15 December 2023 CJPI Insights CJPI News

CJPI Delivers Landmark Appointment for UK Pilot’s Association

Amy Leversidge has been appointed General Secretary of The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), following an executive search process led by CJPI. The appointment also marks a historic moment making Amy the first woman to become General Secretary of BALPA in its 86-year history.

BALPA are the professional association and registered trade union representing over 10,000 pilots and is recognised by 20 different companies; that’s over 85% of all commercial pilots flying in the UK.

The association retained CJPI to conduct an extensive and meticulous search for a dynamic leader to help steer the organisation into its next chapter. After a rigorous selection process, Amy Leversidge was selected as the successful candidate.

Chris Percival, Managing Director of CJPI who led the dedicated team alongside Search Director Robert Percival said:

“The team and I are honoured to have been trusted by BALPA with this significant search and we are delighted to have identified and secured such an exceptional candidate from an extremely strong shortlist – as a result of an exhaustive process. Amy not only possesses the skills and expertise required for the role but also brings a perspective that will undoubtedly contribute to BALPA’s continued success.”

Chris Percival – Managing Director, CJPI

Amy is currently Assistant General Secretary at the FDA, the union for managers and professionals in public service, and is a highly experienced trade unionist having previously worked at the Royal College of Midwives. Speaking of her appointment, 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. 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.”

Leversidge will take up her post on 8th January 2024.


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