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Meet the team

Christopher Whiteside

President and CEO

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Randeep Grewal

Chairman

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Boris Wolstenholme

Chief Strategy Officer

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Ian Malin

Director, Treasurer & Chief Investment 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.

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.

Ian MalinClose

Director, Treasurer & 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.

Henry Game

Chief of Staff

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Thomas van de Wiel

Chief Financial Officer

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Dave Lewis

Chief Technical Officer

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Gavin Simmonds

General Manager - AJW Technique

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Henry GameClose

Chief of Staff

Henry joined AJW in 2016 as Chief Strategy Officer where he was responsible for helping to define the Group’s strategy and execute delivery of that strategy, ensuring that the diverse AJW organisation meets its strategic objectives. He fostered and enabled change where necessary to nurture and support AJW’s business ethos of flexibility and innovation within the complex and dynamic aviation environment in which we operate.
As Chief of Staff Henry is now responsible for ensuring that day-to-day operational performance and delivery of the business is undertaken by the leadership team. With a career background that was initially aviation focused within the customer services and operations arena at GB Airways and easyJet, and more recently into other operational environments within Bland Group, a diverse privately owned Group businesses where he was Chief Executive Officer.

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. 


 

Dave LewisClose

Chief Technical Officer

David Lewis is Chief Technical Officer of AJW Aviation. An experienced engineer, Dave brings low-cost-carrier, lessor, airline, military maintenance engineering management to AJW’s executive team. He is responsible for: technical standards and best practices across all divisions of the business, specifically MRO, reliability, warranty and inventory management for customer’s technical spares support programmes, aircraft maintenance, engine management and asset health monitoring; guiding aircraft teardown and end of lease management reconciliations, as well as service level agreements with AJW’s approved repair vendors.


Dave joined AJW following a seven year career at flydubai, where he was Head of Engineering responsible for fleet airworthiness, engine management, technical planning & records, and safety. He was also accountable for aircraft purchase and lease contracts, and all maintenance costs and service agreements, including relationships with manufacturers and OEMs. Prior to that, he worked as Technical Consultant to GECAS with full responsibility for the management and re-delivery of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.


As Station Engineering Manager at XL Airways, Dave assumed total management of all engineering activity at London Gatwick airport including the development of a fully insourced MRO solution. This position was preceded by various maintenance control roles within the airline, which he joined in 2002 after hands-on aircraft maintenance and engineering roles with companies such as British Airways, Thomas Cook and KLM Engineering. Dave trained with the Royal Air Force airframe and engine maintenance management apprentice scheme, rising to the rank of corporal and supervising teams of engineers, often in areas of conflict. He has an MBA and holds an EASA Part 66 A1 and B1 licence with various aircraft type ratings.

Gavin SimmondsClose

General Manager - AJW Technique

Gavin brings to the AJW Technique team a hybrid of both aviation and production experience stretching back over twenty years. From his initial apprenticeship, through to more recent multinational aircraft operator and production experience, the focus has always been on keeping things simple and belief in people complemented by lean working practices. These philosophies manifest themselves in the AJW Technique facility's organisational structure, operational philosophies and culture.

Tom de Geytere

Managing Director of AJW Singapore

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Guy van den Berg

Director of Contract Services

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Caroline Cauvin

Director of Procurement

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Andy Smith

Group Operations Director

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Tom de GeytereClose

Managing Director of AJW Singapore

Tom de Geytere is Managing Director of A J Walter Aviation Singapore Pte Ltd., where he controls AJW’s South East Asian operation, with additional responsibilities in China. His primary task is to develop the organisation’s regional presence from a responsive sales unit to a highly skilled business operation with autonomous responsibility for customer liaison and the development of unique solutions to suit the creative and diverse business models of airlines operating across the wide region.


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

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.

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 Smith

Vice President Commercial

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Andy Colbran

Sales & Customer Support Director

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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 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.

Christopher Whiteside

President and CEO

->

Randeep Grewal

Chairman

->

Boris Wolstenholme

Chief Strategy 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.

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.

Ian Malin

Director, Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer

->

Henry Game

Chief of Staff

->

Thomas van de Wiel

Chief Financial Officer

->

Ian MalinClose

Director, Treasurer & 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.

Henry GameClose

Chief of Staff

Henry joined AJW in 2016 as Chief Strategy Officer where he was responsible for helping to define the Group’s strategy and execute delivery of that strategy, ensuring that the diverse AJW organisation meets its strategic objectives. He fostered and enabled change where necessary to nurture and support AJW’s business ethos of flexibility and innovation within the complex and dynamic aviation environment in which we operate.
As Chief of Staff Henry is now responsible for ensuring that day-to-day operational performance and delivery of the business is undertaken by the leadership team. With a career background that was initially aviation focused within the customer services and operations arena at GB Airways and easyJet, and more recently into other operational environments within Bland Group, a diverse privately owned Group businesses where he was Chief Executive Officer.

