Lesley Smith – Summary Profile
April 2016-Present: Project Executive – Northpoint Aviation
2013-2016: Various Roles in Cornish Hospitality Sector
2000-2013: Security Manager / Terminal Duty Manager Cornwall Airport Newquay
Between 2000 to 2013 worked in aviation security at Newquay Airport in Cornwall. She started as a part-time security officer, and worked up to being the Security Manager in charge of that whole Department and thence onto final position as Terminal Duty Manager. This latter position encompassed responsibility for running not only the Security Department and its staff but all other terminal areas/staff at the airport.
One of Lesley’s responsibilities was to help organise appropriate staff training which included not only specific training, i,e, Security but also Customer Service, Health & Safety and understanding Policy and Procedures. She was also responsible for writing some of the Airport Policy and Procedure Manuals and had to problem-solve on a regular basis therefore a “can-do” and “pitch in and help” attitude was vital.
Lesley’s core role at Northpoint has centred around providing supporting administration for the Strategic Aviation Special Interest Group (SASIG) Secretariat. In this role she has arranged, coordinated and attended various meetings, provided documents and papers as directed, written research briefs for items used within their Technical Working Groups and other meetings, collated the SASIG monthly newsletter – and on occasion, providing its editorial – and worked closely with other industry stakeholders such as the DfT and CAA. This latter aspect has proved particularly pertinent due to SASIG’s own current work with the Government on such issues as the third airport runway at Heathrow, the review of the national airspace policy process and the revision of the Airports National Policy statement which ultimately will lead to a new Aviation Strategy White Paper.
Lesley has also been involved in working on airport upgrade option scoping with Northpoint for the Welsh Government.
In her early career she had an enjoyable spell as cabin crew on the then extant Rotary service from the mainland to the Isles of Scilly.