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OUR TEAM

Having a team with the required expertise to execute projects, is critical to achieving success. Our multi-disciplinary team of professionals has strong backgrounds in the aviation, healthcare, wildlife tourism, corporate and organisational safety arenas and offers over 100 years of combined experience in human factors training and safety management in high-risk domains.

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NEIL CLARKE
MANAGING PARTNER

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Neil is a Human Factors and Safety Management Systems specialist and has more than 30 years of Aviation experience working in a variety of senior roles, as an experienced International Airline Captain. 
He is a Senior Associate at GoCrisis (UK) and specializes in resilience engineering, risk analysis, and Enterprise Risk Management together with developing Non-Technical skills programs for leaders as well as frontline operators.
His experience includes pioneering early Wildlife Tourism Air operations as Chief Pilot for Conservation Corporation in the early nineties. He innovated Safety Systems implementations across various industries including, hospitality, wildlife tourism, and aviation.

MIKE CAVENEY

BUSINESS EXECUTIVE

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Michael worked for Anglo American as a corporate pilot before joining South African Airways. He spent 25 years as a long-range pilot ending his career as a Senior Captain on the Airbus A340 fleet. As an airline pilot, he had many opportunities to observe, experience, and interact with people, resulting in acquiring the social and cognitive skills required to operate in a highly skilled high-risk environment. He has used these transferable skills to train other people working in high-risk industries in effective leadership, complex problem solving, decision making, teamwork, communication, stress, and fatigue management. Throughout his airline years, he has had exposure to human factors, safety science, and risk management and participated as a LOSA auditor. He has an avid interest in finance, business management, and how start-up businesses grow to realise their full potential.

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COBUS TOERIEN
AVIATION SAFETY SPECIALIST

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Cobus Toerien is the Technical Director of ALPA-SA and is an IFALPA (International Federation of Airline Pilots) accredited Aircraft Accident Investigator, advising on Safety Management and Human Factors. He graduated from the South African Military Academy with a BMil degree and, after completing four operational tours on Impala and Mirage type aircraft, served as the Officer Commanding of 2 Squadron for a period of 5 years. In 1999, Cobus joined a large international airline as an Aircraft Accident Investigator, before heading up the entire department as the Flight Safety Manager. Cobus has flown Boeing and Airbus aircraft globally during his tenure at the airline and has facilitated CRM and Human Factors courses over the last two decades. Cobus brings this wealth of knowledge and skills to the Human Factor Hub.

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JC DE KLERK
MARKETING & EBT SPECIALIST

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JC is Human Factors and Airline Training Specialist. After completing an Industrial and Organizational Psychology degree at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, he returned to his native country Namibia where he held various positions in the aviation and the tourist industry. He continued his airline career with Singapore Airlines and then with Jetstar, a subsidiary of Qantas where he held the position of Human Factors Manager and Flight Instructor. He stayed connected to the tourism and safari industry whilst abroad by managing a Safari Consultancy agency assisting Asian travelers with their safari itinerary to Southern Africa.

As a result of being based in Asia for 16 yrs in a company with 42 different nationalities, JC brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in a cross-cultural working environment to assist in developing non-technical skills in high-risk environments.

His experience in Evidence-Based Training programs is a passion he uses to assist in developing training systems in organisations. His experience has been cultivated by the responsibilities of managing dynamic teams in complex environments.

 

MALORA KEEVEY
HUMAN FACTORS & RISK SPECIALIST

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Malora has more than 20 years of experience living, working, and traveling in remote wilderness environments in Africa. She was the managing director, for an independent company that provided risk and assistance services to a host of tourism and safari operators across Africa. Her work experience has incorporated several industry sectors such as insurance, aviation, medicine as well as conservation. Her journey and experience have evolved her passion for adopting a variety of human factor disciplines to advance effective risk management in industries operating in geographically dispersed and remote contexts. Malora has completed an M.Com degree in Applied Risk Management, and she’s currently working on a Ph.D. in behavioural decision-making under uncertainty with Erasmus University, Rotterdam. She holds an Honours degree in Psychology and a Diploma in organisational change management. She is a registered Trauma Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

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TONY SCHAPIRO
HUMAN FACTORS & SAFETY SPECIALIST 

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Tony started his career in the South African Air Force where, in addition to 10 years of flying, he completed an Accident Investigation course, held the role of Flight Safety Officer for 8 years – later becoming a Flight Safety Coordinator – and fulfilled a PR Role. He then started his commercial Airline career at Comair, later moving to South African Airways where he served as a PR Director and general Exco member for ALPA-SA for 3 years respectively. In the latter role, Tony helped to establish the Critical Incident Response Programme (CIRP). He then relocated to the Middle East where he flew B777 Aircraft on a worldwide network at Emirates Airline for 19 years. Over this time, Tony gained extensive insight into the human aspects of managing a modern multi-cultural airline in a complex network and environment. He was part of the Peer Support team for 15 years and was a Human Factors Instructor for 4 years. In this role, he was able to apply his vast knowledge and love of teaching in the classroom to both Pilots and Cabin Crew. Tony has been at the forefront of global aviation for almost four decades. This has given him first-hand experience of the challenges facing the industry today, as well as the expertise to offer relevant solutions.

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ANTON NEL
HUMAN FACTORS SPECIALIST

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Anton Nel is a former airline pilot with over 25 years in the industry. Outside of airline flying, Anton has remained active in general aviation and has served as a Safety Manager and as a Director of two Air Charter Companies and of an Aircraft Maintenance Company. He completed a B.Comm degree at the University of Cape Town before commencing his flying career and has an avid interest in business management and working with people. He joined the Human Factor Hub in 2020 and has had 25 years of exposure to human factors training and safety science, is passionate about unlocking potential in people and promoting safety within organisations that operate in complex and high-risk environments. He resides in White River Mpumalanga and enjoys the outdoor activities that the area offers.

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