Former President and CEO of Scandinavian Ground Services, Björn Alegren, joined Nyras as a Senior Associate in December, 2008. He had led the wholly-owned SAS subsidiary – the largest airline ground handling company in Northern Europe – since September 2007.
After serving in the Swedish Air Force and completing university education, Björn was recruited to SAS in 1973 and went on to build a long-term, successful career with the group. Early positions included Project Manager for the new Terminal 2 at Arlanda Airport, Manager OPS Center and Station Manager Stockholm. Björn served overseas as General Manager, respectively in Portugal, the USA, Japan and Germany. In these posts he was responsible for overall sales & marketing, customer service, line maintenance, and cargo operations. While in Japan, he created and implemented a new organisation and operation for SAS. In Germany, Björn was responsible for integrating SAS organisation with Lufthansa. He was subsequently appointed Director & Regional Manager Eastern Europe where he opened new markets for SAS in Russia and Poland.
Björn was then promoted to the position of Vice-President SAS International, responsible for all the carrier’s activities and organisation outside Scandinavia. He later became Vice-President Europe, Middle East & Africa based in Frankfurt.
Björn also served as President & CEO of the subsidiary European Aeronautical Group and after its divestment in 2005 was appointed Vice-President Corporate Purchasing & Chief Procurement Officer – SAS Group. He now works with Nyras from his Stockholm base.
Former Deputy CEO of Finnair Plc, Henrik Arle joined Nyras as a Senior Associate in April, 2009.
He retired from Finnair at the end of 2008 after 30 years of service with the airline. During that time, he held a wide range of senior management positions, including Company Lawyer, Finance Director, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President, Scheduled Passenger Traffic.
Among many notable business achievements, Henrik was responsible for negotiating the acquisition of FlyNordic and leading its transformation into a leading Swedish low-cost carrier, before the company was sold to Norwegian Air System in 2007. He also represented Finnair as a Director of the Oneworld Alliance Management Company.
A lawyer by profession, Henrik began his career as an attorney, later becoming a stockbroker and headed the Trustee Department of Helsinki Savings Bank. In addition to his native Finnish, he speaks Swedish, French, German and Russian.
Henrik is graduate of Finland’s Classic Lyceum; and gained a Master of Laws degree from Helsinki University. He now works with Nyras from his Helsinki base.
Neil Burrows is a seasoned air transport veteran, having spent his entire career in aviation. He became a Senior Associate with Nyras in 2011.
Starting out as a UK RAF pilot, he left the military to join civil aviation in 1974. Since then he has been employed in many branches of the industry including scheduled, charter and low-cost airlines, VIP flying for a Middle East head of state, and regulatory control as a UK CAA flight operations inspector. For most of his career he has had management roles, firstly in flight operations and since 2000 as MD/CEO and board member.
Currently an independent aviation and management consultant, Neil Burrows advises corporate clients and individuals across a wide spectrum of business.
Neil last industry position was as CEO of Brussels Airlines, the Belgian successor to Sabena. During his time with the airline he was responsible for merging SN Brussels Airlines with Virgin Express to form a single entity operating some 45 aircraft to over 85 destinations in Europe and Africa. Prior to this he spent 7 years as Managing Director and then CEO of Virgin Express, the Virgin Group European low-cost airline based in Brussels.
In the late 1990’s, Neil’s assignments included the establishment of Alitalia’s B767 fleet as a wet lease operation through Ansett Worldwide and a spell as a full-time operations consultant to Qatar Airways during its early stages of growth.
For the 8 years before this, he had held the position of Director Flight Operations with the UK charter airline Air 2000 from its inception through to a fleet 20 aircraft.
From 1980 Mr Burrows spent 5 years with the UK regulatory authority as a CAA senior inspector. He left in 1985 to join the Private Flight of the President of the UAE as a captain..
From leaving the UK RAF until 1980, Neil was employed as a pilot, mainly on cargo operations, rising to the level of training captain. Management duties aside, he maintained his pilot qualifications to complete an active flying career of 37 years and operated a wide variety of aircraft including B737, B757, B767 and A320.
