20th November 2019

Phillip Baum

Managing Director, Green Light Ltd.

Visiting Professor, Aviation Security, Coventry University

Editor, Aviation Security International

Philip started working within the aviation industry in the 1980s, when he joined Trans World Airlines’ security subsidiary at London Heathrow. From Duty Manager at Heathrow he moved to TWA’s International HQ where he ultimately became Manager Security Training and Auditing. He left, in 1996, to establish Green Light, through which Philip serves as a subject matter expert for the Airports Council International (ACI) in the area of Behavioural Analysis and runs training courses for them accordingly. Likewise, Philip designs and delivers the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Inflight Security courses and has worked with IATA on the way behavioural analysis might be incorporated into (what was originally called) the ‘Checkpoint of the Future’, the pre-cursor to ‘Smart Security’. 

Philip is the Editor of Aviation Security International. Philip’s first book, ‘Violence in the Skies: a history of aircraft hijacking and bombing’, was released on 29th February 2016. He was appointed Visiting Professor, Aviation Security by Coventry University in 2018.

Andy Blackwell


Andy was formerly Head of Security with Virgin Atlantic, where he was responsible for all aspects of the airline’s security programme, including Security Management Systems (SeMS) implementation and development. Prior to joining Virgin Atlantic, he was UK Security Manager and Lead Threat Assessor with DHL.

Andy has a law enforcement and intelligence background, with previous service with UK Customs, British Transport Police, the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Drugs Intelligence Service of the Czech Republic. Andy has been commended by the Metropolitan Police for demonstrating a high degree of professionalism and providing an exceptional level of service during a period of heightened threat against civil aviation interests.

Andy is a Registered Independent Security Consultant with the Association of Security Consultants and member of the Advisory Boards of UK Security Expo and International Airport Review. He also sits on the Editorial Panel of Aviation Security International magazine and holds full membership of the Emergency Planning Society.

Andy is a subject matter expert on SeMS and a wide range of transport security matters. He is a regular speaker at international security conferences and events.

Tomas Radej


Tomáš completed his Ph.D. studies in Political Science at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University, Brno in 2010. His dissertation work was published under the title of: “The Iraqi uprising in 2003-2009. Strategy, tactics and ideology of Islamic radical and nationalist clusters”.

He served as a diplomat in Baghdad during the sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia militant groups. In 2010-2011, he lived as a research scholar at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon and, in 2013-2015, he was the 1st Secretary (and Deputy Ambassador) of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tehran. Tomáš is a Czech Army lecturer, teaches at Academic Institutions and at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

He focuses on Islamic Radicalism, Suicidal Terrorism and contemporary Arab world. He is the author of a number of expert analyses, articles and journalistic texts.


John Wood

John is a Security Management Systems (SeMS) subject matter expert, and was responsible at the UK CAA for developing the SeMS framework published jointly by government and the CAA. As the CAA’s SeMS expert, John worked with many industry stakeholders and guided the first two pathfinder organisations in developing their SeMS.

Experienced in guiding the design and implementation of effective strategic change in public and private sectors to improve operational effectiveness, John has been a lead designer of numerous governance, risk and compliance systems.

He is adept at unifying strategic vision with its practical delivery to drive business change and align objectives with business requirements; innovating practical solutions to strategic and operational challenges, removing obstacles to change and achieving strategic goals and training / mentoring multi-disciplined teams to embed fresh working practices and behaviours which drive performance improvements.

John is a qualified project, programme and risk manager, (PRINCE2, MSP, MoR) and holds a masters degree in Physics from Oxford University