Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme
Rob Taylor has been an SEP (A) PPL holder since August 2004 and has logged just under 900 hours total time in fixed wing aircraft. He currently holds a class rating instructor rating, night rating, and plans to add an IR(R) rating when time allows. His passion for aviation started when he was at primary school where he would pretend to be a fast jet and take off with his arms stretched before being swept back for high-speed flight. A few years later, he progressed to ‘flying’ a beautifully made metal Spitfire attached to the end of a length of string, which was lost to centrifugal forces when a knot failure caused it to detach. It was an important first lesson in flight safety.
Rob started his career working for a firm of accountants where he discovered an interest in computer audit. He qualified as a Certified Information Systems Auditor and joined Standard Chartered Bank travelling throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia, reviewing IT security and operations. After a short time with Citigroup, Rob joined Swiss Re as a technology auditor but was quickly seconded to the Chief Risk Officer to resolve critical problems he found with their payment systems. Building upon the success of this assignment, Rob undertook further challenges identifying root causes of highprofile problems with data and processes throughout the company and managing their resolution. He left Swiss Re in 2018 for his most challenging role as Head of Offspring Development with responsibility for his son’s journey into primary school. Outside the school-run hours, Rob now offers consultancy services to businesses covering the full scope of his experience and creates digital animations and media.