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RAF invites Baines Simmons to contribute to Air Safety Symposium

Baines Simmons’ place as a trusted safety partner of the Royal Air Force (RAF) was further cemented when the company was asked to provide a key speaker for the RAF Flight Safety team’s recent RAF Air Safety Symposium. The highly successful event took place at RAF Cranwell and was attended by more than 150 RAF and invited civil aviation industry personnel.

RAF Flight SafetyKeven Baines, Managing Director of Baines Simmons, was one of the high-profile speakers at the symposium, which took place on 26 and 27 September. His presentation, ‘Safety Management Systems – An Independent Perspective’, focused on powering safety performance through a positive safety culture. He went into detail about the processes for achieving organisational culture that increase resistance to unsafe acts and conditions through high fidelity, data-intensive identification of hazards – something only achievable with people. Keven expounded the value of having a clear model of what good safety management looks like (Point B) and where the organisation is now (Point A). This enables everyone to buy into the task and provision for the transition to Point B while allowing review of the progress at anytime.

RAF Flight Safety

Back row L to R: Group Captain Simon Brailsford Inspector Flight Safety, Air Command, Air Marshal Richard Garwood – Deputy Commander in Chief Operations, Air Command, Air Commodore Tony Barmby – Head of Operations Group, Military Aviation Authority, Air Vice – Marshal Lindsay Irvine – Director Legal Services, Air Command, Air Vice – Marshal Julian Young – Chief of Staff Support, Air Command.
Middle row L to R: Mr Charles Haddon Cave QC, Prof Graham Braithwaite – Cranfield University, Rod Young – Head of Aviation Safety, British Airways, Jim Pegram – Head of Safety Performance Easyjet Airlines, Air Commodore Ian Dugmore – Director, UK Airprox Board, Mr Iain Coucher Rail Safety, Keven Baines – Managing Director, Baines Simmons.
Front row L to R: Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton – Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant – Commander in Chief, Air Command

Keven’s summary to his very lively (described by some in the audience as inspirational) presentation was: “Whilst a systems approach is absolutely necessary, effective safety management is largely cultural. Proactive hazard identification (risk management) cannot happen without people engagement and possessing a consensus of what good safety management looks like is vital.”

“We have been delighted by the early feedback we have received which has been singularly positive. The contribution from industry and other external agents was recognised as being particularly useful in setting the context and in identifying shared challenges that appear to be common across our operating environments,” stated Group Captain Simon Brailsford, Inspector with Royal Air Force Flight Safety.

“The excellent presentation from Baines Simmons was both perceptive and thought-provoking and, as we have come to expect, provided a useful benchmark from which we can work. The themes exposed resonated across the audience and the RAF Flight Safety team looks forward to a continued safety partnership with Baines Simmons.”

“Our goal is to closely partner with the RAF to make the relentless pursuit of safety culture a developing reality. This client fully recognises the importance of a people-centric safety culture and the enabling Just Culture in an effective safety management system. At Baines Simmons, we provide the specialist change-management expertise to help organisations work towards tangible improvements in aviation safety,” stated Keven Baines, Managing Director at Baines Simmons.

Taking place on 26 and 27 September, the symposium was held at the RAF’s college at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire. The event also hosted speakers from British Airways, the National Health Service, Rail Safety and Standards Board and Cranfield University and included a gala dinner with a keynote speech delivered by Charles Haddon-Cave, Queen’s Counsel.