Speakers

Alwyn Brice

Managing Editor


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.

Christiaan Hen

CCO


Assaia International

Christian Bergfelder

Director Network Airside & Airport Affairs - Europe


DHL

Christian is the Director Network Airside & Airport Affairs for DHL in Europe and has been in his current position since January 2011. His responsibilities range from ramp safety, airside related training and ground handling contracts up to aircraft weight and balance systems and DHL`s Operations Standards, which are a key connecting link between airline and ground operations. Prior to this he had been managing the Network Operations Control Centre of DHL's biggest hub in Leipzig. Before joining DHL in January 2009, Christian filled a number of management positions in the aviation industry, with a strong focus on ground handling and cargo operations, including that of Station Manager in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Cologne for Swissport International. He is also the current Chair of the IATA AGSA Technical Group and a member of the IATA Cargo Handling Council.

Colin Boughton

Former European Operations Director


Fujifilm

Colin started his career in the pharmaceutical industry and spent five years there before joining the surface coatings industry. He held several senior roles within the Technical, Quality and Operations functions during his nearly 40 years in the industry, prior to retiring  as European Operations Director of Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems in July 2016. After spending 18 years in Operations Management at Sericol in Broadstairs Kent, Colin became Operations Director of Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, shortly after the acquisition of the Sericol Company by Fujifilm in 2005. Colin led the transition of the Sericol operation from being a small privately owned ink manufacturer through various acquisitions by Burmah Castrol, BP and finally Fujifilm.

Francisco Renteria

SMS & Emergency Response Coordinator


VivvaAerobus

Gary Thistlethwaite

Health Safety & Compliance Manager


Stobart Aviation Services

Maria Arizmendi

Ground Safety Coordinator


VivaAerobus

Max Gosney

Portfolio Director & Conference Chairman


Ground Handling International

Max joined GHI in 2017 after launching and hosting conference and award events in the UK manufacturing industry. A trained journalist, Max strives to deliver innovative content on stage, online or in print that challenges, educates and entertains. As a non-aviation professional - Max is always eager to don the hi-vis jacket and get out on the apron to experience the everyday challenges facing ground handling businesses and their airline customers. Max graduated as a biochemist from Cardiff University in 2001. He became a NUJ/NCTJ accredited journalist in 2003. Max went on to an award-winning 14 year editorial career including stints at magazines in the UK pub, pharmacy and manufacturing sectors. Outside of work - Max is never far from a book, the fridge or the 5-a-side football pitch.

Ross Priday

Aeronautical Director


GMR Aviation Consulting

Ross is a highly experienced leader, engineering manager, Type Airworthiness and Continuing Airworthiness Management specialist. Working at an executive level, Ross helps clients to understand the challenges and developmental needs within their own organisations and is skilled in identifying and delivering the practical solutions required to improve operational, financial and performance benefits. He specialises in the analysis of complex, organisational problems, focusing on people as the most valuable asset and helping to create simple plans that deliver tangible results. He brings expertise in Just Culture, human error, safety risk management and other associated safety performance disciplines.

Rusty Prewitt

Director Corporate Safety


American Airlines

Rusty has been with American Airlines since 1989. Most recently he was  Senior Manager, Technical Operations Compliance, after spending a year in Technical Operations as a Program Manager. His other posts have included Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Manager, Regulatory Compliance. A wide experience of the airline has seen him involved over the years in talent management, line maintenance and service agreements, as well as having delivered management courses at various US universities and colleges.

Sebastien Ayche

Design Enginner


Charlatte Manutention

Sebastien joined the Fayat Group in 2012 as a Mechanical Engineer in an apprenticeship scheme. This occupied him for three years before he had his first experience abroad in the GSE field with Charlatte America, where he worked for 18 months. He then joined Charlatte Manutention in France in 2016 as a project manager to help develop and improve the conveyor beltloaders in terms of design and regulations. Today Sebastien is also part of the Charlatte autonomous tractor project on the commissioning and customer experimentation process side.

Tom Dombroski

Sr Manager Corporate Safety & Compliance


American Airlines