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Meet the team

Christopher Whiteside

President and CEO

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Randeep Grewal

Chairman

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Ian Malin

Treasurer, Director & Chief Investment Officer

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Boris Wolstenholme

Chief Strategy Officer

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Christopher WhitesideClose

President and CEO

As President and CEO of AJW Group, Christopher is responsible for the strategic direction of the AJW Group. Under his visionary leadership AJW has built a worldwide network of operational centres and inventory hubs, as well as its own MRO facility in Montreal. Today, AJW is recognised globally as the leading independent provider of integrated aircraft support services for Airbus and Boeing aircraft and engines. An aviation business professional, Christopher is also committed to developing engineering excellence throughout the aviation MRO industry. He is proud ambassador for the Company's support of the MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management in association with City University, London; as well as other charitable causes.

Randeep GrewalClose

Chairman

Randeep is an international businessman, entrepreneur and head of both the Greka and Grevino Groups. Born in India and raised in Zambia and Nigeria, he earned a mechanical engineering degree with an aeronautical focus from California's Northrop University. His mother was one of India’s first female pilots.


He has founded and is a major shareholder in over fifty private and publicly listed companies in the real estate, hospitality and energy industries including the London Stock Exchange-listed Green Dragon Gas and Greka Drilling.

Ian MalinClose

Treasurer, Director & Chief Investment Officer

Director of AJW Leasing & Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the AJW Group Ian joined AJW in 2011 after eleven years in investment banking, having financed several billion dollars' worth of aircraft, rail, marine and infrastructure assets across the globe. As Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the AJW Group, he is responsible for the group's overall financial strategy, planning, analysis and corporate development. In addition, Ian manages the AJW Group's funding relationships across all business lines. As Chief Executive Officer of AJW Capital, Ian is responsible for sourcing, execution and oversight of all firm transactions as well as the Company's overall strategy and development. Prior to joining AJW, Ian worked for the Seabury Group in Hong Kong where he opened and developed the firm's first office in Asia. Ian also spent eight years in asset finance with the Allco Finance Group, having joined them from KPMG. Ian has a JD from New York Law School and a BA from Middlebury College.

Boris WolstenholmeClose

Chief Strategy Officer

After graduating from Reading with a degree in Business and Economics, Boris joined AJW as a team member of the Sales Department. He progressed quickly into the role of Divisional Sales Manager and further to the position of Commercial Director. He was appointed Chief Executive of AJW Aviation in 2009. His role as Chief Executive saw the impressive annual double-digit growth of the business and ensured continued flexibility and outstanding service for AJW customers. As Chief Strategy Officer of AJW Group, Boris will now be responsible for helping to define the Group’s Strategy and execute delivery of that Strategy. In 2012 Boris won the UK Institute of Directors Young Director of the Year Award.

Tom de Geytere

Chief Sales Officer

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Thomas van de Wiel

Chief Financial Officer

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Gavin Simmonds

Chief Operating Officer

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Guy van den Berg

Director of Contract Services

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Tom de GeytereClose

Chief Sales Officer

Tom de Geytere is Chief Sales Officer for AJW Group. His primary task is to oversee the development of the organisation’s Part Sales & Support and Engines’ divisions. In addition to this he is responsible for growing business in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS through the development of unique solutions to suit the creative and diverse business models of airlines, lessors and OEM’s.


Extensive industry experience enables Tom to provide a holistic view of the airline value chain. This has been honed by executive positions in Asian and European airlines in the fields of advisory services and business development for start-ups and legacy carriers. Previously Tom was CEO at Air Via, responsible for restructuring the loss-making Bulgarian charter airline. In tandem with this role, he consulted on a variety of projects globally and across cargo, legacy and start-up airlines. Before that, he undertook a number of senior roles with Cargolux Airlines rising from business analyst to internal auditor, and ultimately adviser to the President and CEO on business development and organisational engineering.


Tom is fluent in English, French, Dutch and conversational German. He has an MBA and has served in the Belgian Airforce as an officer and pilot.


tomdg@ajw-aviation.com      


LinkedIn

Thomas van de WielClose

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas van de Wiel joined AJW as Chief Financial Officer in March 2016 where he now leads the finance and legal functions, and supports certain affiliates and subsidiaries of the AJW Group. As a Board Director, he is also responsible for the formulation of the financial and operational strategy for the business, controlling finance, taxation, corporate governance, forecasting and deal analysis.


Thomas is an experienced international finance expert with complex cross-cultural experience in industry, outsourcing, logistics and aviation. He joined AJW after an eight year career with Harsco Corporation where in his last role he was the European Finance director overseeing finance in more than 50 locations in 16 European countries. Prior to that he spent 4 years as Director Financial Planning and Analysis at DHL Supply Chain, and worked as Controller Worldwide Operations for KLM Cargo. 