A former Senior Vice-President with Alitalia, Luca Ciarlini has more than 20 years experience in senior airline management, covering key areas such as network planning and scheduling; production co-ordination and integration; flight and ground operations control and management; and customer service and marketing. His last position with Alitalia, before joining Nyras in 2006, was Senior Vice President of Quality and Passenger Service, where he was responsible for delivery and quality control of both in-flight and ground customer service, including the management of 4,300 cabin crew members.
Luca had previously been Senior Vice President of Operations, responsible (with a budget of 1.5 billion euros) for managing Alitalia’s airports network, line maintenance and engineering, air traffic management, flight deck and cabin crew rostering, flight scheduling, and fleet planning. He was notably responsible for developing the network architecture for the airline’s Fiumicino and Linate hubs and for re-designing Alitalia’s global network to incoporate the new Malpensa airport.
Prior to his career with Alitalia, Luca was with Mobil Oil Italy and the Parmenide Consultancy. He holds a degree ‘summa cum laude’ in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rome (La Sapienza) and from George Washington University, USA. He is fluent in Italian and English, with conversational French and German.
Tim Claydon, the New York-based air transport commercial specialist – and former Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for JetBlue Airways – joined Nyras as a senior associate in May, 2009.
Among other activities, Tim served as Commercial Advisor to AirAsia X, the long-haul, low-cost carrier. He played a leading role in launching the airline’s intercontinental service between the UK and Malaysia in March 2009.
Immediately prior to his work with AirAsia X, Tim was Marketing Advisor to the British Airways Open Skies subsidiary which inaugurated all-business class flights between Europe and the USA in 2008.
He began his career in 1983 with the former UK airline, Dan-Air Services, before joining the London-based sales team of Japan Air Lines.
Tim joined Virgin Atlantic Airways as Sales Manager, London and Southeast England in 1988. After five years in this role, he was transferred by Virgin to the USA where he served initially as Manager, Corporate Sales and rose through various senior appointments to become Vice-President, Sales & Marketing –North America.
Between 1999 and 2001, Tim worked with Expedia Inc., the Microsoft travel subsidiary, as Senior Manager – Supplier Relations, before being recruited by JetBlue Airways as Senior Vice-President, Sales & Distribution and later appointed Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Tim left JetBlue in 2007, after six years with the airline, to set up his own consultancy service, OLAS Aviation.
A former Head of Communications with British Airways, Tony Cocklin is concerned with both internal and external communications for the air transport, travel and tourism industries. Since joining Nyras in 2007, Tony served as a member of the Nyras team which conducted the sale of GB Airways to easyJet PLC, advising GB Airways owners and senior manager on communications requirements. After beginning his career in journalism, going on to specialise in the coverage of commercial aviation, he entered the industry as Public Relations Manager for the former British Caledonian Airways (BCAL), later becoming Head of Public Affairs for the airline and special adviser to its chairman, the late Sir Adam Thomson. After the take-over of BCAL by British Airways in 1988, Tony was invited to join BA as senior General Manager, Public Affairs. He went on to become Head of Communications and served as special adviser to BA’s former chairman, Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge.
After leaving British Airways in 2005, Tony became a communications consultant to VisitBritain, the government agency responsible for tourism promotion; and also to British Mediterranean Airways (BMED). A journalist by profession, he is a former chairman of the Aviation Club of the UK and of the Airline Public Relations Organisation (APRO).
Sinéad is the former Head of Ground Operations for Ryanair in the UK. She spent several years as a highly regarded member of the Ryanair management team including five years as General Manager UK and European Airports where she directed the management and team of 400+ ground staff at its largest base.
This was followed by various international projects on an independent consultancy basis that included a full review of existing ground operations processes for the COO of Air Deccan plus the design and implementation of revised working practices and a new organisational structure.
Sinéad has supported Nyras during the past year with a number of assignments, including a major review of Aer Lingus’s Ground Handling operation and developing benchmarks across multiple airlines in Europe and Asia Pacific to develop a value model for Ground Handling.
She has an extensive experience within multi-site environments. Specialising in Ground Operations, with excellent working knowledge of Airline and Aerodrome procedures, Sinéad delivers outstanding results in all areas of performance, safety and cost efficiency. Having robust planning and organisational skills, she has successfully produced tailor made working practices and solutions across projects including Airport development, change management, cost restructure and new route start-ups.
