Capt. Michael Varney FRAeS, Managing Director

Mike presented his idea for what ultimately became EBT to IATA in 2007, and this resulted in the creation of an international working group which he led until the publication of ICAO Doc 9995 in 2013.  Mike and his team are now engaged in supporting the implementation of EBT worldwide, with operators, ATO’s and regulatory authorities.

Mike's career began in the Royal Air Force flying fast jets, followed by time as an airline pilot as commander on the Boeing 757/767. He spent eight years with the UK Civil Aviation Authority in operations and training oversight also flying the Airbus A319/320/321 and A330, before joining Boeing (Alteon) and then Airbus in Toulouse. In his Airbus role of Senior Director Training Policy and Development, Mike began the EBT Project. Between 2009-2011 Mike worked for Mechtronix, now part of TRU Simulation + Training, who with IATA sponsored his activity in developing EBT. He returned to Airbus in 2011 assuming a senior role before becoming Head of Training Strategy for Etihad in Abu Dhabi. Mike is President of the EBT Foundation, Head of Training Strategy for TRU Simulation + Training and a Director of the LOSA Collaborative.

Capt. Michael Varney, founder of the Evidence-based Training (EBT) concept. Leading a paradigm shift in the delivery of pilot training.

Capt. Simon Henderson PhD FRAeS, Director

Capt. Simon Henderson

Simon graduated from the Royal Australian Airforce Academy in 1982 and flew Dakota, Hercules and Boeing 707 aircraft. When Simon left the airforce he was the flying safety staff officer for Air Lift Group. Simon remains a corresponding member of the UKCAA CRM advisory panel, until recently was the airline training representative on Civil Aviation Safety Authorities (CASA) Flight Training Panel and the Industry Co-Chair of CASA's Flight Crew Licensing Sub-Committee. As a member of the IATA Training and Qualification Initiative helped found the Evidence Based Training
Foundation. Simon received his Doctorate in 2009 and is a Senior
Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Simon is the
principal consultant with Aha Research Services and works with a
variety of airlines, regulatory authorities and the LOSA Collaborative
in that role. He continues to stay current and contracts to an Asian
airline as a trainer and examiner. He has held management roles,
trained and examined with Australian based and International airlines.
He was a member of the joint PARC/CAST Flight Deck Automation
Working Group and a contributor to their report on the operational use
of flight path management systems. Simon was the 2002 recipient of
the Flight Safety Foundation Award for Achievement in Human Factors
and Flight Safety. 


Allison McDonald MSc, Director

Allison McDonald specializes in human factors and system safety support across multiple safety critical industries among which airline operations and pilot training.

Allison McDonald started her career in organisational psychology, and has specialised in human factors, user-centred design, and system safety for the past 18 years, having substantial experience in both strategic and operational roles, across safety critical industries including mining, rail and aviation.  Allison has postgraduate qualifications in organisational psychology, safety management and human factors, and continues her academic affiliation as Adjunct Associate Professor in Organisational Psychology with The University of Queensland.  In the rail industry, Allison developed and implemented the first rail adaptation of LOSA
(Line Operations Safety Audit), and introduced non-technical skills
training for safety critical roles.  Allison previously held leadership roles
with Qantas Airways in Australia, leading programs in human factors,
operational risk management, safety culture and fatigue risk
management.  Most recently, Allison was Senior Manager Human
Factors at Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi, where she played a pivotal
role in the implementation of Evidence-based Training (EBT).  Allison
is currently based in Sydney, providing human factors and system
safety support across multiple safety critical industries.  She is
currently a Director of the EBT Foundation, and as part of the
EBT Solutions team, provides support to airlines across the world in
implementing EBT.


Capt. James Mitchell MSc, Director

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James “Jimmy” Mitchell started his flying career at Moorabbin Airport just outside of Melbourne where he became a Grade 1 Flying Instructor, specialising in Instructor Training. He then spent a few years flying RPT and charter work around the mountains of Papua New Guinea, where he was involved in Training and Checking and later became the Deputy Chief Pilot. Moving back to Australia in 1998, he has flown with the various iterations of airlines that eventually morphed into Jetstar Airways, which is a part of the Qantas Group. During this time he has been heavily involved in Training
and Checking on the B1900, B717 and A320 fleets. In 2015, Jimmy
completed his Master’s Degree in Aviation Management, where his
thesis paper was written on EBT. He then led the implementation of
EBT into the Jetstar Group of Airlines and currently holds the position
of EBT Program Manager and Check Pilot Accreditor. Jimmy joins our
team with a wealth of experience in EBT and his focus is in the area of
project managing the implementation of EBT whilst working closely
with all relevant stake holders including the Authority.


Patrick Murray, Director

One of the founding members of the Evidence-based Training Foundation and highly specialized in the delivery of pilot training.

Pat is currently a Professor at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia and specializes in Human Factors education and research. Apart from a 3 year sabbatical as an executive manager in a government aviation regulator, Pat has been with the LOSA Collaborative since it formed in 2001. He is an experienced pilot, having served as an RAF and RAAF QFI & Examiner prior to a long career as a Senior Check and Training Captain on the Boeing 747 fleets of a major international airline. Pat has a particular interest in Evidence-based Training (EBT) and is one of the original members of the EBT Foundation.


Dr. Barbara Mawhin, Consultant

Barbara Mawhin

Barbara Mawhin, PhD in cognitive ergonomics and specialist in neurosciences, has worked in aeronautics for several years and in medical and fire-fighting fields. She is currently working in pedagogical solutions like serious gaming and microlearning for industries. Barbara was engaged in European Union funded research into pilot situation awareness, using the EBT Competencies. She has also conducted research into the effects of pilot fatigue.