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. 


 

Dave Lewis

Chief Technical Officer

->

Gavin Simmonds

General Manager - AJW Technique

->

Tom de Geytere

Managing Director of AJW Singapore

->

Dave LewisClose

Chief Technical Officer

David Lewis is Chief Technical Officer of AJW Aviation. An experienced engineer, Dave brings low-cost-carrier, lessor, airline, military maintenance engineering management to AJW’s executive team. He is responsible for: technical standards and best practices across all divisions of the business, specifically MRO, reliability, warranty and inventory management for customer’s technical spares support programmes, aircraft maintenance, engine management and asset health monitoring; guiding aircraft teardown and end of lease management reconciliations, as well as service level agreements with AJW’s approved repair vendors.


Dave joined AJW following a seven year career at flydubai, where he was Head of Engineering responsible for fleet airworthiness, engine management, technical planning & records, and safety. He was also accountable for aircraft purchase and lease contracts, and all maintenance costs and service agreements, including relationships with manufacturers and OEMs. Prior to that, he worked as Technical Consultant to GECAS with full responsibility for the management and re-delivery of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.


As Station Engineering Manager at XL Airways, Dave assumed total management of all engineering activity at London Gatwick airport including the development of a fully insourced MRO solution. This position was preceded by various maintenance control roles within the airline, which he joined in 2002 after hands-on aircraft maintenance and engineering roles with companies such as British Airways, Thomas Cook and KLM Engineering. Dave trained with the Royal Air Force airframe and engine maintenance management apprentice scheme, rising to the rank of corporal and supervising teams of engineers, often in areas of conflict. He has an MBA and holds an EASA Part 66 A1 and B1 licence with various aircraft type ratings.

Gavin SimmondsClose

General Manager - AJW Technique

Gavin brings to the AJW Technique team a hybrid of both aviation and production experience stretching back over twenty years. From his initial apprenticeship, through to more recent multinational aircraft operator and production experience, the focus has always been on keeping things simple and belief in people complemented by lean working practices. These philosophies manifest themselves in the AJW Technique facility's organisational structure, operational philosophies and culture.

Tom de GeytereClose

Managing Director of AJW Singapore

Tom de Geytere is Managing Director of A J Walter Aviation Singapore Pte Ltd., where he controls AJW’s South East Asian operation, with additional responsibilities in China. His primary task is to develop the organisation’s regional presence from a responsive sales unit to a highly skilled business operation with autonomous responsibility for customer liaison and the development of unique solutions to suit the creative and diverse business models of airlines operating across the wide region.


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

Guy van den Berg

Director of Contract Services

->

Caroline Cauvin

Director of Procurement

->

Andy Smith

Group Operations Director

->

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.

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 Smith

Vice President Commercial

->

Andy Colbran

Sales & Customer Support Director

->

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 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.

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.

Boris Wolstenholme

Chief Strategy Officer

->

Ian Malin

Director, Treasurer & Chief Investment 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.

Ian MalinClose

Director, Treasurer & 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.

Henry Game

Chief of Staff

->

Thomas van de Wiel

Chief Financial Officer

->

Henry GameClose

Chief of Staff

Henry joined AJW in 2016 as Chief Strategy Officer where he was responsible for helping to define the Group’s strategy and execute delivery of that strategy, ensuring that the diverse AJW organisation meets its strategic objectives. He fostered and enabled change where necessary to nurture and support AJW’s business ethos of flexibility and innovation within the complex and dynamic aviation environment in which we operate.
As Chief of Staff Henry is now responsible for ensuring that day-to-day operational performance and delivery of the business is undertaken by the leadership team. With a career background that was initially aviation focused within the customer services and operations arena at GB Airways and easyJet, and more recently into other operational environments within Bland Group, a diverse privately owned Group businesses where he was Chief Executive Officer.

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. 


 

Dave Lewis

Chief Technical Officer

->

Gavin Simmonds

General Manager - AJW Technique

->

Dave LewisClose

Chief Technical Officer

David Lewis is Chief Technical Officer of AJW Aviation. An experienced engineer, Dave brings low-cost-carrier, lessor, airline, military maintenance engineering management to AJW’s executive team. He is responsible for: technical standards and best practices across all divisions of the business, specifically MRO, reliability, warranty and inventory management for customer’s technical spares support programmes, aircraft maintenance, engine management and asset health monitoring; guiding aircraft teardown and end of lease management reconciliations, as well as service level agreements with AJW’s approved repair vendors.


Dave joined AJW following a seven year career at flydubai, where he was Head of Engineering responsible for fleet airworthiness, engine management, technical planning & records, and safety. He was also accountable for aircraft purchase and lease contracts, and all maintenance costs and service agreements, including relationships with manufacturers and OEMs. Prior to that, he worked as Technical Consultant to GECAS with full responsibility for the management and re-delivery of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.


