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Our executives set the strategy and direction for AJW Group and are led by our Chairman and CEO, Christopher Whiteside. The Senior Leadership Team supports our executives, delivering operational excellence and helping the Group transform aviation efficiency.

 

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Christopher Whiteside

Chairman and CEO

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Sajedah Rustom

Director of the Board & Chief Executive Officer AJW Technique

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Rachael Caston

Chief Executive Officer AJW Aviation

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Agne Noden

Director of Business Development

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Christopher WhitesideClose

Chairman and CEO

As Chairman and CEO of AJW Group, Christopher is responsible for the strategic direction of the AJW Group. Under his visionary leadership AJW has grown from a company employing 15 people (when he took it over aged 25), to a Group boasting over 500 aviation professionals across Africa, Asia Pacific, China, CIS, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America.


AJW is recognised globally as the world-leading independent specialist in the supply of integrated aircraft support services for commercial and business aircraft. The Group's ambition and pioneering spirit, however, does not stop there as it looks beyond aviation to seize opportunities which play to the business' strengths.


A lifelong aviation business professional and entrepreneur, Chistopher is committed to developing engineering excellence throughout the aviation MRO industry. With a passion for travel, culture and time pieces, Christopher has lived in three continents and has a truly global perspective on business. He acquired and built up AJW Technique in Canada and built strong relationships in new and emerging markets.


Since 2009, Christopher has held a private pilot's licence.

Sajedah RustomClose

Director of the Board & Chief Executive Officer AJW Technique

With almost twenty years experience in both commercial and business aviation, Sajedah was responsible for the design and management of the Bombardier Q400, CRJ and CSeries cost by hour services, as well as component reliability, asset management and supply chain solutions across all commercial aircraft programs. Sajedah went on to manage strategy and business development for parts services and solutions , delivering significant growth, cost optimization and increased customer satisfaction. She later moved into business aviation and transformed the Global Express, Challenger and Learjet aftermarket, delivering double-digit growth with accelerated sales, delivery efficiency and heightened customer experience. In addition, she delivered 30 new products and services to the business jet aftermarket annually, including cost by hour options, teardown, and leasing solutions, modifications and upgrades, to meet broad and diverse customer needs.


Sajedah became Chief Executive Officer at AJW Technique, the Group’s renowned global maintenance business where she is responsible for leading strategy and business development, products, and services innovation, while ensuring flawless execution and customer satisfaction across all service centres, including Canada, Europe and Interiors divisions.


Sajedah is a Board Director and transformation coach to executives and companies across multiple industries. She is an active promoter of AWing, Women in Aerospace, Industrial Services Roundtable, and Young Entrepreneurs, supporting emerging and established talent. Sajedah is an avid investor in disruptive technologies and digital transformation.


She is fluent in English and French, holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of London with Six Sigma, Lean Management, Agile and Business Process Engineering certifications.


Sajedah has a passion for family, art, travel, food, scuba, and kick-boxing, a firm believer that the only path to success and fulfillment is to engage mind-body-soul.


sajedah@ajw-group.com


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Rachael CastonClose

Chief Executive Officer AJW Aviation


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AJW Aviation, Rachael Caston joined AJW Group in 2022 taking responsibility for operational teams at AJW and driving Group strategy in conjunction with the Board and Senior Leadership Team.


Rachael has a long and distinguished career in aviation, including active service as a professional pilot, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer in the RAF, and extensive business transformation experience, leading teams with a people-centric mindset. She joined from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where she provided executive level leadership for the UK Airprox Board based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Northolt.


Rachael’s focus is building on strategic initiatives for growth and diversification.


rachael.caston@ajw-group.com


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Agne NodenClose

Director of Business Development

Agne is AJW Group’s Director of Business Development. She is responsible for our business development strategy which oversees AJW products and services and is powered by market analytics, collaboration with various product lines and business functions, digital transformation, and most important of all, our international business development team. Agne is passionate about strategic product development stemming from understanding behavioural changes in the market and continuously evolving customer needs.


The business development team is a dynamic, multicultural, solution-driven team with customer experience in mind every step of the way. The team’s mission is to nurture relationships with key customers to harvest and maximise the opportunities arising from our global marketplace.


After joining AJW in 2013, Agne worked on multiple strategic product development projects in commercial, business, and military aviation, actively exploring routes to new markets.


Agne holds a bachelor's degree from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania (her home country) and a master's degree from Brno University of Technology in Czech Republic. 


agne.noden@ajw-group.com


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Andy Colbran

Director of Customer Service

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Barry Swift

Senior Vice President Operations

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Becky Newell

Director of Marketing

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Clare Brown

Finance Director

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Director of Customer Service

Andy has been with AJW for over 30 years. With a background in industrial sales, he has been involved in spare parts sales, customer service, and purchasing during his time with the company. Andy is now responsible for all customer service activities related to the company's Part Sales & Support business.


andy.colbran@ajw-group.com


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Barry SwiftClose

Senior Vice President Operations


As Senior Vice President Operations, Barry leads on strategic improvements to Group operations. He oversees procurement, MRO management, technical/quality, warehouse and logistics, and strategic progress around an integrated supply chain methodology; this includes driving transformation to ensure the business delivers the highest levels of performance and customer satisfaction.


Barry’s career started in military avionics and has extensive experience in both engineering and supply chain management across many different industrial sectors, including automotive, fast moving consumer goods, capital equipment, defence, and aviation. Barry has a first-class honours degree in manufacturing engineering, a master's degree in integrated engineering and is a fully-fledged member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. He held multiple engineering positions during his 14 years with Ford Motor Company, became Supply Chain Manager for Delphi Diesel System’s HD business unit, Head of Procurement at Dyson, Operations Director within the Halma Group. Prior to his role at AJW, was the Director of Procurement at Thales UK Defence Mission Systems.


Barry is married with two daughters and has always considered an effective balance between family and career as being essential. His interests include travel, food, rugby, and study.


barry.swift@ajw-group.com


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Becky NewellClose

Director of Marketing


Becky Newell is the Marketing Director at AJW Group and passionately responsible for promoting the Group’s products and services through branding, public relations, thought leadership, campaigns, advertising, social and digital media.


With a background in the sales and commercial contract departments at AJW, Becky has a ground-up knowledge of the key role AJW plays in supporting its customers. Her experience of customer journeys, affords her an impressive understanding of the industry and the ability to align our messaging and services to our customers' needs.


A skilled designer, at work and at home, Becky has been involved with the marketing and brand development for many years, laser focused on brand integrity, consistency, and strategy for the Group.


Outside of work, Becky balances her life between cooking and baking extraordinary cakes for her family, and then working off the calories with running and BODYCOMBAT. Her creativity and passion for design rears its head again with her love for mid-century modern interior design, sewing and painting.


becky@ajw-group.com


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Clare BrownClose

Finance Director

Clare is the Finance Director for AJW Aviation (trading name for AJW Group), responsible for all elements of accounting and finance business partnering within the company. During her time at AJWA, she has worked to build the company’s finance business partnering function, was finance lead on the successful retender of the easyJet contract and worked on the implementation of the finance data warehouse.


Prior to joining AJWA in 2016, she enjoyed over 25 years in aviation, including 12 years at Thomas Cook, culminating in her position as Finance Director for the UK (UNITED KINGDOM) airline. During her time at Thomas Cook, she worked on strategic projects such as the start-up of a Belgian group airline, the merger with Caledonian Airways, the potential acquisition of First Choice and then later the merger of MyTravel. After leaving Thomas Cook, she spent time contracting in various finance roles, working for two years at Air Malta as Head of Finance Transformation and then Interim CFO.


Clare is Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualified with 30 years post qualification experience within a wide range of finance areas; using this broad experience to drive the finance transformation through automation and digitalisation. In addition to her finance qualification, Clare holds a professional diploma in management from Loughborough University. Outside of work, Clare enjoys travelling, walking, parkrun, and spending time with friends and family. 

Conrad Vandersluis

SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

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David Miret Mora

Technical Director

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James Hill

IT Director

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Jane Hossack

Director of People

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Conrad VandersluisClose

SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

With over 25 years experience in aviation, Conrad has worked previously for Flightspares and the BBA Group before joining AJW as Commercial & Contracts Manager in 2004. With a change in role to MRO Director in 2007, he became responsible for the total repair management service at AJW, supporting both AJW and direct customer inventories, developing them significantly under his tenure. Following this, Conrad took up position as Sales Development Director whose responsibilities included the management and sale of all major assets held by AJW, with the additional focus of continual development and growth of all aspects of AJW capabilities. In his current role as SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management, he manages and develops all existing and future consignment opportunities, to increase the current stock and sales portfolio for our global programmes.


conrad@ajw-group.com


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David Miret MoraClose

Technical Director


David leads a team of technical experts, delivering component and aircraft solutions to customers worldwide. He joined AJW Group in 2015 as a Warranty Engineer, having graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic of Madrid and Leon University respectively. He specialised in Airworthiness in both degrees and later consolidated this with an MSc in Airworthiness from Cranfield University.


