About Us

GreenstoneStarling was started by Captain Phil Cullen and Dr Sarah Flaherty to offer evidence-based pilot training.  Our combined knowledge and experience of the regulatory, operational and academic worlds is enhanced by a network of highly experienced associates to ensure that we can always meet your needs.

Captain Phil Cullen

Phil has a wide range of practical experience advocating safe practice in operational management across the aviation sector. With a career spanning roles in maintenance, cabin crew, flight operations and pilot training, Phil’s unique background enables him to provide a holistic perspective on safety and operational issues as they might manifest in various parts of an organisation. He is an experienced UK CAA Senior Examiner, with an in-depth knowledge of Flight Operations in various states' regulatory environments, gained whilst a UK CAA Flight Operations & Training Inspector. As Director of Flight Operations in the start-up phase of COBALT AERO, A new Cyprus based A320 Airline, he is acutely aware of the challenges facing today's operators. Phil continues to take an active role in European Aviation Safety Regulation as the Chair of the Evidence-based Training Rule-making Group at the European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA, Cologne. He remains a current pilot on worldwide VIP A320 operations.

Dr Sarah Flaherty

Sarah is a human performance specialist with broad experience across the aviation, rail and petrochemical industries, having held posts in Compliance, Safety, Human Factors and HR. She has spent the last 25 years working with both civil aviation and military organisations, fixed wing and rotary, around the world, providing consulting, coaching and training to operators, regulators, manufacturers, ground service providers and airports. Sarah has a first degree in psychology from the University of Manchester and a PhD from Cranfield University, studying competencies for air accident investigators. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology as well as sitting on a number of EASA, Royal Aeronautical Society and industry working groups.

Jenny O'Donnell

Jenny has worked in aviation for over 25 years and is a highly experienced human factors consultant with a solid background in investigation, operational systems, training and lecturing. She is a chartered engineer and an accident/incident investigator specialising in human influences.  Jenny has extensive experience in assessing and improving organisational cultures and leadership behaviours for a number of international airlines, national air traffic providers and defence organisations.  She is regularly asked to speak at conferences and seminars and is a visiting lecturer at a number of leading Universities. Jenny has an MSc in Human Factors and has been working as a human factors specialist for over ten years.  In this time, she has advised and trained national regulatory authorities worldwide in the subject, including EASA, FAA and the CAA.  She is also a qualified and experienced ground school instructor teaching subjects to flight crew and EASA B1 type training to engineers ranging from electrical systems to aircraft performance. Jenny has a City and Guilds qualification in instructional techniques. Formerly Jenny was a Flight Safety Officer at BAE SYSTEMS as well as a member on the Airbus on the fuel investigation team.  She is a Member of the International Society of Air Accident Investigators (MISASI) and regularly trains new and experienced investigators from national investigation authorities and airlines in human performance and interviewing skills. In the earlier days of Jenny’s career, she worked as an engineer managing aircraft system issues for a large fleet of passenger aircraft.  She was twice nominated as ‘female engineer of the year’ and was the youngest female engineer to gain engineering chartership through the Royal Aeronautical Society (CEng/MRAeS).  Jenny holds a degree in aeronautical engineering from Salford University (BEng Hons).

Andrew Blackie

Andrew Blackie is an independent safety consultant providing specialist training and consulting in safety, investigation techniques and human factors as well as a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University. Until 2017, Andrew was a Senior Inspector (Operations) at the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch conducting almost 50 field investigations, numerous minor investigations and acting as the United Kingdom state representative on investigations conducted by foreign states. With 20 years of aviation experience Andrew has commercially operated types as varied as the DC-3, the Lockheed Electra and the Citation II (for a Formula 1 racing team).  Before he joined the AAIB he was a Captain and CRMi on the Boeing 757. Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Safety and Accident Investigation (Air Transport) and has completed extensive training and development in human factors. He is a Chartered Ergonomist and is accredited by the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) as a Human Factors Specialist as well as owner of Abris Consulting Ltd.