Former European Operations Director
Colin started his career in the pharmaceutical industry and spent five years there before joining the surface coatings industry. He held several senior roles within the Technical, Quality and Operations functions during his nearly 40 years in the industry, prior to retiring as European Operations Director of Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems in July 2016. After spending 18 years in Operations Management at Sericol in Broadstairs Kent, Colin became Operations Director of Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, shortly after the acquisition of the Sericol Company by Fujifilm in 2005. Colin led the transition of the Sericol operation from being a small privately owned ink manufacturer through various acquisitions by Burmah Castrol, BP and finally Fujifilm.
Desiree is a recognised expert in the aviation industry for her work with leadership teams and individuals on leadership and professional development. Prior to her 18 years in aviation, Desiree lived in Argentina, then Germany, before being relocated to the US in 2011. Desiree served as a senior leader in the aviation industry on a global level, leading multicultural customer excellence teams for some of the most recognised airlines, airports and service providers. During that time she witnessed first-hand the importance of leadership development. Desiree currently speaks on the importance of leadership development in an ever-changing aviation environment, with an increased focus on profitability, customer service and safety.
Portfolio Director & Conference Chairman
Ground Handling International
Max joined GHI in 2017 after launching and hosting conference and award events in the UK manufacturing industry. A trained journalist, Max strives to deliver innovative content on stage, online or in print that challenges, educates and entertains. As a non-aviation professional - Max is always eager to don the hi-vis jacket and get out on the apron to experience the everyday challenges facing ground handling businesses and their airline customers. Max graduated as a biochemist from Cardiff University in 2001. He became a NUJ/NCTJ accredited journalist in 2003. Max went on to an award-winning 14 year editorial career including stints at magazines in the UK pub, pharmacy and manufacturing sectors. Outside of work - Max is never far from a book, the fridge or the 5-a-side football pitch.
Founder & Owner
Wolfgang has more than 20 years of experience in aviation. He held numerous management positions in ramp handling, cargo and passenger handling. He finally set up a centralised load control company before he decided to move into consulting. A specific passion of his is how people behave and decide. This led him into game theory and the quest to apply it to the aviation industry.