Chapman Freeborn appoints women to leadership roles


Catriona Taylor (left) and Jenny van Wyk (right)

Charter firm Chapman Freeborn has appointed two women to newly created leadership roles on International Women’s Day.

The UK-headquartered company has promoted Catriona Taylor to director of Global Supplier Relations, and Jenny van Wyk to manager of South Africa.

Both appointments follow a review of the company’s internal HR data which showed an 18% increase in women in leadership positions compared to the previous year. Women now make up 45% of Chapman Freeborn’s workforce.

Taylor has worked with Chapman Freeborn for 18 years and was most recently director of Group Passenger Operations. She said: “The key to our success has always been our strong supplier relationships, and I’m looking forward to cementing our global network even further, keeping up with the momentum we’ve built over the years and forging new relationships with suppliers across the world.”

Van Wyk was most recently a member of the Passenger Team based in South Africa, having been at the company for almost a decade. She said: “I will make my mark by combining Chapman Freeborn’s vision and mission with my own as I work to take our African operations to the next level, strengthening our teams and products in the region.”

Sara Petre, head of Human Resources, Chapman Freeborn said: “While we look beyond gender, we’re proud of the parity that exists throughout the business, from senior leadership positions to new hires. Our recruitment process and company culture reward performance and capability over individual characteristics, so seeing women make up 45% of the business is brilliant.”