Mrs. Emma Blackburn

Kerb Appeal NZ Ltd

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New Zealand


After completing a BEng (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering, and a MSc in Management, I spent over 17 years in the UK Royal Navy as an Air Engineer Officer, specializing in air operations at sea. I ran, then oversighted, the safety and operations of multi-aircraft and multi-national aviation and procurement of equipment and training. I conducted a statutory aviation accident investigation. I was responsible for the safety case and risk profiling of flight-testing new weapons on fast jets. I developed quality and safety documentation for the sale of aircraft commercially including the risk analysis and documentation for the project. In 2015 I moved to NZ, joining a large company initially as Bid Support Manager, identifying and mitigating risks in bidding for new business, then as Business Compliance and Risk Manager (later retitled Manager Safety and Quality Operations NZ). In this role I was vetted, interviewed and authorized as a senior person for safety and quality by 3 National Aviation Authorities (EASA CAANZ and CASA). I ran 2 Safety Management System certified sites (this encompasses both Occupational and Aviation safety) and conducted quality and safety auditing, I advised on risk management and the use of project and business risk registers. In 2019, I decided to make a lifestyle change and started my own business advising on risk-based safety and quality systems. I am a Chartered Engineer, qualified auditor and a member of the NZ Organization for Quality and NZ Safety Council.


Robert Gordon University
Master of Science, 2012
Library and information systems
2009 To 2012
Dissertation: Archiving a major project - Harrier

UMIST (Now subsumed into Manchester University)
Master of Science, 1997
Technology Management (Business Management for scientists and engineers)
1996 To 1997
Dissertation: Technology transfer in BAes Systems

Kingston University
London, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), 1996
Aerospace Engineering
1991 To 1996
Dissertation: FEA of a tenis raquet

Job History

Kerb Appeal NZ Ltd
Blenheim, New Zealand
November 2019 - present

Airbus NZ Ltd
Business Compliance and Risk Manager (re-titled Manager Safety and Quality Ops)
Blenheim, New Zealand
August 2017 - October 2019

Safe Air Limited (Re-branded Airbus NZ Ltd)
Bid Support Manager
Blenheim, New Zealand
February 2016 - August 2017

Royal Navy
Air Engineer Officer
United Kingdom
January 1998 - August 2015