Andy Hine OBE joins Baines Simmons
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Senior Defence Consultant, Andy Hine OBE, joins Baines Simmons

Baines Simmons is delighted to welcome Senior Defence Consultant Andy Hine to its Defence Aviation Consulting team as a Principal Consultant.

A pilot and instructor with over 25 years of defence aviation safety experience, Andy advises clients on leadership, cultural and organisational aspects of aviation safety performance. He has an impressive record of driving performance improvement through cost and operational efficiencies and delivering high profile change management programmes in safety and quality organisations.

Expertise and capability

  • Consults on how to build effective and integrated safety management across entire organisations
  • Advises on operations and resources leadership development, strategy development and planning, change management, stakeholder management, continuous improvement, safety culture, Error Management and Human Factors
  • Leads a team of highly qualified consultants in delivering defence aviation safety management across the Navy, RAF and Army within the UK armed forces

Career background and experience

Andy HineAndy served in the RAF for over 25 years, where he flew almost 3000 hours on the Tornado GR4 including ten operational tours. As a front-line Station Commander he became the first Delivery Duty Holder of the largest fast-jet station in the RAF, being heavily involved with the initial introduction of Military Aviation Authority regulations. He also commanded a front-line Squadron and practised as a Qualified Weapons Instructor. Both these leadership roles involved significant safety, quality and performance improvement to achieve cost and operational efficiencies.

Andy also served on three separate occasions in the MOD, London, and once in the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood. His responsibilities included: long-term strategic planning for the RAF; thought leadership, planning and administrative support to the Air Force Board; formal collaboration with the RAF’s allies and partners worldwide; RAF engagement with multiple UK sectors and operational planning for the UK’s drawdown from Iraq. Andy was awarded an OBE January 2009.