Our People

Chris Dare

Chris Dare

Managing Director

Chris Dare was appointed Managing Director, Monarch Aircraft Engineering in June 2016, in addition to his role as Chief Information Officer.

He joined Monarch in 2011 as Group Information Services Director and the Group Executive Committee in January 2015 as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

He has responsibility for the Group's engineering company, a leading Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) with a focus on cost-efficient service delivery to both Monarch and blue-chip third-party customers, and for IT across the Group. Chris joined Monarch from the Merlin Entertainment Group/The Tussauds Group, where he worked for 12 years and held the position of IT Director. Prior to this he spent six years with Coca Cola and Schweppes Beverages Ltd as Network Services Manager.


Derek Gibson

Derek Gibson

Commercial Director

Derek began his career as an apprentice with Monarch in the early 1980’s and worked as an aircraft engineer on the Monarch fleet until 1987.

His career diversified at this point and he worked both within the aviation sector and outside in various commercial roles. In 1996 he joined KLM UK as Head of Engineering Maintenance & Contracts before returning to Monarch in 1999.

Since re-joining Monarch Derek has held various positions including Maintenance and Operations Director and in 2014 he was appointed Commercial Director with overall leadership responsibility for procurement, supply chain, sales and customer support teams.


Andy Mackay

Andy Mackay

Head of Maintenance

Andy joined Monarch in September 2015 as Head of Maintenance where he is responsible for Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s line and base maintenance across all UK and European locations.

As a licenced engineer of over 35 years, Andy brings a wealth of knowledge to the company and has over 20 years senior management experience in the MRO business.

Prior to joining Monarch, Andy was the Operations Director and Deputy Accountable Manager for KLM UK Engineering, responsible for their base and line maintenance operations at six UK locations.


Lee Burgess

Lee Burgess

Head of Engineering

Lee started his career at Monarch as an aircraft apprentice in 1987 and moved into his first management role in 2006. Since then, Lee has managed both the Maintenance Group Planning and Capacity Planning departments, before stepping into his first senior management role as Head of Maintenance Control and Capacity Planning in 2008.

Now, as Head of Engineering, he is responsible for the management of Continuing Airworthiness activities undertaken by Monarch’s Technical Services and Planning functions. He is also responsible for the management of the EASA Part 21J Design Services team within the business, and remains responsible for developing the Maintenance Planning and Control (MPAC) function within Birmingham.


Dave Norton

Dave Norton

Head of Sales

Dave joined Monarch Aircraft Engineering in 1984, and started his career as a Customer Support Supervisor. He transferred to Monarch’s Manchester hangar facility in 1996 and was responsible for all commercial activity within the Sales and Marketing department. Although he left the business in 2010 he returned in 2013 to head up the Sales team.

As Head of Sales, Dave’s responsibilities include managing sales activities from initial contact to finalizing contracts for Base and Line Maintenance, Part M Management Services and Component Maintenance.


Neil Kirby

Neil Kirby

Sales Manager

Neil joined Monarch Aircraft Engineering in 1996, working initially within Stock Audit and Logistics Handling. He joined the Sales and Marketing team in 2001 and has held a number of positions which include the role of Customer Support Supervisor and Sales Analyst.

Neil was appointed as Sales Manager in 2011, and was initially responsible for acquisition of new business in the line and light maintenance sectors and most recently was Spares Trading Sales Manager, overseeing the day to day component sales, exchange and loans, while actively reviewing additional revenue streams and long term trading strategies.

Neil is now responsible for the sales activities for Base Maintenance, Component Services and Part M Management Services.


Phil Acreman

Phil Acreman

Business Development Executive

Phil joined Monarch Aircraft Engineering in 2011, having been with Monarch Technical Support (MTS) since 2002. At MTS he was responsible for seeking new customers and increasing revenue for MTS.

He is now responsible for seeking new business and for the initial contact with new customers. He is also responsible for maintaining and increasing business with current customers in the company’s core business areas.

 


Michelle Wiles

Michelle Wiles

Marketing and PR Executive

Michelle joined The Monarch Group in 1992 where she worked with Monarch Technical Support who specialises in providing tailored aerospace personnel. In 2006 she joined the Sales and Marketing department where she currently holds the position of Marketing and PR Executive.

Delivering a first class standard of service at all times, Michelle manages both online and offline campaigns including advertising, branding, email marketing, PR, direct mail, print and events.

With over 22 years experience in the aviation industry, Michelle’s is now responsible for all of Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s Marketing and PR activities.


To contact one of the team please email engineering@monarch.co.uk or call the office on +44 (0)1582 398644.