Speakers

Thank you to our 2016 speakers

Financial and M&A overview
Didier Bréchemier, Senior Partner, Roland Berger


Didier is currently a Partner at Roland Berger where he is involved in strategy, corporate management, operations and restructuring and commercial development consulting. He leads the Transportation sector in Paris and co-leads the Air Business worldwide competence centre. Didier began his career with various operational responsibilities inside airlines and was Deputy Director of Pilot Staff as well as Quality Manager (with Air Liberté and British Airways).
Didier subsequently became a consultant within the Air and Space Division of Bureau Veritas. There he undertook regulatory and quality consulting for a large number of players in the world of air transportation. Before joining Roland Berger, Didier was a Senior Manager responsible for the Transportation and Tourism sector within KPMG.
Didier is an active participant in academic research in the field of transaction costs and he lectures at the University of Paris on revenue management and outsourcing strategy.

The Internet of Things
Professor William Webb, Head of IoT, Affini


William is Head of Consulting at Affini and also CEO of the Weightless SIG, a body standardizing a new M2M technology. He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011 and subsequently sold to Huawei. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research. He has worked for a range of communications consultancies and spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. He was IET President 2014-2015.
William has published 14 books, 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Surrey, Southampton and Trinity College Dublin Universities, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. He has been awarded multiple honorary doctorates by the UK’s leading universities.

Swissport - The largest ground handling service provider
Joe Phelan, EVP & CEO, Ground Handling & Cargo, Swissport


Joe joined Swissport in 2012, as SVP of Cargo. Within four months, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of North America, with responsibility for ground handling, fuelling and maintenance, in addition to cargo. He brings with him more than 30 years' experience in the transportation, business services and logistics industries. Joe was CEO for DHL Global Mail for five years and previously spent 25 years with American Airlines in various capacities, including Vice President for Cargo Operations and Managing Director - Europe. Joe received an MBA from the University of Dallas in Texas.

Is there anything wrong with the ground handling business?
Paul Synott, Managing Director, Peakvantage


Paul possesses significant aviation and service sector experience, and has been instrumental in many major multi-million pound outsourcing projects throughout Europe, with many accomplishments to his name. He has extensive ground handling knowledge and was CEO of Aviator until early 2016, previously being Managing Director for Compass Group Nordic, Dalkia Sweden, as well establishing Serco Sverige on the Swedish market from a standing start. During this time Paul has managed several acquisitions as well as divestments. He has Board experience from all the Nordic countries in addition to the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Germany. Paul is now an independent consultant and advisor; he took Business Studies at West London University and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant.

easy come, easy go, easyJet
Tony Anderson, former Marketing Director, easyJet


After rising through the marketing ranks at British Airways and Thomas Cook, Tony turned from gamekeeper to poacher when he was appointed as the first Sales and Marketing Director of easyJet. In 1995 he became the start-up airline’s third employee and helped launch the company. Tony went on to become marketing director for the easyGroup, launching new “easy” branded businesses and has held positions on the board of several of Stelios’ companies. Tony is uniquely placed to tell the story of the easyJet start-up and has become a recognised speaker on marketing related topics, including branding, on-line marketing and communications. He is also a guest lecturer at Imperial College London, Cambridge University Judge Business School and an adviser to start-ups and small businesses in the Cambridge area. Tony is the author of easyLand, the definitive account of the rise of easyJet.

ISAGO open panel debate
Alexandre Bolay, VP Global Health Safety and Environment, Swissport


Alexandre is VP Global QHSE at Swissport International, and has an extensive 24 years of international experience in Fortune 500 organisations, including Swissport, Ecolab, Nestlé Nespresso, Bobst and ABB. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree, to which he has added an Executive MBA.

ISAGO open panel debate
Yogesh Parekh, GM- Quality Assurance & Compliance, Menzies


Yogesh is responsible for the Quality Assurance programme across the John Menzies group, reporting directly to the Group Company Secretary. A senior manager with regular and open engagement across the organisation, Leadership team and Audit Committee, Yogesh leads and directs a robust internal audit service. As such he plays a key role in promoting good corporate governance, championing best practice and objectively assessing the adequacy of internal controls, together with the management of both existing and emerging risks.

