This year's speakers for Ground Handling International

Adam Simmonson
Head of Operations Compliance UK & Ireland


Adam describes himself as a passionate, highly motivated and ambitious individual. He has a proven track record of driving change and strengthening compliance execution, resulting in enhanced performance, broader strategic partnerships and a superior customer value proposition. Adam has worked in the aviation industry for six years and has thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic challenge. His academic background is rooted in food safety, environmental pollution, occupational safety and health and risk management.

Alwyn Brice
Editor in Chief

Ground Handling International

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.

Bruno Vandenbroucke
VP Sales

KPASS Airport

David Cross
Ground Operations Quality & Safety Manager


As Ground Operations Quality & Safety Manager, David is responsible in delivering end-to-end compliance oversight in relation to all ground operations areas and providing specialist support covering all core “Back of House” functions, including setting policy and standards. He is also responsible for owning and delivering development, change initiatives and strategic engagement with handling partners and equipment suppliers to drive key safety, compliance and efficiency improvements. David has over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry, having been previously employed by Continental Airlines, Menzies Aviation and Monarch Airlines in various roles, covering all areas of airport operations.

Diego Alonso Tabares
Ground Operations Sr. Eng


Diego holds an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering and Airport Engineering from UPM, Madrid University. He has been working in Airbus since 2003, initially preparing the A380 for entry into service in airports worldwide and then taking care of aircraft/airport compatibility issues for all current and future aircraft types. He participates in several standardisation organisations and chairs the SAE AGE3 Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Committee. Diego has worked in several research European projects and continues to champion innovation in the airport ramp.

Herve Gueusquin
Managing Director

Air Business Consultants

Herve is an aviation professional with more than 24 years of experience. His solid airline background is founded on the basis of several managerial positions within four different airlines, namely Air UK, KLM, Northwest Airlines and Air France, where he worked in various areas such as procurement, sales, load control, ground operations and hub procedures. Additionally, Herve has served as District Manager in Yerevan and was Airport Manager in Washington, Barcelona, Bangalore, Lagos and Algiers. He is the collaborative author of the Station Manager Manual, a concise publication for all Air France- KLM Airport Managers worldwide. Herve is currently Business Development and Training Support Manager at the Ecole des Escales, the Air France Ground Services academy. He has a Master's in International Relations and he is a lecturer at the Ecole Nationale de L'Aviation Civile, the French Civil Aviation University in Toulouse, France.

Ian Bell

Global Safety Partners

Between 1980 and 1991 Ian was an Airline Operations Co-ordination/ Duty Manager. In 1991, Ian moved to Shell Australia, spending time in the road transport, fuel supply, terminal businesses. He spent 9 years in the Aviation business as the company's Aviation Operations Manager & Safety Manager . He consulted internationally within the Shell Aviation business showing airport managers how to get efficiency with safety performance and developed Shell's USA airport refuelling entry showing that you can integrating safety with operations profitably! Since 2014 he has been the Director at Global Safety Partners, a safety consultancy specialising in helping companies achieve great safety performance with operational efficiencies. As a well renowned safety consult, Ian is working for companies including IOR Aviation, Toll Aviation, Toll Logistics, Airworks, Sullair, Citywide Group, Meinhardt Global Engineering and Mildura Airport.

Ivar Busk

Aviation Care Consulting

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.

Max Gosney
Content Director & Chairman

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.

Neale Millett
Principal Consultant

Wright Stuff Consulting (UK)

Neale is currently celebrating over 50 years in aviation and is successfully now running his own consultancy business, specialising in all aspects of airport operations. After serving in the Air Traffic branch of the RAF and for the British Aircraft Corporation, he moved into the cargo airline business and has, at various times, been an Operations Controller, Flight Dispatcher, Loadmaster and Station Manager, before joining DHL in 1985. After a brief spell with competitors in the early 1990s, he returned to DHL and took responsibility for airside activities at the start of 1992, moving on to the global role at the beginning of 2005. He has represented DHL at various times, as Chairman of the IATA Ground Handing Council, the IATA Load Control Working Group and the IATA Airside Safety Working Group. Neale is currently a Human Factors, Ramp Safety and W&B Instructor for IATA.