Phil Davies is an accomplished Business Performance Improvement specialist who has achieved success both in the private and public sector.
With particular focus on the aviation, aerospace, defence and central government sectors he has previously held positons offering top level advisory services to the UK government, airline start-ups, IPOs (Garuda)/ sales (Maximus Air Cargo), as well as delivering market-entry strategies to aircraft manufacturers (CAIGA/XAC) and financial services organisations (DBJ).
Soon after obtaining a BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from the Polytechnic of Wales, Phil was selected for the British Airways Graduate Development Programme. During this time Phil moved across a range of departments building capability across Airworthiness, Technical Services and Project Management. A secondment into marketing as Manager, Brands Product Development to lead the on-board products team and a Programme Manager –for the 767 fleet concluded his 12-year career with the airline. This time also included a three-and-a-half year period attached to Boeing, USA, as Configuration & Delivery Manager.
Phil is a former Director of Operations for Ascend Worldwide Ltd, where Phil led the company through a comprehensive restructuring and business improvement programme prior to its sale to Reed Business Information. Prior to his time at Ascend he gained valuable experience at Serco Consulting where he worked with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister as a key member of the UK ‘New Dimension’ Programme Management team to define and implement a new national Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability against the background of 9/11 events.
Phil has recently carried out major assignments for the UK’s Office of Gas & Electricity Markets (OFGEM), Vueling Airlines and Flybe Aviation Services.
Distribution, airline IT and sales expert, Richard Edwards, joined Nyras as a Senior Associate in September, 2013. After beginning his career with Cathay Pacific Airways and Swire Group, he served more than 20 years at senior management level with Amadeus and Abacus, in IT, commercial and strategy roles.
As Chief Process Officer at Amadeus, Richard ensured the company’s world-class standards and adapted to evolving technology and business models (i.e. internet, browser, cloud technologies) by leading cost and performance improvement programmes. As CIIO, he held global responsibility for internal systems. Earlier work as Head of Global product and Customer Support, gave Richard comprehensive knowledge of products and travel wholesalers/retailers.
Richard led the team that produced the IATA-commissioned study on Customer Order Transformation, as part of the industry transformation towards NDC. Key findings of this review were presented at the 2014 IATA World Passenger Symposium in San Diego. He has produced an industry leading distribution cost benchmarking model and is well known for assisting airlines identifying the best Passenger Service Solution for their market.
His wide-ranging expertise is further reflected in more recent aviation consulting missions covering airline distribution strategy (including supply chain cost reduction and GDS renegotiation strategies); the re-design of service delivery for a major IT outsourcing company; a new strategy for IT infrastructure technology and supply; and strategies for software commercial development.
Before joining Amadeus, Richard was head of the Abacus Project to build the new Global Distribution System. At Cathay Pacific Richard held various commercial roles at head office and throughout Asia. He later became head of commercial and finance IT systems at the company’s Hong Kong headquarters. Richard is a graduate of Oxford University and has worked in Europe, Asia and North America.
Former General Manager of Qatar Aircraft Catering Company in Doha and former General Manager of LSG Sky Chef in Cape Town (South Africa), Jens has 20 years of management experience in production, operations and sales in the fields of airline catering, food manufacturing and supply chain management.
At Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Jens was responsible for a €70 million revenue, 1,000 employees and 9.5 million meals per year. He has a strong track record of lean transformation experience, process improvement and change management.
Jens holds 13 years of international experience in Qatar, South Africa, Russia, Norway, Italy, Hong Kong and Thailand.
Based in Rome, Enrico Foresti has a deep background in air transport commerce with particular expertise in revenue and yield management; business and financial modelling; and the commercial application of information technology. He served 14 years in various management positions with Alitalia, including Revenue Manager, Europe and Yield Manager, Intercontinental. Enrico also worked for Alitalia Airport, Italy’s biggest ground handling contractor, where he had responsibility for sales, marketing and business development. Prior to becoming associated with Nyras in 2006, he was Chief Information Officer for Air One SpA, the second largest Italian carrier.
