NATS appoints new Group Director of Safety

19 February 2010

David Harrison

NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic services provider, announced today that it has appointed Dr. David Harrison as its new Group Director of Safety, reporting to NATS’ CEO.  David, who most recently served as general manager of the Manchester Area Control Centre, will replace Gretchen Burrett who is joining the CAA as Group Director, Safety Regulation.

David has over 20 years of experience at NATS, having worked in various areas including heading up the Chief Scientist’s Division, incorporating Operational Analysis, Research and Development and Human Factors, and leading the Architecture and Integrity department in Technology and Programmes.

“David has an impeccable track record for improving safety and service delivery performance.” said Paul Barron, NATS Chief Executive.  “He has also played an important role in helping shape the organisation of the new Prestwick Centre, having overseen the successful transfer of our Manchester Area operations to Prestwick. I am very pleased that he has accepted the role and have full confidence he will uphold NATS’ outstanding, and well deserved, safety reputation.”

“I am tremendously honoured to take up this post.” said David, “Safety is at the very core of NATS business and is fundamental to everything we do.  I look forward to continuing our focus on being pro-active in safety and driving changes to benefit those flying in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace.”

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