Nick Heemskerk
Director Global Product Development – GSE

JBT Aerotech

Nick is Director of Global Product Development for JBT AeroTech - GSE. He is responsible for the development of JBT's aircraft loaders, de-icers, conventional and towbarless tractors, transporters and passenger boarding steps, and directs engineering teams in Orlando, Madrid and Kunshan in China. Nick was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he obtained his BA in Engineering and an MBA. He joined JBT (called FMC at the time) in 1997 at the European headquarters in Brussels and moved to Orlando to join the GSE business in 2000.

Nicolas Verin


Nicolas VERIN joined TLD in January 2006 as C.O.O. of TLD Saint-Lin, one of the 2 French factories and participated to the development of this factory for 4 years. He contributed in particular to the development of a green product line, with a large variety of electrical vehicles (Baggage tractors, Belt loaders, Passengers stairs and 3,5 Tons loaders). He joined then TLD CANADA as C.O.O. in May 2010, and was in charge of this large factory having the most intensive extension through very important programs, like the LLTT for the US Navy awarded in 2009, the new K-Loader PFA-50 with a first award by the DND in 2010, and the manufacturing of 3 DBL for BOEING, giant loaders for the Dream Liner supply chain management. In July 2015, he took the group position of Chief Manufacturing Officer. Since January 2017, he is RCEO for TLD EMEAI, covering the 3 factories and the 2 sales entities, such as TLD EUR and TLD MEAI. Nicolas VERIN is graduated by a master’s degree in Engineering, General Studies from ENSAM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers) PARIS TECH – France in 1994. He spent most of his experience in production management in several companies. In particular, he started as workshop manager in RENAULT LE MANS factory (France), experiencing team management and lean manufacturing (KAIZEN, 5S, …) during 4 years. He moved then into a small company as production manager (Movable parts wall) for 3 years. And before joining TLD in 2006, he expatriated in ANGOLA- Luanda for 3 years with his family to join AMECSPIE - subcontracting Oil Company as technical Director.

Sarah Flaherty

IHP Solutions

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.

Sarah Tapley
Membership Development Co-ordinator


Sarah Tapley is a Chartered Ergonomics and Human Factors specialist and currently the Membership Development Manager at the UK’s Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF). The CIEHF is the UK’s professional body for the scientific discipline of ergonomics and human factors. The Institute has a vibrant membership base which helps us to raise awareness of the discipline and to set standards of professional practice and accreditation.

Sarah’s previous experience includes over 20 years working for the HSE as a Specialist Inspector where she worked in the aviation sector addressing issues around baggage handling and musculoskeletal disorders.

Simon Walker
Managing Director

Virtual Aviation College

Simon is Managing Director of Virtual Aviation College and Aquila Aviation, two companies specialising in aviation consultancy and multi-media training for the aviation industry. His experience includes senior positions with the Provisional Airport Authority in Hong Kong, Avmark Asia and Electra Aviation, in addition to working with British Aerospace and as an airline pilot with Air UK, following training with British Airways. He is a faculty member of ACI's Global Training Hub.

E-learning projects have included the development of ramp safety, SMS, Dangerous Goods Awareness and airside operations modules for ground handling companies, airports and airlines.

Simone Bovi
Ground Outstation Manager


Simone holds a Law degree from the University of Milan, part of which involved a thesis on the use of force against civil aerial intruders and international law. He started his aviation career at Eurofly, where he worked in the department of customer care, and collaborated with other departments in projects such as the phase-in of new A330 aircraft. He has been working at Neos since 2007, having joined the ground operations department.

As ground outstation manager, he is responsible for ground handling supplier provision and implementing the company strategy in terms of standards, safety, training and quality of service. He is also involved in compiling and updating ground operations manuals and procedures.

Stuart Carmichael
VP Network Health & Safety Standards

Menzies Aviation

Stuart has overall responsibility for the Health, Safety & Security of all Menzies Aviation employees, business units, airports, cargo and ancillary operations across continental Europe. A senior member of the John Menzies Group Risk function, he delivers a strategic approach to the continuous development and implementation of our safety and security management systems as well as providing training and guidance into our incident and accident reporting techniques and risk control methodologies.


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