Before entering commercial aviation with Alitalia, Enrico had been a systems analyst with CISET SpA (aviation and space technology) and an officer with Italy’s Department of Defence (Navy). He has a degree (‘summa cum laude’) in Mathematics from the University of Rome (La Sapienza) and an MBA from SDA Bocconi, Milan. Enrico is fluent in Italian and English.
Aero-engine specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in aviation, Trish Gray joined Nyras as Senior Associate – Engines in 2014. After a career working for an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and for airlines, she now serves as a consultant to aircraft lessors and operators in the commercial air transport sector.
Trained by Rolls-Royce, Trish gained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University. She went on to become Rolls-Royce’s first female technical service representative, based initially in Luton, UK; and then in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Following a period with Air 2000/First Choice, Trish was recruited by bmi as Powerplant Engineer, progressing to Powerplant Manager. She was subsequently promoted to the position of General Manager, covering all of the airline’s technical support departments. Trish’s responsibilities included operational and off-wing maintenance support. This role enabled her to gain significant experience in managing engine selection programmes and contract negotiations.
Trish left bmi in 2001 to become a specialist consultant, providing powerplant technical and financial asset management services to operators and lessors. Recently, she has gained credentials as an experienced Expert Witness.
Based in Germany, Dr. Graham Hill is an internationally-acclaimed expert in customer relations management (CRM). He joined Nyras as a senior Associate in April, 2010.
Graham has been at the forefront of CRM development for more than 20 years, with specific expertise in the areas of Customer Value Management, Customer Lifecycle Management, Loyalty Management and Customer Experience Management.
After graduating from London University with a BSc degree and from Edinburgh University with a PhD (doctorate), Graham joined British Airways as an Operations Research Analyst in the airline’s Informational Management group. In addition to working on computerised flight scheduling programmes, he was involved in development of the staff motivational phase of the change management programme which led to BA’s successful privatisation.
Graham subsequently left BA to join Pricewaterhouse Coopers Consulting where he rose to become a Principal Consultant in the CRM, Aviation and Telecoms practice.
In the air transport sector, he has directed and managed major, long-term CRM assignments for Lufthansa, South African Airways, American Airlines, Singapore Airlines and SAS.
At the same time, Graham has served as CRM consultant to Toyota Europe and acted for a while as Interim Head of CRM for Toyota Financial Services. He has also worked in the banking sector, notably on the reorganisation of Barclaycard.
In telecommunications, Graham has served clients such as Telfort, the Dutch mobile operator; Huawei, the Chinese equipment manufacturer; Vodafone’s Greek operating company; O2, the UK mobile operator; ERA GSM of Poland; Mobilkom Austria; Telecom Eireann; BellSouth International; and Swisscom.
Graham is much in demand as a speaker at CRM conferences and has written numerous articles and papers on CRM issues, He is the resident Customer Value Management guru at CRMGuru, the leading independent CRM portal.
Graham is fluent in German as well as his native English.
One of Britain’s most respected business leaders, Sir Michael Hodgkinson is the former Chief Executive of the principal UK airport operator, BAA plc.
After graduating from Nottingham University with an honours degree in Industrial Economics in 1965, he began his business career in the automotive industry with Ford. In 1970, Sir Michael was recruited by British Leyland where he spent 13 years, rising to become Managing Director of Land Rover/Range Rover. He then moved to Grand Metropolitan plc, becoming Chief Executive Officer of group’s European Food Division.
Sir Michael joined BAA plc In January, 1992 as Group Airports Director, responsible for the management of London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton airports, as well as the company’s overseas airport interests. He was appointed overall Chief Executive Officer of BAA plc in October 1999.
On retiring in 2003, Sir Michael took up several non-executive director posts, including Chairmanship of First Choice Holidays plc and Post Office Ltd. He is currently a non-executive Director of Dublin Airport Authority; a Board member of Transport for London; a non-executive Director of Crossrail Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Tui Travel plc.
Sir Michael was knighted in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the air travel industry.
Tim Jordan, former Chief Commercial Officer for Philippines-based Cebu Pacific Air, joined Nyras as a Senior Associate in July, 2009. Based in New South Wales, Australia, he brings 20 years’ air transport experience – notably in low-cost airline operations across the Asia/Pacific region – to the Nyras team.
