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.

Gretchen Haskins

Chief Executive Officer, HeliOffshore

Gretchen Haskins is the CEO of HeliOffshore Ltd., a company dedicated to global offshore helicopter safety. 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.

David Plester

Managing Director, Babcock International's UK civil aviation businesses

David recently took on his current role with Babcock after previously serving as CEO Northern Europe for the group’s civil aviation activities, including HEMS, parapublic and oil and gas services. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director of Babcock’s infrastructure businesses, which was responsible for delivery of Build Asset Management services for the UK Ministry of Defence. He holds an honours degree in Quantity Surveying and completed the General Management Programme at Harvard Business School.

Christopher S. Bradshaw

President and Chief Executive Officer, Era Group Inc.

Christopher S. Bradshaw has served as Era’s President and Chief Executive Officer since November 2014 and Chief Financial Officer from October 2012 to September 2015.  In addition, he serves as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. 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.

Karl Fessenden

President and Chief Executive Officer, CHC Helicopter

Mr. Fessenden was named president and chief executive officer of CHC Helicopter and a board member of its parent company, CHC Group, in February 2015. He came to CHC from GE, where over 20 years he amassed a track record of strong leadership in building industrial-services businesses, as well as process discipline around resource and capital allocation.

Mr. Fessenden successfully led multiple global-service business units at GE Energy and GE Aviation. Most recently he directed GE’s integration of the Alstom power-generation business, the largest acquisition in GE’s history.

Prior to that, Mr. Fessenden managed GE’s $8 billion Power Generation Services unit, the largest industrial-services business at GE. His background includes 15 years in the aviation sector with GE and Pratt & Whitney.

Lance F. Bospflug

President and Chief Operations Officer, PHI Inc

Since joining PHI in 2000, Lance has reshaped the leadership team while evolving the strategic direction, operational focus and safety culture through innovative programs such as Destination Zero, which focuses on human factors. Lance has worked to grow PHI’s base of operations and to extend its position as world leader in rotor wing aviation.

Previously, he spent 25 years in various service-related industries, serving as President and CEO of T. L. James & Company, Inc., (a diversified marine dredging, construction, and timber company operating extensively on the Gulf Coast); and has also held various management positions with the Morrison Knudsen Corporation.

Lance has a Business degree from the University of Jamestown and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, and is a CFA. He is also a fixed wing pilot.

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.

Josiah Choms

Managing Director, Caverton Helicopters

Captain Josiah Choms is Managing Director of Caverton Helicopters. After joining the company in 2010, he started as chief pilot and subsequently held roles including managing pilot, deputy director of operations and contract manager.

He graduated from the prestigious Nigerian Military School and began his aviation career in 1990 when he enrolled in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Avionics) Course at Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) Zaria. He has attended several aviation and management courses in Nigeria and abroad including Cranfield University in the UK and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. He holds a multi-disciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the UK and is a member of several professional bodies including the Association of African Studies of the UK, the Royal African Society, and the National Association of Pilots and Engineers.

Josiah holds the Airplane Transport Pilot Licenses for both Fixed wing (Aeroplane) and Rotary wing (Helicopters) and is a Certified Flight Instructor and an Authorised Examiner for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.  He is also an ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor.

Don Miller

President and CEO, Bristow Group

Don Miller was appointed as President and CEO of Bristow Group on 1st March, 2019, and also became a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He previously served as Bristow’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. After joining the company in 2010, Don held several leadership roles in the finance and strategy functions, including Senior Vice President of Mergers, Acquisitions and Integration. Previously, between 2001 and 2007, he had served as post-petition President and Chief Executive Officer for Enron North America Corp. and Enron Power Marketing, Inc., after holding several senior financial positions with the group from 1998. Earlier in his career, Don worked in the financial services industry with Citicorp Securities, Inc. and Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and was named as a finalist in the Houston Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award in 2018.

HeliOffshore Team

Gretchen Haskins

CEO
Gretchen@helioffshore.org

Francois Lassale

Operations Director
Francois.lassale@helioffshore.org

Gillian Furlong

Company Secretary and Membership Manager
gillian.furlong@helioffshore.org

Kim Stoby

Executive Assistant
kim.stoby@helioffshore.org

Charles Alcock

Communications Director
charles.alcock@helioffshore.org

Scott Carmichael

Project Manager
scott.carmichael@helioffshore.org

Matthew Greaves

Safety Intelligence Programme Manager
Matt.greaves@helioffshore.org

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