Mat has been involved in the ownership, operation and management of former military aircraft since the early 1990’s and is the Managing Director of HHA. After university he pursued a management consulting and city-banking career, having worked for ( amongst others) Bain Strategic Consultants, Robert Fleming Investment Bank and Commerzbank. In 2000 he founded HHA as a standalone Defence Contractor and is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, overseeing all its activities including finance, marketing and corporate liaison. He is both an MAA and CAA approved Accountable Manager Post Holder.
Simon is HHA’s Operations Director. He spent 20 years in the Royal Navy as a Sea Harrier pilot, leaving in 1996 as Commanding Officer of 899 NAS. Simon completed ETPS in 1987 and, during his subsequent tour at Boscombe Down, was involved in the flight test programmes of Harrier, Jaguar and Tornado.
He joined BAES at Dunsfold as a company test pilot and quickly became involved in the Joint Strike Fighter programme, which took him out to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to participate in the X-35 Concept Demonstrator Aircraft programme. Simon flew the X-35A and X-35C before performing the first flight and all subsequent envelope expansion flying on the X-35B STOVL aircraft.
On return to the UK he became DCTP at BAES Warton where he participated in the flight test programmes of Typhoon, Tornado, Harrier and Hawk. He has remained active in the Royal Navy Reserve Air Branch, initially flying Sea Harrier and now the Hawk with 736 NAS. He has 8,500 hrs on a large variety of types, including over 1,000 hrs on the Hunter.
He was awarded the GAPAN Derry and Richards Memorial Trophy in 2002 and, in 2004, the OBE for Services to Aviation.
In addition to his role as Ops Director, Simon is HHA’s MAA approved Flight Ops and Test & Evaluation Post Holder.
Neil Richardson heads up HHA’s MAOS activities. Having graduated from engineering training at RAF Halton, Neil worked on types as diverse as the Lightning, Buccaneer, Harrier and Nimrod R1 reaching senior NCO rank. After 31 years RAF service he joined HHA in 2007 and took on the role of Head of Maintenance in 2013. He is an MAA endorsed Form 4 Management Personnel Post Holder for Mil P 145 MAOS Maintenance Activities.
DAVID KEATING – MIL AND CIVIL CONTINUING AIRWORTHINESS MANAGER (CAM) & AIR SAFETY MANAGER
Dave Keating is HHA’s Continuing Airworthiness Manager (CAM) and is responsible for the Continuing Airworthiness Management of all HHA Military Resisted Civil Owned Aircraft (MRCOA) types as well as those aircraft types operated under a Permit to Fly. In addition, he is HHA’s Air Safety Manager responsible for the organisation’s Air Safety Management System (ASMS) and associated Hazard Logs.
Dave joined the RAF in 1982 as an Airframe Technician, before later undergoing Multiskilling training to include Propulsion trade training. He has extensive experience in a number of roles including instructional and Project Team duties covering a wide variety of aircraft from Jet Provost and Hawk Training aircraft up to the Sentinel R1.
He joined HHA in 2012 as the Quality Manager before transferring to his current roles in Feb 2016. He is an MAA endorsed Form 4 Management Personnel Post Holder for CAMO Continuing Airworthiness Management Activities.
Michael Cameron is HHA’s Quality Manager undertaking Quality Audits on the various regulatory endorsed corporate activities, thereby ensuring compliance with both HHA Expositions and mandated Regulatory Articles. In addition, he is HHA’s Training Delivery Manager with a particular emphasis towards Egress systems.
Mick spent 27 years in the RAF as a Weapons Technician but the majority of his time was on escape systems. During his Service he was employed on Lightning’s, Nimrods, Buccaneers, Hunters, Phantoms and Tornados. Towards the end of his Service he spent several years supporting the RAF AAES Authority in a consultant role. During this time he was responsible for accident investigation, quality, procedure and publication reviews and routinely visited all the seat maintenance facilities in a troubleshooting capacity.
After leaving the RAF Mick joined Martin-Baker Aircraft and was Chief Technical Instructor for several years before moving to Business Development. This saw Mick auditing customers worldwide to develop their capabilities and ensure MRO compliance and he also carried out accident investigations. During this period Mick became involved in Human Factors, Event Investigation, Pt 145 implementation and Safety Management Systems.
Mick left Marin-Baker in 2014 and worked in Industry as a Quality Manager for 1.5 years. He joined HHA in Feb 2016 and is an MAA endorsed Form 4 Management Personnel Post Holder for Quality Audit Management Functions.