Initially employed as a consultant to plan the transformation of Cebu Pacific into a Filipino low-cost carrier, he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in October 2005. In this role he was responsible for all commercial activity, including product creation, fleet planning, network development, scheduling, pricing, revenue management, sales, marketing and retail distribution. Tim managed a team of 400 people and generated annual revenues of more than US$400 million.
A management accountant by profession, Tim began his aviation career in 1989 with the UK carrier, Novair International Airways. A year later, he joined United Air Lines as UK accountant rising through various senior posts over the next six years to become International Route Planning Manager, based at United’s Chicago headquarters.
In 1998, Tim was recruited to the Global Aviation Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers led at the time by Nyras founder and Chief Executive, Richard Davey. With PWC, he worked on a wide range of major world-wide assignments, with particular emphasis on air transport development in Asia.
He became Head of Commercial Distribution for Virgin Blue (Australia) in January 2002; and was appointed Chief Commercial Officer Designate for Virgin Blue (Macau-PRC) two years later. He joined Cebu Pacific as special consultant in July 2005.
Tim now operates from his base in New South Wales, Australia.
Former CFO at Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, from 2007 to 2014, Andrew played a leading role in the acquisition of BA Connect in 2007, Flybe’s IPO in 2010 and a £150m equity fund raising in 2014. In his role as CFO, Andrew negotiated with several airports and ground handlers across Flybe’s network.
Prior to Flybe, he had a 25-year career at KPMG, latterly as a partner and director specialising in transaction and advisory services.
Industry finance professional and strategic planning specialist, Peter Lowson, joined the Nyras team as an Associate in September 2014 . An engineering graduate and qualified accountant he has particular expertise in the international airport and infrastructure sector.
After beginning his career with the Ford Motor Company, Pete entered the airline industry in 1997 as Atlantic Region Finance Manager for Delta Air Lines. Five years,later he was recruited by Virgin Atlantic Airways as Head of Finance, Virgin Atlantic Engineering.
After completing an MBA Pete left Virgin to further his career in aviation business consultancy, working at senior level on a wide range of major assignments. Notably, these have included a number of major international airport transactions, feasibility studies and ad hoc aviation policy assignments. At Nyras, Pete has also undertaken a number of airline-related projects.
Pete holds a BEng (Hons) degree, an MBA from Imperial College London and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Dave is an experienced operations executive with 25 years of experience of aviation operations, transportation and logistics.
In the recent past, Dave held responsibility for Ground Operations for British Airways at Gatwick and Aircraft Services at Heathrow. He has been involved in the transition planning for the integration of bmi into British Airways where he led the change consultation process for British Airways Operations. Dave was also responsible for restructuring Gatwick operations post 9/11 and driving improvements through in the British Airways baggage operations.
One of the airline industry’s acknowledged experts in revenue management, Ray Lyons is the former General Manager, Revenue Management & Pricing for British Airways; and Executive Vice President, Network Management, for Swissair. He began his career with British Airways serving in a number of positions across the airline in both the commercial and operational areas. Ray was responsible for the airline’s revenue management and pricing before being head hunted to join Swissair in 1997. He was recruited back to British Airways five years later.
With Nyras, Ray has been involved in an assignment to review the commercial organisation, processes and activities of a major European airline and making recommendations for revenue enhancement and cost-efficiency improvement. He holds a BSc (First Class Honours) in Applied Chemistry from the University of Sheffield Hallam; and an MSc in Operations Research from the University of Hull.
Former UK and Central Europe Chief Executive for DHL Express, Chris Muntwyler, joined Nyras as Senior Associate in September 2009.
Over a distinguished career in the international civil aviation, tourism, IT and transportation/logistics industries, Chris has gained special recognition for business transformation achievement and the effective management of high-profile corporate mergers. Since June, 2009, he has served as Special Advisor to 3i Group plc and represents the UK-based private equity firm on the Board of Swiss aircraft manufacturer, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
He began his career in 1972 with Swissair, as Manager, Cargo Marketing and Sales Promotion for the Middle East and Far East. Chris rose through a series of further commercial management positions in Switzerland and overseas to become Swissair’s General Manager, Marketing & Sales, North America, in 1986.
