2010– Chief Inspector of Air Accidents
This position, appointed by the Secretary of State for Transport is the head of the AAIB, the accountable manager and holds responsibility for the investigation of all civil air accidents in the UK. I report directly to the Secretary of State for Transport on safety investigations and am responsible for a £8 million budget and 53 employees. I maintain flying currency operating Airbus A320 aircraft with a UK airline. I represent the UK worldwide on all aspects of accident investigation.
2007–2009 Principal Inspector of Air Accidents (Operations), AAIB
This position required the line management of 6 operations inspectors, the co-ordinated response of the AAIB to accidents and incidents and acting as Investigator-in-Charge of approximately 50 accidents a year. I represented the AAIB at European flight safety meetings, at our Overseas Territories and at international accident sites.
2002–2007 Inspector of Air Accidents (Operations), AAIB
This position required the investigation of the operations issues of accidents and incidents reported to the AAIB.
1996–2002 Virgin Atlantic Airways commercial pilot
This position involved flying as commander of Airbus A320/1 aircraft and as a first officer on Airbus A340 aircraft. These operations were worldwide.
1983–1996 Royal Air Force pilot
Three tours as a squadron pilot on Phantom, Tornado F3 and Hawk aircraft. Qualified Flying Instructor and Instrument Rating Examiner.
1999–2010 Director Jetlinx Flight Training Ltd
Director of a small company which was a CAA approved Multi Crew Cooperation course provider with a staff of 6 part-time pilots.
2014– International Civil Aviation Organisation Accident Investigation Group Panel Member
This panel is responsible for preparing and amending the global standards and recommended practises for accident investigation
2013– Transport Commissioner for Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety
2011– President European Society of Air Safety Investigators
Part of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. Responsible for an annual seminar and leading a committee of 5 members.
2010– Deputy Chair European Network of Civil Aircraft Safety Investigation Authorities
European Commission body responsible for harmonisation of air accident investigation within the European Union
2010– Trustee of Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme
Independent Aviation and Maritime confidential reporting programme contributing to safety in the UK
2010– Member of the Board of Chief Inspectors
Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence, Helicopter Private Pilot’s Licence
Fellow Royal Aeronautical Society
BSc (Hons) Aeronautics and Astronautics, Southampton University
Triathlon (local club committee member), Adventure Racing, Skiing
8 June 2016