Our board blends deep knowledge of the aviation sector with broader sector experience, so that our business benefits from a balance of both.
Richard qualified as a solicitor, rising to the position of Director of BAA plc with responsibility for strategy and regulatory matters following its privatisation. He subsequently became Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services in 2001 and Chief Executive of the Port of London Authority from 2004 until 2014. Richard was appointed as Non-executive Chairman on 9 February 2012.
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Mark started his career with Air Partner as a Commercial Jets broker in 1996 and joined the Board in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer, becoming Chief Executive Officer in April 2010. He has direct experience of air charter broking and wide knowledge of the private aviation sector worldwide, built up over more than 30 years’ experience in the industry.
Neil was appointed Chief Financial Officer at the AGM in June 2014 having held the position of interim Chief Financial Officer from April 2014 and Group Financial Controller prior to that. Neil was previously Group Finance Director of an AIM-traded tour operator and before that spent 11 years at Deloitte LLP, primarily working in the aviation and travel sector
Peter Saunders joined the Board in September 2014, became Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in March 2015 and was appointed as the Senior Independent Non-executive director on 29 June 2016. He was Chief Executive Officer of Body Shop International plc from 2002 to 2008 and is currently a non-executive director of Canadian Tire Corporation, Godiva Chocolatier NV, Total Wines & More and Jack Wills Limited. Peter brings to the Board a wealth of experience in marketing and customer service.
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Shaun Smith was appointed as an Independent Non-executive director on 1 May 2016 and as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee on 29 June 2016. Shaun began his career in retail management and corporate treasury at Marks and Spencer plc before joining Aga Rangemaster Group plc (formerly Glynwed International Plc) in 1989, becoming Group Treasurer in 1999 and Group Finance Director from 2001, until its recent takeover. He was appointed Group Finance Director of Norcros plc on 4 April 2016.
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Amanda Wills joined the Board on 20 April 2016 and brings a deep understanding of the travel industry and international experience. She started her career with Airtours plc in 1987 and was CEO of Virgin Holidays Travel Group from 2001 to 2014. Amanda is currently Non-executive director of eDreams ODIGEO S.A., a global online travel agency listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange, and Chairman of Urbanologie.com, a digital startup business catering for the high net worth and luxury sector. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours list for services to the British travel industry and to charity.
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Richard left the Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”) in 2016 after 11 years as Group Director of Consumer Protection. During his time at the CAA Richard was instrumental in making significant improvements, including the introduction of new ATOL regulations and the replacement of bonding with the ATOL Protection Contribution (“APC”). He also successfully oversaw the restructuring of a number of major tour operators. Richard began his career with the Ministry of Defence in 1974, before joining the financial services sector working for financial institutions including Hill Samuel & Co Ltd and Daiwa Europe Limited. Since leaving the CAA, Richard has acted as a consultant to a number of aviation and travel related clients.
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ARC – Member of the Audit Committee
RC – Member of the Remuneration Committee
NC – Member of the Nomination Committee