Our People

Ian Bartholomew

Ian Bartholomew

Managing Director

Ian joined Monarch in 2003 as Marketing Sales Manager and progressed to Head of Sales and Marketing before being promoted to the board of Monarch Aircraft Engineering. With responsibility for directing the sales and marketing department, including the acquisition of new business, all commercial contracts and supply chain activities comprising technical procurement and warehousing and logistics, Ian is also responsible for the Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy (MAETA). In August 2014, Ian was appointed Interim Managing Director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, taking his place on the Group Executive Committee.

With over 25 years’ experience in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul industry (MRO) Ian has previously been involved in leading large business transformation projects within the MRO sector and held senior commercial management positions at Air UK and KLM UK Engineering, where he was managing large teams responsible for major commercial contracts, purchasing and logistics both within the UK and the Netherlands.

Ian is also a member of the Institute of Directors and Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and holds formal management qualifications.


Derek Gibson

Derek Gibson

Commercial Director

Derek began his career as an apprentice with Monarch in 1981 and worked as an aircraft engineer on the Monarch fleet until 1987.

He then took up several sales roles outside of the aviation sector before returning to Monarch in 1991 as a Sales Engineer, moving to a more senior sales role until joining KLM UK as Head of Engineering Marketing and Sales between 1996 and 1999.

He returned to Monarch as Sales and Marketing Manager and in 2003 was promoted to his first Director’s role, where he had responsibility for logistics, procurement, sales and customer service. 2006 saw him take on the position of Operations Director alongside his other responsibilities with sister company Monarch Technical Support before his role was expanded to cover the leadership and development of the sales division by becoming Sales and Marketing Director.

Derek then took his breadth of experience to the role of Maintenance and Operations Director in 2010, a role which was enhanced to Compliance and Service Delivery Director. In 2014 Derek was appointed Commercial Director with overall responsibility for procurement, supply chain and repair management including the sales and customer experience departments allowing for great influence in delivering the exceptional customer service Monarch are rightly known to provide.

Keith Earnden

Keith Earnden

Engineering and Maintenance Director

Keith joined Monarch in December 2010 taking on responsibility for the management of Continuing Airworthiness activities undertaken by Monarch’s Technical Services and Planning functions. He was also responsible for the management of the EASA Part 21J Design Services team within the business.

Prior to joining Monarch, Keith was with Cobham Aviation Services (FR Aviation), where he spent 6 years initially as Contract Manager at RAF Waddington before taking on the role of Engineering Director in 2007 responsible for Line and Base maintenance for a fleet of 26 aircraft. Before his time at Cobham Aviation Services, Keith also spent 2 years as Director of Engineering at Emerald Airways Engineering as well as over 20 years as an Engineer with the RAF.

In February 2014 Keith took an additional role as Continued Airworthiness Management Director for Monarch Airlines having previously been the deputy for this position. More recently following changes across the Monarch Group, he has been appointed Engineering and Maintenance Director. In this key role Keith will be responsible for all of Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s service delivery and operational support areas including Line and Base Maintenance, Technical Services, Design Services and, Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy (MAETA).