Special interest stream - Reducing aircraft ground damage
Ivar Busk, Consultant


Ivar has many years of experience in the aviation industry. Initially he worked as an aircraft engineer with Scandinavian Airline Systems, when it was still operating propeller-driven aircraft. Later, he worked on the development of the maintenance planning system, and in 1982 became head of SAS airside safety worldwide. Ivar undertook training as an aircraft accident investigator at FAA’s School in Oklahoma City, where he received a Human Factors degree and a Safety Management Training certificate from the University of Southern California. He also became responsible for all SAS insurance claims and has handled more than 1,000 cases, including some as an expert witness. For the past ten years he has also been a manager at SAS corporate insurance and has been a member of IATA ASG since 1992, helping in the development of the Airport Handling Manual. With a commercial business degree from Copenhagen Business School, Ivar aims to use his knowledge and experience in his own consulting company.

Special interest stream - Reducing aircraft ground damage
Alwyn Brice, Editor, GHI; Mario Pierobon, Safety Management


It took Alwyn five years in the banking sector to realise the error of his ways. After that experience he took a degree in English and French and entered the educational sector, where he remained for eight years. Concurrently, he began freelance writing in his spare time. In 1992 he took another plunge, which saw him quit secondary teaching and join a monthly magazine. After several years spent in automotive and food technology journals he moved into aviation, becoming Ground Handling International's Editor in 2000. To date he has written two books and has a third in the pipeline.

Special interest stream - Reducing aircraft ground damage
Mario Pierobon, Safety Management Consultant


Mario has worked as a safety management consultant and aviation safety regulations expert for the past five years. His specialties include the delivering of training on safety management systems and on the European aviation safety regulations, the auditing and authoring of safety management documentation, the running of safety risk management sessions and organisational auditing for the upgrade of safety management capabilities. Over the years Mario’s knowledge of aviation safety has been sought by several leading aviation industry publications.. His career has also included work in safety performance management at the International Air Transport Association headquarters in Montreal.

Airlines & ground handlers - divergent business models
Thomas Waintraub, CEO, CAI ZHI


Thomas has extensive experience of the aviation industry in which he has worked for many years, including time spent with Worldwide Flight Services as SVP Group Purchasing and CEO of the French Ground Handling Business unit. Thomas has over ten years’ experience in consulting (at KPMG Peat Marwick) and has now set up his own business. He works, amongst other sectors, for many players in the aviation field including airlines, manufacturers, ground handlers, GSE suppliers and private equity firms.

Human factors integration as an approach to sustainable safety on the ramp
Barry Davies, Principal Consultant, Human Factors, ERM- Global Risk


Barry is a Principal Consultant in the Human Factors team in ERM, based in the UK. A Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Barry has worked in the human factors arena for over 30 years. He has been part of multi-disciplinary teams across various sectors, including oil and gas, transportation and defence, and has provided human factors integration, human factors training and design and assurance work in human factors engineering. Barry was also a member of the CAA Ground Handling Operations Safety Team (GHOST) for four years, as the Human Factors representative, where he led the HF GHOST sub group in the development of HF strategies to support ground handling operations.

Trust: the key to a Just Culture
Dr Sarah Flaherty, Director, IHP Solutions Limited


Dr Sarah Flaherty is an independent human performance specialist with broad experience across the aviation, rail and petrochemical industries, having held posts in Quality, Safety, Human Factors and HR.
Specialising in the development and delivery of solutions to address cultural, engagement and human performance issues, Sarah has worked with both civil aviation and military organisations, fixed wing and rotary, around the world, providing coaching, training and surveys to operators, regulators, manufacturers and airports. In addition, Sarah works with Clockwork Research, fatigue risk management specialists active in the aviation, oil and gas and mining sectors.
Sarah obtained her first degree in Psychology at the University of Manchester and her PhD at Cranfield University. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology as well as Secretary of the Royal Aeronautical Society Human Factors Group: Engineering.

What is the role of the GSP in CDM?
Kris de Bolle, A-CDM Expert Brussels Airport


Kris is the A-CDM expert at Brussels airport. He has been involved in A-CDM since the conceptual phase of the project in 2005 and he has a thorough operational knowledge of the aircraft turnaround process, A-CDM procedures and requirements, along with an extended network of collaborative decision-making professionals. Kris also consults on the operational implementation of collaborative decision-making concepts worldwide.

Panel discussion - Featuring a panel comprising handlers, an airport operator and airlines to debate the pros and cons of CDM
Moderator: Hans Koolen, Expert ATFCM and A-CDM, Eurocontrol


Hans supports airports with the implementation of real-time Data Exchange with the EUROCONTROL Network Management Operations Centre. He is an expert and Project Manager in Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management and Airport Collaborative Decision Making at the EUROCONTROL Network Manager.
His goal is to provide the best possible service to the ATM community as part of the European Network Manager.

