Safety Leadership: from compliance to trust
Stuart Aggs, Virgin Australia Group Chief Operations Officer, is a firm believer in delegating authority to those with the responsibility for safety.
Ultimately, the buck stops with him, but trust is the underlying theme of his style of safety leadership. Last year he was appointed to CASA’s Aviation Safety Advisory Panel, which was formed in 2017 as the primary advisory body through which CASA directs its engagement with industry. Virgin Australia has emerged from receivership with a smaller fleet and workforce. However, despite the lockdowns due to the pandemic, it has increased its fleet of Boeing 737s this year as it seeks to cement its place in the hotly contested domestic aviation industry. As well, the airline is not allowing the pandemic to affect its strong commitment to a safety ethos.