CONFERENCE – 27th November

John Vincent

Formerly, EASA’s Deputy Director for Strategic Safety he developed Europe’s Safety Review and Plan, led Safety Initiatives and managed teams tracking performance, initiating research and supporting investigations.  Before EASA, John headed up Safety Analysis at the UK CAA.  His team advanced safety policy, plans, reporting and monitoring.  

In the 1990s, John managed an Avionic Systems team.  He led groups creating requirements and undertaking design certification.  His engineering career spanned equipment design, project management, system engineering and certification.  John worked for Westland Helicopters, Smiths Industries, British Aerospace and Plessey Marine. 

John McColl
Head of Airworthiness, CAA UK

The Civil Aviation Authority is the UK’s specialist aviation regulator. John McColl is the Head of Airworthiness and manages a team of airworthiness surveyors across the UK overseeing design, production, maintenance and continued / continuing airworthiness activities.

John started his career with Rolls-Royce at the Hillington facility in Glasgow as a Graduate Trainee. After spending time in production, maintenance, planning, quality, design and development, John’s first position was in quality at the Rolls-Royce engine MRO facility in East Kilbride. After a few years on the shop floor John moved to the Design and Stress team and spent a total of 15 years at Rolls-Royce in a number of management positions.

John has been with the CAA for 21 years, he started in the Propulsion department and was involved in the certification and validation of new engine designs, modifications, repairs, continued airworthiness and organisation approvals. John moved on to take on other roles with propellers and helicopter transmissions before taking up a number of management positions: Head of Organisation Approval and Propulsion, Head of Aircraft Certification, Head of Airworthiness Evaluation and Surveillance, CAA’s Chief Surveyor and is now Head of Airworthiness.

Mr Steve SwiftSteve Swift
IFA VP Australasia

Steve is an aeronautical engineer with 40 years industry and regulatory experience in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aircraft structure.  In 2007, the IFA awarded Steve our Whittle Safety Award.  Steve now runs his own training and consulting company—in airworthiness of course!

“In Australasia, we work our aircraft hard.  Many are fleet leaders.  So, we value the IFA’s support for continuing airworthiness.”

Wajahat Ali Khan
Regional Director Quality/EHS & Security ME,
Jet Aviation Dubai LLC

He has been associated with Aviation for the last 28 years and has worked in almost every field of aviation. He served in Air Force for twelve years following his education and has been associated with General Aviation for the remaining part of his career. His passion for aviation led him to acquire Sports Pilot License in recent years. His professional quest in QMS has taken him beyond aviation to acquire internationally recognized membership of IRCA and become an ISO QMS lead auditor. 

Wajahat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Masters in Information Technology as well as Business Administration in addition to numerous professional qualifications. He possesses in depth knowledge of regulations, Airworthiness Requirements & emerging regulatory trends; and strong knowledge of maintenance practices and procedures.

Nick Edge
Technical Records Manager,
Emirates airline

Nick is an Aeronautical Professional who started his Aviation Career as an RAF Apprentice Engineer back in 1977. Throughout his extensive global career, Nick has worked in both the Operational & Maintenance arenas as an RAF Pilot, Maintenance / Production Engineer & Maintenance Planning & Records Manager within Airlines & MROs stretching from the UK to Hong Kong.

Having joined Emirates Engineering in December 2000, Nick has been instrumental in ensuring the Continued Airworthiness and Safety Management processes, relating to both Regulatory & Lessor Contractual Maintenance Records requirements, are harmonised with both Emirates accelerated growth alongside the adoption & development of Documentation Digital Records Technology within Emirates Engineering.

“Maintenance Records and Digital Technology are not just the Centre of my Universe but the Centre of theUniverse in everything that ensures the Highest Standards for Airworthiness & Safety within Aviation is maintained”

Shajee Rafi
Emirates airline


Daniel Olufisan
Wing Engineering Ltd

Daniel Olufisan is a proficient consultant specialising in the continuing airworthiness and maintenance management of aircraft. He is an Incorporated Engineer with the UK Engineering Council; UK’s regulatory body for the engineering profession. He is also a Member of the UK Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and the current Chairman of the society’s Airworthiness and Maintenance Specialist Group (A&MSG). Furthermore, he is an elected member of the society’s council, and a representative of the society on the executive board of the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA).

Daniel has accrued over a decade of professional experience in the continuing airworthiness sector, spanning both industry and academia. He is currently the training director and principal airworthiness consultant at Wing Engineering Limited.


