IPTA Council & Executive Board

The International Pilot Training Association (IPTA) Council and Executive Board is the top-level consultative and advisory body of the IPTA, representing the views of the membership at large.

Council and Board Members


Tilmann Gabriel FRAeS


Peter Barrett OBE FRAeS

Executive Chairman of Council & President of the Executive Board

Capt Tilmann Gabriel MBA FRAeS, Royal Aeronautical Society Captain Tilmann Gabriel is a former senior aviation executive with over 35 years in the aviation industry. He was a Lufthansa Executive and Training Captain for 20 years. His wide experience includes airlines, as well as start-ups, business jet and helicopter operations and aircraft manufacturers. He has created results for clients such as CHC, Safi Airways and Qatar Airways, and was most recently appointed Senior Lecturer and Director of the renowned Masters Programmes for Aviation Management at the City University London. One of the few aviation experts in the world who has leadership experience in European, American, Middle Eastern, and African markets, Tilmann Gabriel has consistently reinforced a safety culture environment while cultivating leadership, integrity and individual responsibility. With his extensive global aviation expertise, he is familiar with complex cultural, political, and bureaucratic challenges, and utilizes his expansive intercultural and international business acumen to team-build, reach consensus and create world-class alliances. An avid speaker at international aviation, training and safety conferences, and columnist for several magazines, Tilmann Gabriel is an outstanding leader in his field. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and serves on the Society’s Learned Society Board. He was appointed Executive Chairman of the IPTA Council and President of the IPTA Executive Board in August 2016.

Vice-Chairman of Council & Vice-President of the Executive Board

Peter Barrett OBE FRAeS, Royal Aeronautical Society After a period undertaking research with the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Peter Barrett joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot. He retired in 2008, having flown 22 different aircraft types as a line pilot, instructor, examiner and squadron commander, with consistent ratings of ‘Exceptional’ on his annual qualification checks. A graduate of both the RAF Aerosystems Course and RAF Staff College, the second half of Peter Barrett’s career was spent in the Ministry of Defence developing operational requirements, leading studies, managing projects and serving in strategic policy and plans appointments. He also served in the Inspectorate of Flight Safety. Peter Barrett was elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1993 and was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in 1995. He was awarded the Sir Robert Hardingham Presidential Sword in 2012 by the President of the Royal Aeronautical Society for outstanding service to the Society. He served on the RAeS Learned Society Board between 2006 and 2016 and, from 2011 until 2016, he also chaired the RAeS Events Committee. He was the Executive Chairman of the International Pilot Training Consortium (IPTC) from its creation in 2011 until 2016. When IPTC was enlarged to include the civil aircraft manufacturers and training providers in 2016 to become the International Pilot Training Association (IPTA), Peter Barrett became the Vice-Chairman of the IPTA Council and Chairman of the Training Providers’ Workstream. Peter’s less cerebral pursuits are long-distance hill-walking, gardening and time with his grand-children.