Team and Board

HeliOffshore’s work is overseen by a highly experienced Board; you can read the biographies of our Board Members below. The HeliOffshore team is here to support members as they contribute to our industry’s global collaboration for safety – email addresses for the team are at the bottom of the page.

Board Members

William E. Chiles

Chairman, HeliOffshore and former CEO of Bristow Group Inc.

William E. Chiles is chairman of HeliOffshore Ltd.

He was formerly chief executive officer of Bristow Group Inc., a leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry. He retired from his position as president and CEO of Bristow Group on July 31, 2014. During his 10-year tenure at Bristow Group, Mr. Chiles transformed the company into one of the most successful helicopter transport companies, articulating a clear vision that led to Bristow’s impressive safety performance, growth, and financial performance. He was credited with successfully bringing together two companies to form the Group: Bristow Helicopters, based in the UK, and Offshore Logistics, based in the U.S. Through his strategic leadership, he fostered a collaborative customer- and safety-focused culture.

Before joining Bristow Group in 2004, Mr. Chiles spent 32 years in the offshore oil and gas drilling industry founding several companies, notably Chiles Offshore I & II.

Francois Lassale

Chief Executive Officer - Acting, HeliOffshore

Francois Lassale is HeliOffshore’s acting CEO.

Francois’ aviation career began in the South African Defence Force, then the Royal Air Force, as a Training Captain, Special Forces Captain and Safety Manager with extensive experience of flying both rotary and fixed wing.  After leaving the military, he flew in airline, freight, VIP and Head of State operations.  Francois launched, led and sold an entrepreneurial business focused on aviation safety, before joining HeliOffshore in 2015 to lead global Safety Programme delivery.

Francois established the HeliOffshore Safety Intelligence Programme and facilitated a network of industry experts to articulate and deliver best practice.  His leadership drives the momentum of HeliOffshore’s safety collaboration.  He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2019; and again in 2020 to acting CEO.  Francois was a Flight Safety Foundation Business Aviation board member for thirteen years.  He currently serves as Vice Chairman to the European Helicopter Association and the International Pilot Training Association.  He has a Masters in Air Transport Management, specialising in managing multicultural aviation organisations.

Christopher S. Bradshaw

President and Chief Executive Officer, Bristow Group

Christopher S. Bradshaw now heads up Bristow Group as President and CEO. In addition, he serves as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Prior to to his current role Mr. Bradshaw served as Era’s President and Chief Executive Officer between November 2014 and June 2020, and Chief Financial Officer from October 2012 to September 2015.   Prior to joining Era, Mr. Bradshaw spent 13 years in the financial services industry, most recently as a managing partner and chief financial officer of U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, an independent financial advisory firm. Prior to co-founding U.S. Capital Advisors in 2009, Mr. Bradshaw was an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank, Morgan Stanley & Co. and PaineWebber Incorporated.

Mr. Bradshaw holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Dartmouth College.

Dave Balevic

President and Chief Executive Officer, CHC Helicopter

Dave joined CHC in May 2015 after 26 years of engineering leadership experience with General Electric. During his time at GE, Dave led engineering for the drilling and surface division at GE Oil & Gas. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of technology development, new product design, requisition engineering, field support and customer technical engagement.

Dave holds a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University.

Keith Mullett

President, PHI Americas

Keith Mullett holds the position of President of PHI International, a wholly owned subsidiary of PHI, Inc.  He has held this position since the acquisition of HNZ by PHI in December of 2017.  Before that, he was the Executive Vice President (International) of HNZ Global, a role he started in August of 2011.  Since 2011, Keith has been based in New Zealand.

In 1999 Keith became involved in the helicopter industry with CHC Helicopters, firstly at the headquarters in Canada and then moving to the UK in 2003.  In 2005, he was appointed Managing Director of CHC’s European Operations based in Aberdeen.

Keith holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.

General Tan Sri Muhammad Ismail bin Jamaluddin

Chief Executive Officer, Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd

Gen. Ismail was appointed as the CEO of Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd (WASSB) in July 2011. Before becoming the CEO, he was appointed by the GMD as a consultant in WASSB.

General Ismail was first commissioned into the Malaysian Armed Forces (Royal Malay Regiment) in 1970 as a 2nd Lieutenant and retired in September 2010 as a 4 Star General (Chief of Army) having served 40 years.

Jeremy Akel

Group CEO, Omni Helicopters International

Jeremy is Group CEO, Omni Helicopters International.

His 20 year aviation career is defined by the implementation of effective transformative strategies for organizations.  As Executive Vice President, Commercial, at Milestone Aviation, Jeremy was responsible for setting and executing enterprise growth strategy.  As the COO at Bristow Group, he championed operations transformation that achieved step changes in operational performance.  Prior to Bristow, Jeremy worked as a Management Consultant in the airline industry assisting clients design post 9/11 competitive business models.

Jeremy’s roots are in aviation safety where he started his career at the US National Transportation Safety Board.  He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado and MBA from Georgetown University.

Hank Williams

Chief Operating Officer, Cougar Helicopters

Hank Williams started his career in the transportation industry in 1992 and joined Cougar Helicopters in 1996.

Hired first as a Passenger Movements Coordinator, he advanced throughout the organization and was appointed General Manager in 2010 and Chief Operating Officer in 2016. A hands-on manager and leader, he holds responsibility for all of Cougar’s offshore oil & gas and search & rescue operations globally.

Hank has completed the Helicopter Association International’s Helicopter Operator Management Course and is a Director of the Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (NOIA).

Gretchen Haskins

Board Director, HeliOffshore

Gretchen Haskins is a Board Director of HeliOffshore Ltd. She is an aviation industry leader in safety performance improvement and an internationally-recognised expert in human factors.

She has served on the board of the UK Civil Aviation Authority as Group Director of Safety, guiding aviation safety in the UK (including airlines, aerodromes, air traffic, airworthiness and personnel). Prior to that, Gretchen was Group Director of Safety at NATS where she championed activities to support frontline operational safety. Gretchen previously worked in nuclear certification and safety of intercontinental ballistic missiles, joint airworthiness trials for military aircraft, defence system design—and as an expert advisor to NATO on human performance and safety critical systems. She has a strong aviation background, and has flown jet and piston aircraft in the U.S. Air Force.

Gretchen served as the Chief Executive Officer of HeliOffshore from 2014-2020.

HeliOffshore Team

Francois Lassale

Chief Executive Officer, HeliOffshore

Gillian Furlong

Company Secretary and Membership Manager

Kim Stoby

Executive Assistant

Mulham Terkaoui

Workstream Manager, Safety Programme

Louise Nicolson

Communications Director

Matthew Greaves

Safety Intelligence Programme Manager