The protector of people – Scoot’s Head of Safety, Ian Hawkes!Dec 30
Ian Hawkes can lay claim to the longest job title in Scoot (and possibly the world) but his primary focus is something that can easily be taken for granted. Safety. And much, much more. Here at Scoot, Ian Hawkes is the Head of Safety, Security, Quality, and Environment. And when December comes around, he also serves as the in-house Santa Claus. Not only because of the uncanny resemblance, but because Ian is one of the happiest people you will ever meet.
Take it away, Ian…..
1. In 101 words or less, what do you do as part of the Scoot family?
I am the Head of Safety, Security, Quality and Environment which is a very long title but basically means my department works very closely with all the operational departments such as Flight Operations, Cabin Crew, Engineering and Ground Services to ensure we integrate together to set and achieve the highest possible quality standards of safety and security. We also are very aware of our need to apply Scootitude to the environment we live and operate in, and to this end will be liaising closely with the authorities and industry to ensure we are friendly fliers!
2. What did do before joining the Scoot Family?
Before joining Scoot I was a Simulator Instructor with SIA for a year, training new cadet pilots on the B777. I also trained new Commanders and carried out recurrent training on all pilots on the 777. Prior to that I was a pilot and instructor for many years, the last 15 with SIA flying A310, A340, B747-400 and finally the B777. I also spent a period as Manager Corporate Flight Safety, which probably was the tipping point into my position with Scoot.
3. You make Safety and Security look cool. What is your secret?
I am not telling you. It’s a secret.
4. What has been the funniest experience of your time in Scoot so far?
Trying to tame the computer to do all the wonderful things it can do whilst composing manuals. I am now convinced computers have a malicious sense of humour which culminates in binning the last 6 hours work because you forgot “CTRL S”. The learning of new and strange skills has been an immensely rewarding experience requiring a lot of Scootitude!!
5. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Why?
“Scratches in the sky”. Ask my #3 son, he coined the phrase!
Years of experience, and as cool as ever – thank you Mr Hawkes!