Donna has been an active member of the Committee for the past three years and is standing for her second term.
Donna is a partner and head of the Aviation practice in Maples and Calder’s Dublin office, advising on tax efficient leasing and financing structures.
Having worked for more than 13 years in aviation finance, Donna has extensive industry and structuring knowledge in the aviation sector. Regarded by her clients as practical and commercial, Donna’s aviation expertise extends across general aircraft leasing and financing, to include structured products (securitisations, EETCs and general ABS), ECA and bank finance, aviation platform financings, manufacturer funding and support mechanisms.
Donna joined Maples and Calder in 2015. Previously, she was a partner in the asset finance team in the Simmons and Simmons London office. Prior to that Donna worked for over eight years at Clifford Chance, London and three years with Airbus S.A.S. in Toulouse, France.
Donna is described by Legal 500 as being part of a “new generation of partners” who focus on finding innovative solutions to ensure the spirit of the deal remains paramount.
Donna is a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, City University London and Inns of Court School of Law, London.
Irena Badelska is the Head of Business Development and IR at Amedeo. Irena is a member of Amedeo’s advisory and structuring team in London with primary responsibility for origination, structuring and equity distribution. Irena has worked with Amedeo’s senior management team since 2008 and has been involved in key strategic transactions including the first EETC issue for a non-US airline/lessor since the financial crisis and the launch and development of the UK institutional investor market for aircraft investments.
Irena has structured and executed cross-border financing and leasing transactions involving major international airlines and global financial institutions providing 100% financing solutions to Amedeo’s customers and introducing a suite of financing instruments including mezzanine and commercial debt financing, Ijarah structures and others.
Irena joined Doric in 2008 having worked in the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking divisions of Citigroup, amongst other leading international investment banks.
Irena was recently acknowledged as one of the ‘40 under 40’ future leaders in the aviation industry and is a member of the Advancing of Women in Aviation Steering Committee, ISTAT, IAWA and the Aviation Club in the UK.
Irena holds a BSc in Business Studies from Martin Luther University in Germany.
Irena is fluent in English, German and Bulgarian and holds a dual British and Bulgarian citizenship.
Justin Blockley has been involved in the supply chain of aircraft spares for over 27 years, working for some of the most well-established companies in the UK. He initially began his extensive career in aviation at age 17 when he started working for AJW. Shortly after joining, Blockley transferred to sales where he assisted the sales team in providing customer support. After briefly working in this position he was headhunted to work for National Aircraft in their Florida office for two years. Blockley then returned to the UK to take up the position as Sales Executive for Inter Air and after being there for a couple of years he opted to start running his own aviation company, Regal Aviation based in Spain.
Blockley returned to the UK in 2009 where he remained in the aviation sector primarily focusing on aircraft sales as the company’s Sales Director at Casco. When the company closed, Blockley moved on to his current role at Bii.
At the time of Blockley’s arrival, Bii mainly focused on the supply of spare parts to the military sector. As a shareholder at Bii, he realised that most successful business models were concentrating on the commercial sector rather than military so decided to set up a new business team which was dedicated to phasing out their military involvement and focusing on commercial. This change in strategy led to the company achieving a twelve million pound turnover. In his current role as Commercial Director for Bii, Blockley dedicates his time to building close working relationships with customers and continues to focus on the commercial market.
Andrew Brookes completed RAF pilot training after graduating from Leeds University. Following recce and strike tours on Victors, Canberras and Vulcans during which he logged 3,500 flying hours, he joined the tri-service policy and plans staff of Commander British Forces, Hong Kong where he flew with the Royal Hong Auxiliary Air Force. After being in charge of the multi-engine, helicopter and flight training desks in the RAF Inspectorate of Flight Safety, he was appointed as the last operational RAF Commander at the Greenham Common cruise missile base. He studied International Relations at Downing College, Cambridge, before becoming a Group Director at the RAF Advanced Staff College. From 1999-2009 he was Aerospace specialist at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Andrew was Chief Executive of the Air League from November 2009 to December 2017, and he now acts as Air League Ambassador. He publishes and broadcasts widely. He received the Defence Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award in 2004 and 2006. In 2009 he was awarded the C P Robertson Memorial Trophy for the best interpretation of the Royal Air Force to the public. He has published four books on civil and military flight safety and his nineteenth aviation book, ‘TSR2 – Britain’s Lost Cold War Strike Aircraft’, was published in October 2017.
Andrew is chairman of the Independent Defence Media Association. He is a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute. He is chair of governors of his local primary school and he has a private pilot’s licence.
Arnaud Fiscel is Head of Transportation at Bank of China in London, where he offers corporate, infrastructure and asset-based solutions for the Aviation, Maritime and Rail sectors.
