Dr Hazel Courteney has worked in aviation for almost 40 years. In 2016, she established her own Consultancy company, State Safety Global Ltd, and has since worked for ICAO, IATA, HeliOffshore, EASA and various States and commercial rotorcraft manufacturers, supporting aviation safety developments in the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, South America, Africa, USA and Europe. She started her career in aircraft design and manufacture, working at Westland Helicopters, and later EASAMS GEC and BAe on the Eurofighter Typhoon design programme. She worked for twenty years at UK CAA, initially in aircraft Type Certification and later in management as Head of Research & Analysis and Head of Strategy & Safety Assurance. Mid way through her CAA employment, she took two years out to work for NATS in a management role. Recently, she has become involved with cyber security and the investigation of equipment vulnerability to cyber-attack.
During her time at CAA, she was Chairman of the ICAO Safety Management Panel that produced Annex 19, developed the UK’s State Safety Programme, initiated and managed the ‘Significant 7’ campaign, and Chaired various other groups at UK CAA including the Safety Action Group, Accident Analysis Group, and European Human Factors Steering group. Hazel has a PhD in Aircraft Design from London University, a Masters in Production Engineering and a BSc in Psychology and Computing from Birmingham University. For twenty years she regularly flew light aircraft as a PPL.