 

Gavin SimmondsClose

Chief Operating Officer

Gavin was appointed Chief Operating Officer of AJW Group in July 2017 following five successful years as General Manager of AJW Technique - the maintenance hub for the Group's component repair and overhaul facility.


A member of AJW’s executive leadership team, Gavin brings a hybrid of both aviation and production experience stretching back over twenty years. He is accountable for all aspects of strategic inventory management including planning, vendor spend, MRO vendor services, logistical services and the Group’s information technology services.


Gavin began his career with an engineering apprenticeship and quickly advanced to a wide range of operational and strategic roles that included nine years at Bristow Helicopters. Gavin is based in both AJW’s headquarters in West Sussex and AJW Technique in Montreal.

Guy van den Berg Close

Director of Contract Services

Guy was appointed Director of Contract Services in November 2015 following a highly successful career in the military, both as a helicopter and an air transport operator across the UK, EU, Middle East and Asia. For the last three years he has been a senior leader responsible for air capability planning and assisting defence transformation across the air environment. Most recently he has worked for the MOD on defence test and evaluation. His current role is to lead AJW's Continuous Improvement initiative with easyJet and to strengthen our service provider relationships with all contracted customers.

Caroline Cauvin

Director of Procurement

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Martyn Haines

Technical Director

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Andy Smith

Group Operations Director

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Ian Smith

Vice President Commercial

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Caroline CauvinClose

Director of Procurement

Caroline Cauvin is Director of Procurement at AJW Aviation. She is responsible for the development of all purchasing activities across the business and ensures the Group-wide purchasing strategy to realise efficiency benefits and financial savings across multiple areas is delivered.


Caroline manages planning and purchasing across: aircraft components, subcomponents, repairs, consumables and third party supplier services.  Her expertise in managing diverse vendor relationships and significant cross-functional procedures and programmes complements AJW’s lean approach and globally renowned contracted services to airlines of all sizes.


She joined AJW from Virgin Atlantic Airways where she was VP of Procurement. Prior to joining Virgin, Caroline worked as Purchasing Manager for Kimberley Clark Europe and Sourcing Manager for Nike across Europe and Asia.

Martyn HainesClose

Technical Director

Martyn was appointed Technical Director in November 2017 following a two year career at Kenya Airways, where he was Technical Director responsible for the delivery of a cost effective operation for their fleet of circa 40 Boeing 737, 777, 787, Embraer E190 aircraft and associated MRO facilities. He has over 39 years’ experience in the aviation industry, including several senior engineering and technical roles at Virgin Atlantic Airways and British Airways.


In his role at AJW Martyn has responsibility for all technical standards and best practices across all divisions of the business, focusing on driving performance and continuous improvement of our supply chains in order to understand and deliver solutions to airline MRO challenges.

Andy SmithClose

Group Operations Director

Andy has worked at AJW for over 25 years and is responsible for managing a variety of departments including Stores Packing, Logistics, Inspection, Quarantine, Quality & Health & Safety, IT, as well as the Company's facilities and infrastructure. Andy also manages AJW's highly regarded and award winning AOG out of hours service and has recently become responsible for the Consumables Division. Andy's focus is on introducing technologies and operational in-house systems to maintain and develop a lean and competitive business across all departments and he continues to drive the business forward using innovative ideas and thinking. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) and has an extensive knowledge of logistics and supply chain fields ensuring delivery of the right package to the right place, at the right time, every time.

Ian SmithClose

Vice President Commercial

Ian joined AJW from Flybe where he was Director of Engineering & Maintenance responsible for the management of a large team covering engineering, maintenance control, supply chain, and line maintenance. Prior to that he ran a consulting firm working with multiple clients within the aviation industry. Further operational and technical experience came through roles with Wizz Air, Thomsonfly, Britannia Airways, British Airways World Cargo and British Airways Engineering. Ian also has an MBA from Henley Management College and an Aeronautical Engineering BEng degree.


Ian began life at AJW as Key Account Director and was responsible for the development and evolution of business partnerships with key customers, particularly in new markets or service areas. Now, as Vice President Commercial, he is responsible for managing AJW’s dynamic Commercial function, as it strives to further develop the company’s successful contracted business. Ian acts as the focal point for commercial projects, developing new proposals and pricing strategies to better serve AJW’s growing customer base.

Andy Colbran

Sales & Customer Support Director

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Conrad Vandersluis

SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

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Andy ColbranClose

Sales & Customer Support Director

Andy has been with AJW for over 25 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.

