Employee Spotlight: Tim Skilton

Welcome to the first of many NHV Employee Spotlight Features, with the goal of shining a spotlight on the pivotal role our employees play at NHV, including; their journeys so far, and how NHV aims to create an innovative, inclusive and dynamic workforce.

Hi Tim! 

Before we start, can you tell us 3 Fun Facts about you:

1. I once jumped out of an aeroplane from 23,000ft with no shoes or socks on

2. I’m passionate about animal welfare

3. I’m scared of heights

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and who you are?

Prior to becoming a pilot, I worked in automotive journalism! Before that, I ran a successful motorcycle school in Nottingham for 8 years. I have two children, Molly (15) and Arthur (14).

What led you to pursue a career in Aviation?

Whilst working as a retained fireman in my hometown in Lincolnshire, I met the Pilots from my local Air Ambulance at a Road Traffic Accident. It was a pivotal moment in my life which inspired me to pursue a career in aviation. Ten years later, in 2018, I ended up working with the same Air Ambulance unit.

What do you find exciting about the industry and what is something specific about your role at NHV that you love doing?

I find the wide range of opportunity within the industry most exciting. I’ve been lucky enough to work in both offshore and HEMS. I have a significant safety-related background and really enjoy contributing to NHV’s safety team in my role of Blackpool’s Flight Safety Officer.

Can you tell us a bit about a favourite project or experience that you’ve had at NHV?

In 2014, NHV opened a new base in Abidjan, operating two Super Pumas and several 365 Dauphins out of Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport. NHV introduced a safe, professional and punctual service for the customer. Using their significant offshore experience, NHV introduced North Sea standards to the West African operation. It was a multi-national workforce of which I was proud to be a part.

How do you define success?

For me, success if defined as achieving a goal or target. I’m currently working on playing ‘The Entertainer’ by Scott Joplin on the classical guitar. It’ll take me some time, but I’ll keep practising until I nail it.

What are some of the things that you like to do, outside of work?

Despite a fear of heights, I’m a keen skydiver and paraglider. I’m also a passionate motorcyclist and guitar player. I also enjoy cooking for the family – when it’s a success.

What are some words of advice you would give to others who are considering pursuing a career in Aviation?

Never give up. Work hard. Be humble. Never stop learning.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

My daughter would like to become a fixed-wing pilot. I’m looking forward to helping her achieve her goal!

We thoroughly enjoyed learning more about your journey Tim, we wish you and your daughter all the best of luck!