Panel discussion - Featuring a panel comprising handlers, an airport operator and airlines to debate the pros and cons of CDM
Karin De Rademaeker, A-CDM coordinator, Aviapartner


Karin is the A-CDM expert at Aviapartner . She is a member of the A-CDM Procedures Group (Eurocontrol) as well as of the A-CDM Co-ordination Group. She also belongs to the A-CDM Turnaround Expert Panel and the A-CDM Harmonisation Task Force (Eurocontrol). As such, Karin has contributed to the development of Eurocontrol's training packages.

Panel discussion - Featuring a panel comprising handlers, an airport operator and airlines to debate the pros and cons of CDM
Atilla Korkmazoglu, President, Ground Serivces & Cargo (EMEA), Celebi


Atilla joined Celebi Ground Handling as an operations agent in 1993 and worked at different managerial positions in Istanbul and at Celebi's headquarters. Following his posting as Strategic Planning and Marketing Director, he worked as Sales and Marketing Director from 2004 until 2006, at which time he continued his career in Budapest, as the Country Director of Celebi Ground Handling Hungary until July 2010. In 2010, Atilla became President for Ground Services and Global Business Development at Celebi Aviation Holding. Currently, Atilla Korkmazoglu holds the position of President Ground Handling and Cargo, for the EMENA region. A graduate in Civil Aviation & Transportation Management, with an MBA from Istanbul University, currently Atilla is studying for a PhD in Finance and Banking.

Panel Panel discussion - Featuring a panel comprising handlers, an airport operator and airlines to debate the pros and cons of CDM
Filip Verstocken, Fleet Manager & A320 Captain


Filip has a background in Engineering and Mechanics/Electrics and is an airline pilot (ATPL). His work experience includes two years as an engineer in the piping industry and 11 years with Thomas Cook Airlines in Belgium. Currently he is a Captain and Fleet Manager (Technical Pilot).

Special interest stream 1 - Creating and maintaining a workplace Just Culture
Max Gosney, Ground Handling International


Max is an award-winning journalist who brings more than 13 years of experience across B2B brands in the food and drink, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.
He believes in the importance of magazine brands championing the sector they serve and spreading best practice to their readers. His most recent initiative was the Manufacturing Champions Awards, which celebrates the people whose pride and professionalism enable British manufacturing success. The award scheme won a Highly Commended prize in the Event of the Year category of the Professional Publishers Awards (PPA)- the Oscars of the UK’s media industry. Max has extensive experience as an editor in roles at Works Management, Engineering Careers and as a news editor on pharmacy weekly, Chemist & Druggist magazine. His time at the latter saw the magazine force a U- turn from the UK government over plans to strip pharmacists of the right to sell common cold and flu remedies. The magazine’s ‘Stop the Switch’ campaign delivered a 10,000 strong reader petition to the Department of Health and won multiple awards. When not tapping at the keyboard, Max appears as a host at industry conferences, roundtables and debates. He is a Biochemistry graduate who retrained as a journalist in 2003.

Special interest stream 1 - Creating and maintaining a workplace Just Culture
Simon Roberts, SMS Programme Lead, CAA International


As the SMS Programme Lead, Simon's role has been to manage and harmonise the implementation of Safety Management Systems and oversight across the CAA and the UK aviation industry it regulates. He has also been involved in the development and delivery of SMS training courses for CAA inspectors and to industry and other national aviation authorities through CAA International. He is an active member of the Safety Management International Collaboration group and chairs the European Human Factors Advisory Group.

Special interest stream - Reducing aircraft ground damage
Jon Horne, COO, London Southend Airport


Jon was born in Changi, Singapore. He has been in aviation all his working life, starting his career as an Air Traffic Control Assistant at Southampton airport before moving to Aurigny Air Services in 1975. During this period Jon was also motorcycle road racing, competing across Europe in the World Endurance Championships until 1987 when he joined London City Airport as Operations Manager. He then spent ten years at London City airport, working his way up to become Airport Director and oversaw the development of the airport to its first million passengers. In 1997 Jon opened Sheffield City airport as Managing Director, before moving to Cardiff airport in 2001, again as Managing Director. In 2007 he left to set up an Airport Consultancy company, which he ran successfully until April 2013, when he was asked to return as Chief Executive of Cardiff International, following its acquisition by the Welsh government.
Jon joined London Southend airport in March 2015 in an interim role before being appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Stobart Aviation in September 2015.
Jon is also a member of the Board of the European Regions Airlines Association.