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 consigment opportunities, to increase the current stock and sales portfolio for our global programmes.

Christopher Whiteside

President and CEO

->

Randeep Grewal

Chairman

->

Ian Malin

Treasurer, Director & Chief Investment Officer

->

Christopher WhitesideClose

President and CEO

As President and CEO of AJW Group, Christopher is responsible for the strategic direction of the AJW Group. Under his visionary leadership AJW has built a worldwide network of operational centres and inventory hubs, as well as its own MRO facility in Montreal. Today, AJW is recognised globally as the leading independent provider of integrated aircraft support services for Airbus and Boeing aircraft and engines. An aviation business professional, Christopher is also committed to developing engineering excellence throughout the aviation MRO industry. He is proud ambassador for the Company's support of the MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management in association with City University, London; as well as other charitable causes.

Randeep GrewalClose

Chairman

Randeep is an international businessman, entrepreneur and head of both the Greka and Grevino Groups. Born in India and raised in Zambia and Nigeria, he earned a mechanical engineering degree with an aeronautical focus from California's Northrop University. His mother was one of India’s first female pilots.


He has founded and is a major shareholder in over fifty private and publicly listed companies in the real estate, hospitality and energy industries including the London Stock Exchange-listed Green Dragon Gas and Greka Drilling.

Ian MalinClose

Treasurer, Director & Chief Investment Officer

Director of AJW Leasing & Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the AJW Group Ian joined AJW in 2011 after eleven years in investment banking, having financed several billion dollars' worth of aircraft, rail, marine and infrastructure assets across the globe. As Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the AJW Group, he is responsible for the group's overall financial strategy, planning, analysis and corporate development. In addition, Ian manages the AJW Group's funding relationships across all business lines. As Chief Executive Officer of AJW Capital, Ian is responsible for sourcing, execution and oversight of all firm transactions as well as the Company's overall strategy and development. Prior to joining AJW, Ian worked for the Seabury Group in Hong Kong where he opened and developed the firm's first office in Asia. Ian also spent eight years in asset finance with the Allco Finance Group, having joined them from KPMG. Ian has a JD from New York Law School and a BA from Middlebury College.

Boris Wolstenholme

Chief Strategy Officer

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Tom de Geytere

Chief Sales Officer

->

Thomas van de Wiel

Chief Financial Officer

->

Boris WolstenholmeClose

Chief Strategy Officer

After graduating from Reading with a degree in Business and Economics, Boris joined AJW as a team member of the Sales Department. He progressed quickly into the role of Divisional Sales Manager and further to the position of Commercial Director. He was appointed Chief Executive of AJW Aviation in 2009. His role as Chief Executive saw the impressive annual double-digit growth of the business and ensured continued flexibility and outstanding service for AJW customers. As Chief Strategy Officer of AJW Group, Boris will now be responsible for helping to define the Group’s Strategy and execute delivery of that Strategy. In 2012 Boris won the UK Institute of Directors Young Director of the Year Award.

Tom de GeytereClose

Chief Sales Officer

Tom de Geytere is Chief Sales Officer for AJW Group. His primary task is to oversee the development of the organisation’s Part Sales & Support and Engines’ divisions. In addition to this he is responsible for growing business in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS through the development of unique solutions to suit the creative and diverse business models of airlines, lessors and OEM’s.


Extensive industry experience enables Tom to provide a holistic view of the airline value chain. This has been honed by executive positions in Asian and European airlines in the fields of advisory services and business development for start-ups and legacy carriers. Previously Tom was CEO at Air Via, responsible for restructuring the loss-making Bulgarian charter airline. In tandem with this role, he consulted on a variety of projects globally and across cargo, legacy and start-up airlines. Before that, he undertook a number of senior roles with Cargolux Airlines rising from business analyst to internal auditor, and ultimately adviser to the President and CEO on business development and organisational engineering.


Tom is fluent in English, French, Dutch and conversational German. He has an MBA and has served in the Belgian Airforce as an officer and pilot.


tomdg@ajw-aviation.com      


LinkedIn

Thomas van de WielClose

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas van de Wiel joined AJW as Chief Financial Officer in March 2016 where he now leads the finance and legal functions, and supports certain affiliates and subsidiaries of the AJW Group. As a Board Director, he is also responsible for the formulation of the financial and operational strategy for the business, controlling finance, taxation, corporate governance, forecasting and deal analysis.


Thomas is an experienced international finance expert with complex cross-cultural experience in industry, outsourcing, logistics and aviation. He joined AJW after an eight year career with Harsco Corporation where in his last role he was the European Finance director overseeing finance in more than 50 locations in 16 European countries. Prior to that he spent 4 years as Director Financial Planning and Analysis at DHL Supply Chain, and worked as Controller Worldwide Operations for KLM Cargo. 


