Today, John Vincent is the CEO of the International Federation of Airworthiness (IFA). Formerly, John was a Deputy Director at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) having joined the Agency at its start-up in Cologne in 2004. His team created the first European Aviation Safety Review and Aviation Safety Plan. With industry, John co-chaired European safety initiatives on commercial and general aviation. Occurrence reporting and accident investigation were his responsibility.
Previously John had been Head of Strategic Safety and Head of Avionic Systems at the UK CAA based at London Gatwick. His industrial career included Westland Helicopters, Smiths Industries, British Aerospace and the Plessey company.
Five times a Westminster parliamentary candidate, twice a European candidate and twice elected as a Councillor in South East England, John is an energetic and seasoned campaigner. Going back to the 1960s and 70s, his West Country origins were founded in agriculture.