Chapman Freeborn

The Chapman Freeborn group was established in the UK in 1973. The company has offices worldwide including North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. In the cargo market, Chapman Freeborn Airchartering specialises in the charter and lease of aircraft for a wide-ranging customer base, including freight forwarders, multinational corporations, governments, humanitarian agencies and a host of industries around the globe.

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CHAPMAN FREEBORN APPOINTS TWO FEMALE LEADERS AS IT REVEALS 2023 GENDER EQUALITY STATISTICS AHEAD OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY


The air charter specialist appoints new Global Supplier Relations Director and Country Manager – South Africa to expand the delivery and operations of its global services

London, UK, Tuesday 7th March 2023: Chapman Freeborn has appointed Catriona Taylor to the newly created position of Global Supplier Relations Director and Jenny van Wyk has been promoted to Country Manager – South Africa, to help build its global operator relationships and regional enterprises.

In her role as Global Supplier Relations Director, Taylor will further Chapman Freeborn’s focus on building and strengthening operator relationships both new and old, with carriers and other operators across all products within the Group.

Taylor has worked with Chapman Freeborn for 18 years, most recently in the position of Group Passenger Operations Director, where she oversaw passenger and VIP charters across the business.

“The key to Chapman Freeborn’s 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,” said Taylor.

“Catriona has been with Chapman Freeborn for many years and has continually been a vital support to our Passenger Teams around the world,” said Neil Dursley, Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Chapman Freeborn.

“I look forward to expanding our operator relationships on a global scale under Catriona’s leadership.”

As Country Manager – South Africa, van Wyk will manage operations, develop business, and ensure that the region’s operations align with the company’s mission and objectives.

Van Wyk has been with Chapman Freeborn for nine years as a member of the passenger team based in South Africa.

“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,” said van Wyk.

“I have a great team alongside me and together we will hold the Africa baton up high.”

Both appointments follow a review of Chapman Freeborn’s internal HR data, which showed an 18 percent increase in women in leadership positions at the company compared with this time last year.

The charter specialist’s workforce now comprises 45 percent women, which is significantly higher than the aerospace industry average of just 24 percent (source: Aviation Week Network).

“While we look beyond gender at Chapman Freeborn; we’re proud of the parity that exists throughout the business – from senior leadership positions to new hires,” said Sara Petre, Head of Human Resources, Chapman Freeborn.

“Our recruitment process and company culture reward performance and capability over individual characteristics, so seeing women make up 45 percent of the business is brilliant.

“That said, barriers still exist, and it’s our responsibility as an industry to challenge them.”

Chapman Freeborn continues to drive its ambitious 2023 recruitment campaign, aiming to significantly exceed the workforce growth it achieved in 2022.

About Chapman Freeborn

The Chapman Freeborn Group was established in the UK in 1973.

Chapman Freeborn offers specialist passenger services including private jet charters for executive travel and large aircraft for crew rotations and international group travel.

In addition to passenger services, Chapman Freeborn offers freight services, specialising in the charter and lease of aircraft for a wide-ranging customer base, including freight forwarders, multinational corporations, governments, humanitarian agencies, and a host of industries around the globe. It also provides on board courier services.

The company has offices worldwide including North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Chapman Freeborn is part of the Avia Solutions Group family, the world’s largest ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) provider, with a fleet of 213 aircraft. The group also provides a range of aviation services including MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul), pilot and crew training, ground handling, as well as a variety of associated services. Supported by 12,000 highly skilled aviation professionals, the group operates worldwide.

For more information, please visit chapmanfreeborn.aero.


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CHAPMAN FREEBORN APPOINTS TWO FEMALE LEADERS AS IT REVEALS 2023 GENDER EQUALITY STATISTICS AHEAD OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The air charter specialist appoints new Global Supplier Relations Director and Country Manager – South Africa to expand the delivery and operations of its global services

London, UK, Tuesday 7th March 2023: Chapman Freeborn has appointed Catriona Taylor to the newly created position of Global Supplier Relations Director and Jenny van Wyk has been promoted to Country Manager – South Africa, to help build its global operator relationships and regional enterprises.

In her role as Global Supplier Relations Director, Taylor will further Chapman Freeborn’s focus on building and strengthening operator relationships both new and old, with carriers and other operators across all products within the Group.

Taylor has worked with Chapman Freeborn for 18 years, most recently in the position of Group Passenger Operations Director, where she oversaw passenger and VIP charters across the business.

“The key to Chapman Freeborn’s 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,” said Taylor.

“Catriona has been with Chapman Freeborn for many years and has continually been a vital support to our Passenger Teams around the world,” said Neil Dursley, Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Chapman Freeborn.

“I look forward to expanding our operator relationships on a global scale under Catriona’s leadership.”

As Country Manager – South Africa, van Wyk will manage operations, develop business, and ensure that the region’s operations align with the company’s mission and objectives.

Van Wyk has been with Chapman Freeborn for nine years as a member of the passenger team based in South Africa.

“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,” said van Wyk.

“I have a great team alongside me and together we will hold the Africa baton up high.”

Both appointments follow a review of Chapman Freeborn’s internal HR data, which showed an 18 percent increase in women in leadership positions at the company compared with this time last year.

The charter specialist’s workforce now comprises 45 percent women, which is significantly higher than the aerospace industry average of just 24 percent (source: Aviation Week Network).

“While we look beyond gender at Chapman Freeborn; we’re proud of the parity that exists throughout the business – from senior leadership positions to new hires,” said Sara Petre, Head of Human Resources, Chapman Freeborn.

“Our recruitment process and company culture reward performance and capability over individual characteristics, so seeing women make up 45 percent of the business is brilliant.

“That said, barriers still exist, and it’s our responsibility as an industry to challenge them.”

Chapman Freeborn continues to drive its ambitious 2023 recruitment campaign, aiming to significantly exceed the workforce growth it achieved in 2022.

About Chapman Freeborn

The Chapman Freeborn Group was established in the UK in 1973.

Chapman Freeborn offers specialist passenger services including private jet charters for executive travel and large aircraft for crew rotations and international group travel.

In addition to passenger services, Chapman Freeborn offers freight services, specialising in the charter and lease of aircraft for a wide-ranging customer base, including freight forwarders, multinational corporations, governments, humanitarian agencies, and a host of industries around the globe. It also provides on board courier services.

The company has offices worldwide including North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Chapman Freeborn is part of the Avia Solutions Group family, the world’s largest ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) provider, with a fleet of 213 aircraft. The group also provides a range of aviation services including MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul), pilot and crew training, ground handling, as well as a variety of associated services. Supported by 12,000 highly skilled aviation professionals, the group operates worldwide.

For more information, please visit chapmanfreeborn.aero.