Sir Ralph graduated from Imperial College, London and joined Rolls-Royce as a graduate apprentice in 1955. He served on the Board of Rolls-Royce for 20 years as Managing Director from 1984, Deputy Chairman from 1989 and latterly as Executive Chairman from 1992-2003. He has also served as Chairman of Cable & Wireless plc and as a Director of Standard Chartered plc, Schroders plc and Marks & Spencer plc. Sir Ralph is a former Chairman of The Defence Industries Council and former President of The Society of British Aerospace Companies. He is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of Imperial College, an Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Mechanical Engineers and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Marwan is Chief Executive Officer of Gama Aviation Plc. He is a successful entrepreneur with a proven track record of building value through organic and inorganic growth, as evidenced by the scale of Gama Aviation’s development over the last three decades. Gama Aviation’s growth, over a period marked by a number of profound economic recessions, has resulted in a leading global aviation services group. He graduated with a BEng in Civil Engineering from the University of London. Marwan is also Chairman of the BBGA.
Stephen co-founded Gama Aviation together with Marwan Khalek in 1983. He has been fundamental to the institution of a number of process improvements that have been commended by regulators and industry auditors alike. Stephen retains a flying role both on the line and in training, regularly flying helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. His flying duties place him in regular contact with a wide variety of clients, allowing him to have a direct, qualitative understanding of their needs and requirements.
Kevin, a Chartered Accountant, has been with the Gama Group companies (“Gama Group”) since January 2013 and, in his role as Group Finance Controller, was a key member of the senior management team that worked towards the merger of Hangar8 Plc and the Gama Group
Michael qualified as a chemist at Oxford University and subsequently obtained an MBA from Manchester Business School. His initial industrial career in various management roles was at Pfizer and Croda, where he was Managing Director of the Chemical Division. He turned round and built up the Holliday Chemicals Group, which was floated on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in 1993 and subsequently sold to Yule Catto in 1998 where he was Deputy Chairman until 2007. He has experience as Chairman and Director of a number of other publicly listed and private SMEs. Michael also served on the Council for Management Studies at Oxford University (Said Business School) from 1991 to 2009.
Peter is a chartered accountant with 25 years’ experience at board level within the leisure and travel industry. He adds complementary skills to Gama Aviation’s founding directors; having been CEO of a major British leisure airline and managing the mergers, acquisitions and group finance functions of a variety of service companies. Peter graduated from University College Cardiff with a BSc in Economics.
It is the intention of the New Board to appoint a further Non-Executive. Whilst at an early stage, this process has commenced.