In 1990, he was recalled to Zurich to spearhead the airline’s corporate re-organisation programme as Executive Project Leader, reporting directly to the Chairman and Chief Executive. Chris was subsequently appointed to the post of General Manager, Pricing and Global Distribution.
He was promoted to Vice-President and Chief Information Officer in 1996; and a year later became Vice-President, Global Distribution, responsible for Revenue Management, Pricing, Aircraft Optimisation and development of the web platform.
In 1999, Chris was recruited as Managing Director for DHL Worldwide Express in Switzerland. After achieving a successful business turnaround, he was appointed Managing Director for DHL in Germany, with responsibility for business transformation in preparation for the merger with Deutsche Post Express.
Chris became Chief Executive of DHL, Central Europe, in 2003, overseeing the merger and integration of DHL Express, Danzas and Deutsche Post as a single corporate entity.
Two years later, he was appointed Chief Executive for the larger DHL Express UK operation, leading a large-scale business turnaround and corporate integration. During Chris’s three-year leadership, DHL Express UK was named ‘Best Express Company’ in two consecutive annual consumer polls. While in the UK, he served on the prestigious Confederation of British Industry (CBI) President’s Committee.
Following his studies in Zurich, Chris went on to undertake various post-graduate studies at West London College; IMD Lausanne; and Harvard, Wharton and Stanford universities in the USA. He speaks English, German, French and Swedish.
With more than 20 years experience in air transport management and software design, Anthony Murray joined Nyras in May 2015 as Airport Stream and LCC Process Lead.
He is co-founder and director of Levarti, a specialist start-up business providing consultancy services and developing mobile applications for airline operators.
Anthony was formerly London-based Product Director for Navitaire, the Accenture subsidiary, responsible for business development over a wide client base in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. With previous airport experience, he was also responsible for design/development of all airport products and applications.
Anthony had joined Navitaire in 2005 after 15 years in the Australian airline industry, working for Qantas and Virgin Blue. As Head of Sydney Airport during Virgin Blue’s rapid expansion, he acquired in-depth expertise in airport operations, passenger handling and customer service. Anthony later moved into IT systems, becoming responsible for Virgin Blue’s entire PSS system.
His career brings extensive understanding of the low-cost carrier sector, together with knowledge of other transport industries including the European rail market. Anthony’s experience has helped several airlines to streamline operations, grow ancillary revenue and reduce passenger handling cost without compromising service standards.
Hugh O’Donovan is a barrister who has specialised in aviation law for over 30 years. Hugh has acquired international experience and recognition, especially in relation to international air transport policy and regulation. In practice as a barrister, and previously as Head of Aviation Regulatory and Commercial law at two international City law firms, he has advised on an extensive range of issues including government aviation policy, air transport licensing, airport regulation, airport slots and competition law issues.
Hugh advises at the highest level in the aviation industry, in the regulatory and financial communities and in government. He has contributed in terms of his knowledge and experience of international air transport regulation to many transactions, has advised on aviation policy and has drafted both primary and secondary legislation.
His most recent assignments were written for the European Commission (airport slots), the governments and civil aviation authorities of Indonesia (air transport liberalisation and competition policy), Sudan (civil aviation policy and airport regulation), Bermuda, the Isle of Man and Guernsey (various regulatory and civil aviation policy issues).
He also drafted Bermuda’s Civil Aviation (Air Transport Licensing) Act 2007, its Civil Aviation (Air Transport Licensing) Regulations 2007, and numerous of its permits, notices and exemptions under the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order.
Hugh obtained a BA in Jurisprudence at Oxford University in 1973 and was called to the bar of England and Wales in 1975. Hugh is a published author of legal works and speaks regularly on aviation legal topics at academic institutions, conferences and seminars around the world.
Specialist transportation industry lawyer, Richard Pearson, joined Nyras as a Senior Associate December, 2012, following 25 years in international legal practice, based mostly in France.
Throughout his career, Richard has specialised in the transportation sector. He has combined a shipping and offshore finance practice with an aviation/aircraft finance practice. In recent years, he has acted on a number of renewable energy projects.
