The BWPA is run by a committee of elected members with voting rights on decisions made during the year. In addition, there is an off-committee team. All the members involved bring much experience.

Their individual responsibilities may reflect this, or they are mentored and supported by others to learn new skills.


Julie Westhorp


Julie started flying in her 40s, initially gaining her PPL, then her CPL, instructor, multi IR and examiner’s ratings.  At 50, she secured a commercial position, flying a turboprop from London City Airport, but continued to instruct and examine for PPL.  Now retired from commercial aviation, she continues to instruct for PPL and CPL, and examine for PPL and IR(R).  Her passion is to raise awareness that aviation is a possible career path for females.


Marion Wooldridge

Vice Chair

Marion originally learned to fly at White Waltham. She has owned a share in a Piper Cherokee for over 20 years, and has also flown many other types of aircraft in many countries and continents. In her spare time, Marion is a Civilian Instructor with the Air Cadets and an elected Assistant on the Court of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots.


Beverley Harrison

Honorary Secretary

Beverley is the BWPA’s Honorary Secretary as well as its Archivist. She has a long connection with aviation, particularly having served in the regular RAF and its reserves for many years. She also volunteered with the Girls’ Venture Corps for 23 years, much of it training teenage girls in the joys of aviation. Beverley achieved her PPL in summer 1996, at which point she also joined the BWPA and has remained a member since.


Nicky Rowan

Honorary Treasurer

Nicky achieved her PPL in 1982 and has worked in aviation for over 30 years, mostly in the field of flight operations and compliance monitoring. She learned to fly on a Piper Cherokee but her favourite aircraft to fly is the Piper Cub.


Sharon Nicholson

Careers and FEWP Representative

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. Sharon is one of our STEM Ambassadors.


Cheryl Sullivan


Cheryl learned to fly at Stapleford Tawney, and has held a PPL since 1984. She later obtained her IMC and twin ratings. Her favourite aircraft is a Cessna 172 and she was the proud owner of one from 1987 until recently, when it was sold to another BWPA member who is looking after it well. Cheryl has wonderful memories of flying all around Europe, her favourite trip being to Dubrovnik which she did four times.


Annabel Cook

Communications and Marketing

Annabel gained her PPL in 2001 at Coventry Airport on C152s and PA28s, before achieving her tailwheel differences training in a Chipmunk. She has flown many different types of aircraft, including a Cub Floatplane and a Thruster TST MkI. She now flies from Farnborough, and the Chipmunk is still her favourite.


Bronwyn Fraser

Communications and Newsletter

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.


Helen Hennessy


Helen’s earliest memory of aviation was at age three and a Jaguar GR2. It sparked an interest that inspired her to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a career in procurement for Virgin Atlantic’s engineering department. Helen also volunteers as a STEM Ambassador in the hope of encouraging more girls to think about aviation and engineering as exciting careers and hobbies. She enjoys travelling the world with her husband and daughter, as well as dragging them along to as many air shows as time permits.


Kanchana Gamage

STEM and Outreach

Kanchana gained her PPL in 2015 and soon after set up The Aviatrix Project to inspire others to take to the skies. She’s had a lifelong passion for aviation and wanted to ensure that her experience as a headteacher and as a pilot could be combined to provide opportunities for others.


Rosemary Clemo


Rosemary gained her PPL in 2000 at Coventry Airport on C152s and PA28s. Since then she has added tailwheel differences, night and IR(R) ratings. She is a retired Science teacher and now enjoys flying her C152 from Derby Airfield. Rosemary enjoys flying in different machines and has tried Tiger Moths, a Chipmunk, aerobatics, paragliding and gliding, flexiwing and conventional microlights. She would love to try a seaplane next!


Tara Cawdell


Tara fell in love with aviation 10 years ago when she started gliding during university. Working in aviation in Operations at Leicester Aeroclub was the next obvious step to fuel her passion, and she has also gained an Air/Ground Radio Operator Certificate. She achieved her PPL in a C152 and also flies PA28s. She continues to spread her wings, currently working towards a tail-wheel conversion and aerobatics rating.


Sue Tuddenham


After one life-changing flying lesson, enabled by the BWPA, Sue was determined to become a professional pilot. She worked hard to fund her training, before landing her dream job flying a Citation XLS for a private jet company. She has flown clients to 30 different countries, but her proudest moments have been on medical flights. Sue also volunteers for The Aviatrix Project. In her spare time, Sue visits her local airfield, watching vintage aircraft and aerobatic practice, or squeezing in a cheeky flight or two!


Working off-committee

Amy Chau – Website and Communications
Lesley Runnalls – RIN & GASCo Representative


Dr Stuart E Smith


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