From left: Engr. Ben Okafor, Director of Maintenance, Quorum Aviation; Engr. Nnamdi Udoh (member, Board of directors); Capt. Dapo Olumide (member, Board of directors); M.D Abubakar, Chairman, Board of directors, Quorum Aviation; Mr. Abiola Lawal, MD/CEO, Quorum Aviation; Ms Sade Doherty, Company Secretary and Capt. James Daniel, Chief Operating Officer, Quorum Aviation, shortly after a meeting of the members at Lagos airport on Thursday.
Posted by Sade Williams
Quorum aviation, which recently secured its Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC), on Thursday, unveiled its management team comprising experienced hands in and outside of the aviation industry.
The company, which has launched charter operations into the oil and gas sector, among other areas, secured its AOC after scaling through the five rigorous stages of the exercise with the regulatory Authority, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Managing director of the company, Mr. Abiola Lawal, while speaking to journalists at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, said Quorum has imbibed safety as its core mission statement and will do everything possible to ensure safety is not jeopardised.
He said ‘Our target is to be able to support off-shore exploration, the oil and gas business. However, securing the AOC is a major milestone; the AOC is a rigorous, exhaustive and very expensive one too but we are grateful that the Authority puts us through the process. There are five phases of multi-layer aspects including manpower, facility, demonstration, manuals and others.
“But we give kudos to the NCAA which ensures that all these requirements are met as part of the laid down safety procedures. At Quorum Aviation, we have imbibed safety as our core mission statement”, he said.
Speaking on the composition of the board, Lawal said they have deliberately chosen the best hands in the sector, adding that corporate governance is key to the success of the company.
“For me, corporate governance is key. Our Board composition was not randomly done. It is a result of a serious selection process. We looked for men and women of integrity. We also looked at corporate governance, that is key to any company that wants to add value, we went through a thorough process in getting the Board, we wanted the right persons in regulation, operations and we wanted solid people in finance too”, he added.
Captain James Daniel is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Quorum Aviation.
He is a very experienced Pilot and aviation executive, covering both the fixed wing and rotary operations and a six-sigma expert.
Capt. Daniel spent over two decades with Bristow Helicopters.
The Chairman of the Board is M.D Abubakar, a former Inspector General of Police. Other members are Mr. Mutiu Sumonu, former Group Managing Director of Shell Nigeria; Captain Dapo Olumide , former Managing Director of Nigerian Eagle and now Chief Executive Officer of Ropeways Limited; Engr. Nnamdi Udoh, former Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and Hajia Salamatu, among others.
The Management team also includes a very experienced Engr. Abiodun Michael as the Quality & Safety Manager while Director of Maintenance is the very experienced Engr. Ben Okafor, formerly of Bristow, Caverton, Aero and OAS.
In addition, the company is guided by a top class Advisory Board of Distinguished and accomplished Men and Women in different walks of life.
Quorum Aviation was incorporated in 2011 as an indigenous Aviation Logistics company. The company was set up to pursue opportunities in the Rotary business primarily for oil and gas clients as well as VIP charter services.
The company was awarded the Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) in 2018 to engage in commercial Aviation services.
The company was founded and run by a very experienced team with combined years of experience of over a 100 years in Aviation and oil and Gas by the Senior Management Team.
Quorum operates in the Aviation and Logistics business by flying customers to both onshore and offshore designated locations especially for the oil and gas industry and for Tourism.
The company currently offers charter services for Maritime and Coastal surveillance purpose; VIP transportation and Video shoot for large events.
It also offers Emergency evacuation service; Aircraft consultancy services; Oilfield Engineering and special transportation to political rallies.