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PrivateFly has brought together a diverse and highly experienced team from across the travel industry.

This unique online booking system makes private jet charter quicker and easier to arrange and is supported by a wealth of industry knowledge and bespoke VIP customer service.

For private aviation advice or private jet hire prices contact us or call +44 (0) 1747 642 777 (24 hours).

Adam Twidell - PrivateFlyAdam Twidell, CEO

Adam is PrivateFly's CEO and co-founder. After 10 years as a RAF pilot and then flying private jets himself, Adam saw the opportunity to use technology to transform the fragmented private jet market.

Favourite aircraft: Citation XL "A great all-rounder with enormous appeal."

Favourite airport: London City Airport "Excels as a business airport for efficiency and proximity to the City."


Carol CorkCarol Cork, Sales & Marketing Director

Prior to launching PrivateFly as co-founder in 2008, Carol worked in the media, including several roles at Conde Nast. She brings extensive experience and understanding of luxury travel brands.

Favourite aircraft: Global Express "A truly long range private jet - offering global connections in complete luxury."

Favourite airport: Cannes Mandelieu Airport "Lands you in the heart of the French Riviera, but with the privacy of a private jet airport."


Geoff VillanoGeoff Villano, Vice President of Sales

Geoff has over 18 years of experience in senior management, consultative sales, recruiting, business development and strategic planning within the leisure, travel & tourism industries, healthcare and hospitality.

Favourite aircraft: Falcon 7X"One of the more advanced business jets in the market. Not only is it gorgeous, it's extremely safe with it's signature 3 engine design."

Favourite airport: Teterboro Airport"Close proximity to Midtown Manhattan makes it an incredibly convenient airport for those travelling to the Big Apple by private jet."



Steve Francis - European Jet Charter salesSteve Francis, Head of European Sales

Steve brings experience from working in a Business Jet Operator, as well as several years in a global airline working in their Commercial Department.

Favourite aircraft: Challenger 350"The ultimate super-midsize jet with cross contiental range and a spacious cabin."

Favourite airport: Mykonos Airport"One of our most popular airports for private jet flights in the summer months."


Richard HardyRichard Hardy, Chief Technical Officer

Richard oversees PrivateFly’s IT development and brings considerable experience of building complex web applications for international organisations, including roles at ICL/Fujitsu and the BBC.

Favourite aircraft: Falcon 7X "An elegant private jet with cutting edge technology."

Favourite airport: Queenstown Airport "An incredible airport to land at, and ski above!"


Ben - PrivateFlyBen Watts, Finance Director

Ben heads up PrivateFly's Finance Team. He is a qualified Management Accountant (ACMA) with over 11 years' experience as Finance Director in the media and luxury retail sectors.

Favourite aircraft: Beechcraft King Air "The world's best-selling turboprop can be used for luxury leisure, business or medevac. Adaptable and cost-effective."

Favourite airport: London RAF Northolt "A great balance of location, price and service for London's private jet market."


Matt - private jet operationsMatt Barber, Sales Manager

Matt joins PrivateFly's Flight team after studying Aeronauticals Engineering, He has a passion for the science of aviation and new aircraft design.

Favourite aircraft: TBM700 "The TBM700 has a powerful single engine which combined with a light body weight, makes for an enjoyable flight."

Favourite airport: Teterboro Airport "The main private jet airport serving New York, located just outside Manhattan."


Alex Peake - private jet operationsAlex Peake, Operations Manager

Alex Peake is PrivateFly’s photography expert, after travelling the world taking photos of aircraft, his aircraft knowledge and portfolio of private jet photos was of such a high standard Alex was offered an internship which led to a full-time role as part of the operations staff.

Favourite aircraft: Bombardier Global 5000 "The Bombardier Global 5000 is a stunning long range jet with a range of up to 5000 miles."

Favourite airport: Samedan St. Moritz "A popular private jet destination amount skiing enthusiasts wanting to reach the glamorous winter resort ."