Notably, Richard founded the Paris office of the major UK law firm, Stephenson Harwood, in 2001. As Managing Partner, he oversaw development of the office as a leading advisor in the air transport and shipping industries.
After gaining a law degree from Warwick University and passing Law Society Finals at Guildford College of Law, Richard began his legal career in London at the law firm Watson, Farley & Williams, with whom he was transferred to France in 1993. He went on to work with the Paris office of Norton Rose, then set up his own firm, Carlton Pearson, before being recruited by Stephenson Harwood.
In the air transport sector, Richard has more than 20 years’ experience as a legal practitioner, advising international airlines, aircraft finance banks, investment funds, arrangers and leasing companies. He has been at the forefront of applying Islamic financing principles to the aircraft finance sector. His work on the Pre-Delivery Payment financing of an order for four Airbus A320 on behalf of Jazeera Airways, using an Islamic funding structure, was voted ‘Most Innovative Deal of the Year’ in 2005 by AirFinance Journal.
With Nyras, Richard maintains his Paris base. He is fluent in French and speaks conversational German.
Prior to joining Nyras, Guido Ruther was Vice President, Revenue Management, Pricing and Global Distribution for Swiss International Air Lines. He had previously worked for more than 20 years in the top management echelons of Swissair. Guido has also served as Vice-President, Network Management and Alliances and Chief Commercial Officer for Royal Jordanian Airlines on secondment from Nyras, over a period of six years.
His special expertise in revenue management, pricing, global distribution systems, business change management, alliance integration and advanced IT application has benefited many Nyras clients. Guido is a respected industry speaker on revenue managements concept and strategies. He holds an MSc in Electronics & Informationation Technology from the University of Zurich; and an Executive MBA from IMD, Lausanne.
Widely respected aeronautical engineer and airline technical director, Stuart Schofield, joined Nyras as a senior associate in March, 2010.
Former Technical Director for GB Airways and Engineering Director with British Midland Airways (bmi), he began his career with Hawker Siddeley Aviation in 1961 after graduating with an honours degree in Aero Engineering from the UK’s Salford University.
Stuart moved to the airline sector ten years later when he joined British Airways, rising to become the carrier’s Production Planning and Control Manager. In 1990, he moved to FFV Aerotech – Stansted to oversee the introduction of wide-body heavy maintenance programmes.
The following year, Stuart was appointed Director of Technical services and Sales for British Aerospace at Filton where he was responsible for developing the Airbus wide-body maintenance business.
In 1997, he was recruited as Director of Engineering for British Midland Airways (bmi), a position he held for the next five years. After retiring from bmi in 2004, Stuart took on a six-month assignment as interim Chief Engineer for easyJet.
In 2006, he was appointed Technical Director for GB Airways, the British Airways franchise partner, responsible for all aspects of engineering, maintenance and regulatory compliance over the carrier’s fleet of 15 Airbus A320/321 aircraft.
Stuart left GB Airways when the airline was acquired by easyJet in April 2008\and went on to serve as maintenance and technical advisor to Wizz Air and Spanair.
A Chartered Engineer, Stuart holds an MBA degree from Lancaster University and is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He has served on technical committees with the Association of European Airlines; the Air Transport Association of America; and the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC).
Steve previously held responsibility for Ground Operations for British Airways at Glasgow and the Scottish Airports and led the establishment of the successful British Airways off airport check-in operations at London Paddington and London Victoria stations. He is a customer services professional who was seen as performing well in turning around the performance of Glasgow Airport and the other Scottish airports.
Acclaimed as the world’s foremost independent air transport analyst, Chris Tarry has worked as a Senior Associate of Nyras since 2004. During this time, he has carried out a number of assignments involving business plan assessment of major carriers on behalf of banks and investors; in-depth review of prospects for European airline consolidation; evaluation of a major international carrier on behalf of a proposed investor; and strategic reviews of airlines undergoing structural change.
