The BWPA is run by members for members.

Our committee is comprised of elected representatives, who are responsible for making decisions on how the BWPA will achieve its aim of supporting women in aviation, guided by our five-year strategy. They are supported by other representatives who work off-committee in a variety of roles.

The committee operates as a team, drawing on the skills and experience of members, while offering support and mentorship to learn and develop.


Sharon Nicholson


Sharon has been an aviation professional involved in the industry since 1976. She started her career as a flight school administrator and an AFISO (NATS), becoming a flight instructor and examiner. As an ATPL and former line training captain, she now provides regulatory oversight for the UK CAA whilst continuing to enjoy instructing each week. As one of our STEM ambassadors, Sharon actively encourages young girls to consider flying as a career choice.


Annabel Cook

Deputy Chair

Annabel gained her PPL in 2001 at Coventry Airport on C152s and PA28s, then undertook her tailwheel differences training in a Chipmunk. She has flown a variety of aircraft, including a Cub seaplane, a Mustang and a Thruster TST MkI. Annabel has a broad interest in aviation and has worked as an air/ground radio operator and FISO, has been a commissioned officer with the Air Training Corps, and writes occasional articles for Flyer. Her most rewarding flight to date was her first P1 trip to Europe, which saw her cover over 2000 miles and land in several different countries.

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Catherine Hollywood


Although a trial lesson in 1995 initially sparked her interest in aviation, it wasn’t until 20 years later, after a flight in a Harvard, that Catherine vowed to obtain her pilot’s licence. Flying solo six weeks after starting her training, Catherine obtained her PPL in March 2017. Being inside a plane was not exhilarating enough, so she tried wingwalking and aerobatics too. In 2019 Catherine flew across the Channel for lunch in France. She is currently building her solo hours so she can start training for her commercial licence.

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Bronwyn Fraser


After a gift trial lesson in a PA28 sparked a passion for aviation, Bronwyn achieved her PPL in Australia in 2014. She moved to the UK in 2015 to work for the CAA and converted to an EASA PPL. She has enjoyed exploring aviation in Europe, including flying across the Channel for lunch in France and exploring the Scottish Highlands from the air, and has also recently taken up gliding. Bronwyn’s favourite flight to date has been piloting the Hudson River VFR corridor in New York.


Lily Ayres

Volunteer Coordinator

Lily’s love of aviation began when she was a child growing up next to Heathrow Airport. She started her flying journey when she joined Southampton University Air Squadron, and then went on to gain her PPL in 2023 with the support of some flying scholarships – including one from the BWPA. She is passionate about volunteering, with a particular focus contributing to organisations that support and inspire those starting their aviation journeys. Alongside flying, Lily works as an Airworthiness Engineer.


Samantha Blackwell

Scholarships Coordinator

Obsessed with aviation since the age of five, Sam had the opportunity to gain her PPL in 2009 at Cambridge Aero Club in a Socata TB-10. She has flown in France and Belgium, as well as regular trips to the Channel Islands. Her most recent aviation experience was lake hopping in a floatplane in Canada. Her aviation highlight was sitting in the jump seat of a Concorde while landing into JFK International Airport. Sam is also a keen collector of World War I and World War II aviation memorabilia.


Claire Hatton

Membership Coordinator/North West Regional Representative

Claire fell in love with flying as a 14 year old on a family holiday. She went solo on her 17th birthday and gained her PPL at Manchester Airport shortly after, in 1994. Claire joined the BWPA in 1996, gained her CPL and became a Flight Instructor in 1999, going on to teach the PPL, Multi-Engine, CPL and IR. She is also the author of a Flight Instructor manual and now runs the North West Regional Group.

Aleksandra Nitecka

Events Coordinator

Aleksandra is a marketer by trade and an aviator at heart. In 2018 she decided to pursue her dream to fly and gained her PPL on a Diamond DA20 Katana at Warsaw Modlin Airport in Poland. Her favourite flight has been to the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. In 2022, Aleksandra moved to the UK and started flying at Goodwood Aerodrome. She joined the BWPA to share her enthusiasm towards making aviation greener, more diverse and welcoming for all.


Working off-committee

Heidi Dennis – Partnerships Coordinator
Emmaline Haywood – Advertising & Merchandising Coordinator
India Morrell – Events
Hina Nizami – Newsletter Editor
Bev Reardon – Heritage Working Group
Natasha Rowson – Communications Lead
Steph Smith – Social media (Communications team)/Midlands Regional Representative/Careers
Amy Chau – Essex Regional Representative
Julie Dequaire – Scotland Regional Representative
Allie Dunnington – GAAC Representative/South West Regional Representative
Lara Greggs – North East Regional Representative
Lisa Humphrey – South Regional Representative
Peter Austin – Heritage Working Group
Lesley Runnalls – RIN and GASCo Representative


Dr Stuart E Smith


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