New general secretary for BALPA

Amy Leversidge has been elected as the general secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA). Leversidge was nominated by the National Executive Council (NEC) and will take up her post in January becoming the first woman to be elected as General Secretary in BALPA’s 86-year history.

Amy Leversidge, is currently the assistant general secretary at the FDA and will bring her substantial experience in industrial relations to the role at BALPA. She will take over from Miranda Rackley who has acted as interim general secretary after Captain Martin Chalk retired earlier this year.

Amy Leversidge said: “I am honoured to become BALPA’s general secretary. I am looking forward to working with the excellent staff and elected reps to ensure BALPA continues to deliver real outcomes for pilots across the UK and is a strong and influential voice for the piloting profession.

“The airline industry contributes significantly to the UK economy and supports over a million jobs and pilots are at the heart of the industry. As the voice of UK pilots, BALPA will ensure our voice is influential with employers, regulators and government on the many challenges the airline industry faces.

“It is a privilege to be BALPA’s general secretary and to make history as the first woman in this vital leadership position in the union. I will work tirelessly for every member to ensure pilots are valued by all of our employers; to ensure we are influential around the opportunities and challenges in the future of the aviation industry; and most importantly that we focus on BALPA’s core principles of safety, strength and unity.”

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Author: FTN Editor

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