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Re: ITYF that judges are also good at analysing data.

Exhibit 1: Charles Haddon-Cave, QC

This man knows his stuff (from an analytical point of view) and can be remarkably direct, which may be part of why very few people have actually heard of him.

"Sir Charles is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and is a past Chairman of the Society’s Air Law Group as well as a past Chairman of Advocacy Training Council of the Bar. [...] Whilst at the Bar, Sir Charles appeared in major aviation and marine disaster cases such as Manchester Air Disaster, Herald of Free Enterprise, Braer Disaster, Kegworth Aircrash, Knight Air Crash, BP Trent and Marchioness Disaster." (from


An independent review into the broader issues surrounding the loss of the RAF Nimrod MR2 Aircraft XV230 in Afghanistan in 2006"

(600 pages)

2013: "A "Normal" Accident -- The Loss of the RAF Nimrod XV230: A Failure of Leadership, Culture, and Priorities"

Haddon-Cave's one hour speech at Piper 25, a conference marking the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster:

(19 pages, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read them, especially this paragraph:



13. First, it is important to look at the underlying organisational causes of any major accident. It is easy to blame the guy with the screwdriver or the joystick or the clipboard in his hand. But it is vital important to examine the fundamental ‘organisational causes’ of accidents. I found 12 uncanny, and worrying, parallels between the organisational causes of the loss of Nimrod XV230 and the loss of the NASA Space Shuttle ‘Columbia’:"

If you'd rather listen for an hour, here is the speech as presented, which is very similar to the words in the PDF, but not quite identical:

(yes it's a video but the pictures mostly don't add much)

Or as presented to the Institute of Chemical Engineering's Hazards confrence in 2016:

"Safety is everyone's personal responsibility. It starts at the tiop, with the CEO. [...] Organisations where everyone is responsible, but no-one is accountable, are bound to fail."

There's a lot of duplication in the keynote speeches, with a little bit of audience-specific customisation. That's largely inevitable, because most of the real issues aren't related to technologies, they're related to ways of thinking and ways of organising.

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