As Station Engineering Manager at XL Airways, Dave assumed total management of all engineering activity at London Gatwick airport including the development of a fully insourced MRO solution. This position was preceded by various maintenance control roles within the airline, which he joined in 2002 after hands-on aircraft maintenance and engineering roles with companies such as British Airways, Thomas Cook and KLM Engineering. Dave trained with the Royal Air Force airframe and engine maintenance management apprentice scheme, rising to the rank of corporal and supervising teams of engineers, often in areas of conflict. He has an MBA and holds an EASA Part 66 A1 and B1 licence with various aircraft type ratings.

Gavin SimmondsClose

General Manager - AJW Technique

Gavin brings to the AJW Technique team a hybrid of both aviation and production experience stretching back over twenty years. From his initial apprenticeship, through to more recent multinational aircraft operator and production experience, the focus has always been on keeping things simple and belief in people complemented by lean working practices. These philosophies manifest themselves in the AJW Technique facility's organisational structure, operational philosophies and culture.

Tom de Geytere

Managing Director of AJW Singapore

->

Guy van den Berg

Director of Contract Services

->

Tom de GeytereClose

Managing Director of AJW Singapore

Tom de Geytere is Managing Director of A J Walter Aviation Singapore Pte Ltd., where he controls AJW’s South East Asian operation, with additional responsibilities in China. His primary task is to develop the organisation’s regional presence from a responsive sales unit to a highly skilled business operation with autonomous responsibility for customer liaison and the development of unique solutions to suit the creative and diverse business models of airlines operating across the wide region.


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

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

->

Andy Smith

Group Operations 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.

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 Smith

Vice President Commercial

->

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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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.

Christopher Whiteside

President and CEO

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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

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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.

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.

Ian Malin

Director, Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer

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Director, Treasurer & 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.

Henry Game

Chief of Staff

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Chief of Staff

Henry joined AJW in 2016 as Chief Strategy Officer where he was responsible for helping to define the Group’s strategy and execute delivery of that strategy, ensuring that the diverse AJW organisation meets its strategic objectives. He fostered and enabled change where necessary to nurture and support AJW’s business ethos of flexibility and innovation within the complex and dynamic aviation environment in which we operate.
As Chief of Staff Henry is now responsible for ensuring that day-to-day operational performance and delivery of the business is undertaken by the leadership team. With a career background that was initially aviation focused within the customer services and operations arena at GB Airways and easyJet, and more recently into other operational environments within Bland Group, a diverse privately owned Group businesses where he was Chief Executive Officer.

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. 


 

Dave Lewis

Chief Technical Officer

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Chief Technical Officer

David Lewis is Chief Technical Officer of AJW Aviation. An experienced engineer, Dave brings low-cost-carrier, lessor, airline, military maintenance engineering management to AJW’s executive team. He is responsible for: technical standards and best practices across all divisions of the business, specifically MRO, reliability, warranty and inventory management for customer’s technical spares support programmes, aircraft maintenance, engine management and asset health monitoring; guiding aircraft teardown and end of lease management reconciliations, as well as service level agreements with AJW’s approved repair vendors.


Dave joined AJW following a seven year career at flydubai, where he was Head of Engineering responsible for fleet airworthiness, engine management, technical planning & records, and safety. He was also accountable for aircraft purchase and lease contracts, and all maintenance costs and service agreements, including relationships with manufacturers and OEMs. Prior to that, he worked as Technical Consultant to GECAS with full responsibility for the management and re-delivery of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.


As Station Engineering Manager at XL Airways, Dave assumed total management of all engineering activity at London Gatwick airport including the development of a fully insourced MRO solution. This position was preceded by various maintenance control roles within the airline, which he joined in 2002 after hands-on aircraft maintenance and engineering roles with companies such as British Airways, Thomas Cook and KLM Engineering. Dave trained with the Royal Air Force airframe and engine maintenance management apprentice scheme, rising to the rank of corporal and supervising teams of engineers, often in areas of conflict. He has an MBA and holds an EASA Part 66 A1 and B1 licence with various aircraft type ratings.

Gavin Simmonds

General Manager - AJW Technique

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General Manager - AJW Technique

Gavin brings to the AJW Technique team a hybrid of both aviation and production experience stretching back over twenty years. From his initial apprenticeship, through to more recent multinational aircraft operator and production experience, the focus has always been on keeping things simple and belief in people complemented by lean working practices. These philosophies manifest themselves in the AJW Technique facility's organisational structure, operational philosophies and culture.

Tom de Geytere

Managing Director of AJW Singapore

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Managing Director of AJW Singapore

Tom de Geytere is Managing Director of A J Walter Aviation Singapore Pte Ltd., where he controls AJW’s South East Asian operation, with additional responsibilities in China. His primary task is to develop the organisation’s regional presence from a responsive sales unit to a highly skilled business operation with autonomous responsibility for customer liaison and the development of unique solutions to suit the creative and diverse business models of airlines operating across the wide region.


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.


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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.

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.

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