Amy Leversidge’s recent appointment as General Secretary of The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) marks a historic moment in the organisation’s 86-year history, as she becomes the first woman to hold this position. This significant step was realized through the proficient search and selection process by CJPI, a leading executive recruitment firm.

BALPA, the professional body and registered trade union for over 10,000 pilots, recognized by 20 different companies and representing a vast majority of the UK’s commercial pilots, sought CJPI’s expertise for finding a dynamic leader to propel the organization into its next phase.

After an intensive search, Amy Leversidge was chosen as the fitting leader. Chris Percival, Managing Director of CJPI, and Search Director Robert Percival led the search. Chris Percival commented, “The team and I are honoured to have been trusted by BALPA with this significant search and we are delighted to have identified and secured such an exceptional candidate from an extremely strong shortlist – as a result of an exhaustive process. Amy not only possesses the skills and expertise required for the role but also brings a perspective that will undoubtedly contribute to BALPA’s continued success.”

Leversidge, with her rich background as Assistant General Secretary at the FDA and her experience at the Royal College of Midwives, expressed her enthusiasm for her new role: “I am honoured to become BALPA’s General Secretary. I am looking forward to working with the excellent staff and elected reps to ensure BALPA continues to deliver real outcomes for pilots across the UK and is a strong and influential voice for the piloting profession. It is a privilege to be BALPA’s General Secretary and to make history as the first woman in this vital leadership position in the union.”

Amy Leversidge is poised to start her tenure with BALPA in the new year, heralding a new chapter for the association.