Promoted to Technical Service Engineer within his first year, Senior Technical Services Engineer two years later, and Technical Manager early in 2019, David rose quickly through the ranks, securing his current role as Technical Director in 2022. He is responsible for the Group's overall Technical, Compliance and Quality (TQC), Subcontract Management (SCM) strategies and development; setting the strategic direction and maintaining adherence, appropriate regulatory approval, industry standards, and ensuring suppliers meet their contractual performance targets.


David is a results-driven, experienced leader in technical services, quality (ISO9001/AS9120/Part145/Part M/CAMO) and the maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft components. He enjoys resolving problems, improving customer satisfaction, driving operational improvements, and inspiring his team. David consistently introduces continuous improvement systems to deliver efficient processes and standard operating procedures, all the while ensuring an agile, lean approach using his initiative and ‘can do' attitude to make things happen. 



david.miretmora@ajw-group.com


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James HillClose

IT Director


James Hill is AJW Group’s IT Director. He joined in 2017 and is responsible for IT Operations, DevOps, Cloud, Infrastructure, Application, Procurement, and Cyber Security. Together with Mark Jenner (Digital Director), James has overall responsibility for the Group’s digital and technology strategy, ensuring it is in line with the company strategy.


With 20 years’ experience working in IT, across multiple industry sectors, he has helped various organisations ensure rapid growth and expansion while venturing into new markets and delivering digitalised initiatives that focused on improving the customer journey, services, staff efficiencies, and meeting business objectives.


james.hill@ajw-group.com


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Jane HossackClose

Director of People

Jane Hossack, Director of People, is responsible for the People strategy, along with the goals of attracting the best candidates to AJW Group, motivating our workforce, and retaining the talented people who work here. With the support of the People and Exec teams, she creates a safe, fun culture in which people enjoy their work, and an environment that supports high performance and inspires people to develop their careers within the business.


Jane started her career in HR advisory and recruitment roles, as well as completing project-based roles in areas such as talent management and training. Prior to joining AJW, she was Head of HR at a privately owned aviation broker. Based at Gatwick Airport and responsible for the people strategy as well as setting up the people departments in various countries, her role involved travel and cultural immersion. Jane studied HR management at university and achieved her MCIPD (Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualification thereafter.


Outside of work, Jane enjoys spending time with her wife, family, and friends. One of her biggest passions is to travel and if she can hop on a plane to visit a new city or country, she always takes the opportunity. Jane is fascinated by diverse cultures, and she likes to learn and respect people’s differences. She enjoys cooking and eating out, going on long country walks, watching films and series, and going to the theatre.


jane.hossack@ajw-group.com


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Louis Philippe Mallette

SVP Operations, AJW Technique

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Mark Elliot

Director of Inventory Strategy

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Mark Jenner

Digital Director

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Nick Ward

Group Sales Director

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Louis Philippe MalletteClose

SVP Operations, AJW Technique

As Senior Vice President of Operations at AJW Technique, the Group’s state-of-the-art MRO hub in Montreal, Louis brings over 25 years of international operational and strategic experience.


Louis’ career in aviation started at Bombardier, where he worked his way up from quality assurance to General Manager Operations. Speaking three languages (English, French and Spanish) helped Louis lead individuals and multidisciplinary teams to complete numerous site transfers between and within China, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Taiwan, and the United States.


"AJW Technique has a great reputation and is a well-known name in the sector,’ said Louis. ‘AJW Group is well-known for the quality of work and the support it gives to airlines. With a history spanning over 90 years, it has adapted and transformed over the years to changing markets, and that’s a massive strength."


AJW Technique is going through a period of growth and diversification. Combining an enviable career path with his rugged determination, precision milled from years competing on the Ironman triathlon circuit, we are delighted to have Louis join AJW Group.


louis.mallette@ajw-group.com


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Mark ElliotClose

Director of Inventory Strategy

Mark Elliot is AJW Group’s Director of Inventory Strategy. He ensures the business takes a platform strategy-led approach to its inventory (acquisition, asset optimisation, divestment and pricing, and performance) and applies financial acumen at all stages of the process. Mark leads our Inventory Strategy team who also manage consigned assets, the financial assessment and performance of teardowns, along with the procurement of high performing rotable assets.


Prior to joining AJW Group in 2017, he enjoyed 12 years working for listed multinationals, culminating in his role as Divisional Financial Controller at Doosan Babcock.


Mark is a FCA qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years' experience working in finance teams or finance-related specialist functions. He is passionate about the use of automation and digitalisation to drive improvements to the business and continues to develop in-house tools, ultimately to optimise customer experience and help transform aviation efficiency.


Mark takes a work hard, play hard approach and enjoys playing league cricket and tennis. He also enjoys travelling, time with the family, and the occasional round of golf.


mark.elliot@ajw-group.com


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Mark JennerClose

Digital Director

Digital Director of AJW Group, Mark joined AJW in 2015 after several years of being involved in aircraft records and lease returns. In his role, he is responsible for the Group’s overall technology strategy, planning, and analysis, alongside the IT Director, James Hill.


Shortly after joining AJW Group, Mark assembled an in-house development team handling multiple custom applications and bespoke integrations unique to AJW. He also developed the MyAJW customer portal, which provides our customers access to services and information while facilitating and smoothing complex purchasing journeys.


Before joining AJW, Mark worked as part of the team that handled the aircraft transition from GB Airways to easyJet after their acquisition. He went on to work alongside finance asset management companies such as Guggenheim Aviation Partners Limited and CIT Aerospace.


Outside of work, Mark spends his leisure time playing squash and tennis, and working with IoT (Internet of Things) devices and home automation. Mark enjoys live sport, from Football to NHL.





Nick WardClose

Group Sales Director

Nick has built up extensive customer relationships for AJW over the last 12 years and forged strategic partnerships for the business.


He was also responsible for establishing the AJW China team in Shanghai and helped to successfully grow AJW’s customer base throughout China.


Nick has since moved into a team of group sales directors building stronger, more strategic partnerships.


nick.ward@ajw-group.com


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Paul Dawson

Director of Procurement

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Simon Merriott

Director of Solutions

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Tony Whitty

SVP Sales

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Paul DawsonClose

Director of Procurement

Paul is AJW Group’s Director of Procurement. He has overall responsibility for developing and executing AJW’s global procurement strategy, ensuring we have strong supplier relationships with partners that can effectively support the delivery of the company’s strategic objectives.Paul joined AJW in April 2021, bringing a wealth of experience from a career in aviation spanning over 30 years. Previously, he held tactical and senior strategic procurement roles for airlines and a large MRO company, working within inventory strategy, supply chain management, and new business development.


Paul's industry experience is supported by a long-standing passion for aviation which started from an early age; his first steps into the industry being work experience during school holidays with a small airline. Paul went on to fulfil his dream of being a pilot by obtaining a pilot's license.


Outside of work, Paul enjoys travel, relaxing family holidays, and watching formula 1.


Simon MerriottClose

Director of Solutions


Director of Solutions for AJW, with over 21 years’ experience, Simon Joined AJW in 2001 starting his aviation career in logistics overseeing all daily routine courier shipments. After several years, he transitioned to operations management, implementing and running a remote warehouse of 50,000 sq. ft. He followed this with a 12-month term as an AOG (Aircraft on Ground) shift manager working the full end-to-end AOG process, from quote through to procurement and all aspects of the operations cycle, from picking to logistics.


Simon returned to the logistics department, managing the team for several years before moving into contract management having signed a major contract in 2015. As the key account manager for the Group’s largest customer, Simon handled all operational and commercial aspects of the contract including MRO, technical, logistics, operations, procurement, finance, and commercial. In 2020, he took full ownership of Contract Services, responsible for over 600 aircraft under contract.


Simon enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, eating out, and weightlifting. He has a lifelong passion for combat sports with extensive training in judo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and boxing, and practises BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) alongside his daughter.


simonm@ajw-group.com


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Tony WhittyClose

SVP Sales

Tony Whitty, SVP Sales, joined AJW in November 2021 as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement and is responsible for aircraft and engine acquisitions across the Group. His extensive experience, embracing over 30 years of aircraft remarketing for airlines, banks, and other aircraft owners, further enhances our tailored services, which deliver holistic solutions for managing high value assets.


