The British Business General Aviation Association has elected Aoife O’Sullivan, Partner and co-founder of The Air Law Firm, as its new Chair and Alex Durand, CEO of aircraft charter and management company SaxonAir as Vice Chair, a new role, effective immediately. Aoife takes over from Marwan Khalek who has held the position for eight years. His company Gama Aviation Plc has been closely involved with BBGA and its predecessor GAMTA since Gama’s start in 1983. Marwan announced his decision to step down at the AGM at Luton Hoo last month, highlighting it was time for a successor.
Thanking Marwan for his sterling work over the years, Marc Bailey, BBGA CEO welcomed the new leadership. “In Aoife and Alex we have a strong duo with complementary talents to take our Association forward,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the Board for their confidence in voting for me. Marwan leaves big shoes to fill and I am looking forward to working with Alex, Marc, the BBGA Directorate and BBGA’s 18-strong Board of Directors in helping to shape the future direction of the Association,” commented Aoife O’Sullivan.
She added: “We are in the midst of extremely challenging times with the uncertainty of Brexit. One of our priorities is to further the relationships we enjoy with other industry associations, as well as maintaining the excellent dialogue we enjoy with the regulators including the CAA and DfT.”
“BBGA is the largest of the national associations and with the UK the second largest market for business aviation not only in the number of aircraft tails supported but our aviation services businesses and all manner of supporting suppliers and specialists, we would like to see more UK businesses take up membership,” she added. Expanding the membership, as well as widening it out with some innovative categories is also on the agenda for the new leadership.
Aoife will serve for an initial three-year term.