wealth of experience in the management of cyber security risks and transformation of cyber security oversight. Nicky is a qualified CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and ISO27001 Lead Auditor, she also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Technology.

Mike Thomas

Cyber Security Oversight in Aviation

Mike has worked for the CAA since May 2019. At his time in the CAA, Mike has worked on the delivery of the Cyber Security Oversight Process for Aviation (CAP1753), the Cyber Security Critical Systems Scoping Guidance (CAP1849), and the Cyber Assessment Framework (CAF) for Aviation. Mike holds various qualifications including (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP), and a BSc in Intelligence and Security. Previously Mike spent over 13 years in HM Forces working in a variety of security and intelligence roles in various locations worldwide. Mike brings a thorough understanding of cybersecurity threats.

Philippa Hammond

Training and Instructional Techniques

Philippa served 25 years as a frontline Immigration Officer, Learning and Development Officer and Manager with the Home Office UK Border Agency at Gatwick Airport. She is now an independent learning and development consultant, actor and voice artist, specialising in training and coaching Train the Trainer, Confident Public Speaking, Leadership and Employability essentials. Her bid won CAAi the contract to design a new 2019 Training And Instructional Techniques programme, which she delivered to EASA subject matter experts in Cologne. She brings a practical, brain-friendly, 70:20:10 approach to her events, dedicated to developing her delegates' confidence, knowledge and skill for leadership and management, training and business.

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