Tony began his career in aircraft remarketing in 1990 with Fortis Aviation, was one of the founders of Cabot Aviation in 1998, and subsequently worked for Air Partner. Tony is a committee member and treasurer of The Aviation Club UK and a member of ISTAT. He is based at AJW's headquarters near London Gatwick Airport, UK, and will report directly to the Group President and CEO, Christopher Whiteside.


tony.whitty@ajw-group.com


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Christopher Whiteside

Chairman and CEO

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Sajedah Rustom

Director of the Board & Chief Executive Officer AJW Technique

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Rachael Caston

Chief Executive Officer AJW Aviation

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Christopher WhitesideClose

Chairman and CEO

As Chairman and CEO of AJW Group, Christopher is responsible for the strategic direction of the AJW Group. Under his visionary leadership AJW has grown from a company employing 15 people (when he took it over aged 25), to a Group boasting over 500 aviation professionals across Africa, Asia Pacific, China, CIS, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America.


AJW is recognised globally as the world-leading independent specialist in the supply of integrated aircraft support services for commercial and business aircraft. The Group's ambition and pioneering spirit, however, does not stop there as it looks beyond aviation to seize opportunities which play to the business' strengths.


A lifelong aviation business professional and entrepreneur, Chistopher is committed to developing engineering excellence throughout the aviation MRO industry. With a passion for travel, culture and time pieces, Christopher has lived in three continents and has a truly global perspective on business. He acquired and built up AJW Technique in Canada and built strong relationships in new and emerging markets.


Since 2009, Christopher has held a private pilot's licence.

Sajedah RustomClose

Director of the Board & Chief Executive Officer AJW Technique

With almost twenty years experience in both commercial and business aviation, Sajedah was responsible for the design and management of the Bombardier Q400, CRJ and CSeries cost by hour services, as well as component reliability, asset management and supply chain solutions across all commercial aircraft programs. Sajedah went on to manage strategy and business development for parts services and solutions , delivering significant growth, cost optimization and increased customer satisfaction. She later moved into business aviation and transformed the Global Express, Challenger and Learjet aftermarket, delivering double-digit growth with accelerated sales, delivery efficiency and heightened customer experience. In addition, she delivered 30 new products and services to the business jet aftermarket annually, including cost by hour options, teardown, and leasing solutions, modifications and upgrades, to meet broad and diverse customer needs.


Sajedah became Chief Executive Officer at AJW Technique, the Group’s renowned global maintenance business where she is responsible for leading strategy and business development, products, and services innovation, while ensuring flawless execution and customer satisfaction across all service centres, including Canada, Europe and Interiors divisions.


Sajedah is a Board Director and transformation coach to executives and companies across multiple industries. She is an active promoter of AWing, Women in Aerospace, Industrial Services Roundtable, and Young Entrepreneurs, supporting emerging and established talent. Sajedah is an avid investor in disruptive technologies and digital transformation.


She is fluent in English and French, holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of London with Six Sigma, Lean Management, Agile and Business Process Engineering certifications.


Sajedah has a passion for family, art, travel, food, scuba, and kick-boxing, a firm believer that the only path to success and fulfillment is to engage mind-body-soul.


sajedah@ajw-group.com


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Rachael CastonClose

Chief Executive Officer AJW Aviation


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AJW Aviation, Rachael Caston joined AJW Group in 2022 taking responsibility for operational teams at AJW and driving Group strategy in conjunction with the Board and Senior Leadership Team.


Rachael has a long and distinguished career in aviation, including active service as a professional pilot, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer in the RAF, and extensive business transformation experience, leading teams with a people-centric mindset. She joined from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where she provided executive level leadership for the UK Airprox Board based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Northolt.


Rachael’s focus is building on strategic initiatives for growth and diversification.


rachael.caston@ajw-group.com


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Agne Noden

Director of Business Development

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Andy Colbran

Director of Customer Service

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Barry Swift

Senior Vice President Operations

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Agne NodenClose

Director of Business Development

Agne is AJW Group’s Director of Business Development. She is responsible for our business development strategy which oversees AJW products and services and is powered by market analytics, collaboration with various product lines and business functions, digital transformation, and most important of all, our international business development team. Agne is passionate about strategic product development stemming from understanding behavioural changes in the market and continuously evolving customer needs.


The business development team is a dynamic, multicultural, solution-driven team with customer experience in mind every step of the way. The team’s mission is to nurture relationships with key customers to harvest and maximise the opportunities arising from our global marketplace.


After joining AJW in 2013, Agne worked on multiple strategic product development projects in commercial, business, and military aviation, actively exploring routes to new markets.


Agne holds a bachelor's degree from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania (her home country) and a master's degree from Brno University of Technology in Czech Republic. 


agne.noden@ajw-group.com


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Andy ColbranClose

Director of Customer Service

Andy has been with AJW for over 30 years. With a background in industrial sales, he has been involved in spare parts sales, customer service, and purchasing during his time with the company. Andy is now responsible for all customer service activities related to the company's Part Sales & Support business.


andy.colbran@ajw-group.com


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Barry SwiftClose

Senior Vice President Operations


As Senior Vice President Operations, Barry leads on strategic improvements to Group operations. He oversees procurement, MRO management, technical/quality, warehouse and logistics, and strategic progress around an integrated supply chain methodology; this includes driving transformation to ensure the business delivers the highest levels of performance and customer satisfaction.


Barry’s career started in military avionics and has extensive experience in both engineering and supply chain management across many different industrial sectors, including automotive, fast moving consumer goods, capital equipment, defence, and aviation. Barry has a first-class honours degree in manufacturing engineering, a master's degree in integrated engineering and is a fully-fledged member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. He held multiple engineering positions during his 14 years with Ford Motor Company, became Supply Chain Manager for Delphi Diesel System’s HD business unit, Head of Procurement at Dyson, Operations Director within the Halma Group. Prior to his role at AJW, was the Director of Procurement at Thales UK Defence Mission Systems.


Barry is married with two daughters and has always considered an effective balance between family and career as being essential. His interests include travel, food, rugby, and study.


barry.swift@ajw-group.com


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Becky Newell

Director of Marketing

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Clare Brown

Finance Director

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Conrad Vandersluis

SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

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Becky NewellClose

Director of Marketing


Becky Newell is the Marketing Director at AJW Group and passionately responsible for promoting the Group’s products and services through branding, public relations, thought leadership, campaigns, advertising, social and digital media.


With a background in the sales and commercial contract departments at AJW, Becky has a ground-up knowledge of the key role AJW plays in supporting its customers. Her experience of customer journeys, affords her an impressive understanding of the industry and the ability to align our messaging and services to our customers' needs.


A skilled designer, at work and at home, Becky has been involved with the marketing and brand development for many years, laser focused on brand integrity, consistency, and strategy for the Group.


Outside of work, Becky balances her life between cooking and baking extraordinary cakes for her family, and then working off the calories with running and BODYCOMBAT. Her creativity and passion for design rears its head again with her love for mid-century modern interior design, sewing and painting.


becky@ajw-group.com


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Clare BrownClose

Finance Director

Clare is the Finance Director for AJW Aviation (trading name for AJW Group), responsible for all elements of accounting and finance business partnering within the company. During her time at AJWA, she has worked to build the company’s finance business partnering function, was finance lead on the successful retender of the easyJet contract and worked on the implementation of the finance data warehouse.


Prior to joining AJWA in 2016, she enjoyed over 25 years in aviation, including 12 years at Thomas Cook, culminating in her position as Finance Director for the UK (UNITED KINGDOM) airline. During her time at Thomas Cook, she worked on strategic projects such as the start-up of a Belgian group airline, the merger with Caledonian Airways, the potential acquisition of First Choice and then later the merger of MyTravel. After leaving Thomas Cook, she spent time contracting in various finance roles, working for two years at Air Malta as Head of Finance Transformation and then Interim CFO.


Clare is Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualified with 30 years post qualification experience within a wide range of finance areas; using this broad experience to drive the finance transformation through automation and digitalisation. In addition to her finance qualification, Clare holds a professional diploma in management from Loughborough University. Outside of work, Clare enjoys travelling, walking, parkrun, and spending time with friends and family. 