 

Gavin Simmonds

Chief Operating Officer

->

Guy van den Berg

Director of Contract Services

->

Caroline Cauvin

Director of Procurement

->

Gavin SimmondsClose

Chief Operating Officer

Gavin was appointed Chief Operating Officer of AJW Group in July 2017 following five successful years as General Manager of AJW Technique - the maintenance hub for the Group's component repair and overhaul facility.


A member of AJW’s executive leadership team, Gavin brings a hybrid of both aviation and production experience stretching back over twenty years. He is accountable for all aspects of strategic inventory management including planning, vendor spend, MRO vendor services, logistical services and the Group’s information technology services.


Gavin began his career with an engineering apprenticeship and quickly advanced to a wide range of operational and strategic roles that included nine years at Bristow Helicopters. Gavin is based in both AJW’s headquarters in West Sussex and AJW Technique in Montreal.

Guy van den Berg Close

Director of Contract Services

Guy was appointed Director of Contract Services in November 2015 following a highly successful career in the military, both as a helicopter and an air transport operator across the UK, EU, Middle East and Asia. For the last three years he has been a senior leader responsible for air capability planning and assisting defence transformation across the air environment. Most recently he has worked for the MOD on defence test and evaluation. His current role is to lead AJW's Continuous Improvement initiative with easyJet and to strengthen our service provider relationships with all contracted customers.

Caroline CauvinClose

Director of Procurement

Caroline Cauvin is Director of Procurement at AJW Aviation. She is responsible for the development of all purchasing activities across the business and ensures the Group-wide purchasing strategy to realise efficiency benefits and financial savings across multiple areas is delivered.


Caroline manages planning and purchasing across: aircraft components, subcomponents, repairs, consumables and third party supplier services.  Her expertise in managing diverse vendor relationships and significant cross-functional procedures and programmes complements AJW’s lean approach and globally renowned contracted services to airlines of all sizes.


She joined AJW from Virgin Atlantic Airways where she was VP of Procurement. Prior to joining Virgin, Caroline worked as Purchasing Manager for Kimberley Clark Europe and Sourcing Manager for Nike across Europe and Asia.

Martyn Haines

Technical Director

->

Andy Smith

Group Operations Director

->

Ian Smith

Vice President Commercial

->

Martyn HainesClose

Technical Director

Martyn was appointed Technical Director in November 2017 following a two year career at Kenya Airways, where he was Technical Director responsible for the delivery of a cost effective operation for their fleet of circa 40 Boeing 737, 777, 787, Embraer E190 aircraft and associated MRO facilities. He has over 39 years’ experience in the aviation industry, including several senior engineering and technical roles at Virgin Atlantic Airways and British Airways.


In his role at AJW Martyn has responsibility for all technical standards and best practices across all divisions of the business, focusing on driving performance and continuous improvement of our supply chains in order to understand and deliver solutions to airline MRO challenges.

Andy SmithClose

Group Operations Director

Andy has worked at AJW for over 25 years and is responsible for managing a variety of departments including Stores Packing, Logistics, Inspection, Quarantine, Quality & Health & Safety, IT, as well as the Company's facilities and infrastructure. Andy also manages AJW's highly regarded and award winning AOG out of hours service and has recently become responsible for the Consumables Division. Andy's focus is on introducing technologies and operational in-house systems to maintain and develop a lean and competitive business across all departments and he continues to drive the business forward using innovative ideas and thinking. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) and has an extensive knowledge of logistics and supply chain fields ensuring delivery of the right package to the right place, at the right time, every time.

Ian SmithClose

Vice President Commercial

Ian joined AJW from Flybe where he was Director of Engineering & Maintenance responsible for the management of a large team covering engineering, maintenance control, supply chain, and line maintenance. Prior to that he ran a consulting firm working with multiple clients within the aviation industry. Further operational and technical experience came through roles with Wizz Air, Thomsonfly, Britannia Airways, British Airways World Cargo and British Airways Engineering. Ian also has an MBA from Henley Management College and an Aeronautical Engineering BEng degree.


Ian began life at AJW as Key Account Director and was responsible for the development and evolution of business partnerships with key customers, particularly in new markets or service areas. Now, as Vice President Commercial, he is responsible for managing AJW’s dynamic Commercial function, as it strives to further develop the company’s successful contracted business. Ian acts as the focal point for commercial projects, developing new proposals and pricing strategies to better serve AJW’s growing customer base.

Andy Colbran

Sales & Customer Support Director

->

Conrad Vandersluis

SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

->

Andy ColbranClose

Sales & Customer Support Director

Andy has been with AJW for over 25 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.