After building his reputation working for a number of leading financial institutions, Chris established himself as an independent aviation analyst and advisor in 2002. He has served as special advisor on aviation policy issues to the UK Government, to Parliamentary Committees and to the Civil Aviation Authority. Chris has also advised major airframe manufacturers and aircraft lessors on strategic development. He holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in economics and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Chris holds membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Securities Institute. He is a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. Chris lectures at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and the London School of Economics. Chris is also a Visiting Senior Fellow in the University of Surrey’s School of Management. He is a regular contributor to the influential Airline Business magazine.
One of the UK’s most distinguished aeronautical engineers with more than 40 years’ industry experience, David Tattersall joined Nyras as Senior Advisor – Technical in April 2015.
Former Managing Director of Flybe Aviation Services, he had previously held top-level maintenance/engineering management positions over a long-term career with British Airways.
Starting as a Technical Apprentice with BA in 1972 (becoming ‘Apprentice Of The Year’ in 1976), David rose through a number of management roles to become General Manager, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff Ltd., in 1995. Two years later, he was appointed BA’s Manager Fleet Planning – 747, 777 & Concorde. David subsequently became General Manager Engineering, Brymon Airways; Head of Production, British Airways CitiExpress; Engineering Support Manager, London Gatwick; and Manager Engineering Planning. In 2006, he was appointed Director & General Manager of the wholly-owned subsidiary, British Airways Avionic Engineering.
This was followed by a period of consultancy and interim management roles, working with companies such as AVISA Aviation Safety Systems Ltd., Clyde & Co. and EON Central Networks. It included time as a Lecturer for MSc Aircraft Maintenance Management degree courses at City University London.
David was recruited to create and develop Flybe Aviation Services Ltd., as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the airline, in 2013. Under his leadership, the Royal Air Force’s A400M Base Maintenance Capability was established.
Along with a range of professional technical qualifications, he holds diplomas in Engineering Business Management from Warwick University; and Air Transport Supervisory Management from Southall College of Technology.
With a broad range of business change experience including programme management and business process review work both for airlines and in other industries, Nick Tyler joined Nyras as Senior Associate and independent Business Change Director in June 2015.
Nick has extensive experience of business change work in both the public and private sectors in the UK and Ireland. He has recently been supporting the design and implementation of a restructuring programme at a major EU regional airline. He has worked with the whole senior management team, guiding them through identifying and planning required changes and has facilitated workshops with managers and teams across the airline, to define and improve processes.
After creating his management consultancy, Inspirevolve Ltd., in 2000, Nick won and successfully completed a range of high-profile organisational change projects for UK Government departments, including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence, and Department of Culture, Media & Sport. Notably, he facilitated events that culminated in design of the programme plan for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Nick began his career in 1977 with NatWest Bank where, having taken on a variety of roles from capacity planning and project management positions, he moved on to an account manager role, devising and marketing a complete change in how the IT department delivered functions to clients. With grounded IT knowledge, he became the senior manager responsible for planning and reporting major change programmes, and delivering the IT operational plan. His final role as a senior executive saw him building and planning a strategy to implement business excellence across card services at the bank.
Nick’s expertise covers strategic development and transformational change, which he does through high-energy engagement with all levels of an organisation, including supplier and customer relationships.
Rod is a skilled operations executive with over 30 years’ experience. His career spans all aspects of airline and aviation operations worldwide. Having held positions on the leadership teams with British Airways and its subsidiary companies as well as the Virgin Group, he is able to offer a wealth of understanding and industry knowledge.
Prior to joining Nyras, Rod was responsible for Ground Operations at Virgin Australia Aviation Group. As a member of the VB Leadership team, he played a key role in the launch of Virgin Australia through the introduction of a Competency based and compliance focussed Safety System, leading Industrial Relations strategic development, and ensuring engagement between customer service and Industrial delivery organisations. He also headed the development of a Virgin Australia operation that was able to combine the LCC culture with the evolving network carrier that Virgin Australia was to become.
Rod has also previously been a member of the British Airways Ground Operations Senior Management team and was responsible for the successful delivery of operations at London Heathrow Airport’s new flagship terminal 5. He has taken on operations management roles across British Airways at both its main hubs and its subsidiary businesses and as such is proficient at driving through efficiency and productivity improvements within heavily unionised operational workforces.