Conrad VandersluisClose

SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

With over 25 years experience in aviation, Conrad has worked previously for Flightspares and the BBA Group before joining AJW as Commercial & Contracts Manager in 2004. With a change in role to MRO Director in 2007, he became responsible for the total repair management service at AJW, supporting both AJW and direct customer inventories, developing them significantly under his tenure. Following this, Conrad took up position as Sales Development Director whose responsibilities included the management and sale of all major assets held by AJW, with the additional focus of continual development and growth of all aspects of AJW capabilities. In his current role as SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management, he manages and develops all existing and future consignment opportunities, to increase the current stock and sales portfolio for our global programmes.


conrad@ajw-group.com


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David Miret Mora

Technical Director

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James Hill

IT Director

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Jane Hossack

Director of People

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Technical Director


David leads a team of technical experts, delivering component and aircraft solutions to customers worldwide. He joined AJW Group in 2015 as a Warranty Engineer, having graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic of Madrid and Leon University respectively. He specialised in Airworthiness in both degrees and later consolidated this with an MSc in Airworthiness from Cranfield University.


Promoted to Technical Service Engineer within his first year, Senior Technical Services Engineer two years later, and Technical Manager early in 2019, David rose quickly through the ranks, securing his current role as Technical Director in 2022. He is responsible for the Group's overall Technical, Compliance and Quality (TQC), Subcontract Management (SCM) strategies and development; setting the strategic direction and maintaining adherence, appropriate regulatory approval, industry standards, and ensuring suppliers meet their contractual performance targets.


David is a results-driven, experienced leader in technical services, quality (ISO9001/AS9120/Part145/Part M/CAMO) and the maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft components. He enjoys resolving problems, improving customer satisfaction, driving operational improvements, and inspiring his team. David consistently introduces continuous improvement systems to deliver efficient processes and standard operating procedures, all the while ensuring an agile, lean approach using his initiative and ‘can do' attitude to make things happen. 



david.miretmora@ajw-group.com


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James HillClose

IT Director


James Hill is AJW Group’s IT Director. He joined in 2017 and is responsible for IT Operations, DevOps, Cloud, Infrastructure, Application, Procurement, and Cyber Security. Together with Mark Jenner (Digital Director), James has overall responsibility for the Group’s digital and technology strategy, ensuring it is in line with the company strategy.


With 20 years’ experience working in IT, across multiple industry sectors, he has helped various organisations ensure rapid growth and expansion while venturing into new markets and delivering digitalised initiatives that focused on improving the customer journey, services, staff efficiencies, and meeting business objectives.


james.hill@ajw-group.com


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Jane HossackClose

Director of People

Jane Hossack, Director of People, is responsible for the People strategy, along with the goals of attracting the best candidates to AJW Group, motivating our workforce, and retaining the talented people who work here. With the support of the People and Exec teams, she creates a safe, fun culture in which people enjoy their work, and an environment that supports high performance and inspires people to develop their careers within the business.


Jane started her career in HR advisory and recruitment roles, as well as completing project-based roles in areas such as talent management and training. Prior to joining AJW, she was Head of HR at a privately owned aviation broker. Based at Gatwick Airport and responsible for the people strategy as well as setting up the people departments in various countries, her role involved travel and cultural immersion. Jane studied HR management at university and achieved her MCIPD (Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualification thereafter.


Outside of work, Jane enjoys spending time with her wife, family, and friends. One of her biggest passions is to travel and if she can hop on a plane to visit a new city or country, she always takes the opportunity. Jane is fascinated by diverse cultures, and she likes to learn and respect people’s differences. She enjoys cooking and eating out, going on long country walks, watching films and series, and going to the theatre.


jane.hossack@ajw-group.com


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Louis Philippe Mallette

SVP Operations, AJW Technique

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Mark Elliot

Director of Inventory Strategy

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Mark Jenner

Digital Director

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SVP Operations, AJW Technique

As Senior Vice President of Operations at AJW Technique, the Group’s state-of-the-art MRO hub in Montreal, Louis brings over 25 years of international operational and strategic experience.


Louis’ career in aviation started at Bombardier, where he worked his way up from quality assurance to General Manager Operations. Speaking three languages (English, French and Spanish) helped Louis lead individuals and multidisciplinary teams to complete numerous site transfers between and within China, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Taiwan, and the United States.


"AJW Technique has a great reputation and is a well-known name in the sector,’ said Louis. ‘AJW Group is well-known for the quality of work and the support it gives to airlines. With a history spanning over 90 years, it has adapted and transformed over the years to changing markets, and that’s a massive strength."


AJW Technique is going through a period of growth and diversification. Combining an enviable career path with his rugged determination, precision milled from years competing on the Ironman triathlon circuit, we are delighted to have Louis join AJW Group.


louis.mallette@ajw-group.com


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Mark ElliotClose

Director of Inventory Strategy

Mark Elliot is AJW Group’s Director of Inventory Strategy. He ensures the business takes a platform strategy-led approach to its inventory (acquisition, asset optimisation, divestment and pricing, and performance) and applies financial acumen at all stages of the process. Mark leads our Inventory Strategy team who also manage consigned assets, the financial assessment and performance of teardowns, along with the procurement of high performing rotable assets.


Prior to joining AJW Group in 2017, he enjoyed 12 years working for listed multinationals, culminating in his role as Divisional Financial Controller at Doosan Babcock.


Mark is a FCA qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years' experience working in finance teams or finance-related specialist functions. He is passionate about the use of automation and digitalisation to drive improvements to the business and continues to develop in-house tools, ultimately to optimise customer experience and help transform aviation efficiency.


Mark takes a work hard, play hard approach and enjoys playing league cricket and tennis. He also enjoys travelling, time with the family, and the occasional round of golf.


mark.elliot@ajw-group.com


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Digital Director

Digital Director of AJW Group, Mark joined AJW in 2015 after several years of being involved in aircraft records and lease returns. In his role, he is responsible for the Group’s overall technology strategy, planning, and analysis, alongside the IT Director, James Hill.


Shortly after joining AJW Group, Mark assembled an in-house development team handling multiple custom applications and bespoke integrations unique to AJW. He also developed the MyAJW customer portal, which provides our customers access to services and information while facilitating and smoothing complex purchasing journeys.


Before joining AJW, Mark worked as part of the team that handled the aircraft transition from GB Airways to easyJet after their acquisition. He went on to work alongside finance asset management companies such as Guggenheim Aviation Partners Limited and CIT Aerospace.


Outside of work, Mark spends his leisure time playing squash and tennis, and working with IoT (Internet of Things) devices and home automation. Mark enjoys live sport, from Football to NHL.





Nick Ward

Group Sales Director

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Paul Dawson

Director of Procurement

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Simon Merriott

Director of Solutions

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Group Sales Director

Nick has built up extensive customer relationships for AJW over the last 12 years and forged strategic partnerships for the business.


He was also responsible for establishing the AJW China team in Shanghai and helped to successfully grow AJW’s customer base throughout China.


Nick has since moved into a team of group sales directors building stronger, more strategic partnerships.


nick.ward@ajw-group.com


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Paul DawsonClose

Director of Procurement

Paul is AJW Group’s Director of Procurement. He has overall responsibility for developing and executing AJW’s global procurement strategy, ensuring we have strong supplier relationships with partners that can effectively support the delivery of the company’s strategic objectives.Paul joined AJW in April 2021, bringing a wealth of experience from a career in aviation spanning over 30 years. Previously, he held tactical and senior strategic procurement roles for airlines and a large MRO company, working within inventory strategy, supply chain management, and new business development.


Paul's industry experience is supported by a long-standing passion for aviation which started from an early age; his first steps into the industry being work experience during school holidays with a small airline. Paul went on to fulfil his dream of being a pilot by obtaining a pilot's license.


Outside of work, Paul enjoys travel, relaxing family holidays, and watching formula 1.


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Director of Solutions


Director of Solutions for AJW, with over 21 years’ experience, Simon Joined AJW in 2001 starting his aviation career in logistics overseeing all daily routine courier shipments. After several years, he transitioned to operations management, implementing and running a remote warehouse of 50,000 sq. ft. He followed this with a 12-month term as an AOG (Aircraft on Ground) shift manager working the full end-to-end AOG process, from quote through to procurement and all aspects of the operations cycle, from picking to logistics.


Simon returned to the logistics department, managing the team for several years before moving into contract management having signed a major contract in 2015. As the key account manager for the Group’s largest customer, Simon handled all operational and commercial aspects of the contract including MRO, technical, logistics, operations, procurement, finance, and commercial. In 2020, he took full ownership of Contract Services, responsible for over 600 aircraft under contract.


Simon enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, eating out, and weightlifting. He has a lifelong passion for combat sports with extensive training in judo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and boxing, and practises BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) alongside his daughter.


simonm@ajw-group.com


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Tony Whitty

SVP Sales

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SVP Sales

Tony Whitty, SVP Sales, joined AJW in November 2021 as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement and is responsible for aircraft and engine acquisitions across the Group. His extensive experience, embracing over 30 years of aircraft remarketing for airlines, banks, and other aircraft owners, further enhances our tailored services, which deliver holistic solutions for managing high value assets.


