Judgement day for the new Innovation in Aviation Safety Management Award
The five members of the judging panel for the first Innovation in Aviation Safety Management Award convened at the Royal Aeronautical Society earlier this week (23 April 2012). The purpose of this gathering was to select the winning entry from a very inspiring shortlist of finalists, spanning a broad spectrum of aviation businesses and organisations, both civilian and military.
Ronnie Smith, Baines Simmons SMS subject leader (far left) with the judging panel (L-R): Dr Steve Bond, Air Marshall Timo Anderson, Mick Skinner, Philip Sleight and Jari Nisula
The award will be presented at the Third European Safety Management Symposium being hosted by Baines Simmons and taking place on 15 and 16 May 2012 at the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel. It will be presented by Mr David Learmount, Operations and Safety Editor at Flightglobal during the gala dinner that will be held on the evening of 15 May.
The award was established to provide an opportunity for organisations to share achievements, celebrate success and achieve recognition as innovative leaders in the field of aviation safety management. The key criteria required for entry are closely linked to the theme of the symposium, namely A Business Approach to Safety. The winner will be the organisation that best demonstrates how an innovative approach to effective safety management systems results in improved business performance and profitability.
“The meeting at the Royal Aeronautical Society this week resulted in our jury emerging from the adjudication process taken aback by the quality of the initiatives that were shared with us,” says Keven Baines, Managing Director of Baines Simmons. “In spite of the extraordinary levels of expertise within our panel, we all came away having learned from our finalists. It was clear to us all that a properly executed safety management system is a certain way to generate tangible business efficiency and return on investment.”
Each expert on the independent panel adjudicating the award was invited, based on their personal expertise in safety, not to represent the companies or organisations to which they belong. They include Air Marshal T M (Timo) Anderson, Director General of the Military Aviation Authority (MAA); Dr Steve Bond, Programme Director of City University London; Mr Mick Skinner, Coordinator for UK-MEMS Group - CHIRP and UK Confidential Reporting Programme for Aviation and Marine; Mr Philip Sleight, Principal Inspector of Air Accidents for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Mr Jari Nisula, Training and Flight Operations Support at Airbus.
Baines Simmons is recognised as an international market leader in the integration of safety performance management, specialising in securing organisation-wide cultural engagement for effective and sustainable world class SMS. It operates as a trusted partner to more than 350 of the world’s leading civil and military aviation organisations in 40 countries, including the Ministry of Defence. The company has well-established links with more than 30 regulators worldwide, including the UK CAA and EASA.