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Operating Board

Mark BriffaMark Briffa

Chief Executive Officer

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. 

Shaun SmithJoanne Estell

Chief Financial Officer

 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.

Julia TimmsJulia Timms

Chief Marketing Officer

Julia has more than 25 years of marketing experience across a range of industries, including automotive, hotels, property and financial services. She joined Air Partner in June 2016 from Knight Frank, where she served as Interim Head of Marketing. Prior to this, Julia held the role of Marketing Director at both the Goodman Group, an integrated commercial and industrial property group, and Barchester Healthcare, an independent care provider. Julia has also worked for a number of leading global brands, such as Hilton, Lloyds Bank, Texaco and Ford.

Tony WhittyKevin Macnaughton 

Managing Director, Charter

Kevin has a wealth of experience in the aviation charter industry, both in the UK and overseas, having held a number of senior roles at NetJets over a period of 13 years. Most recently, he was Company Director, Head of European Sales, leading the planning and execution of the sales strategy.

 

Tony WhittyTony Whitty 

Managing Director

Tony started his career in aviation in 1991 and in 1998 Tony became one of the founder members of Cabot Aviation, an aircraft remarketing company. Which represented aircraft owners as their exclusive remarketing agent and also undertook acquisition mandates on behalf of airlines, lessors and spares companies. It also assists airlines in sourcing aircraft on ACMI lease. In May 2015 Cabot was acquired by Air Partner, and Tony now heads up the Remarketing and ACMI business within Air Partner.  Tony is a board member of the ERA. a former committee member of the Aviation Club of the UK, and a member of ISTAT.

 

Ian HolderIan Holder

Managing Director, Baines Simmons

Ian has over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. An experienced pilot with both RAF and civilian airline experience, Ian is now an aviation safety management specialist, having occupied a number of senior positions at a regional airline, before joining Baines Simmons in 2015 as a Principal Consultant. He has advised a broad range of aviation organisations on safety issues for the firm, including global airlines and business jet operators. He is a champion of the use of organisational safety culture, delivered through effective leadership, to improve business performance. Ian moved to the position of Managing Director Baines Simmons in April 2018.

 

Ian Holder

Craig Pattison

Group HR Director

Craig’s career in Human Resources began while he was working in retail. As a store manager for Tesco, he developed talent management and recruitment experience which inspired him to move into senior regional and national HR roles during a time of huge expansion for the company while becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

In 2002, he joined BP as Head of HR for their UK retail operation before going on to lead an international programme to develop employee technical and professional capabilities and competencies across the company’s downstream business. He then moved to Lloyd’s of London, embarking on an HR transformation agenda which introduced business partnering, talent management and graduate schemes to the corporation for the first time.

Craig joined Wood Mackenzie in 2014, as Head of HR for Sales, Marketing and Group Functions and was promoted to Global Executive Vice President HR,  two years later, responsible for leading the development of the business’ global strategic people agenda.

In July 2018, Craig joined Air Partner Group as Interim Group HR Director before being appointed permanently to the role in November 2018 where he is focused on attracting, developing and retaining the highest calibre of talent to help achieve the Group’s business goals and objectives.

Lee PyleLee Pyle

Group Head of Technology

Lee joined Air Partner in January 2016, with a key initiative of bringing Technology to the forefront of all divisions across the UK, EU and the U.S. With over 12 years' experience within the aviation sector via Commercial and Freight organisations, he brings with him a broad knowledge of industry experience. With the digital and infrastructure workspace playing a pivotal role in the present technology arena, there is significant crossover between Products, Marketing, Finance and Operational Services.