Tony began his career in aircraft remarketing in 1990 with Fortis Aviation, was one of the founders of Cabot Aviation in 1998, and subsequently worked for Air Partner. Tony is a committee member and treasurer of The Aviation Club UK and a member of ISTAT. He is based at AJW's headquarters near London Gatwick Airport, UK, and will report directly to the Group President and CEO, Christopher Whiteside.


tony.whitty@ajw-group.com


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Christopher Whiteside

Chairman and CEO

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Sajedah Rustom

Director of the Board & Chief Executive Officer AJW Technique

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Chairman and CEO

As Chairman and CEO of AJW Group, Christopher is responsible for the strategic direction of the AJW Group. Under his visionary leadership AJW has grown from a company employing 15 people (when he took it over aged 25), to a Group boasting over 500 aviation professionals across Africa, Asia Pacific, China, CIS, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America.


AJW is recognised globally as the world-leading independent specialist in the supply of integrated aircraft support services for commercial and business aircraft. The Group's ambition and pioneering spirit, however, does not stop there as it looks beyond aviation to seize opportunities which play to the business' strengths.


A lifelong aviation business professional and entrepreneur, Chistopher is committed to developing engineering excellence throughout the aviation MRO industry. With a passion for travel, culture and time pieces, Christopher has lived in three continents and has a truly global perspective on business. He acquired and built up AJW Technique in Canada and built strong relationships in new and emerging markets.


Since 2009, Christopher has held a private pilot's licence.

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Director of the Board & Chief Executive Officer AJW Technique

With almost twenty years experience in both commercial and business aviation, Sajedah was responsible for the design and management of the Bombardier Q400, CRJ and CSeries cost by hour services, as well as component reliability, asset management and supply chain solutions across all commercial aircraft programs. Sajedah went on to manage strategy and business development for parts services and solutions , delivering significant growth, cost optimization and increased customer satisfaction. She later moved into business aviation and transformed the Global Express, Challenger and Learjet aftermarket, delivering double-digit growth with accelerated sales, delivery efficiency and heightened customer experience. In addition, she delivered 30 new products and services to the business jet aftermarket annually, including cost by hour options, teardown, and leasing solutions, modifications and upgrades, to meet broad and diverse customer needs.


Sajedah became Chief Executive Officer at AJW Technique, the Group’s renowned global maintenance business where she is responsible for leading strategy and business development, products, and services innovation, while ensuring flawless execution and customer satisfaction across all service centres, including Canada, Europe and Interiors divisions.


Sajedah is a Board Director and transformation coach to executives and companies across multiple industries. She is an active promoter of AWing, Women in Aerospace, Industrial Services Roundtable, and Young Entrepreneurs, supporting emerging and established talent. Sajedah is an avid investor in disruptive technologies and digital transformation.


She is fluent in English and French, holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of London with Six Sigma, Lean Management, Agile and Business Process Engineering certifications.


Sajedah has a passion for family, art, travel, food, scuba, and kick-boxing, a firm believer that the only path to success and fulfillment is to engage mind-body-soul.


sajedah@ajw-group.com


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Rachael Caston

Chief Executive Officer AJW Aviation

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Agne Noden

Director of Business Development

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Chief Executive Officer AJW Aviation


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AJW Aviation, Rachael Caston joined AJW Group in 2022 taking responsibility for operational teams at AJW and driving Group strategy in conjunction with the Board and Senior Leadership Team.


Rachael has a long and distinguished career in aviation, including active service as a professional pilot, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer in the RAF, and extensive business transformation experience, leading teams with a people-centric mindset. She joined from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where she provided executive level leadership for the UK Airprox Board based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Northolt.


Rachael’s focus is building on strategic initiatives for growth and diversification.


rachael.caston@ajw-group.com


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Director of Business Development

Agne is AJW Group’s Director of Business Development. She is responsible for our business development strategy which oversees AJW products and services and is powered by market analytics, collaboration with various product lines and business functions, digital transformation, and most important of all, our international business development team. Agne is passionate about strategic product development stemming from understanding behavioural changes in the market and continuously evolving customer needs.


The business development team is a dynamic, multicultural, solution-driven team with customer experience in mind every step of the way. The team’s mission is to nurture relationships with key customers to harvest and maximise the opportunities arising from our global marketplace.


After joining AJW in 2013, Agne worked on multiple strategic product development projects in commercial, business, and military aviation, actively exploring routes to new markets.


Agne holds a bachelor's degree from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania (her home country) and a master's degree from Brno University of Technology in Czech Republic. 


agne.noden@ajw-group.com


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Andy Colbran

Director of Customer Service

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Barry Swift

Senior Vice President Operations

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Director of Customer Service

Andy has been with AJW for over 30 years. With a background in industrial sales, he has been involved in spare parts sales, customer service, and purchasing during his time with the company. Andy is now responsible for all customer service activities related to the company's Part Sales & Support business.


andy.colbran@ajw-group.com


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Senior Vice President Operations


As Senior Vice President Operations, Barry leads on strategic improvements to Group operations. He oversees procurement, MRO management, technical/quality, warehouse and logistics, and strategic progress around an integrated supply chain methodology; this includes driving transformation to ensure the business delivers the highest levels of performance and customer satisfaction.


Barry’s career started in military avionics and has extensive experience in both engineering and supply chain management across many different industrial sectors, including automotive, fast moving consumer goods, capital equipment, defence, and aviation. Barry has a first-class honours degree in manufacturing engineering, a master's degree in integrated engineering and is a fully-fledged member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. He held multiple engineering positions during his 14 years with Ford Motor Company, became Supply Chain Manager for Delphi Diesel System’s HD business unit, Head of Procurement at Dyson, Operations Director within the Halma Group. Prior to his role at AJW, was the Director of Procurement at Thales UK Defence Mission Systems.


Barry is married with two daughters and has always considered an effective balance between family and career as being essential. His interests include travel, food, rugby, and study.


barry.swift@ajw-group.com


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Becky Newell

Director of Marketing

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Clare Brown

Finance Director

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Director of Marketing


Becky Newell is the Marketing Director at AJW Group and passionately responsible for promoting the Group’s products and services through branding, public relations, thought leadership, campaigns, advertising, social and digital media.


With a background in the sales and commercial contract departments at AJW, Becky has a ground-up knowledge of the key role AJW plays in supporting its customers. Her experience of customer journeys, affords her an impressive understanding of the industry and the ability to align our messaging and services to our customers' needs.


A skilled designer, at work and at home, Becky has been involved with the marketing and brand development for many years, laser focused on brand integrity, consistency, and strategy for the Group.


Outside of work, Becky balances her life between cooking and baking extraordinary cakes for her family, and then working off the calories with running and BODYCOMBAT. Her creativity and passion for design rears its head again with her love for mid-century modern interior design, sewing and painting.


becky@ajw-group.com


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Clare BrownClose

Finance Director

Clare is the Finance Director for AJW Aviation (trading name for AJW Group), responsible for all elements of accounting and finance business partnering within the company. During her time at AJWA, she has worked to build the company’s finance business partnering function, was finance lead on the successful retender of the easyJet contract and worked on the implementation of the finance data warehouse.


Prior to joining AJWA in 2016, she enjoyed over 25 years in aviation, including 12 years at Thomas Cook, culminating in her position as Finance Director for the UK (UNITED KINGDOM) airline. During her time at Thomas Cook, she worked on strategic projects such as the start-up of a Belgian group airline, the merger with Caledonian Airways, the potential acquisition of First Choice and then later the merger of MyTravel. After leaving Thomas Cook, she spent time contracting in various finance roles, working for two years at Air Malta as Head of Finance Transformation and then Interim CFO.


Clare is Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualified with 30 years post qualification experience within a wide range of finance areas; using this broad experience to drive the finance transformation through automation and digitalisation. In addition to her finance qualification, Clare holds a professional diploma in management from Loughborough University. Outside of work, Clare enjoys travelling, walking, parkrun, and spending time with friends and family. 

Conrad Vandersluis

SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

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David Miret Mora

Technical Director

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SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

With over 25 years experience in aviation, Conrad has worked previously for Flightspares and the BBA Group before joining AJW as Commercial & Contracts Manager in 2004. With a change in role to MRO Director in 2007, he became responsible for the total repair management service at AJW, supporting both AJW and direct customer inventories, developing them significantly under his tenure. Following this, Conrad took up position as Sales Development Director whose responsibilities included the management and sale of all major assets held by AJW, with the additional focus of continual development and growth of all aspects of AJW capabilities. In his current role as SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management, he manages and develops all existing and future consignment opportunities, to increase the current stock and sales portfolio for our global programmes.


conrad@ajw-group.com


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Technical Director


David leads a team of technical experts, delivering component and aircraft solutions to customers worldwide. He joined AJW Group in 2015 as a Warranty Engineer, having graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic of Madrid and Leon University respectively. He specialised in Airworthiness in both degrees and later consolidated this with an MSc in Airworthiness from Cranfield University.