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 consigment opportunities, to increase the current stock and sales portfolio for our global programmes.

Christopher Whiteside

President and CEO

->

Randeep Grewal

Chairman

->

Christopher WhitesideClose

President and CEO

As President and CEO of AJW Group, Christopher is responsible for the strategic direction of the AJW Group. Under his visionary leadership AJW has built a worldwide network of operational centres and inventory hubs, as well as its own MRO facility in Montreal. Today, AJW is recognised globally as the leading independent provider of integrated aircraft support services for Airbus and Boeing aircraft and engines. An aviation business professional, Christopher is also committed to developing engineering excellence throughout the aviation MRO industry. He is proud ambassador for the Company's support of the MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management in association with City University, London; as well as other charitable causes.

Randeep GrewalClose

Chairman

Randeep is an international businessman, entrepreneur and head of both the Greka and Grevino Groups. Born in India and raised in Zambia and Nigeria, he earned a mechanical engineering degree with an aeronautical focus from California's Northrop University. His mother was one of India’s first female pilots.


He has founded and is a major shareholder in over fifty private and publicly listed companies in the real estate, hospitality and energy industries including the London Stock Exchange-listed Green Dragon Gas and Greka Drilling.

Ian Malin

Treasurer, Director & Chief Investment Officer

->

Boris Wolstenholme

Chief Strategy Officer

->

Ian MalinClose

Treasurer, Director & Chief Investment Officer

Director of AJW Leasing & Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the AJW Group Ian joined AJW in 2011 after eleven years in investment banking, having financed several billion dollars' worth of aircraft, rail, marine and infrastructure assets across the globe. As Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the AJW Group, he is responsible for the group's overall financial strategy, planning, analysis and corporate development. In addition, Ian manages the AJW Group's funding relationships across all business lines. As Chief Executive Officer of AJW Capital, Ian is responsible for sourcing, execution and oversight of all firm transactions as well as the Company's overall strategy and development. Prior to joining AJW, Ian worked for the Seabury Group in Hong Kong where he opened and developed the firm's first office in Asia. Ian also spent eight years in asset finance with the Allco Finance Group, having joined them from KPMG. Ian has a JD from New York Law School and a BA from Middlebury College.

Boris WolstenholmeClose

Chief Strategy Officer

After graduating from Reading with a degree in Business and Economics, Boris joined AJW as a team member of the Sales Department. He progressed quickly into the role of Divisional Sales Manager and further to the position of Commercial Director. He was appointed Chief Executive of AJW Aviation in 2009. His role as Chief Executive saw the impressive annual double-digit growth of the business and ensured continued flexibility and outstanding service for AJW customers. As Chief Strategy Officer of AJW Group, Boris will now be responsible for helping to define the Group’s Strategy and execute delivery of that Strategy. In 2012 Boris won the UK Institute of Directors Young Director of the Year Award.

Tom de Geytere

Chief Sales Officer

->

Thomas van de Wiel

Chief Financial Officer

->

Tom de GeytereClose

Chief Sales Officer

Tom de Geytere is Chief Sales Officer for AJW Group. His primary task is to oversee the development of the organisation’s Part Sales & Support and Engines’ divisions. In addition to this he is responsible for growing business in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS through the development of unique solutions to suit the creative and diverse business models of airlines, lessors and OEM’s.


Extensive industry experience enables Tom to provide a holistic view of the airline value chain. This has been honed by executive positions in Asian and European airlines in the fields of advisory services and business development for start-ups and legacy carriers. Previously Tom was CEO at Air Via, responsible for restructuring the loss-making Bulgarian charter airline. In tandem with this role, he consulted on a variety of projects globally and across cargo, legacy and start-up airlines. Before that, he undertook a number of senior roles with Cargolux Airlines rising from business analyst to internal auditor, and ultimately adviser to the President and CEO on business development and organisational engineering.


Tom is fluent in English, French, Dutch and conversational German. He has an MBA and has served in the Belgian Airforce as an officer and pilot.


tomdg@ajw-aviation.com      


LinkedIn

Thomas van de WielClose

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas van de Wiel joined AJW as Chief Financial Officer in March 2016 where he now leads the finance and legal functions, and supports certain affiliates and subsidiaries of the AJW Group. As a Board Director, he is also responsible for the formulation of the financial and operational strategy for the business, controlling finance, taxation, corporate governance, forecasting and deal analysis.


Thomas is an experienced international finance expert with complex cross-cultural experience in industry, outsourcing, logistics and aviation. He joined AJW after an eight year career with Harsco Corporation where in his last role he was the European Finance director overseeing finance in more than 50 locations in 16 European countries. Prior to that he spent 4 years as Director Financial Planning and Analysis at DHL Supply Chain, and worked as Controller Worldwide Operations for KLM Cargo. 