Robert - private jet operationsRobert Schwegmann, Active Flights Manager

Robert brings a wealth of aviation knowledge to the team. He is a South African licensed commercial pilot and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Business Management. He has worked in helicopter and private charter companies and has flown commercially in many parts of Africa, an important emerging market for business aviation.

Favourite aircraft: Pilatus PC12 "An exceptionally versatile, cost-effective aircraft, with awesome performance on short dirt strips and a luxurious interior, making this the perfect African charter aircraft."

Favourite airport: Cape Town International "An incredible approach with False Bay and the famous Table Mountain in the backdrop, the gateway to paradise."


Marion - private jet operationsMarion Delano, USA Flight Advisor

Marion joins PrivateFly's Flight Team after studying aviation management at Saint Louis University. He is a private pilot and previously worked for Signature Flight Support. His focus is on the U.S. market, where PrivateFly is now rapidly expanding.

Favourite aircraft: Gulfstream G280 "The perfect super mid-size aircraft offering an expansive cabin and transcontinental capabilities, the G280 is perfect for almost any trip."

Favourite airport: Aspen-Pitkin Airport "One of the most stunning approaches in the world, and of course the airport is just steps away from the world-class slopes of Aspen."


Pierre - private jet operationsPierre Crochet, Flight Advisor

With a Masters degree from Toulouse Business School, Pierre joined the PrivateFly team after working at Cannes Mandelieu Airport. Fluent in French and English and a passionate traveller, he has lived in many cities across Europe: Paris,Toulouse, London, Cambridge, Barcelona and Nice.

Favourite aircraft: Falcon 900LX "A tri-jet aircraft with a French touch...irresistible!"

Favourite airport: Long Beach Airport "Surely one of the cutest airports I have been to! I just fell in love with Long Beach Airport, it represents the southern California spirit perfectly."


Philip - private jet operationsPhilip Lodge, Flight Advisor

Philip first joined PrivateFly's Flight Team as an intern, and was offered a permanent role, following his 1st class BSc Aerospace Technical degree. A self-confessed AvGeek, he has some pilot training under his belt and enjoys photographing the exterior and interior of private jets as a hobby.

Favourite aircraft: Bombardier Global 6000 "Fantastic performance and the ultimate in comfort. Great to look at and exciting to watch!"

Favourite airport: Geneva Airport "You can see a great variety of aircraft against a stunning backdrop of mountains and lake."


Kristian - private jet operationsKristian Lee, Flight Advisor

Kristian joined the PrivateFly Flight team after studying Aviation Management at Coventry University. He is an aviation enthusiast who holds a private pilot licence and is aspiring to become a commercial airline pilot.

Favourite aircraft: Gulfstream G650 "A luxurious spacious cabin with great speed and long range performance."

Favourite airport: St Maarten "A great approach for pilots with fantastic views for planespotters. It's also located in the Caribbean, so ideal for a great holiday!"


Jordan - private jet operationsJordan Oates, Flight Advisor

Jordan joined the PrivateFly team after achieving a 1st class degree in Aviation Management. He is a qualified pilot with previous experience in flight operations. Originating from Fort Lauderdale, Jordan's role supports PrivateFly's expansion in the US market.

Favourite aircraft: The Mitsubishi MU-2 "A versatile utility aircraft with a high cruising speed of 325 knots. Able to get in and out on the shortest of strips, it is a proven twin engine turboprop."

Favourite airport: Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport "The airport I grew up around, it gives a beautiful view of the magnificent city of Fort Lauderdale on approach"


Baptiste - jet charterBaptiste Seguy, Flight Advisor

Baptiste brings a well established passion for aviation to PrivateFly. Originally from France, he arrived at PrivateFly after completing his Masters in Management and working in Denmark.

Favourite aircraft: Cessna Citation CJ2 "One of the most popular aircraft available on the charter market. And for good reason - excellent performance and cabin comfort."

Favourite airport: Billy Bishop Toronto City "Consistently voted as one of the most beautiful airport approaches, and located on its own island."