Promoted to Technical Service Engineer within his first year, Senior Technical Services Engineer two years later, and Technical Manager early in 2019, David rose quickly through the ranks, securing his current role as Technical Director in 2022. He is responsible for the Group's overall Technical, Compliance and Quality (TQC), Subcontract Management (SCM) strategies and development; setting the strategic direction and maintaining adherence, appropriate regulatory approval, industry standards, and ensuring suppliers meet their contractual performance targets.


David is a results-driven, experienced leader in technical services, quality (ISO9001/AS9120/Part145/Part M/CAMO) and the maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft components. He enjoys resolving problems, improving customer satisfaction, driving operational improvements, and inspiring his team. David consistently introduces continuous improvement systems to deliver efficient processes and standard operating procedures, all the while ensuring an agile, lean approach using his initiative and ‘can do' attitude to make things happen. 



david.miretmora@ajw-group.com


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James Hill

IT Director

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Jane Hossack

Director of People

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IT Director


James Hill is AJW Group’s IT Director. He joined in 2017 and is responsible for IT Operations, DevOps, Cloud, Infrastructure, Application, Procurement, and Cyber Security. Together with Mark Jenner (Digital Director), James has overall responsibility for the Group’s digital and technology strategy, ensuring it is in line with the company strategy.


With 20 years’ experience working in IT, across multiple industry sectors, he has helped various organisations ensure rapid growth and expansion while venturing into new markets and delivering digitalised initiatives that focused on improving the customer journey, services, staff efficiencies, and meeting business objectives.


james.hill@ajw-group.com


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Director of People

Jane Hossack, Director of People, is responsible for the People strategy, along with the goals of attracting the best candidates to AJW Group, motivating our workforce, and retaining the talented people who work here. With the support of the People and Exec teams, she creates a safe, fun culture in which people enjoy their work, and an environment that supports high performance and inspires people to develop their careers within the business.


Jane started her career in HR advisory and recruitment roles, as well as completing project-based roles in areas such as talent management and training. Prior to joining AJW, she was Head of HR at a privately owned aviation broker. Based at Gatwick Airport and responsible for the people strategy as well as setting up the people departments in various countries, her role involved travel and cultural immersion. Jane studied HR management at university and achieved her MCIPD (Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualification thereafter.


Outside of work, Jane enjoys spending time with her wife, family, and friends. One of her biggest passions is to travel and if she can hop on a plane to visit a new city or country, she always takes the opportunity. Jane is fascinated by diverse cultures, and she likes to learn and respect people’s differences. She enjoys cooking and eating out, going on long country walks, watching films and series, and going to the theatre.


jane.hossack@ajw-group.com


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Louis Philippe Mallette

SVP Operations, AJW Technique

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Mark Elliot

Director of Inventory Strategy

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SVP Operations, AJW Technique

As Senior Vice President of Operations at AJW Technique, the Group’s state-of-the-art MRO hub in Montreal, Louis brings over 25 years of international operational and strategic experience.


Louis’ career in aviation started at Bombardier, where he worked his way up from quality assurance to General Manager Operations. Speaking three languages (English, French and Spanish) helped Louis lead individuals and multidisciplinary teams to complete numerous site transfers between and within China, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Taiwan, and the United States.


"AJW Technique has a great reputation and is a well-known name in the sector,’ said Louis. ‘AJW Group is well-known for the quality of work and the support it gives to airlines. With a history spanning over 90 years, it has adapted and transformed over the years to changing markets, and that’s a massive strength."


AJW Technique is going through a period of growth and diversification. Combining an enviable career path with his rugged determination, precision milled from years competing on the Ironman triathlon circuit, we are delighted to have Louis join AJW Group.


louis.mallette@ajw-group.com


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Mark ElliotClose

Director of Inventory Strategy

Mark Elliot is AJW Group’s Director of Inventory Strategy. He ensures the business takes a platform strategy-led approach to its inventory (acquisition, asset optimisation, divestment and pricing, and performance) and applies financial acumen at all stages of the process. Mark leads our Inventory Strategy team who also manage consigned assets, the financial assessment and performance of teardowns, along with the procurement of high performing rotable assets.


Prior to joining AJW Group in 2017, he enjoyed 12 years working for listed multinationals, culminating in his role as Divisional Financial Controller at Doosan Babcock.


Mark is a FCA qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years' experience working in finance teams or finance-related specialist functions. He is passionate about the use of automation and digitalisation to drive improvements to the business and continues to develop in-house tools, ultimately to optimise customer experience and help transform aviation efficiency.


Mark takes a work hard, play hard approach and enjoys playing league cricket and tennis. He also enjoys travelling, time with the family, and the occasional round of golf.


mark.elliot@ajw-group.com


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Mark Jenner

Digital Director

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Nick Ward

Group Sales Director

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Digital Director

Digital Director of AJW Group, Mark joined AJW in 2015 after several years of being involved in aircraft records and lease returns. In his role, he is responsible for the Group’s overall technology strategy, planning, and analysis, alongside the IT Director, James Hill.


Shortly after joining AJW Group, Mark assembled an in-house development team handling multiple custom applications and bespoke integrations unique to AJW. He also developed the MyAJW customer portal, which provides our customers access to services and information while facilitating and smoothing complex purchasing journeys.


Before joining AJW, Mark worked as part of the team that handled the aircraft transition from GB Airways to easyJet after their acquisition. He went on to work alongside finance asset management companies such as Guggenheim Aviation Partners Limited and CIT Aerospace.


Outside of work, Mark spends his leisure time playing squash and tennis, and working with IoT (Internet of Things) devices and home automation. Mark enjoys live sport, from Football to NHL.





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Group Sales Director

Nick has built up extensive customer relationships for AJW over the last 12 years and forged strategic partnerships for the business.


He was also responsible for establishing the AJW China team in Shanghai and helped to successfully grow AJW’s customer base throughout China.


Nick has since moved into a team of group sales directors building stronger, more strategic partnerships.


nick.ward@ajw-group.com


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Paul Dawson

Director of Procurement

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Simon Merriott

Director of Solutions

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Director of Procurement

Paul is AJW Group’s Director of Procurement. He has overall responsibility for developing and executing AJW’s global procurement strategy, ensuring we have strong supplier relationships with partners that can effectively support the delivery of the company’s strategic objectives.Paul joined AJW in April 2021, bringing a wealth of experience from a career in aviation spanning over 30 years. Previously, he held tactical and senior strategic procurement roles for airlines and a large MRO company, working within inventory strategy, supply chain management, and new business development.


Paul's industry experience is supported by a long-standing passion for aviation which started from an early age; his first steps into the industry being work experience during school holidays with a small airline. Paul went on to fulfil his dream of being a pilot by obtaining a pilot's license.


Outside of work, Paul enjoys travel, relaxing family holidays, and watching formula 1.


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Director of Solutions


Director of Solutions for AJW, with over 21 years’ experience, Simon Joined AJW in 2001 starting his aviation career in logistics overseeing all daily routine courier shipments. After several years, he transitioned to operations management, implementing and running a remote warehouse of 50,000 sq. ft. He followed this with a 12-month term as an AOG (Aircraft on Ground) shift manager working the full end-to-end AOG process, from quote through to procurement and all aspects of the operations cycle, from picking to logistics.


Simon returned to the logistics department, managing the team for several years before moving into contract management having signed a major contract in 2015. As the key account manager for the Group’s largest customer, Simon handled all operational and commercial aspects of the contract including MRO, technical, logistics, operations, procurement, finance, and commercial. In 2020, he took full ownership of Contract Services, responsible for over 600 aircraft under contract.


Simon enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, eating out, and weightlifting. He has a lifelong passion for combat sports with extensive training in judo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and boxing, and practises BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) alongside his daughter.


simonm@ajw-group.com


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Tony Whitty

SVP Sales

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SVP Sales

Tony Whitty, SVP Sales, joined AJW in November 2021 as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement and is responsible for aircraft and engine acquisitions across the Group. His extensive experience, embracing over 30 years of aircraft remarketing for airlines, banks, and other aircraft owners, further enhances our tailored services, which deliver holistic solutions for managing high value assets.


