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Flight Safety Symposium
26 - 27 September 2017
Park Inn Heathrow, London, UK



Speaker Spotlight

Director Civil Safety and Security Unit (CSSU)
University of Leicester
Dr Simon Bennett directs the Civil Safety and Security Unit (CSSU) at the University of Leicester. CSSU delivers a MSc programme in risk management to circa 300 distance-learning students. His books include 'A Sociology of Commercial Flight Crew' (Ashgate), 'How Pilots Live' (Peter Lang International Publishing), 'Aviation Safety and Security - the importance of teamwork, leadership, creative thinking and active learning' (Libri Publishing) and 'Innovative Think...more
Director Safety and Flight Operations for Europe
Capt. Giancarlo BUONO is the Director Safety and Flight Operations for Europe at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), based in Brussels, Belgium. In this function he is responsible for the delivery of IATA Safety and Flight Operations Strategy in Europe and for the liaison with European Regulators, the EC and EASA on issues relating to air transport Safety and Flight Operations.    His professional expertise consists of extensive flight operations and quali...more
You Say Tomato
Dr Barbara Clark is founder of You Say Tomato, a consulting practice specialising in culture, communication, and safety. You Say Tomato works with organisations to understand how miscommunication happens, the implications of miscommunication, and what can be done to reduce it. Barbara’s work has theoretical, scholarly, and practical applications, and she has presented at several international academic and professional conferences. In addition to her work with the UK CAA, she prov...more
SVP Corporate Safety and Quality Assurance
Air Astana
Gerhard Coetzee flew as a navigator for 17 years, conducted his first accident investigation in 1987 and  has been managing Aviation Safety programmes in the military since 1990 and in civil aviation since 2002. He was a PANS-OPS designer participating in RNAV GNSS procedure introduction in Africa. He also acted as CRM facilitator and programme caretaker for several years. He holds a postgraduate degree in Transport Economics from University of South-Africa and safety programme as...more
Assistant Director, Safety & Flight Operations
Peter joined IATA in January 2012 as Assistant Director of Infrastructure with a focus on Single European Sky (SES). Previously, he worked for 21 years with Airservices Australia in a broad range of senior management roles including Manager of Network Management Services, Manager of Sydney ATC and concluding as the A/General Manager, Corporate and International Affairs. Peter is an Australian member of ICAO ATMRPP, he has held a broad range of operational ATC roles in Brisbane and Sydn...more
Head of Department and Expert in the field of ATM and Civil Operations
Airbus Helicopters
Isabel del Pozo de Poza has over 10 year experience in the ATM field. She started working at Boeing Research & Technology Europe (BR&TE) focusing at first on Arrival Management and Decision Support Tools. BRTE participating in common initiatives between NextGen and SESAR, Isabel contributed to different activities supporting the trajectory based operation concept on both ATM modernization programmes. In the meantime, Isabel completed her PhD addressing the "Assessment of F...more
President and CEO
Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)
Peter F. Dumont’s career of more than 30 years in aviation ranges from his beginnings as a U.S. Navy air traffic controller, to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the North American sector of a $3 billion defense contracting services company, and now as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Dumont began his private sector career with Serco, Inc., where he served as Vice President of Aviation, and...more
Managing Director
Silas completed a 23-year career as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force holding the highest levels of engineering authority at RAF Brize Norton and held Letters of Delegated Airworthiness Authority for both Systems and Structural Integrity. Silas is a Chartered Engineer and mentor with the IET and holds a degree in Engineering Management. He is also a Lead ISO Quality Auditor, qualified APMP/Prince II Programme and Project Manager. As Managing Director of THI Safety Management Sy...more
Associate Professor of Safety and Human Factors
