One of the most prosperous organisations in Seychelles is no doubt the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA).
Behind the success of this aviation regulatory and service providing administration is a meticulous, down to earth and dedicated public servant Mr Gilbert, Gerard Faure. Mr Faure and his team has until today ensured that the aviation industry remains one that is sustainable both socially and economically. Today we put the spotlight on that individual who has spent all his adult life working as a public servant for our country.
Gilbert Faure was born on 12th September 1955, he has resided in many districts across Mahe which includes Beau Vallon, Anse Boileau, Victoria and Bel-Ombre. He is now settled at Reef Estate where he lives with his wife, children and grandchildren.
After his primary education, he continued his further studies at the Seychelles College, after which he joined the world of work.
During that time Seychelles witnessed the opening of the Seychelles International Airport. Aside his interest in being a ship captain, he applied for a position with the then Aviation Seychelles as a traffic assistant. Though he was unsuccessful, he was undeterred.
At that time there were a lot of vacancies, and an interesting development that was taking place was that of the aviation industry which was propelling meteorological advancement. He joined the Meteorological Office in January 1973, as a Meteorological Assistant. He worked for ten years there during which he attended various courses in meteorology and progressed through the ranks, from Met Officer to Forecaster, during that time the Met Office was part of the Directorate of Civil Aviation.
From a weatherman to Airport Manager
In August 1983 he was selected for the post of Assistant Airport Manager in the Airport Management Division, and from there was promoted first to Airport Manager, then to Airport Director in 1990 and Director General in 1995 of the then Directorate of Civil Aviation, gaining vast experience, training and exposure, both locally and internationally in the field of civil aviation.
“Though I have led a simple life, I have been a hardworking person all my life, I have known success and failures but has always persevere, work passionates me,” said Mr Faure.
A leader in Aviation
He has had the opportunity and privileged to represent Seychelles at various international forums such as International Civil Aviation Organisation Assembly. He has headed, on numerous occasions, delegations for air services agreement negotiations in many countries.
He has played a key role in the conceptualization of the airport master plans and its progressive implementation, successfully completing projects such as the Ile de Palme (Praslin) airport in 2001 and extensive upgrade of the Seychelles International Airport terminal in 2006. He has made significant contributions to the drafting of an air transport policy and development of civil aviation in Seychelles in general. We therefore cannot talk about the airport without mentioning his name.
In spite of that Mr. Faure is a humble person, and he attributes the success of the SCAA to others on his team; “I have a bright and hardworking management team. I am a firm believer in participative management. We have strict guidelines and we ensure on a daily basis that safety and security is not compromised,” he said.
He was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer when the organisation became an Authority in April 2005 and rapidly progressed to Chief Executive Officer seven months later, the position he still holds to-date. This year Mr Faure will be celebrating 44 years in aviation.
“I like to share my knowledge and know-hows with others, it is always rewarding to empower other people. I myself have had great mentors such as Mr Maurice Lousteau-Lalanne who is today the Minister for Aviation.”
Other than work Mr Faure likes spending his time at football matches, fishing and some quality time with his adorable grandson. He still has a lot to give in his career, and has one special vision;
“At one stage we need to build another runway, but for this to happen we have to reclaim more land, which is our main constraint. Hopefully when this is done we will see an A380 landing on our airport,” he concluded.
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