 

Gavin Simmonds

Chief Operating Officer

->

Guy van den Berg

Director of Contract Services

->

Gavin SimmondsClose

Chief Operating Officer

Gavin was appointed Chief Operating Officer of AJW Group in July 2017 following five successful years as General Manager of AJW Technique - the maintenance hub for the Group's component repair and overhaul facility.


A member of AJW’s executive leadership team, Gavin brings a hybrid of both aviation and production experience stretching back over twenty years. He is accountable for all aspects of strategic inventory management including planning, vendor spend, MRO vendor services, logistical services and the Group’s information technology services.


Gavin began his career with an engineering apprenticeship and quickly advanced to a wide range of operational and strategic roles that included nine years at Bristow Helicopters. Gavin is based in both AJW’s headquarters in West Sussex and AJW Technique in Montreal.

Guy van den Berg Close

Director of Contract Services

Guy was appointed Director of Contract Services in November 2015 following a highly successful career in the military, both as a helicopter and an air transport operator across the UK, EU, Middle East and Asia. For the last three years he has been a senior leader responsible for air capability planning and assisting defence transformation across the air environment. Most recently he has worked for the MOD on defence test and evaluation. His current role is to lead AJW's Continuous Improvement initiative with easyJet and to strengthen our service provider relationships with all contracted customers.

Caroline Cauvin

Director of Procurement

->

Martyn Haines

Technical Director

->

Caroline CauvinClose

Director of Procurement

Caroline Cauvin is Director of Procurement at AJW Aviation. She is responsible for the development of all purchasing activities across the business and ensures the Group-wide purchasing strategy to realise efficiency benefits and financial savings across multiple areas is delivered.


Caroline manages planning and purchasing across: aircraft components, subcomponents, repairs, consumables and third party supplier services.  Her expertise in managing diverse vendor relationships and significant cross-functional procedures and programmes complements AJW’s lean approach and globally renowned contracted services to airlines of all sizes.


She joined AJW from Virgin Atlantic Airways where she was VP of Procurement. Prior to joining Virgin, Caroline worked as Purchasing Manager for Kimberley Clark Europe and Sourcing Manager for Nike across Europe and Asia.

Martyn HainesClose

Technical Director

Martyn was appointed Technical Director in November 2017 following a two year career at Kenya Airways, where he was Technical Director responsible for the delivery of a cost effective operation for their fleet of circa 40 Boeing 737, 777, 787, Embraer E190 aircraft and associated MRO facilities. He has over 39 years’ experience in the aviation industry, including several senior engineering and technical roles at Virgin Atlantic Airways and British Airways.


In his role at AJW Martyn has responsibility for all technical standards and best practices across all divisions of the business, focusing on driving performance and continuous improvement of our supply chains in order to understand and deliver solutions to airline MRO challenges.

Andy Smith

Group Operations Director

->

Ian Smith

Vice President Commercial

->

Andy SmithClose

Group Operations Director

Andy has worked at AJW for over 25 years and is responsible for managing a variety of departments including Stores Packing, Logistics, Inspection, Quarantine, Quality & Health & Safety, IT, as well as the Company's facilities and infrastructure. Andy also manages AJW's highly regarded and award winning AOG out of hours service and has recently become responsible for the Consumables Division. Andy's focus is on introducing technologies and operational in-house systems to maintain and develop a lean and competitive business across all departments and he continues to drive the business forward using innovative ideas and thinking. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) and has an extensive knowledge of logistics and supply chain fields ensuring delivery of the right package to the right place, at the right time, every time.

Ian SmithClose

Vice President Commercial

Ian joined AJW from Flybe where he was Director of Engineering & Maintenance responsible for the management of a large team covering engineering, maintenance control, supply chain, and line maintenance. Prior to that he ran a consulting firm working with multiple clients within the aviation industry. Further operational and technical experience came through roles with Wizz Air, Thomsonfly, Britannia Airways, British Airways World Cargo and British Airways Engineering. Ian also has an MBA from Henley Management College and an Aeronautical Engineering BEng degree.


Ian began life at AJW as Key Account Director and was responsible for the development and evolution of business partnerships with key customers, particularly in new markets or service areas. Now, as Vice President Commercial, he is responsible for managing AJW’s dynamic Commercial function, as it strives to further develop the company’s successful contracted business. Ian acts as the focal point for commercial projects, developing new proposals and pricing strategies to better serve AJW’s growing customer base.

