Cruise Ship Speakers

Air & Sea Safety Investigations
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Phil Giles
Aviation & Air Safety Investigator
RNLI Governor and Lecturer
Coming from: Emsworth,  Hampshire  UK
Captain Phil Giles wrote and appeared in the BBC documentary “The Bermuda Triangle” which investigated the disappearance of USN Flight 19. He is a Life Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and holds their Award for "Outstanding Service to Air Safety." He was an Air Safety Investigator with the UK AAIB from 1986 to 2002. Phil's talks cover air and sea safety investigations including the disappearance of Flight 19, "Black Boxes", Concorde, and Panam 103 at Lockerbie including the subsequent trial.

David Henderson
Aviation
Airline Pilot
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Captain David Henderson is a recently retired international airline captain who spent his entire working life travelling the globe and living and working in several different countries. He trained in the RAF and has flown worldwide on almost every type of flying machine from paragliders to aerobatic and vintage aeroplanes to Boeing 747s. He shares his lifelong love of aviation in a most engaging and entertaining manner.

Ted McCourt
Aviation Safety & History
Former Airline Pilot
Coming from: Tullyvale,  Dublin  Ireland
Ted is a retired Airline Pilot and Specialist in Aviation Safety. He is a Graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Higher Education. He entered Aviation in 1965 and served as an Airline Captain with Aer Lingus, Irish International Airlines for 27 years. During that time he held the position of Chief Flying Instructor on the Boeing 737 Fleet and was a Boeing Pilot Examiner for the Irish Aviation Authority. Since his retirement, Captain McCourt has devoted his time to lecturing on Aviation Safety matters.

Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE
Aviation Historian
AFC FRAeS FCIM
Coming from: Crowthorns,  Berkshire  UK
The son of a Battle of Britain pilot Rick is himself a decorated and highly acclaimed fighter pilot and leader. He has wide experience of high level command in the military, in senior appointments and in business at Managing Director level. He has great leadership capabilities and is recognised as a high achiever. He is also Past Master of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Livery.

Chris Rigby
Aviation
Airline Captain
Coming from: Leamington Spa,  Warwickshire  UK
Captain Chris Rigby was trained by BOAC in the early 70’s but left to join initially Cyprus Airways and then Britannia Airways at Birmingham. It was with Britannia that he gained his command at the age of 26, one of the youngest jet captains in the UK at that time. After a period of freelance work including private aircraft flying for Chris De Burgh, Nigel Mansell and other celebrities, he joined Easy Jet at its start up in Luton. Chris is still an active pilot doing freelance work. With over over 20,000 hours flying experience he is happy to share this experience through his series of aviation lectures.

Mick Testoni
Lifeboatman
R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal Badge holder
Coming from: Aldeburgh,  Suffolk  UK
Mick was born in Suffolk, but began his Police Career in 1964 in the Metropolitan Police, serving in London's East End. In 1974 he transferred to the Suffolk Constabulary and worked for many years in the Criminal Investigation Department until joining the Marine Department and completing 30 years service. Mick joined the R.N.L.I in 1977 and during his lifeboat service he was credited with saving 68 lives. He is the holder of the R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal Badge for his part in the rescue of 6 people from a yacht in force 11 gale and heavy seas in August 1996.