Inspired by a genuine passion for aviation, Arnaud has held several senior financier positions with major airline groups and financial institutions. In his different roles, he led the financing or advising on over 500 aviation assets & projects, and covered most airlines & operating lessors, including SMBC on their acquisition of RBS Aviation Capital.
His most recent position was as a Senior Adviser to UK Export Finance, a ministerial department of the UK government. Prior to this he was Managing Director, Head of Aviation at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking in London.
Arnaud commenced his career in 1997 at Air France in Paris and worked as a Consultant at Arthur Andersen, The Boston Consulting Group and BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking where he was Head of Aviation Finance Asia-Pacific in Singapore.
Arnaud relocated to London in 2007 for Barclays where he was appointed global Head of Aviation Finance for their Investment Banking division, before joining IAG-International Airlines Group as Head of Group Structured Finance.
Arnaud holds a Master in Management Grande Ecole from ESCP Europe, with a specialisation in Finance and a European Private Pilot License.
Malcolm Ginsberg was a founder member of the Aviation Club, has been nominated by two former chairmen, and previously served on the committee for three separate spells over the years. Malcolm has an unparalleled experience of the air transport industry having been involved for over 40 years
He has sat on the executive board of Brymon Airways, British World and AB Airlines and acted in a PR capacity for ANA and American Airlines, introducing both to the British market and under an earlier management Monarch Airlines. Long gone, HeavyLift Cargo Airlines was a client, and for many years another cargo operator West Atlantic.
He learnt to fly as a PPL when acting for CSE – The Oxford Air Training School, Embraer,
Learjet and Piper distributors at the time. He has acted for Belfast International and Luton Airports and was intimately involved in the start-up of London City Airport and last November published the authoritive book to celebrate its 30 years.
For 20 years Malcolm published the Flight International Directory series. In the 1990’s he purchased the then tabloid Air and Business Travel News (ABTN), turning it into today’s influential Business Travel News (BTN) as a web-based publication, also available by email every Monday morning.
Through the medium of BTN and his many industry, media and political contacts he has actively promoted the Aviation Club over the years. Malcolm believes that the Club is not as fully representative of the airline industry as in the past and as an independent committee member would work towards engaging the next generation of senior managers to support the lunches and hopefully develop its industry networking appeal.
Jeremy has chaired the Aviation Club PR Sub-Committee for the past two years and is standing for his second term.
Jeremy Green began in aviation by bad luck or good luck as it turned out. Following his honours degree in Physics at Imperial College London and whilst contracted to Sussex County Cricket Club, an off-season job transformed a professional cricketer into an Aviation Sales Executive within 6 months.
Leaving the sporting world behind seven years ago, Jeremy is now CEO of Green Aerospace Group, a multi-million pound business comprising four companies and operating in fields ranging from aerospace engineering support to construction, beverage distribution and property development.
Outside of aviation he captains Preston Nomads CC 1st XI in the Sussex Premier league during the summer and plays hockey and skis during the winter.
Vicky Hartley is currently Treasurer of the Aviation Club UK, re-standing for her second term on the Committee.
Vicky has been involved in the financing of commercial aircraft since 1992. Based at Heathrow, Vicky is a Senior Director of Boeing’s wholly-owned finance arm, Boeing Capital Corporation. Her primary role is to support the other Boeing business units by arranging, structuring and/or providing financing to assist in the sale and delivery of Boeing products and services in Europe.
Prior to joining BCC in 2013, Vicky ran her own London-based consultancy for five years, working on contracts for the fleet leasing and acquisition team of the UK’s largest tour operator, for UK Export Finance (former ECGD), assisting them in the support of Airbus exports, as well as helping two City-based aircraft finance banks manage their aviation portfolios. From 1992 – 2008, Vicky was Executive Director in the City-based origination teams of two major German aviation banks.
Vicky has an honours degree in Modern Languages from the University of Bristol, and in her spare time enjoys trekking and yoga, and the arts and culture which London has to offer.
Richard Hedges has held senior roles in corporate communications in a career spanning more than thirty years. Latterly he was Director, Communications, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace. Richard joined Rolls-Royce in January, 2011 from American Airlines where he spent a decade as Director Corporate Communications for its Europe & Pacific Division.
He has extensive corporate and marketing communications experience, within the air transport industry. From 1986 to 1999 he was at the world’s largest charter airline, Britannia Airways (now Thomson Airways), where he headed the communications function.
Richard has previously served on the committee from 2011 until 2017. He was a founding member of the communications sub-committee which has sought to raise the club’s profile with both traditional and social media over the last couple of years.
Although now retired, Richard maintains an extensive interest in aviation, not least through the club which he believes has a vital role in sharing knowledge and experience with a new generation of aerospace professionals.
