Our People

Chris Dare

Managing Director

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

He was appointed Managing Director in June 2016 and he has overall responsibility for MAEL, a leading Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) with a focus on cost-efficient service delivery to our blue-chip customers.

He was previously part of 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.

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, he has managed 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 accountable 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 development of the Maintenance Planning and Control (MPAC) function. 

Hayley Moore

Head of Human Resources

Hayley joined Monarch in 1996 as a Youth Training Scheme (YTS) Trainee and has held many roles within the Human Resources (HR) team becoming a HR Business Partner for MAEL in 2008.

In 2017 she became Head of HR and built a new team which focuses on supporting all people initiatives, providing payroll, pensions and benefits as well as implementation of people policies. Their key objective is on employee engagement and being an employer of choice.

Matt Castle

Head of Finance

Matt joined Monarch as Financial Controller of the engineering business in 2014 where he was responsible for all of the core finance functions. After holding the role of Head of Asset Finance within the Group, he returned to MAEL in May 2017 as Head of Finance.

Now, he takes responsibility for all financial aspects of the business creating a new finance team which serves MAEL as a standalone MRO. This allows finance to support a growing organisation and assist in planning for the future.

Matt became ACCA qualified in 2006, following four years in an audit practice and took on his first industry role with David Lloyd Leisure. Prior to joining Monarch he undertook a number of positions during seven years within Home Retail Group, most recently as Trading Performance Manager for Homebase.

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.

David Doherty

Head of Commercial

David joined Monarch in March 2017 as Head of Commercial, where he leads the Business Development, Commercial and Customer Support functions for Monarch Aircraft Engineering. With more than 20 years of aviation experience within MRO management, airline operations and business jet support, David brings a passion for delivering market leading customer service and value.

David previously held positions at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group as Head of Business Development and ATC Lasham as Group Sales and Commercial Manager. Prior to this, he has also held operational airline roles with KLM UK and Air UK, as well as ground operational positions with MAS.”

Tony Eversden

Bid Manager

Tony began his career at Monarch Aircraft Engineering in 1995 as an Aircraft Engineering Apprentice and once qualified worked within the Luton facility.

He progressed his career over five years working for various MRO’s across Europe before returning to Monarch in 2005 where he held a number of positions including, Lead Engineer, Duty Maintenance Engineer and Maintenance Control Engineer.

In 2016 Tony was appointed Bid Manager and is responsible for managing the Bid Team who control all technical aspects of the RFP process.

Andy Lowi

Business Development Manager

Andy is the Business Development Manager for Monarch Aircraft Engineering, heading up the Sales Team with responsibility for building key customer relationships, identifying business opportunities, negotiating business deals.

Andy maintains extensive knowledge of current market conditions having joined MAEL in 1989, working within the Logistics Supplies Department.

In 2005, Andy was appointed Regional Sales Manager, working within the Sales and Marketing team and was responsible for seeking new business within the industry.  Prior to this Andy worked as a Priority Support Officer on the AOG desk.

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.

Elliot Shiels

Sales Executive. Spares Trading

Elliot started his career at Monarch in 2015 as a Materials Controller buying spares for the base maintenance requirements and a year later he moved into the Aircraft on Ground (AOG) Desk to work as a Support Officer.

In 2018 he joined the Sales team working in Spares Trading where he is responsible for sourcing and purchasing materials for Monarch Aircraft Engineering operations, managing supplier contracts and ensuring all airworthiness regulations are adhered to.

To contact one of the team please email engineering@monarch.co.uk.

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