Tony began his career in aircraft remarketing in 1990 with Fortis Aviation, was one of the founders of Cabot Aviation in 1998, and subsequently worked for Air Partner. Tony is a committee member and treasurer of The Aviation Club UK and a member of ISTAT. He is based at AJW's headquarters near London Gatwick Airport, UK, and will report directly to the Group President and CEO, Christopher Whiteside.


tony.whitty@ajw-group.com


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Christopher Whiteside

Chairman and CEO

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Chairman and CEO

As Chairman and CEO of AJW Group, Christopher is responsible for the strategic direction of the AJW Group. Under his visionary leadership AJW has grown from a company employing 15 people (when he took it over aged 25), to a Group boasting over 500 aviation professionals across Africa, Asia Pacific, China, CIS, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America.


AJW is recognised globally as the world-leading independent specialist in the supply of integrated aircraft support services for commercial and business aircraft. The Group's ambition and pioneering spirit, however, does not stop there as it looks beyond aviation to seize opportunities which play to the business' strengths.


A lifelong aviation business professional and entrepreneur, Chistopher is committed to developing engineering excellence throughout the aviation MRO industry. With a passion for travel, culture and time pieces, Christopher has lived in three continents and has a truly global perspective on business. He acquired and built up AJW Technique in Canada and built strong relationships in new and emerging markets.


Since 2009, Christopher has held a private pilot's licence.

Sajedah Rustom

Director of the Board & Chief Executive Officer AJW Technique

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Director of the Board & Chief Executive Officer AJW Technique

With almost twenty years experience in both commercial and business aviation, Sajedah was responsible for the design and management of the Bombardier Q400, CRJ and CSeries cost by hour services, as well as component reliability, asset management and supply chain solutions across all commercial aircraft programs. Sajedah went on to manage strategy and business development for parts services and solutions , delivering significant growth, cost optimization and increased customer satisfaction. She later moved into business aviation and transformed the Global Express, Challenger and Learjet aftermarket, delivering double-digit growth with accelerated sales, delivery efficiency and heightened customer experience. In addition, she delivered 30 new products and services to the business jet aftermarket annually, including cost by hour options, teardown, and leasing solutions, modifications and upgrades, to meet broad and diverse customer needs.


Sajedah became Chief Executive Officer at AJW Technique, the Group’s renowned global maintenance business where she is responsible for leading strategy and business development, products, and services innovation, while ensuring flawless execution and customer satisfaction across all service centres, including Canada, Europe and Interiors divisions.


Sajedah is a Board Director and transformation coach to executives and companies across multiple industries. She is an active promoter of AWing, Women in Aerospace, Industrial Services Roundtable, and Young Entrepreneurs, supporting emerging and established talent. Sajedah is an avid investor in disruptive technologies and digital transformation.


She is fluent in English and French, holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from the University of London with Six Sigma, Lean Management, Agile and Business Process Engineering certifications.


Sajedah has a passion for family, art, travel, food, scuba, and kick-boxing, a firm believer that the only path to success and fulfillment is to engage mind-body-soul.


sajedah@ajw-group.com


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Rachael Caston

Chief Executive Officer AJW Aviation

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Chief Executive Officer AJW Aviation


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AJW Aviation, Rachael Caston joined AJW Group in 2022 taking responsibility for operational teams at AJW and driving Group strategy in conjunction with the Board and Senior Leadership Team.


Rachael has a long and distinguished career in aviation, including active service as a professional pilot, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer in the RAF, and extensive business transformation experience, leading teams with a people-centric mindset. She joined from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where she provided executive level leadership for the UK Airprox Board based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Northolt.


Rachael’s focus is building on strategic initiatives for growth and diversification.


rachael.caston@ajw-group.com


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Agne Noden

Director of Business Development

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Director of Business Development

Agne is AJW Group’s Director of Business Development. She is responsible for our business development strategy which oversees AJW products and services and is powered by market analytics, collaboration with various product lines and business functions, digital transformation, and most important of all, our international business development team. Agne is passionate about strategic product development stemming from understanding behavioural changes in the market and continuously evolving customer needs.


The business development team is a dynamic, multicultural, solution-driven team with customer experience in mind every step of the way. The team’s mission is to nurture relationships with key customers to harvest and maximise the opportunities arising from our global marketplace.


After joining AJW in 2013, Agne worked on multiple strategic product development projects in commercial, business, and military aviation, actively exploring routes to new markets.


Agne holds a bachelor's degree from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Lithuania (her home country) and a master's degree from Brno University of Technology in Czech Republic. 


agne.noden@ajw-group.com


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Andy Colbran

Director of Customer Service

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Director of Customer Service

Andy has been with AJW for over 30 years. With a background in industrial sales, he has been involved in spare parts sales, customer service, and purchasing during his time with the company. Andy is now responsible for all customer service activities related to the company's Part Sales & Support business.


andy.colbran@ajw-group.com


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Barry Swift

Senior Vice President Operations

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Senior Vice President Operations


As Senior Vice President Operations, Barry leads on strategic improvements to Group operations. He oversees procurement, MRO management, technical/quality, warehouse and logistics, and strategic progress around an integrated supply chain methodology; this includes driving transformation to ensure the business delivers the highest levels of performance and customer satisfaction.


Barry’s career started in military avionics and has extensive experience in both engineering and supply chain management across many different industrial sectors, including automotive, fast moving consumer goods, capital equipment, defence, and aviation. Barry has a first-class honours degree in manufacturing engineering, a master's degree in integrated engineering and is a fully-fledged member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. He held multiple engineering positions during his 14 years with Ford Motor Company, became Supply Chain Manager for Delphi Diesel System’s HD business unit, Head of Procurement at Dyson, Operations Director within the Halma Group. Prior to his role at AJW, was the Director of Procurement at Thales UK Defence Mission Systems.


Barry is married with two daughters and has always considered an effective balance between family and career as being essential. His interests include travel, food, rugby, and study.


barry.swift@ajw-group.com


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Becky Newell

Director of Marketing

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Director of Marketing


Becky Newell is the Marketing Director at AJW Group and passionately responsible for promoting the Group’s products and services through branding, public relations, thought leadership, campaigns, advertising, social and digital media.


With a background in the sales and commercial contract departments at AJW, Becky has a ground-up knowledge of the key role AJW plays in supporting its customers. Her experience of customer journeys, affords her an impressive understanding of the industry and the ability to align our messaging and services to our customers' needs.


A skilled designer, at work and at home, Becky has been involved with the marketing and brand development for many years, laser focused on brand integrity, consistency, and strategy for the Group.


Outside of work, Becky balances her life between cooking and baking extraordinary cakes for her family, and then working off the calories with running and BODYCOMBAT. Her creativity and passion for design rears its head again with her love for mid-century modern interior design, sewing and painting.


becky@ajw-group.com


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Clare Brown

Finance Director

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Finance Director

Clare is the Finance Director for AJW Aviation (trading name for AJW Group), responsible for all elements of accounting and finance business partnering within the company. During her time at AJWA, she has worked to build the company’s finance business partnering function, was finance lead on the successful retender of the easyJet contract and worked on the implementation of the finance data warehouse.


Prior to joining AJWA in 2016, she enjoyed over 25 years in aviation, including 12 years at Thomas Cook, culminating in her position as Finance Director for the UK (UNITED KINGDOM) airline. During her time at Thomas Cook, she worked on strategic projects such as the start-up of a Belgian group airline, the merger with Caledonian Airways, the potential acquisition of First Choice and then later the merger of MyTravel. After leaving Thomas Cook, she spent time contracting in various finance roles, working for two years at Air Malta as Head of Finance Transformation and then Interim CFO.


Clare is Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualified with 30 years post qualification experience within a wide range of finance areas; using this broad experience to drive the finance transformation through automation and digitalisation. In addition to her finance qualification, Clare holds a professional diploma in management from Loughborough University. Outside of work, Clare enjoys travelling, walking, parkrun, and spending time with friends and family. 

Conrad Vandersluis

SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

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SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

With over 25 years experience in aviation, Conrad has worked previously for Flightspares and the BBA Group before joining AJW as Commercial & Contracts Manager in 2004. With a change in role to MRO Director in 2007, he became responsible for the total repair management service at AJW, supporting both AJW and direct customer inventories, developing them significantly under his tenure. Following this, Conrad took up position as Sales Development Director whose responsibilities included the management and sale of all major assets held by AJW, with the additional focus of continual development and growth of all aspects of AJW capabilities. In his current role as SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management, he manages and develops all existing and future consignment opportunities, to increase the current stock and sales portfolio for our global programmes.


conrad@ajw-group.com


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David Miret Mora

Technical Director

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Technical Director


David leads a team of technical experts, delivering component and aircraft solutions to customers worldwide. He joined AJW Group in 2015 as a Warranty Engineer, having graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic of Madrid and Leon University respectively. He specialised in Airworthiness in both degrees and later consolidated this with an MSc in Airworthiness from Cranfield University.


