Jim was the Head of the RAF Search and Rescue Service from 2003 to 2005, responsible for all RAF search and rescue command, operational planning, policy aircrew training and engineering support. He has been a commissioned aircrew officer since 1981 and in his earlier career was a search and rescue and Chinook pilot as well as a joint forces operational planner. Jim joins Bristow from his current role as Head of Media Operations for HM forces.
Bristow already operates four of the twelve search and rescue bases at Lee on Solent, Portland, Sumburgh and Stornoway and has been involved in the delivery of UK search and rescue services since 1982.
Richard Burman, Managing Director of Bristow stated:
"We are delighted that Jim will be joining us as his expertise and experience with the military delivery of search and rescue services will assist us greatly in our desire to extend Bristow's services across the UK. Bristow will seek to work with the RAF and Navy to ensure that the military search and rescue capability continues to develop, and Jim's appointment indicates our commitment to this co-operation and a smooth transition to a UK-wide Bristow search and rescue service." Jim will report to Allan Blake who leads the Bristow Search and Rescue Harmonization team.
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