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Dr. Nektarios Karanikas is Associate Professor of Safety and Human Factors in the Aviation Academy of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He studied Aircraft Engineering in the Hellenic Air Force Academy, MSc Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics at Cranfield University and he was awarded a doctorate in Safety and Quality Management by Middlesex University. Dr. Karanikas was an officer in the Hellenic Air Force for 18 years; he served in positions linked to maintenance m...more
Airline Safety Manager
Airline safety manager with Luxair S.A. in Luxembourg. Captain and SFI on the Embraer 145. Accident investigator, auditor and safety instructor within Luxair. Chairman of the European Regional Airlines Association (ERA) Air Safety Advisory Group. Vice-chair of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) European Advisory Committee. Member of the Commercial Air Transport Collaborative Analysis Group. Member of the Eurocontrol Safety Improvement Subgroup SISG. Consultant to the Lu...more
Manager Quality and Safety
Dubai Air Wing
Received Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship Training at Royal Aircraft Establishment Bedford from 1972 to 1976. Spent 14 years with Bristow Helicopters as a Licensed Engineer and 12 years with a Dubai company Aerogulf Services as Licensed Engineer, Director of Maintenance and Quality Manager. Joined the Dubai Air Wing in 2002 and currently holds the position of Manager Quality & Safety for 145 maintenance and CAMO of a mixed fleet of wide and narrow bodied commercially registered Fixe...more
VP Quality and Safety
TAP Portugal
Jorge Leite is a Mechanical Engineer by the Lisbon University. He joined TAP Portugal in 1986, starting his aviation career as JT8D repair engineer at the Engine Shop, before becoming CFM56 powerplant specialist and test cell assistant. In 1995 Jorge became Engine Shop Production manager, later assuming other management positions as Engineering & Quality Manager and Commercial Director. In 2004 Jorge was appointed Director of Quality for TAP Maintenance & Engineering and later...more
Director Consultancy
L&W Partnership
Fernando Lopez Calleja is a trained Aeronautical Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Aerodynamics from the Ecole National Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France. Fernando has 19 years’ experience in the aviation industry, working in aircraft design, aerodynamic consultancy, and for 12 years in Heathrow Airport across the development and operations departments. At Heathrow, Fernando held the Head of Airside Operation and Head of Aerodrome...more
Head of Human Factors
Neil May joined NATS in 1990 and has been the Head of Human Factors since 2011.  He leads a team of 29 Human Factors specialists who work to maximise human performance and eliminate human risk within the Air Traffic Control operation.  Neil chairs NATS’ Fatigue Risk Management Steering Group and sits on the ICAO Fatigue Risk Management Task Force.
Head of Flight Safety
Christopher leads the ATR Flight Safety department. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the Flight Safety strategy within ATR. His professional aviation career spans over 24years  in Engineering, Customer support and Safety Functions with companies such as Rolls-Royce, BAESystems and Airbus. Christopher is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS). He graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Training Director & Principal Airworthiness Consultant
Wing Engineering Limited
Daniel Olufisan is a consultant specialising in  the continuing airworthiness and maintenance management of aircraft. He  is an Incorporated Engineer with the UK Engineering Council; UK’s  regulatory body for the engineering profession. He is also a Member of  the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the current Chairman of the  society's Airworthiness and Maintenance Specialist Group (A&MSG).   Daniel first became involv...more
ATM Researcher
David Parkinson is a graduate of St John’s College Oxford, a Member of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered IT Professional and a Private Pilot. He began work with Hawker Siddeley Aviation on avionic and navigation systems. He has been responsible for developing major systems such as Oceanic ATC at Prestwick and Vessel Traffic Management for Rotterdam Harbour. He wrote the requirement to replace NATS’ Flight Data Processing System and was the UK&rsquo...more
Safety Team Leader-Performance & Methods Directorate ATM- R&D and SESAR
