Reflections on leaving JIG by Tony Conway

Some of you may have seen the announcement that I am leaving Joint Inspection Group (JIG) in June this year.

It is undoubtedly true of many industries, but the Aviation fuelling industry has an amazing group of people whose main focus and concern is ensuring that planes get refuelled safely, and with on spec, clean, quality fuel. I have been privileged to work with many in that group and I can vouch for their professionalism and expertise, and their desire to do the right thing consistently.

JIG has an outstanding team, both directly through Antonis Christodoulakis, Andrea Wixey and more recently, Samantha Neal, and indirectly, through the JIG Council, JIG Committees and the valued JIG members that contribute consistently to its success.

JIG members cover the world, and are fully engaged in JIG activities, and in applying JIG Standards to their own operations. They give their time and knowledge openly to make the industry better, and I have been welcomed and educated, despite my lack of technical expertise, throughout my time with JIG.

The JIG community is amazing and have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Antonis and Andrea, and Jo Barlow before, have consistently delivered world-class support to the JIG organisation and the industry and, I hope, will do so for many years to come. Their achievements have truly made a difference. I have been lucky to work with them, and some great JIG Council Chairs and Members, especially in the last 2 years, when John Buxton and the current JIG Council have sought greater industry alignment in our relationship with the airline community.

Hemant, Michel, Amy and Thorsten from IATA, A4A and the airline community, and Jonathan Pardoe before, have been a tremendous positive influence in many of the areas where we work together. It has not always been easy, and we have many big challenges ahead, but I genuinely believe that everyone, on all sides of the industry, truly has the best intentions for safety and quality assurance. We just need to have the perseverance and creativity to find the right solutions.

There have been some great breakthroughs in the Standards, the Membership and in the Training programmes that JIG has delivered, but I believe that through the “Inspected to JIG Standards” programme that we have initiated, there is the basis of a global Quality Assurance Programme for the Aviation Fuelling Industry. Something that we all know we need for a global industry like ours, with the quality issues that we face. I am sure that Mark Newstead, the new JIG General Manager, will drive these initiatives even further and introduce new areas for JIG.

I am not leaving the industry, but delighted to be joining World Fuel Services, where I know some familiar faces, who share the same passion for safety and excellence.

As Nelson Mandela once said; “I never lose. I either win or learn” I think that’s how I feel about my time with JIG.

Please continue to focus on safety and product quality and in meeting the never-ending challenges in the Aviation Fuelling Industry.

I could finish with a list of the people who have made my time at JIG so special and rewarding, but it would go on for pages, and you know who you are. Thank you.

TC