Julien - private flight advisorJulien Vivarelli, Flight Advisor

Julien joins PrivateFly after completing a degree in Aeronautical Sceience & managemernt from FIT University (Florida), and then working in private jet operations at Nice Airport. He speaks French, English and Spanish, and is an expert in private jet flights in and around the Cote d'Azur. 

Favourite aircraft: Cessna Citation XLS "Reliable and efficient mid-size aircraft - ideal for European flights for up to 8 with luggage."

Favourite airport: St Tropez "One of the busiest airports on the French Riviera for private jet flights during the summer months."


Nick - flight expertNick Combes, Flight Advisor

After studying Aviation Technology at Salford University, Nick has worked in various aviation, travel and sales roles, including as a Sales Executive for Manchester United. Nick is a South African originating from Durban, and now living in the UK.

Favourite aircraft: Citation X "The pinnacle of efficiency. The world's fastest commercial aircraft, flying higher to get you there quicker."

Favourite airport: Lugano Airport "Beautiful scenic approaches and variable weather offer for a different experience with every flight."


Ben private jet charter advisorBen Coles, Flight Advisor

Ben's love of aviation started as a child growing up below the Heathrow flight path, but more importantly when he flew to Cape Town on his first 747-400. After completing a degree in Geography he worked for ITV in advertising sales before moving to join PrivateFly's flight team.

Favourite aircraft: Phenom 300 "Fantastic Light aircraft, with a stunning BMW designed interior"

Favourite airport: Courchevel "A unique airport with a stunning approach, minutes from the slopes"


Sam - private jet operationsSam Turner, Executive Assistant

Sam provides valuable support to the Leadership Team and PrivateFly's CEO Adam. With a love for travelling, she has visited many countries such as Dubai, Ibiza, Cancun and the USA.

Favourite aircraft: HondaJet "Stylish and colourful, it promises to shake things up in the small jet market."

Favourite airport: Dubai International "I love Dubai, there's such a sense of excitement and energy from the moment you arrive at the airport."

Vidya - Business Analyst & User Acceptance TesterVidya Puthur, Business Analyst & User Acceptance Tester

After previously working as a designer for different companies, Vidya trained in QA Testing and moved to the field of IT. She has been working as a Test Analyst since, and is responsible for User Acceptance Testing at PrivateFly.

Favourite aircraft: Citation Latitude "It was so exciting to see its first UK flight recently."

Favourite airport: Barcelona Airport "Just 15 minutes from one of my favourite cities."


Andrew - PrivateFly software developmentAndrew Holland, Senior Developer

After many years of experience developing back-end applications within the financial industry, Andrew joined PrivateFly as a Senior Java Developer.

Favourite aircraft: BN2 Islander "This tough turboprop can land on difficult terrain, even shallow water."

Favourite airport: Havana Jose Marti International Airport "Cuba is a stunning place and now accessible to a bigger audience, with travel restrictions from the US lifting."


Veronica Project ManagerVeronica Friery, Business Programme Manager

Veronica looks after the Project and Programme management of all the projects and innovations at PrivateFly. Before joining PrivateFly Veronica worked as Programme Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

Favourite aircraft: Airbus 319CJ "Pure luxury, long distance range allowing me to go and visit all the family scattered around the world."

Favourite airport: Pantelleria Airport "Runway landing on top of a mountain and with the most beautiful Mediterranean sea views. The gateway to a secret island ideal for deep sea diving, good food and disconnecting from the world."


Viv - PrivateFly in the pressViv Diprose, Head of Communications

Viv has 20 years' experience in marketing and PR. Prior to joining PrivateFly, she worked mainly in the financial services sector, on online price comparison brands.

Favourite aircraft: Gulfstream G650 "The most desirable long range jet in the market, pushing the boundaries of speed and range."

Favourite airport: Barra Airport "A unique and stunning beach landing - well-deserved past winner of our airport landings poll."


Hannah - Corporate Sales ManagerHannah Needs, Corporate Sales Manager

Hannah looks after PrivateFly's corporate clients and partnerships, with her role centered around account management and business development. Prior to joining PrivateFly, Hannah worked in sales for Marriott Hotels.