Tim Garrett
Human Factors Manager, Emirates airline

Tim Garrett has been with Emirates Airline since May of 2011 as the Human Factors Manager for Engineering where he has worked to promote Human Factors initiatives and education. Prior to joining Emirates Airline Tim was with Continental Airlines for 27 years working in the Technical Operations and Flight Safety Departments.  Tim has participated in numerus FAA and Aviation industry projects and working groups on fatigue, Line Operations Safety Auditing in Maintenance and Ramp. Tim has participated in IATA Human Factors Training, Boeing Human Factors Training, Aircraft Accident/Incident Investigations, D.O.D. Inspections, and numerous Domestic and International Airline Code Share Audits. Tim is an FAA Licensed A&P Technician and Pilot. He earned his Program Certification in Aviation Safety from the University Of Southern California School Of Engineering. Tim attended Northrop University for Aviation Maintenance Technology Engineering and Airframe and Power Plant Programs.


Dr Nicklas Dahstrom
Emirates airline

Dr Nicklas Dahlstrom is Human Factors Manager at Emirates Airline and has been with the airline since 2007. In this position he has overseen CRM training in a rapidly expanding airline and also been part of efforts to integrate Human Factors in the organisation. He has also done work for other organisations, especially the UN World Food Program’s Aviation Safety unit and is currently a member of ICAO’s Human Performance Task Force. In 2018 he received Civil Aviation Training magazine’s Pioneer award for his work in the aviation industry. 


Capt. Naushad Anjum
Air Arabia

Muhammad Naushad Anjum is an aviation psychologist who likes to look for the invisible factors that contribute towards mistakes and accidents. With over 25 years in aviation, he has worked as Human Factors specialist, air accident investigator and trainer on various aviation subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in aviation sciences, MSc and MPhil in Psychology. He has worked as instructor of SMS, Human Factors and Operational Risk Management. He has spoken and written about psychological processes involved in Maintenance Resource Management. Naushad has over 5000 flying hours as a fighter pilot, over 7 years as flight instructor and an airline Captain. His last job was a Captain and head of CRM Program in Airblue. Currently he flies for Air Arabia in UAE.

WORKSHOPS – 28th November

Cengiz Turkoglu
IFA VP Technical & Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University

Cengiz started his career as an aircraft maintenance engineer and worked in different airlines and maintenance organisations both in Turkey and in the UK. He held aircraft maintenance licenses from Turkish, USA and UK Authorities. He then worked as a Quality Engineer for SR Technics UK Ltd (Formerly FLS Aerospace UK Ltd) between 2000 and 2005. He subsequently held the ‘Continuing Airworthiness Post Holder’ position for Flightline, a UK charter airline. In 2008, Cengiz joined City University London as a Senior Lecturer and also Wake QA as a part time IOSA auditor. Since then he had the opportunity to visit over twenty different airlines in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe and audited their Quality & Safety Management Systems. In September 2015, Cengiz joined the ‘Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre’ and became the Course Director MSc Airworthiness at the beginning of this year.

He has been a member of the UK Flight Safety Committee since 2010 and joined the ‘Executive Board’ as the Vice Chairman in 2015. He has been chairing the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Airworthiness since 2011 and recently became the VP Technical. He represented IFA in the European Commercial Aviation Safety Team, which has been transformed to EASA’s Collaborative Analysis Group for Commercial Air Transport. He currently holds BEng (Hons) Degree in Aircraft Engineering from Kingston University and MSc Air Transport Management from City University London. Cengiz chose the topic of ‘Risk Culture in Commercial Air Transport’ for his PhD research, which he is continuing at Cranfield University, UK.

Jelle Hieminga
Lecturer, Amsterdam University of Professional Education

Jelle Hieminga is a Lecturer with the Amsterdam University of Professional Education in The Netherlands. Having joined the Aviation Academy team at the university in 2005, he has developed and taught modules about aircraft systems, system layout and design, aviation laws and regulations as well as several other subjects. Having obtained a BSc degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 2000, a CPL license in 2003 and after working for both KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ Engineering department and British Airways Engineering, he enjoys combining experiences from both an engineering and a flying standpoint into his lessons. Since 2008 he has also worked as a (part-time) Flight Instructor, training students for both PPL and CPL (towards ATPL) licenses.

In September 2014 he started studying again at Cranfield University, UK, towards a MSc degree in Airworthiness. This led to a thesis project that ran from September 2017 to June 2018, during which thousands of incident reports from airlines across Europe were evaluated and categorised to get an idea of which maintenance errors influence safety within commercial air transport.