ABOUT AVIATION 360
Aviation 360 is a new organisation for 2019, having been founded by Simon Witts, the Founder of Aviation Skills Partnership in 2013..
Its mission is to re-define aviation as a sector, spark the interest and then explain the demand and role requirements.
We then help to create and form the right relationships amongst stakeholders (aviation and non-aviation) that are able to promote Aviation as a Sector in its own right. In doing this across the regions and nationally, it is able to play its part in assuring its sustainability through assisting industry to get the right people, training, facilities and outcomes.
Simon Witts - Founder & CEO
Simon is a highly experienced transport operations, engineering, regulatory, education, skills & training senior executive with a career spanning all aspects of airline and aviation operations - latterly working across other sectors.
An Executive Director on the Boards of 5 regional airlines, including for British Airways, initially in an Engineering/Technical capacity and latterly responsible for all aspects of airline operations (COO role) he has held all EASA / CAA Regulatory Approvals, including Accountable Manager.
Born west of London and a Graduate from Queen Mary College, University of London in Aeronautical/Electronic Engineering, he also spent 9 years with the UK Civil Aviation Authority in flight test and transport aeroplane certification, including full UK responsibility for the Boeing 777 programme. He started his career with Bristow Helicopters, moving to Racal/Decca in the development, marketing/sales of navigation/mission management systems involving significant worldwide experience. He is a regular conference speaker.
He was most recently Founder & CEO at Aviation Skills Partnership, having created the organisation in January 2013. Prior to that he was at City & Guilds / ILM Group as a Director creating a new 'direct to business' subsidiary. Prior to this, he created and was then Director of the Training Academy at Flybe - considered by many to be a nationally significant Academy. A GoSkills Board Member/Chairman of the GoSkills Aviation Industry Board, he also established and chaired the Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and a winner of the RAeS Alan Marsh Award. He is a Founding Fellow of the Leadership Fellows of the House of St George at Windsor Castle and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers.