I started my career in military aviation and then spent 18 years as a police officer at an international airport. I specialized in physical security and infrastructure protection and was an aircrew security instructor. I have also worked for an airline as safety and security manager and served as security specialist on a number of EU-funded capacity-building projects. I have operated as an airport screener and have been training screeners for 10 years. I teach at the Emirates Aviation University in Dubai in the MSc Aviation Security Programme.
Aircraft and airfields have fascinated me since childhood; it is no surprise that I have been attached to aviation pretty much all of my working life.
The development was a team effort at McClumpha Associates. The goal was to produce a course for professionals that was engaging and provided good practical advice and ideas to assist in the day-to-day security management of the airport. Having completed the course and received positive feedback from the first delivery was a great achievement. The whole experience and engagement with ACI has been extremely rewarding.
At McClumpha Associates, we maintain connections with regulators, airports and equipment manufactures. We also attend conferences and exhibitions. I train at a number of airports and so I am required to remain updated in legislation in the relevant States.
Training is the foundation of quality security delivery at all levels. I believe that the quality of training will increase. I also believe that we will see a greater use of simulation technology in the training of managers as it becomes more affordable and accessible. There has been an increase in academic training offerings lately and this brings new possibilities.
I wanted to be an opera singer!