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Aviation Industry Skills Board

Driving the quality of aviation apprenticeships and aligning other workplace skills and vocational education activities through one strategic, employer-led board.

The Aviation Industry Skills Board (AISB) was formed in 2007 as part of a joint collaborative working partnership for the aviation sector. 

Members of the AISB work collectively to drive the quality of apprenticeships, ensuring they remain fit for purpose, but also have a wider interest to align other workplace skills and vocational education activities in the UK.

Critically, the board brings together employers from airlines, airports, and ground handling agents alongside other stakeholders, trade associations and the Department of Transport (DFT)  to act with ‘one voice’.

Facilitated by People 1st, the board operates a number of important sub groups which are critical to achieve its objectives. Bringing the groups together under one board helps align the variety of skills related activities undertaken in the sector.

Members of the board

Members, carefully selected for their combined expertise and passion in skills and apprenticeships, each play a significant role in helping to ensure we have a planned and coordinated approach to skills, which can only be achieved through a genuine partnership between employers, delivery partners and other relevant stakeholders.

Employer members

  • Karen Hewitt (Chair), apprenticeships & emerging talent manager, British Airways 

  • Mike Rogers, apprenticeship levy, quality & compliance manager, British Airways    

  • Ben Mosley, manager talent, leadership & corporate learning, British Airways

  • Glenn Pinsent, global quality, safety & standards manager,  Bristow Group

  • Kirsty Clifford, HR talent partner, easyJet 

  • Charlotte Booton, apprenticeship and early careers Manager, easyjet 

  • Hayley Lyon, learning & development manager, Flybe           

  • Andrew Currie, head of recruitment, training and leadership development, Gatwick Airport  

  • Karima Khandler, head of heathrow employment and skills,   Heathrow Airport    

  • Nick Clifton-Welker, learning manager airside, Heathrow Airport     

  • Peter Gardiner, talent development manager EMEA, Menzies Aviation    

  • Janice Keyes, VP HR, Menzies Aviation 

  • Andy Deakin, deputy centre manager apprenticeship centre, RAF 

  • Colm Langton, learning & development manager EMEA, Signature Flight

  • Brian Leslie- Willetts, OD & apprentice manager, Thomas Cook Airlines  

  • Rebecca Wakelin, early talent & apprenticeships manager, TUI Group 

  • Albie Liddiard, apprenticeship programme manager, Virgin Atlantic 

  • Angie Lemkes, leadership development consultant, Virgin Atlantic    

Associate members

  • Nichola Hay, AELP representative, AELP   
  • Nick Goss, programme manager, Aerospace Growth Partnership
  • Roger Gault, pilot consultant, Honourable Pilots Association 
  • Jade Hartford, head of aviation skills and gender workforce, Department of Transport 
  • Jenny Body, chair of education and skills committee, RAeS
  • Rosalind Azouzi, head of careers, RAeS 

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