Our People

Over 100 years of combined aviation experience

Our People

Christopher Mace, Group Commercial Director

Chris is one of the founders of SaxonAir and started flying from an early age having gained his pilot’s licence at the age of just 17. Chris has spent 20 years in the aviation industry. He initially started up a flying school before going on to manage a successful helicopter charter business before finally setting up SaxonAir with the backing of a local business entrepreneur. In his spare time Chris runs several holiday cottages close to the Norfolk Broads as well as a small holding with resident sheep and chickens!

Alex Durand, CEO

Alex joined SaxonAir in January 2013 as CEO. He began his career in business aviation over 20 years ago as a young graduate with an interest in flying. He now brings to SaxonAir a wealth of experience in all areas of the industry. Alex and his wife and four children now live Norfolk, having moved from Oxfordshire. A lifelong Norwich fan, so takes many visits to Carrow Road!

James Palmer, FBO & Flight Support Manager

Brought up in the Aviation industry, James has been in the Private Air Charter industry for the past 9 years and is one of the co-founders of SaxonAir. James has had a Private Pilot’s Licence since 2003 and enjoys building on this experience any time he can. He says, ‘It’s a wonderful feeling to come to work every day and do something you love, and to build on something that I co-founded. We’re still a young company, and I know there are a lot more exciting things to come!’

Tom Newell, Flight Operations Manager


Nick Highton, Chief Pilot

Nick joined SaxonAir in 2009 as Head of Flight Operations and Flight Training and was instrumental in the introduction of SaxonAir’s new fleet of aircraft. Previously Nick served 12 years in the Fleet Arm flying the Sea King helicopter, on leaving the service he flew both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft for the next 10 years, gaining his instructor / examiner qualifications on both rotary fixed wing aircraft, specialising in fixed wing some 12 years ago. In his spare time Nick enjoys windsurfing, sailing and in line skating.

John Dewing, Flight Support Operations Manager

John joined SaxonAir Flight Support in May 2011, after 12 years working as a Duty Terminal Manager at Norwich International Airport. Prior to this, John worked for Air UK for 10 years as a Load Controller and therefore brings with him a wealth of aviation knowledge and experience, both from an airline, and a terminal operations perspective. In his free time he enjoys cycling, swimming and is a keen musician. As a father of two girls and recently now a grandfather, he’s also very much a family man, and enjoy spending time with his family a great deal.

Steve Law, Compliance Monitoring & Safety Manager

Beginning with a Technician Apprenticeship at Rolls Royce Leavesden on small gas turbine engines for helicopters and hovercraft, Steve has spent almost 45 years in civil aviation, working with offshore and onshore helicopters, corporate operators and scheduled airlines, and holds EASA B1 and C maintenance licence for a wide range of helicopters and aeroplanes, both turbine and piston powered.  Most of the past 25 years has been in Quality/Compliance Monitoring and he aims to use this experience to make a useful contribution to the continuing success and growth of SaxonAir. Leisure activities revolve around sailing his self-designed and built cruiser on the Norfolk Broads.

Paul Garner, Continuing Airworthiness Manager

Starting with a Craft Apprenticeship at Marshall of Cambridge working an various types of aircraft from DH Chipmunks to Grumman Gulfstreams to Lockheed Tristars, Paul then moved into the Business Jet market as a Base Maintenance Supervisor before arriving into the airline market. Recent years have seen him operate as a Station Engineer and Airline Technical Representative, holding EASA B1 & C for a range of piston and turbine powered aeroplanes, before progressing to the Part M department at Saxonair. He enjoys motorcycling, photography and spending time on the family cruiser on the Norfolk Broads.


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