IASTI® Announces appointment of Niall Duffy as Director of External Affairs

Experienced Aviation Comms Director joins fast-growing training and education company as it gears up for major expansion

International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI®) UK and international growth plans take a significant leap forward with today’s announcement that Niall Duffy has joined the organisation in a newly created post of Director of External Affairs.


Duffy brings with him three decades-worth of senior communications experience with some of the biggest names in global commerce including, most recently, a stint in Doha with multi award-winning airline Qatar Airways. He will oversee all IASTI®’s communications work, including its public relations, social media, governmental affairs, and corporate social responsibility as it prepares to expand its successful model to at least 12 sites around the UK and more internationally.


IASTI®’s Founder and Chief Executive Simon Witts said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Niall to the IASTI® Senior Leadership Team. The appointment of a respected industry heavy-hitter like him is a testament to the standing in which IASTI® is now viewed. With his experience of launching the world-first aviation Ecolabel he shares our commitment to placing environmental sustainability at the heart of the industry’s post-pandemic bounce back. As IASTI® prepares for a major expansion, having Niall on board is great news for us and I know he will take our communications to the next level.”


Commenting on his appointment, Niall Duffy said: “Aviation is a UK success story, but to keep it that way there needs to be a sustainable supply of the right-skilled people for the air and space industry. That’s where IASTI® comes in and I am really excited at the prospect of working with Simon and his fantastic team to support the growth of high-quality training for future air and space professionals in the UK and beyond. ”


For more information, please contact Abi Witts on enquiries@iasti.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)7740 879073.








Notes for Editors:


  1. There is a global shortage in skilled aviation professionals. Boeing’s most recent pilot and technician report highlighted a shortage of 612,000 pilots and 626,000 technicians worldwide*.

  2. IASTI® is a movement that sees the right knowledge, skills, competencies and behaviours being delivered on three main stages directly integrated into the curriculum: pre-16, post-16 and post-18, as well as for people already in employment. This means that industry can directly participate in the formal education and training at a much earlier stage ensuring that the right people are given the right skills, trained by the right people in the right facilities and using the right equipment.

  3. The first IASTI® was launched at London City in July 2021 supported by Boeing, Embraer, London City Airport, the RAF and others and the post-16 training started in September 2021. IASTI® London City’s post-16 education and training Pathway is the result of a partnership with the London Design & Engineering University Technical College (UTC) - a 13-18 school. Pre-16 and post-18 Pathway Launch by IASTI® Pathways are delivered with the UTC and other Partners including the University of East London, University of Central Lancashire and others, which will be announced in due course.

  4. Further IASTI®s in the UK and overseas will be announced in the near future. By 2025, IASTI®’s ambition is that this becomes the way that the industry trains, reducing duplication of training and directly influencing the next generation of aviation professionals.

  5. IASTI® is working with Project ENGAP, an international group of aviation professionals committed to ensuring that the industry attracts, educates and retains the next generation of aviation professionals. ENGAP UK, a CIC, is directly engaged in the project and London City and elsewhere. Its sister organisation, ENGAP Canada, is working with the new Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) to support innovative research that will assist in Project ENGAPs aims worldwide. ENGAP USA is in its formation stage with further planned worldwide