Peter Blokland

Peter Blokland Peter Blokland

Peter BLOKLAND, born in Antwerp on August 8th, 1957

Peter is a former military pilot and staff officer in the Belgian Air Force. Being the the general manager of BYAZ, he is sharing his 30 years of experience in managing people and improving situations with the corporate world. As an author, he bundled this insights in the form of the books ‘Total Respect Management’ (Lannoo Campus, 2013) and ‘Safety and Performance’ (NOVA, 2017). Finally, as a G31000 Certified Trainer in ISO 31000, he is also the Managing Director of G31000-Europe.

My story – PresentationMy Story Peter Blokland

Early Life

Peter was  born in Antwerp on 8 August 1957. He finished his studies at the Royal Military Academy in December 1983 (Master in Military and Aeronautical sciences 119 TAW Promotion)

Personal Life

Peter Blokland is happily married to Marianne Beukenhorst since 1980. They live in Hove, a residential community south of Antwerp (Belgium). They have three beautiful children together and enjoy the presence of four fantastic grandchildren.

F-16 Pilot, Instructor,  Operations and Trainings Officer

At Kleine Brogel AB he used to be an F-16 pilot for the Belgian Air Force, then got his first assignment as an educator, as an instructor pilot at the 5th Sqn (Elementary Flying School) 3 years later. Then he became a Staff Officer at Air Force Training Command, which in turn he left to become an Operations and Training officer at the Advanced Flying Training Wing at St Truiden AB.


His active career as a pilot was crowned by the assignment as the CO (commanding officer) of the 5th Sqn. As a squadron commander he navigated his team safely through very turbulent times of change, resulting from the ongoing reforms in the armed forces. His time as a CO taught him a lot about what it takes to be a leader and how to manage a group of people.

Master of Excellence

The first time he got a job highly focused on safety and excellence was when he got a consecutive Staff assignment of accident prevention and flight safety. When he finished his assignment as a squadron commander, he managed to add accident investigation to his experience and competence. As such, Peter further expanded his knowledge in helping people and organisations to improve to the level of an entire organisation, something he started to get the taste for being the CO of the 5th Sqn. He continues passing down his knowledge throughout the years.

System(at)ic approach

Accident investigation and prevention is a systematic, but also a systemic approach, always taking the whole picture into account and looking for underlying causes, instead of only tackling the obvious symptoms! It is this knowledge and this approach that he used for the next steps in his career.

Nuclear surety and command & control

Peter finished his military career at NATO’s Allied Command Operations at SHAPE (BE). As a staff officer in nuclear operations, he is at first involved in surety (safety and security) issues concerning nuclear weapons, before becoming involved in the command & control of NATO’s nuclear weapons, further developing his knowledge on improving systems in the field of operational training and communications.

Organisational and Business Coach

In 2008 Peter decided to become an organisational and business coach, helping organisations, companies and teams to improve and excel. Peter has served a lot of people already in many different ways: as a trainer, a coach, a mentor and a consultant. Flexibility is key to understanding the needs of an organisation, which is what Peter excels at.

PhD researcher

Since September 2014, Peter is also employed at TUDelft, working as a PhD researcher for the Safety & Security Sciences section of the Technology Policy and Management faculty. He is working hard on exploring a scientific way to measure and proactively achieve Safety and Performance in organisations. My profile on ResearchGate

Managing Director of G31000 Europe

As a certified trainer, he is now  the managing director of G31000 Europe and consultant using the ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard. You can find out more about current certification opportunities here.