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 are looking forward to the move to Norfolk, from Oxfordshire. A lifelong Norwich fan, he is planning 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 7 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!’

Lee McGahan, Flight Operations Manager

Lee joined SaxonAir in April 2008, as Flight Operations Manager. Lee enjoys the challenge of improving working practices and ensuring a customer focused approach is taken to provide the client with the best possible service. Lee says, “Flight Operations is a diverse role within SaxonAir and having a good team of people makes coming to work every day quite enjoyable.” When time allows Lee is learning to fly at a local flying club with hopes of gaining his private pilot’s license soon.

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 9 years ago. In his spare time Nick enjoys windsurfing, sailing and in line skating.

Anna Loake, Helicopter Pilot / Helicopter Operations Manager

Anna developed a keen interested in rotary aviation when she began flying lessons in 2004 as a hobby. She subsequently gave up a senior position and full time career to complete the required studies and flight training to gain her commercial licence. She then became a flying instructor and also began to work commercially for a private owner and as a helicopter charter pilot. She joined SaxonAir in 2009 and is type rated on both their EC120 and EC135 helicopters. She is also head of Marketing and PR.

 

Steve Mills, Continuing Airworthiness Manager

Steve served in the Fleet Arm for 23 years as a helicopter engineer and left as Senior Chief in 1998. Since then, he has progressed through various roles as Engineer, Quality manager, and more recently as Line Maintenance Manager for both UK and New Zealand based companies. He joined SaxonAir in 2010, and brings with him a vast amount of experience in Part 145 operations and managing maintenance schedules.

Marta Zielinska, Compliance Monitoring and Safety Manager

Marta joined SaxonAir in 2012 as Compliance Monitoring and Safety Manager. Previously, Marta spent 5 years as Quality Auditor at Ryan Air and brings with her a wealth of experience in quality auditing and safety awareness. She has moved from London to live and work in Norwich and loves the open space and Norfolk beaches. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, scuba diving and meeting new cultures.

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. [/two_third_last]

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