Meet The Team
- Geoff Weighell Chief Executive
- Rob Mott Chief Inspector
- Kelly Thacker Office Manager
- Aaron Bliss NPPL Genius
- Roger Pattrick Chief Technical Officer
- Karen Judd Membership Secretary
- Mark Bailey Airworthiness Engineer
- Dave Simpson Tech Quality Manager
The CE is responsible for directing the BMAA staff to achieve the strategic aims of the BMAA Council. The CE currently takes the lead in regulatory representation for the benefit of the members; the aim to ensure that regulation affecting microlight flying is reduced as much as possible and that any that remains is proportionate to the activity.
Geoff started his flying career flying hang gliders and then moved to microlights in 1981. He subsequently became a flight instructor, then an examiner and ultimately Chairman of the Microlight Panel of Examiners. Geoff has competed in national and international competitions in microlights and as crew in helicopters. Prior to working for the BMAA Geoff served on the BMAA Council and was Chairman for two years.
The CI is responsible for all matters relating to the ongoing airworthiness of the BMAA fleet of microlights. The CI appoints BMAA Inspectors to help members with airworthiness tasks such as annual inspections and modification or repair tasks.
Rob started at the BMAA in Nov 2007 after completing his studies at Manchester and a brief time learning to maintain helicopters. Prior to this he started his flying career with competitive aeromodelling. This provided his first taste for fullsize aircraft in 2002, whilst at the European Championships. Two years later he started training for his PPL. After gaining his licence he quickly found Microlights and the rest is history! Although his enthusiasm for aerobatics persisted, achieving a CAA Display Authorisation in 2012.
The Office Manager is responsible for ensuring the smooth and safe running of all administration tasks that running the business of the BMAA entails.
Hi, my name is Kelly and I am the Office Manager. I have been working for the BMAA since 1st December 2015
Since leaving college I have worked within the Leisure and Tourism Industry and before settling down and having a family I was fortunate enough to work in different overseas locations. Before joining the BMAA I was employed at a hotel as the Deputy General Manager.
The NPPL Administrator is responsible for accepting and checking applications for the NPPL Microlight licence, then issuing the licence document when everything is complete.
I hail from Deddington, a short walk from the BMAA office. I see my position as facilitating smooth processing of queries and legal documents to ensure students, instructor and examiners spend the maximum time enjoying the wild blue yonder rather than correcting avoidable errors or dealing with the CAA. I have the privilege of issuing National Private Pilot's Licenses with Microlight ratings, bringing waiting times for excited applicants down from up to 3 weeks to potentially a couple of days, meaning the sky is closer than ever before!
The CTO is responsible for the running of the BMAA Technical Office to ensure that members' projects are handled accurately and speedily. The Technical Office also accepts engineering approval applications from manufacturers which the BMAA is authorised to scrutinise and approve on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority.
"I am an aviation nut, and love all things aviation. I have been lucky enough to make a career out of microlight aviation, and have been working within the industry since 1985. First at Hornet Microlights, then in 1990 Mainair Sports and P&M Aviation before moving to the BMAA in 2015."
The Membership Secretary is responsible for all matters relating to membership of the BMAA and provides a point of contact for any enquiries related to BMAA membership or membership activity.
Hello! I ‘m Karen, I am the Membership Secretary and I have been working for the BMAA since February 2016. My background is in Banking and administration, I worked for HSBC before having a family. Since then I have undertaken Nursery School administration and prior to joining the BMAA I ran the local Post Office, here in Deddington.
Airworthiness Engineer (AE). The AE reports to both the CE, CTO & CI working on both initial and continued airworthiness projects. Ranging from weight reports, modifications, repairs, amateur-build completions, permit renewals and answering technical questions.
Mark is an Aeronautical Engineer graduate of the University of Manchester. After a successful interview at the end of 2019, he started working for the BMAA in January 2020. As well as a passion for things that fly, he enjoys music, football and motor racing
Quality Manager (QM). The QM is responsible for ensuring the BMAA is in compliance with and adhering to its technical procedures. This is in accordance with the airworthiness requirements of the Sporting Approval A8-26 as published by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Dave worked for BAE Systems, then Cobham, for over 40 years, first as a design engineer, then engineering manager. He started hang gliding in 1975 and flew his first microlight in 1979. In his spare time he has run hang gliding and microlight schools and carried out the certification work on several microlight and light aircraft designs. He is also currently a BMAA Senior Inspector and has served on BMAA Council as Vice Chairman