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 Maintenance

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 gained significant experience in a number of management roles within the maintenance, engineering, and commercial areas of the business. In his last role as Head of Engineering he was the nominated post holder for continuing airworthiness management, and became a Director in 2017.

Now, as Head of Maintenance, he is accountable for the management of three heavy maintenance facilities in Luton and Birmingham, numerous Line Stations in the UK and across Europe, and the Component Maintenance Centre. 


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.

Keith Earnden

Head of Engineering

Keith started his career in aviation as an RAF Halton Apprentice before moving to the civil sector in 2002 with Emerald Airways. Since then he has held a number of senior roles with different companies in the intervening years including Monarch as both a Form 4 holder and post holder for continuing airworthiness. Prior to joining MAEL he was Group Maintenance Director for Flybe.

Joining MAEL in July 2018 as Head of Engineering he is the Nominated Post Holder for Continuing Airworthiness. As such he is accountable for ensuring the highest standards are maintained for the aircraft now managed by MAEL. With a wide global customer base across several operators the focus is ensuring we deliver a safe and effective service to our very diverse customer base.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Daniel Marriott

Sales Executive. Spares Trading

Daniel is the newest member to the Spares Trading team, joining Monarch in June 2018 as a Sales Executive. He is responsible for the sale, exchange and loan of MAEL stock, while ensuring all airworthiness regulations are adhered to, sourcing and purchasing materials and managing customer accounts.

Daniel previously held positions at Stonegate Pub Company within Commercial, as Property Maintenance and Project Executive. Prior to this, he also worked as part of their financial team as an Accounts Executive for Business Done

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

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