Wednesday, 17. November 2021 | 10:00 - 14:00

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Safety Culture and Leadership

!!!Note!!! Please register via e-mail to to show your interest in attending this training session. Tickets and their prices will be available in October in accordance with latest Covid regulation issued by the city of Cologne.

Regulations now require air operators to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS).  CAMO will need to have an SMS next, followed by maintenance organisations.  While data driven SMS offer a way to get better insight and manage risk more scientifically they are not themselves a panacea.  

Decades of research show that organisational culture is a significant driver on individual behaviours and organisational performance.  Culture is however a rather nebulous concept that is often not well understood  Ironically, organisations that implemented an SMS only because it became a regulatory requirement and whose ocus is on compliance suffer from a narrow and un-proactive culture. Culture is a term that is increasingly mentioned but rarely do organisations explicitly understand their culture or try to positively influence it.  

In this session we will introduce culture from a practical perspective and discuss how leadership is a powerful means to influence your organisations culture.  Although we focus on culture and leadership from a safety perspective, the approach and skills also apply across all aspects of an organisation.  


Andy Evans started his career as an aerospace designer before joining the UK CAA in 1999 as a Surveyor. As well as leading UK CAA work on HUMS and being intimately involved in the continued airworthiness of the North Sea fleet, he was the JAA's only Rotors & Transmission Specialist and a JAA Project Certification Manager.  He then became Global Quality & Safety Standards Manager for ta large global civil helicopter operator, before being Head of Airworthiness for a major design organisation and Head of Assurance for a £1bn military flight training project.  He has worked as a consultant for 9 years, founding Aerossurance in 2014.  Aerossurance's team support over 20 blue chip corporations and public bodies procure and assure safe and efficient aviation services (primarily offshore operations and special mission projects). Andy is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and active on many industry working groups. 

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