Director of Civil Aviation, Isle of Man Aircraft Registry
Simon Williams has successfully held a number of challenging senior operational and staff appointments. He has operated as an aircraft commander, training captain, qualified helicopter tactics instructor, and instrument rating examiner and has flown a wide variety of aircraft including Royal Air Force Search & Rescue Sea Kings, Special Operations Pumas and civil Boeing 757s and Boeing 767s, most recently for British Airways.
During 5 years at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, he developed a very broad regulatory and safety portfolio which saw him chairing groups at national and international level. These groups were focussed on delivering tangible safety benefits whilst working closely with a diverse cross section of the aviation industry. Towards the end of that tenure he increasingly devoted much of his time to working in ‘Safety Partnership' with the Business Aviation community.
In his current role as Director of Civil Aviation (DCA) he is leading and managing a large multi-disciplinary internationally-based team and is directly responsible for a multi-million pound budget. The breadth and depth of the DCA role is significant and includes: leading, managing and growing the world's 6th largest international private/corporate Business Aviation registry; regulating aviation, airspace and airport activity on behalf of the Isle of Man Government with direct accountability to the UK Department for Transport and the UK Civil Aviation Authority; and facilitating the growth of the increasingly successful Isle of Man aviation industry.