Mark Prior has over 40 years of experience in aviation. Initially as an operational RAF pilot he then qualified as an Experimental Test Pilot and worked on a number of major military certification programmes.
In the civil sector he was an offshore helicopter pilot as well as the Chief Test Pilot for the Bristow Group working with the Group’s Part 21 Design Office. The Design Office led the industry in many areas, such as the world’s first helicopter certification of TCAS II. Due to the breadth and depth of his technical and operational experience, Mark was co-opted onto a number of regulatory groups belonging to ICAO, RTCA, EASA and JAA. He was a member of the Helideck Certification Agency Steering Committee for 16 years.
He is currently the Secretary to the EUROCAE Working Group 110/RTCA Special Committee 237, worked on updating aircraft certification standards (Defence Standard 00-970) for the MOD, supports national SAR providers, provides technical support for oil and gas companies and offshore renewable operators. Additionally, he has worked on a number of Expert Witness/ technical projects.
Now working in joint consultancy with Dr Maria Prior, this breadth and depth of technical and operational knowledge is available to enhance client’s operational efficiency, effectiveness and risk management.
Dr. Maria Prior is an experienced researcher with a PhD and MSc (with Distinction) in Health Services Research and a First Class Honours degree in Mathematical Sciences. During her academic career she published over 30 peer-reviewed research articles and built a reputation as an innovative research methodologist with a special interest in identifying priorities for behaviour change in individuals and organisations and exploring barriers to optimal professional practice. In particular, she is able to offer specialist expertise in qualitative research and the design and conduct of bespoke surveys to identify reasons for non-compliance with workplace procedures.
Maria's skills and experience are transferable to any sector of industry including aviation and she is available to: conduct research to identify barriers and facilitators to optimal professional practice, analyse and provide interpretation of results; provide expertise to clients to assist them to design robust research to create new knowledge; provide training on research methods and research design.