Mr Chatfield is the Executive Chairman of Avation PLC and has been instrumental in founding and growing the Company. Mr Chatfield has managed and been a director of a number of companies involved in the airline industry, data distribution, electronics, investment, broadcasting and manufacturing sectors. He has Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering Science degrees from the University of Western Australia. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.
He was born in Perth, Australia and is a Permanent Resident of Singapore.
RODERICK DOUGLAS MAHONEY
Mr Mahoney was appointed an Executive Director of the Company in December 2011. He currently holds the position of Chief Commercial Officer with the Company and was previously a fleet planning and aircraft procurement consultant to the Company prior to his appointment.
Previously he was a project advisor to a variety of Asia-Pacific airlines, suppliers and other aviation businesses and consulted to Virgin Blue and V Australia for 3 years. Before that, he held various executive positions at the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus for 23 years, largely within the sales division, and was responsible for sales valued at some US$10bn in the European, Asian, Chinese and Pacific regions.
Mr Mahoney holds a Masters degree in Applied Finance (MAppFin) from Macquarie University in Sydney, a Masters in Air Transport (MSc) from Cranfield University in the UK, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (BSc. Hons) and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. Mr Mahoney holds dual nationality of Australia and Great Britain.
DR STEPHEN FISHER PHD
In addition to his role at Avation PLC, Stephen is Chairman, Principal and Chief Investment Officer of First Degree Global Asset Management Pte. Ltd., a privately owned asset management company in Singapore founded in 2011. First Degree Global Asset Management operates a number of strategies for its clients including a Fixed Income focused hedge fund.
Stephen has had two decades experience as an investment professional with leading investment management groups in the United States, Asia and Australia. From 2000 to 2011 he was Managing Director and Head of Global Fixed Income Product - Asia Pacific at JPMorgan Asset Management. Stephen held the positions of Australian Head of Capital Markets Research from 1992 - 1996, and Asia Pacific Regional Head of Capital Markets Research at J.P. Morgan Investment Management, Inc. from 1996 - 1998.
Stephen’s particular areas of expertise are in quantitative analysis of fixed income, equities, asset allocation and derivatives. He has advised Central Banks and Sovereign Wealth Funds on their reserves management practice, and his research on investment management issues has been widely published in academic and industry journals.
Stephen has a Master of Science (Finance) and a PhD (Finance) from the WE Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester, New York and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.
Mr Sharples has had a life long interest in aviation. He is a Singapore resident and is currently the CEO of Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia. Previously Mr Sharples was Corporate Secretary and Head of Legal and export control department at Airbus in Toulouse, France. He has experience as a Director of a Toronto Listed public company (Vector Aerospace Corporation) and companies in Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.
Mr Sharples has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the Cranfield School of Management. He is a licenced pilot, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS) and retired with the military rank of Commander, Royal Navy.
Mr Sharples is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS). He holds dual British and French Nationalities.
Mr Richard Wolanski, B.Comm, ACA, is a Chartered Accountant and his qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
He has provided corporate, strategic and financial advisory assistance to public companies in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Mr Wolanski has significant corporate experience during his career serving in a range of Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Company roles. In his current role as Finance Director at Avation PLC, he is primarily responsible for maintaining access to equity capital.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Robert Heese, CGA, CPA is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada.
He has over 35 years of experience in providing financial leadership in a diverse range of public and privately held companies in Asia and North America. In addition to his current role in leading corporate reporting and strategic planning activities, his experience in previous CFO roles included equity capital market and debt capital market actions.
Director, Corporate Finance
Mr Nicholas currently holds the position of Director, Corporate Finance and is the main point of contact for all of the group’s banking relationships and asset backed finance.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Nicholas was a Director at an international general aviation group where he was involved in financing, negotiating and contracting of approximately 200 aircraft transactions. Mr Nicholas has also held an appointment at Bell Helicopters where he was responsible for sales within the Asia Pacific region. Mr Nicholas also holds auditing, accounting and business development experience.
Mr Nicholas is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, holds an MBA (with Finance Concentration) from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BSc in Mathematics and Management from Kings College, University of London. Mr Nicholas was born in the United Kingdom and is a permanent resident of the Republic of Singapore.
Director - Treasury, Compliance & Risk
Mr Iain Cawte is a Chartered Accountant with two decades experience with companies operating in the transportation and energy trading sectors. He has served in senior financial management and Director level roles in Singapore since 2007. Mr Cawte has extensive experience in asset financing, cash management, risk management, international taxation and compliance. As Director - Treasury, Compliance & Risk for Avation PLC, Mr Cawte is primarily responsible for treasury/cash management, hedging/risk management, tax planning & compliance.
Mr Cawte holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Manchester and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.