James McCarthy is a Senior Director of Boeing Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, responsible for arranging, structuring and providing financing for Boeing products and services. Based in London, James supports airlines in Africa & the Middle-East as well as lessors globally.
Previously, he served as Regional Director, Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes leading marketing activities across Africa. Prior to joining The Boeing Company, James was a senior analyst and portfolio manager at Richmond Capital LLP, a London based hedge fund.
James holds an honours degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University. Alongside the Aviation Club, he is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the International Society of Transport Aircraft Traders (ISTAT), sitting on the ISTAT Foundation Humanitarian Committee.
Outside of aviation, James is a keen enthusiast of oenology, music and the arts.
Wayne is an experienced airline CEO and senior executive with extensive experience working for airlines in the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the UK, having just returned from working for the Thai International Airways Group in Bangkok where he worked on the transformation of; Thai Airways, Thai Smile and Nok Air (LCC). This assignment lasted 2 and a half years and gave Thai the first profitable year this decade.
Previously CEO on Oman Air (based in Muscat) for over 2 years, Wayne was fortunate to be invited to speak at the Aviation Club in 2013 and is an Honorary Member of the Aviation Club. Oman Air needed to find a niche that offered a strategic position that enabled sustained growth when put up against the 3 major Middle East carriers.
Prior to this appointment he had been employed as Chief of Strategy and Planning for Etihad Airways based in Abu Dhabi (nearly 4 years) managing the biggest single fleet order in aviation history, and the rapid expansion that came with continual aircraft intakes.
Wayne’s roles have given extensive experience working in the UK with Gold Medal Travel (internet, wholesale and tour operator) for 8 years and as Regional General Manager for Qantas Airways for 5 years. His original training and experience came through Qantas Airways, mainly in the Sydney offices with postings to different overseas stations.
The varied positions have given Wayne extensive experience with Strategic planning for airports as the national airlines executive responsible for handling their co-ordinated needs and plans.
Clive started his aviation career in 1983 with Flight International where he worked in various roles before joining Reed Exhibitions in 1993. At Reed Exhibitions Clive joined the Asian Aerospace exhibition management team and helped build the show into a global aerospace event. From there he moved to F&E, organisers of the world-class Dubai Airshow to run the aerospace portfolio. He took on the challenge of moving and re-launching Asian Aerospace in Hong Kong for Reed Exhibitions. Clive re-joined F&E to take on the role of CEO for the entire F&E Group, running the company’s activities across all their shows. He is now co-owner and co-founder of Access Group, a media and events consultancy company for the Aviation, Aerospace & Defence industry. Access Group’s clients include the Aviation Week MRO global series of events, Farnborough International Airshow. Orient Aviation Media Group and Access are partners on the Aviation Africa series of events.
Chris Tarry established CTAIRA in December 2002 to provide research, consulting services and advice on and to the transport and aviation industries in the areas of business planning, including strategy and strategic development; industry and market forecasting and performance measurement and evaluation. These services are provided to a broad and still growing spectrum of clients from amongst: airlines, manufacturing companies, airport owners, government bodies and banks and other financial institutions, covering a wide range of strategic, financial and market related issues. He has also acted an advisor to government departments, regulators and the UK Parliament on aviation issues. He is, and has also been, a member of a number of industry panels and advisory councils/boards.
Before establishing CTAIRA he worked as an investment analyst in the City of London from 1984 when he began an engineering analyst, focusing first on aviation and was voted the UK’s leading aerospace analyst for the years that there was a separate FTSE grouping, before switching to focus wholly on transport and particularly airlines, a sector he has followed professionally since the early 1980s. In this period Chris was also regularly ranked in the top three European transport analysts.
Prior to his career as an analyst he had worked in a number of fields associated with economic and related research and analysis. He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in economics, is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Pilots.
Chris writes a monthly column for Airline Business and regularly writes and comments in other media on industry issues, as well as lecturing on industry issues at a number of universities and presenting at and chairing conferences across the world.
Tony started his career in aircraft remarketing in 1990. Tony has been based both in Europe and the USA and has achieved considerable success in aircraft remarketing on behalf of a variety of airline and financial sector clients.
In 1998 Tony became one of the founder members of Cabot Aviation, an aircraft remarketing company based near London Gatwick Airport. Cabot Aviation represented aircraft owners as their exclusive remarketing agent and also undertook acquisition mandates on behalf of airlines, lessors and spares companies. It also assisted airlines in sourcing aircraft on ACMI lease. In May 2015 Cabot was acquired by Air Partner plc, a charter broker company formed in 1961 and listed on the London Stock Exchange. In February 2017 Cabot started trading as Air Partner plc. Tony became Managing Director of Air Partner plc in 2017 and heads up all of its commercial activities in Europe.
Tony is a board member of the ERA and a member of ISTAT.