Leadership Team

  • Bob James

    Bob James

    Managing Director
    Bob James

    Bob James

    Managing Director

    Bob James studied Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in 1984 and has a career spanning Rolls Royce PLC, British Airways and General Electric. He is a highly regarded professional in his field having presented at many industry conferences, undertaken expert witness activity and having previously co-founded an engine management, sales and leasing company, sold to DVB Bank SE in July 2007.

    Mr James is renowned for his passion for the aviation business and his entrepreneurial leadership style. Establishing AerFin Limited in September 2010 and selling an 80% interest to CarVal Investors in December 2014, Mr James has brought access to significant capital and market reach which strategically positions the AerFin business for continued growth with shareholder interest very much aligned. The business specializes in providing end of life solutions for investors, MROs and airlines exposed to technically challenging assets and includes spare engine, airframe and engine material supply chain solutions.

  • Steven Ades

    Steven Ades

    Financial Director
    Steven Ades

    Steven Ades

    Financial Director

    Steven Ades FCCA Is a certified chartered accountant, who joined AerFin in 2010 at its inception. Prior to working at AerFin he headed up the finance function for entities in both the travel industry and bespoke software industry. Mr Ades has managed the finance function of the business through a period of rapid growth, which included the sale of a majority equity stake to CarVal Investors in December 2014.

    Steven has primary responsibility for all aspects of financial control, P&L, cash-flow management and reporting within the business. He also manages IT systems and has strategic responsibility for business planning and acquisition funding. During his career at AerFin Steven has benefitted from Industry specific exposure allowing him to develop financial tools for evaluating maintenance costs on new engine programs, and develop modelling techniques for the acquisition of aircraft and engines.

  • Auvinash Narayen

    Auvinash Narayen

    Head of Acquisitions & Leasing
    Auvinash Narayen

    Auvinash Narayen

    Head of Acquisitions & Leasing

    Auvinash Narayen is an experienced engineer, having previously worked for Air Mauritius and a global aircraft engine consultancy services provider engaged in the acquisition and leasing of aircraft engines. A fluent French speaker, Mr Narayen progressed from maintenance engineering into asset management, trading and leasing having held various positions including responsibility for managing an Airbus asset management active fleet portfolio.

    Mr Narayen has undertaken various roles including deal origination, engine leasing and business development across a broad product range of mid thrust and large fan engines. Mr Narayen has extensive knowledge of modern power plants and an established MRO network. His responsibilities within AerFin are origination, contract negotiation and management.

  • Chris Hooley

    Chris Hooley

    Director - Airframe Division
    Chris Hooley

    Chris Hooley

    Director - Airframe Division

    Christopher Hooley holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) having gained extensive experience in the aviation industry during his 25 year tenure at British Midland (BMI). His career at the airline covered a wide range of senior positions within Engineering, including technical records, reliability, production planning and control and more latterly as General Manager – Commercial & Supply Chain. In 2006 Christopher left BMI to establish Airline Services Components Limited (ASC) holding the position of Managing Director and was instrumental in the collaboration with AerFin which lead to the eventual acquisition of the business assets of ASC.

    Mr Hooley is now a senior member of the AerFin team in the position of Director - Airframe Division, responsible for all aspects of the London Gatwick operation covering Stores, Logistics, MRO, Contract Management and Sales relating to Airframe Components whilst maintaining close liaison and ensuring functional integration with the Bedwas team. 

  • James Bennett

    James Bennett

    Director - Sales & Marketing
    James Bennett

    James Bennett

    Director - Sales & Marketing

    James joined AerFin in July 2016 as a senior member of the management team. He has a career spanning nearly 20 years in the aviation industry including senior commercial and sales and marketing positions within a leading engine consultancy services business, a rapidly growing aerospace and electronics parts manufacturer and Chromalloy, the worldwide manufacturing and repair services provider of gas turbine engine parts. The 8 years in Chromalloy Thailand leading sales and customer services, culminated in a number of long term agreements, particularly with China Airlines & Siemens and Rolls Royce, where James was the commercial lead in securing the first Trent 1000 repairs outside of the Rolls Royce network.  

    James’ responsibility at AerFin is devising and executing the sales and marketing strategy for the group and leading the wider sales team on building long term agreements with strategic customers in the leasing, airline and MRO community.   

  • Toby Clouston

    Toby Clouston

    Legal Counsel
    Toby Clouston

    Toby Clouston

    Legal Counsel

    Toby Clouston was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2008.  Prior to joining AerFin in June 2016, he worked for top tier, London based, international law firms as well as being seconded to a leading aircraft engine leasing company. Mr Clouston has extensive legal experience in the commercial and corporate aviation finance, leasing and trading sectors and has worked for a wide range of aviation lenders, lessors, operators and aviation service providers across various asset types. 

    As AerFin's legal counsel, Mr Clouston works closely with AerFin's airframe and engine divisions and their origination, leasing and PBH, consignment, component support and consultancy teams throughout each deal cycle. Mr Clouston oversees general legal matters for the AerFin group and also manages risk, compliance and company secretarial functions and sits within AerFin's management team.

Acquisitions Team

  • Christian Smith

    Christian Smith

    Acquisitions Manager
  • Oliver James

    Oliver James

    Engine Trading Manager
  • Simon Walker

    Simon Walker

    Director Asset Management

Sales Team

  • Mark Kelsey

    Mark Kelsey

    Sales Director – EMEA
  • Tony Stilwell

    Tony Stilwell

    Sales Director – Asia-Pacific
  • Scott Kelsey

    Scott Kelsey

    Sales Director – EMEA
  • Francois-Xavier Rault

    Francois-Xavier Rault

    Sales Director – EMEA
  • Alejandro Cuartas

    Alejandro Cuartas

    Sales Director – Latin America
  • David Hobbs

    David Hobbs

    Sales Director- Engines

MRO & Contracts Team

  • Nick Filce

    Nick Filce

    Director - Asset Sales & MRO
  • Richard Jowett

    Richard Jowett

    VP - Purchasing & Programs
  • Mark Shimizu

    Mark Shimizu

    Products & Sales Manager
  • Mat Punter

    Mat Punter

    Head of Repairs
  • Mark Healey

    Mark Healey

    Engine Repairs Manager

Technical & Operations

  • Simon Bayliss

    Simon Bayliss

    Group Head of Operations
  • Ben Pinington

    Ben Pinington

    Head of Operations - LGW
  • Robbie Robson

    Robbie Robson

    Technical Asset Manager
  • John Christian

    John Christian

    Technical Operations Manager
  • Liz Cridland

    Liz Cridland

    HR Manager