Board Members together form a team of highly experienced practitioners with first-hand civil and military ‘know how’ on Air Traffic Control disciplines; Commercial Air Transport (CAT) and General Aviation (GA) rotary, fixed wing and glider flying and military flying undertaken by the RN, Army, the RAF and UK-based USAF aircraft.
Board Members are selected for acknowledged expertise in their particular field of aviation. Members are nominated by civil/ military organisations, sitting as experts in their own right and not representing any group or organisation.
Advisors attend Board meetings to provide expert advice on their particular specialisation. Advisors from areas such as the CAA's Airspace Regulatory, Flight Operations and Air Traffic Services Investigations teams, the MOD's Military Aviation Authority (MAA), Military ATC Operations specialists, and NATS attend the Board routinely, whilst those from other associations and agencies come along as and when their specialist knowledge is required.
The Director UKAB
chairs the Board and leads the Secretariat, thereby providing a managerial link
between the two teams. The current Director learned to fly at 16 under the RAF
Flying Scholarship scheme and obtained her private pilot's license shortly after
turning 17. She graduated with an Honours degree in Aeronautical
Engineering from Bristol University, throughout which time she was an active
member of Bristol University Air Squadron. She joined the RAF as a pilot
in 1996 and was posted to 47 Sqn on the C130K Hercules in 1999. As a
captain and specialist tactical instructor, most of her operational flying
career was spent in Afghanistan and Iraq flying both the C130K and J
models. The ubiquitous role of the C130 Hercules also allowed her to
build a varied portfolio of global flying experience stretching to all
continents apart from Antarctica. Various staff and command tours followed
including a tour as Officer Commanding of 30 Sqn RAF. Her last tour in The
Service was as the Director of the RAF Division at the Defence Academy of the
UK (Shrivenham) where she was responsible for the post graduate military
education of all officers up to and including the rank of Sqn Leader.
Terms of Reference for UK Airprox Board Members as of June 2016
The UKAB 2014/15 Business Plan & Concept of Operation document provides details of the UKAB's mandate, current operating model and planned development activities over the next years. This document will be updated as future plans and concepts mature.