Promoted to Technical Service Engineer within his first year, Senior Technical Services Engineer two years later, and Technical Manager early in 2019, David rose quickly through the ranks, securing his current role as Technical Director in 2022. He is responsible for the Group's overall Technical, Compliance and Quality (TQC), Subcontract Management (SCM) strategies and development; setting the strategic direction and maintaining adherence, appropriate regulatory approval, industry standards, and ensuring suppliers meet their contractual performance targets.


David is a results-driven, experienced leader in technical services, quality (ISO9001/AS9120/Part145/Part M/CAMO) and the maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft components. He enjoys resolving problems, improving customer satisfaction, driving operational improvements, and inspiring his team. David consistently introduces continuous improvement systems to deliver efficient processes and standard operating procedures, all the while ensuring an agile, lean approach using his initiative and ‘can do' attitude to make things happen. 



david.miretmora@ajw-group.com


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James Hill

IT Director

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James Hill is AJW Group’s IT Director. He joined in 2017 and is responsible for IT Operations, DevOps, Cloud, Infrastructure, Application, Procurement, and Cyber Security. Together with Mark Jenner (Digital Director), James has overall responsibility for the Group’s digital and technology strategy, ensuring it is in line with the company strategy.


With 20 years’ experience working in IT, across multiple industry sectors, he has helped various organisations ensure rapid growth and expansion while venturing into new markets and delivering digitalised initiatives that focused on improving the customer journey, services, staff efficiencies, and meeting business objectives.


james.hill@ajw-group.com


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Jane Hossack

Director of People

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Jane Hossack, Director of People, is responsible for the People strategy, along with the goals of attracting the best candidates to AJW Group, motivating our workforce, and retaining the talented people who work here. With the support of the People and Exec teams, she creates a safe, fun culture in which people enjoy their work, and an environment that supports high performance and inspires people to develop their careers within the business.


Jane started her career in HR advisory and recruitment roles, as well as completing project-based roles in areas such as talent management and training. Prior to joining AJW, she was Head of HR at a privately owned aviation broker. Based at Gatwick Airport and responsible for the people strategy as well as setting up the people departments in various countries, her role involved travel and cultural immersion. Jane studied HR management at university and achieved her MCIPD (Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualification thereafter.


Outside of work, Jane enjoys spending time with her wife, family, and friends. One of her biggest passions is to travel and if she can hop on a plane to visit a new city or country, she always takes the opportunity. Jane is fascinated by diverse cultures, and she likes to learn and respect people’s differences. She enjoys cooking and eating out, going on long country walks, watching films and series, and going to the theatre.


jane.hossack@ajw-group.com


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Louis Philippe Mallette

SVP Operations, AJW Technique

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SVP Operations, AJW Technique

As Senior Vice President of Operations at AJW Technique, the Group’s state-of-the-art MRO hub in Montreal, Louis brings over 25 years of international operational and strategic experience.


Louis’ career in aviation started at Bombardier, where he worked his way up from quality assurance to General Manager Operations. Speaking three languages (English, French and Spanish) helped Louis lead individuals and multidisciplinary teams to complete numerous site transfers between and within China, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Taiwan, and the United States.


"AJW Technique has a great reputation and is a well-known name in the sector,’ said Louis. ‘AJW Group is well-known for the quality of work and the support it gives to airlines. With a history spanning over 90 years, it has adapted and transformed over the years to changing markets, and that’s a massive strength."


AJW Technique is going through a period of growth and diversification. Combining an enviable career path with his rugged determination, precision milled from years competing on the Ironman triathlon circuit, we are delighted to have Louis join AJW Group.


louis.mallette@ajw-group.com


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Mark Elliot

Director of Inventory Strategy

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Director of Inventory Strategy

Mark Elliot is AJW Group’s Director of Inventory Strategy. He ensures the business takes a platform strategy-led approach to its inventory (acquisition, asset optimisation, divestment and pricing, and performance) and applies financial acumen at all stages of the process. Mark leads our Inventory Strategy team who also manage consigned assets, the financial assessment and performance of teardowns, along with the procurement of high performing rotable assets.


Prior to joining AJW Group in 2017, he enjoyed 12 years working for listed multinationals, culminating in his role as Divisional Financial Controller at Doosan Babcock.


Mark is a FCA qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years' experience working in finance teams or finance-related specialist functions. He is passionate about the use of automation and digitalisation to drive improvements to the business and continues to develop in-house tools, ultimately to optimise customer experience and help transform aviation efficiency.


Mark takes a work hard, play hard approach and enjoys playing league cricket and tennis. He also enjoys travelling, time with the family, and the occasional round of golf.


mark.elliot@ajw-group.com


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Mark Jenner

Digital Director

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Digital Director

Digital Director of AJW Group, Mark joined AJW in 2015 after several years of being involved in aircraft records and lease returns. In his role, he is responsible for the Group’s overall technology strategy, planning, and analysis, alongside the IT Director, James Hill.


Shortly after joining AJW Group, Mark assembled an in-house development team handling multiple custom applications and bespoke integrations unique to AJW. He also developed the MyAJW customer portal, which provides our customers access to services and information while facilitating and smoothing complex purchasing journeys.


Before joining AJW, Mark worked as part of the team that handled the aircraft transition from GB Airways to easyJet after their acquisition. He went on to work alongside finance asset management companies such as Guggenheim Aviation Partners Limited and CIT Aerospace.


Outside of work, Mark spends his leisure time playing squash and tennis, and working with IoT (Internet of Things) devices and home automation. Mark enjoys live sport, from Football to NHL.





Nick Ward

Group Sales Director

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Group Sales Director

Nick has built up extensive customer relationships for AJW over the last 12 years and forged strategic partnerships for the business.


He was also responsible for establishing the AJW China team in Shanghai and helped to successfully grow AJW’s customer base throughout China.


Nick has since moved into a team of group sales directors building stronger, more strategic partnerships.


nick.ward@ajw-group.com


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Paul Dawson

Director of Procurement

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Director of Procurement

Paul is AJW Group’s Director of Procurement. He has overall responsibility for developing and executing AJW’s global procurement strategy, ensuring we have strong supplier relationships with partners that can effectively support the delivery of the company’s strategic objectives.Paul joined AJW in April 2021, bringing a wealth of experience from a career in aviation spanning over 30 years. Previously, he held tactical and senior strategic procurement roles for airlines and a large MRO company, working within inventory strategy, supply chain management, and new business development.


Paul's industry experience is supported by a long-standing passion for aviation which started from an early age; his first steps into the industry being work experience during school holidays with a small airline. Paul went on to fulfil his dream of being a pilot by obtaining a pilot's license.


Outside of work, Paul enjoys travel, relaxing family holidays, and watching formula 1.


Simon Merriott

Director of Solutions

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Director of Solutions for AJW, with over 21 years’ experience, Simon Joined AJW in 2001 starting his aviation career in logistics overseeing all daily routine courier shipments. After several years, he transitioned to operations management, implementing and running a remote warehouse of 50,000 sq. ft. He followed this with a 12-month term as an AOG (Aircraft on Ground) shift manager working the full end-to-end AOG process, from quote through to procurement and all aspects of the operations cycle, from picking to logistics.


Simon returned to the logistics department, managing the team for several years before moving into contract management having signed a major contract in 2015. As the key account manager for the Group’s largest customer, Simon handled all operational and commercial aspects of the contract including MRO, technical, logistics, operations, procurement, finance, and commercial. In 2020, he took full ownership of Contract Services, responsible for over 600 aircraft under contract.


Simon enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, eating out, and weightlifting. He has a lifelong passion for combat sports with extensive training in judo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, and boxing, and practises BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) alongside his daughter.


simonm@ajw-group.com


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Tony Whitty

SVP Sales

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SVP Sales

Tony Whitty, SVP Sales, joined AJW in November 2021 as Director of Aircraft and Engine Procurement and is responsible for aircraft and engine acquisitions across the Group. His extensive experience, embracing over 30 years of aircraft remarketing for airlines, banks, and other aircraft owners, further enhances our tailored services, which deliver holistic solutions for managing high value assets.


Tony began his career in aircraft remarketing in 1990 with Fortis Aviation, was one of the founders of Cabot Aviation in 1998, and subsequently worked for Air Partner. Tony is a committee member and treasurer of The Aviation Club UK and a member of ISTAT. He is based at AJW's headquarters near London Gatwick Airport, UK, and will report directly to the Group President and CEO, Christopher Whiteside.


tony.whitty@ajw-group.com


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