Our board blends deep knowledge of the aviation sector with broader sector experience, so that our business benefits from a balance of both.
Ed was appointed as Chairman of the Board on 1 April 2019. Ed has extensive PLC experience and has chaired the boards at a range of prominent organisations. He is currently Chair of Grant Thornton UK LLP, Blackrock Commodities Income Investment Trust PLC and derivatives exchange LMAX Ltd, as well as a Director of a suite of Dublin-listed investment funds managed by DCI. In addition, he is Chair of the Palace for Life Foundation and World Para Athletics. Past board experience includes Chair of Standard Life Private Equity Trust PLC and of Panmure Gordon & Co, as well as a Non-Executive Director of SafeCharge International Group.
Ed knows the broking sector well and was a Non-Executive Director of Clarkson PLC, the world's leading provider of integrated shipping services, for over 10 years until February 2019. He served as Acting Chair for the last 11 months of this appointment. He also has a wealth of Financial Services broking experience from years spent in senior positions at several investment banks and financial institutions, including Old Mutual Financial Services, Bankers Trust, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and, most recently, IFX Group, where he was CEO until 2006.
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.
Joanne Estell joined the Board as Chief Financial Officer on 10 September 2018. A Chartered Management Accountant with over 20 years' experience, Joanne started her career at Whitbread Plc and held a number of senior finance roles at Smiths Group plc including Finance Director of Specialised Business at John Crane. Joanne brings a wealth of experience gained from senior finance and M&A roles at a number of listed and private companies. Her most recent CFO roles were at the AIM-listed Shield Therapeutics plc, the specialty pharmaceutical business, and, prior to this, at AIM-listed Stadium Group plc, a global manufacturer of technology lead products. Within her CFO roles, Joanne has developed particular expertise in financial disciplines and finance team management along with M&A and acquisition integration.
Shaun Smith was appointed as an Independent Non-executive director on 1 May 2016 and as Chair 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 was appointed as Chair of Remuneration Committee on 28 June 2017. She 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 a 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.
Member ARC RC NC
Richard was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director on 7 September 2016, as Senior Independent Director in June 2017 and held the position of Interim Chairman of the Board from September 2018 to April 2019. 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.
Member ARC RC NC
ARC – Member of the Audit Committee
RC – Member of the Remuneration Committee
NC – Member of the Nomination Committee