Andy Colbran

Sales & Customer Support Director

->

Conrad Vandersluis

SVP Strategic Material & Asset Management

->

Andy ColbranClose

Sales & Customer Support Director

Andy has been with AJW for over 25 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.

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 consigment opportunities, to increase the current stock and sales portfolio for our global programmes.

Christopher Whiteside

President and CEO

->

Christopher WhitesideClose

President and CEO

As President and CEO of AJW Group, Christopher is responsible for the strategic direction of the AJW Group. Under his visionary leadership AJW has built a worldwide network of operational centres and inventory hubs, as well as its own MRO facility in Montreal. Today, AJW is recognised globally as the leading independent provider of integrated aircraft support services for Airbus and Boeing aircraft and engines. An aviation business professional, Christopher is also committed to developing engineering excellence throughout the aviation MRO industry. He is proud ambassador for the Company's support of the MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management in association with City University, London; as well as other charitable causes.

Randeep Grewal

Chairman

->

Randeep GrewalClose

Chairman

Randeep is an international businessman, entrepreneur and head of both the Greka and Grevino Groups. Born in India and raised in Zambia and Nigeria, he earned a mechanical engineering degree with an aeronautical focus from California's Northrop University. His mother was one of India’s first female pilots.


He has founded and is a major shareholder in over fifty private and publicly listed companies in the real estate, hospitality and energy industries including the London Stock Exchange-listed Green Dragon Gas and Greka Drilling.

Ian Malin

Treasurer, Director & Chief Investment Officer

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Treasurer, Director & Chief Investment Officer

Director of AJW Leasing & Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the AJW Group Ian joined AJW in 2011 after eleven years in investment banking, having financed several billion dollars' worth of aircraft, rail, marine and infrastructure assets across the globe. As Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the AJW Group, he is responsible for the group's overall financial strategy, planning, analysis and corporate development. In addition, Ian manages the AJW Group's funding relationships across all business lines. As Chief Executive Officer of AJW Capital, Ian is responsible for sourcing, execution and oversight of all firm transactions as well as the Company's overall strategy and development. Prior to joining AJW, Ian worked for the Seabury Group in Hong Kong where he opened and developed the firm's first office in Asia. Ian also spent eight years in asset finance with the Allco Finance Group, having joined them from KPMG. Ian has a JD from New York Law School and a BA from Middlebury College.

Boris Wolstenholme

Chief Strategy Officer

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Chief Strategy Officer

After graduating from Reading with a degree in Business and Economics, Boris joined AJW as a team member of the Sales Department. He progressed quickly into the role of Divisional Sales Manager and further to the position of Commercial Director. He was appointed Chief Executive of AJW Aviation in 2009. His role as Chief Executive saw the impressive annual double-digit growth of the business and ensured continued flexibility and outstanding service for AJW customers. As Chief Strategy Officer of AJW Group, Boris will now be responsible for helping to define the Group’s Strategy and execute delivery of that Strategy. In 2012 Boris won the UK Institute of Directors Young Director of the Year Award.

Tom de Geytere

Chief Sales Officer

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Chief Sales Officer

Tom de Geytere is Chief Sales Officer for AJW Group. His primary task is to oversee the development of the organisation’s Part Sales & Support and Engines’ divisions. In addition to this he is responsible for growing business in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS through the development of unique solutions to suit the creative and diverse business models of airlines, lessors and OEM’s.


Extensive industry experience enables Tom to provide a holistic view of the airline value chain. This has been honed by executive positions in Asian and European airlines in the fields of advisory services and business development for start-ups and legacy carriers. Previously Tom was CEO at Air Via, responsible for restructuring the loss-making Bulgarian charter airline. In tandem with this role, he consulted on a variety of projects globally and across cargo, legacy and start-up airlines. Before that, he undertook a number of senior roles with Cargolux Airlines rising from business analyst to internal auditor, and ultimately adviser to the President and CEO on business development and organisational engineering.


Tom is fluent in English, French, Dutch and conversational German. He has an MBA and has served in the Belgian Airforce as an officer and pilot.


tomdg@ajw-aviation.com      


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Thomas van de Wiel

Chief Financial Officer

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Chief Financial Officer

Thomas van de Wiel joined AJW as Chief Financial Officer in March 2016 where he now leads the finance and legal functions, and supports certain affiliates and subsidiaries of the AJW Group. As a Board Director, he is also responsible for the formulation of the financial and operational strategy for the business, controlling finance, taxation, corporate governance, forecasting and deal analysis.


