Simon Nicholls

Simon uses his 30 years’ aviation maintenance and engineering management experience to guide and influence cultural change within organisations. Drawing on his considerable technical expertise and comprehensive knowledge of Human Factors and Error and Quality Management Systems, Simon helps senior management teams understand how to practically implement safety performance improvement programmes within their organisations. His down-to-earth, practical approach combined with his significant industry experience ensures clients gain the maximum value from his input to their programmes.

Expertise and capability

Consulting and training in human factors, error management and effective event investigation to evolve open culture environments that support effective error management and safety programmes
Designing and implementing safety culture change programmes to support SMS performance
Career background and experience

Simon has extensive industry experience predominantly as an Aviation Engineering Manager within both fixed and rotary wing disciplines and was predominately focused on aircraft maintenance and engineering support to embarked aviation operations. He client experiences have been mainly in the military sector involving aerospace organisations including: UK MOD, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, BAE Systems, TAG, BOND and the RSAF.

Notable highlights of Simon’s Royal Navy career include acting as the UK Engineering lead for a multinational logistic programme supporting the operations of 6 participating nations and serving as Warrant Officer in charge of Engineering, 815 Naval Air Squadron, responsible for all engineering and Quality aspects of eight Maritime Lynx Aircraft and 130 engineers. Simon also served as Staff Officer Engineering Standards and Practices, Navy Command HQ, responsible for Engineering and Quality Standards across all Naval Air Squadrons and Embarked Units, and Warrant Officer in charge of Engineering, 800 Naval Air Squadron, responsible for all engineering and Quality aspects of 10 Sea Harrier aircraft and 110 engineers.