Jim was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but spent most of his childhood growing up in rural Yorkshire. At the age of 17, he joined the British Army on what was then known as the Youth Training Scheme (YTS). After a successful eight years in the Cavalry as a tank commander, he went on to apply for pilot selection and was placed on a helicopter pilot’s course following the Gulf War in 1992. As a Lynx helicopter commander, he saw active service in Germany, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. In early 2001 Jim retired from the military and made the move across to commercial, civil aviation.
His first position was as a First Officer, flying regional operations for a British Airways (BA) franchise company from Birmingham International (BHX) to all European destinations. He was promoted to Captain after only three years, but this was short-lived as the company sadly ceased trading only six months later. This saw Jim move onwards to BMED, another BA franchise operation, flying long-haul scheduled flights from London Heathrow’s (LHR) terminal 4. BMED’s unique route network included the Middle East, Central Asia and most of Africa north of the equator.
This insight into the world of aviation security provided the vision that was to later become Redline Aviation Security Limited. Having witnessed aviation security in areas as diverse as Tehran and Beirut, as well as the UK’s major airports, this equipped the team at Redline with the inside track on industry best practice. This, combined with a training pedigree that is usually reserved for the world’s elite forces, has placed the team at Redline very much at the forefront of high quality, threat-led training and testing.
Jim fulfils the role of Director of International Business and is married to Jaq. They have two children.
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