Favourite aircraft: BBJ (Boeing Business Jet) "It's not just about the destination, but about the journey. And on this luxury long range jet, you might not want to get off!"

Favourite airport: Terrance B. Lettsome "The gateway to the British Virgin Islands. A minute's walk and you can be drinking a painkiller cocktail whilst watching your yacht moored in the bay."


Alex - PrivateFly websiteAlex Nott, Digital Marketing Director

Alex oversees PrivateFly’s digital marketing. She brings over 10 years’ experience in online travel industry roles, including for Railbookers and Online Travel Company.

Favourite aircraft: Beechcraft KingAir "The classic prop, combining range and on board space."

Favourite airport: Farnborough Airport "Beautiful modern architecture and exclusively used for private aviation (and the occasional James Bond film!)"


Charlotte Digital MarketingCharlotte de Beaumont, French Digital Marketing Executive

Charlotte is originally from Toulouse. Her passion for aviation started young as her father worked in the space industry. She moved to Montreal, Canada before completing her Masters in Marketing in the University of Hertfordshire.

She previously worked for an international exhibitions organiser and is now responsible for PrivateFly's marketing activities to the French market.

Favourite aircraft: Falcon 2000 "A classic example of French engineering excellence from Dassault, capable of crossing continents and long range flights."

Favourite airport: Nice Airport "The gateway airport to the Cote d'Azur, and offering a choice of elegant FBOs for private jet arrivals."


Nicole - USA Digital Marketing & Content ExecutiveNicole Kinawi, USA Digital Marketing Executive

Nicole is helping expand PrivateFly into the US market. Originally from Buffalo NY, Nicole recently completed her Masters in Digital Marketing at the London School of Business and Finance. Previously, she worked in Chicago as a Social Media and Content Marketing manager.

Favourite aircraft: Legacy 600 “One of the most cost effective, long range private charter jets, the Legacy 600 offers a spacious cabin for up to 13 passengers. Plus it can do a non-stop flight between my two homes: New York and London!"

Favourite airport: Van Nuys Airport “Van Nuys is one of the busiest airports in the world and only sees traffic from private jet charter. Due to its close proximity to Hollywood, the airport is preferred by celebrities, politicians and business execs and has also appeared in many films – most famously, Casablanca!”


Zena - Finance ManagerZena Rose, Finance Manager

Zena works in the PrivateFly’s finance team. She is a qualified ACCA and has experience working for both large and small companies.

Favourite aircraft: Phenom 300 “The Phenom 300 is a beautiful aircraft, with its BMW designed interior seats that convert to comfortable lie-flat beds and its stunning exterior that keeps with the high standards of the Phenom range."

Favourite airport: Frankfurt Egelsbach “Frankfurt Egelsbach is the busiest private jet airport in Germany, and is approximately 20km from one of the first financial centres in Europe.”


Jessica - Accounts AssistantJessica Blackman, Accounts Assistant

Jessica joined PrivateFly's Finance Team after working in insurance. She loves to travel and has visited Barbados, USA, Greece, Spain and a number of ski destinations, with many more places on her wishlist.

Favourite aircraft: Phenom 100 “It's small, fast and very stylish!"

Favourite airport: Malaga Airport “The gateway to Spain's Costa del Sol, you arrive with the promise of sun, sea and fun.”


Tex - resident labradoodleTex, Resident Labradoodle

With many private jet customers enquiring if they can fly with pets, part of Tex's duties are to visit pet-friendly FBOs and report back on the PrivateFly blog. Other duties include going for long walks in the park.

Favourite aircraft: Citation XL "A good all-rounder with more than enough luggage space for my bed, bowl and large stick collection".

Favourite airport: London Biggin Hill "Home to SkyPets, the airport’s dedicated facility for handling private jet flights with domestic pets."


For a personalised quote or further information on private jet hire please contact us or call +44 (0) 1747 642 777 (24 hours).

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