Thomas is an experienced international finance expert with complex cross-cultural experience in industry, outsourcing, logistics and aviation. He joined AJW after an eight year career with Harsco Corporation where in his last role he was the European Finance director overseeing finance in more than 50 locations in 16 European countries. Prior to that he spent 4 years as Director Financial Planning and Analysis at DHL Supply Chain, and worked as Controller Worldwide Operations for KLM Cargo. 


 

Gavin Simmonds

Chief Operating Officer

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Chief Operating Officer

Gavin was appointed Chief Operating Officer of AJW Group in July 2017 following five successful years as General Manager of AJW Technique - the maintenance hub for the Group's component repair and overhaul facility.


A member of AJW’s executive leadership team, Gavin brings a hybrid of both aviation and production experience stretching back over twenty years. He is accountable for all aspects of strategic inventory management including planning, vendor spend, MRO vendor services, logistical services and the Group’s information technology services.


Gavin began his career with an engineering apprenticeship and quickly advanced to a wide range of operational and strategic roles that included nine years at Bristow Helicopters. Gavin is based in both AJW’s headquarters in West Sussex and AJW Technique in Montreal.

Guy van den Berg

Director of Contract Services

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Director of Contract Services

Guy was appointed Director of Contract Services in November 2015 following a highly successful career in the military, both as a helicopter and an air transport operator across the UK, EU, Middle East and Asia. For the last three years he has been a senior leader responsible for air capability planning and assisting defence transformation across the air environment. Most recently he has worked for the MOD on defence test and evaluation. His current role is to lead AJW's Continuous Improvement initiative with easyJet and to strengthen our service provider relationships with all contracted customers.

Caroline Cauvin

Director of Procurement

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Director of Procurement

Caroline Cauvin is Director of Procurement at AJW Aviation. She is responsible for the development of all purchasing activities across the business and ensures the Group-wide purchasing strategy to realise efficiency benefits and financial savings across multiple areas is delivered.


Caroline manages planning and purchasing across: aircraft components, subcomponents, repairs, consumables and third party supplier services.  Her expertise in managing diverse vendor relationships and significant cross-functional procedures and programmes complements AJW’s lean approach and globally renowned contracted services to airlines of all sizes.


She joined AJW from Virgin Atlantic Airways where she was VP of Procurement. Prior to joining Virgin, Caroline worked as Purchasing Manager for Kimberley Clark Europe and Sourcing Manager for Nike across Europe and Asia.

Martyn Haines

Technical Director

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Technical Director

Martyn was appointed Technical Director in November 2017 following a two year career at Kenya Airways, where he was Technical Director responsible for the delivery of a cost effective operation for their fleet of circa 40 Boeing 737, 777, 787, Embraer E190 aircraft and associated MRO facilities. He has over 39 years’ experience in the aviation industry, including several senior engineering and technical roles at Virgin Atlantic Airways and British Airways.


In his role at AJW Martyn has responsibility for all technical standards and best practices across all divisions of the business, focusing on driving performance and continuous improvement of our supply chains in order to understand and deliver solutions to airline MRO challenges.

Andy Smith

Group Operations Director

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Group Operations Director

Andy has worked at AJW for over 25 years and is responsible for managing a variety of departments including Stores Packing, Logistics, Inspection, Quarantine, Quality & Health & Safety, IT, as well as the Company's facilities and infrastructure. Andy also manages AJW's highly regarded and award winning AOG out of hours service and has recently become responsible for the Consumables Division. Andy's focus is on introducing technologies and operational in-house systems to maintain and develop a lean and competitive business across all departments and he continues to drive the business forward using innovative ideas and thinking. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) and has an extensive knowledge of logistics and supply chain fields ensuring delivery of the right package to the right place, at the right time, every time.

Ian Smith

Vice President Commercial

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Vice President Commercial

Ian joined AJW from Flybe where he was Director of Engineering & Maintenance responsible for the management of a large team covering engineering, maintenance control, supply chain, and line maintenance. Prior to that he ran a consulting firm working with multiple clients within the aviation industry. Further operational and technical experience came through roles with Wizz Air, Thomsonfly, Britannia Airways, British Airways World Cargo and British Airways Engineering. Ian also has an MBA from Henley Management College and an Aeronautical Engineering BEng degree.


Ian began life at AJW as Key Account Director and was responsible for the development and evolution of business partnerships with key customers, particularly in new markets or service areas. Now, as Vice President Commercial, he is responsible for managing AJW’s dynamic Commercial function, as it strives to further develop the company’s successful contracted business. Ian acts as the focal point for commercial projects, developing new proposals and pricing strategies to better serve AJW’s growing customer base.

Andy Colbran

Sales & Customer Support Director

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Sales & Customer Support Director

Andy has been with AJW for over 25 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.

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 consigment opportunities, to increase the current stock and sales portfolio for our global programmes.

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