Aviation chief recognised as influential leader in aerospace
The head of Bermuda’s aviation regulator has been recognised as a top player in his industry by a US magazine covering business leaders around the world.
Thomas Dunstan, the director-general of the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority, was listed in World’s Leaders as one of the most influential leaders in the aerospace and aviation industry in 2023.
Mr Dunstan, who grew up in Bermuda, joined the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation in 2006, serving as its director until October 2016, when it underwent a transition to a quasi-autonomous organisation. While there, he oversaw its operations and regulatory functions.
The World’s Leaders article, written by Steve Sanchez, said: “Thomas is driven by the belief that the organisation should constantly evolve and avoid complacency.
“Instead of resting on past achievements, he believes in developing regular strategic plans to drive the BCAA forward. These plans focus on exploring market opportunities, increasing brand awareness and hiring the right talent to foster the organisation’s growth and development.
“Thomas sees his own growth as intertwined with the growth of the organisation, striving to advance in sync with its progress.
“Thomas values the human aspect of leadership and believes in taking care of his team members. He recognises that a successful organisation depends on a supportive and motivated team, and by nurturing and empowering them, they, in turn, will provide excellent service to the customers.
“In his leadership approach, Thomas emphasises building trust among team members.”
Mr Thomas oversees all facets of the BCAA’s operations.
He plays a “crucial” role in developing and implementing strategic plans ensuring that the authority maintains a competent and capable workforce.
In addition to his executive responsibilities, Mr Thomas holds a position on the BCAA board of directors, contributing to the governance and decision-making processes of the organisation.
The article also highlights challenges the authority encountered as a result of the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The article said: “International sanctions were imposed on Russia, which had a catastrophic impact on the BCAA’s ability to oversee Russian-operated aircraft registered under the Bermuda Registry.
“Consequently, on March 12, 2022, the BCAA was forced to suspend airworthiness certificates for over 700 Bermuda-registered aircraft operated by Russian airlines, leading to a sharp decline in revenue and posing additional challenges for the organisation.
“Despite facing these unprecedented challenges, the BCAA remains steadfast in its commitment to growth and diversification. The organisation is actively exploring new avenues to achieve these goals and overcome the obstacles it has encountered.”