Bruno was awarded an Electronic Engineer degree in System and Flight Safety from the French Civil Aviation School (ENAC) in Toulouse in 1988.  He has more than 28 years’ experience in aeronautics. He spent 20 years at the French DGAC (1988-2008) working on aircraft certification at national level and for JAA/EASA and then on Flight ops approval for French aircraft operators. He was deeply involved in the development of CNS Standards at EUROCAE level and JAA/EASA level.  He ...more
Korean Air
Coming from an aviator’s family, Walter also has a degree in Industrial Mechanical Technology and worked in Process Engineering at Renault and Bernard Krone automotive manufacturing plants. In the military, Walter was a Non-commissioned Officer in a Command Support Unit of the Swiss Air Force (Lw LVb FU 30) until started flying commercially. Currently he flies for Korean Air on the A330 and his previous experiences includes Gulf Air for 12 years, British Midland, Swiss and Crossair. ...more
V.P Engineering - Quality
Air Costa
Ashwani received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University. He joined Air India as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in 1976 and obtained AME Licence in 1980. Ashwani worked in base and line maintenance at Air India Engineering in BOM, India and did assignments in Singapore and Abu Dhabi. He shifted to Quality in 1999 and held managerial positions including Regional Manager UK & Europe based in London. Ashwani retired as Quality Manager Air India in 2013 and ...more
Safety Analyst
David consistently demonstrates his ability to build teams of innovative professionals with common values and shared vision who are capable of facing challenges and accepting opportunities with intent, conviction and an open mind. After retiring from a seventeen-year career and senior position at the Federal Aviation in Washington D.C., David became internationally recognized as an expert and passionate spokesman for the promotion of aviation and public safety. CNN relies on David&rsqu...more
Air Risk International
Chris has worked in military and civil Air Traffic Control for over 40 years. He joined the newly formed Air Traffic Services Standards Department of the CAA Safety Regulation in 1989 as an ATS Inspector based in Edinburgh. During his time with the UK CAA, he was involved with the development and regulation of Safety Management Systems within the UK ATC He has conducted ATS Regulation courses on behalf of CAA International Services for the regulatory authorities of South Africa, Hong K...more
Senior Lecturer & Course Director MSc Airworthiness
Cranfield University
Cengiz started his career as an aircraft maintenance engineer and worked in different airlines and maintenance organisations both in Turkey and in the UK. He held aircraft maintenance licenses from Turkish, USA and UK Authorities. He then worked as a Quality Engineer for SR Technics UK Ltd (Formerly FLS Aerospace UK Ltd) between 2000 and 2005. He subsequently held the ‘Continuing Airworthiness Post Holder’ position for Flightline, a UK charter airline. In 2008, Cengiz joined Ci...more
Head of Safety and Occurrence Investigation
Austro Control
Alfred works as Head of Safety and Head of Occurrence Investigation at the Austrian Air Navigation Service Provider Austro Control GmbH in Vienna. His main responsibilities include the development and integration of System Safety methods and tools into the existing safety management system in line with current and new regulative requirements, as well as the implementation and improvement of the occurrence reporting process including Just Culture activities. Alfred completed his master thes...more
Safety Auditor
AQUILA Air Traffic Management
Aviation Safety Specialist with over 20 years’ experience within the Aviation Industry. A Former Royal Navy Air Traffic Control Officer with Maritime, Terminal, Deployed & Area Control experience. He also gained considerable experience as a Regulator, Assurance Officer and Safety Manager for the Military Aviation Authority. Since 2013, Stewart has worked in the civil sector as an Aviation Safety Manager, specialising in Civil/MOD partnership programmes. He currently works as a Safety Spe...more
Chief Executive
Dai Whittingham joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot in 1974.  He flew F4 Phantoms in the Air Defence fighter role and was the senior instructor pilot and standards evaluator for the RAF Phantom force.  He has also instructed at initial jet flight training.  He has commanded an E-3D AWACS squadron and the main operating base at RAF Waddington, Lincoln UK, and completed a range of staff appointments that included aviation policy formulation and duties as a regulator. Dai&rsq...more

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