Professor Callum Thomas

Chair of Sustainable Aviation

Biography

Callum Thomas has been an advisor to the UK Government, the European Commission, the World Economic Forum and the Airports Council International on aviation and environmental / sustainability issues. Additionally, he is now also an advisor to the Airports Commission that is considering the provision of new runway capacity in the SE of England. He was responsible for establishing and managing Manchester Airport’s Bird Control Unit, its Environment Department and Community Relations Department, all UK firsts and all of which have enjoyed international acclaim.

His particular expertise involves the sustainable development of the aviation industry, the climate change challenge, environmental constraints upon airport growth, the impact of airport operations on local communities, the control of aircraft noise, public consultation and community participation in airport development. He is also recognized for his expertise in bird hazard management.

Professor Thomas has contributed to 10 books and over 50 scientific papers on aviation/environment issues.

In 2008 he was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society for his lifetime contribution to aviation. In 2012, Professor Thomas was appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the University of Tianjin in China.

Callum Thomas holds a BSc in Zoology from the University of London and a Doctorate from the University of Durham.

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