Speakers

Chairpersons

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.

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.

Gary Thistlethwaite

Health, Safety & Compliance Manager


Stobart Aviation Services

Jelmer Melissen

Chief Technology Officer


Smart Solutions by Viggo

Jelmer started out in aviation working as a baggage loader at Eindhoven airport, whilst studying at the University of Technology, where he was caught by the aviation virus. After gaining operational experience in the various Viggo daughter companies, Jelmer became the leader of the Viggo Business Development team, subsequently becoming the CTO of Smart Solutions by Viggo, a separate consulting branch within the Viggo holding. As a happy father of 1 son, I try to divide my time between my family, work and long distance cycling.

Matthias Huettner

Senior Vice President Global Operations


Swissport

Matthias is Senior Vice President Global Operations at Swissport. He is responsible for Swissport’s operational standards (policy, manual and standard operating procedures, global training) and global fleet management. In his function, Matthias aligns to industry bodies such as IATA to assure compliance with international standards. Before joining Swissport, he worked as a Manager for SWISS International Air Lines and as Senior Consultant on behalf of Lufthansa Consulting for various airlines and airports across the world.