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The HMG Aerospace team provides a wealth of experience across publishing, editorial coverage and event management. Hover over the images below for more information on team members based in the UK office. We also have a network of regular editorial contributors and event representatives located around the globe.

Mark Howells
Managing Director

Mark is Co-Founder and Managing Director of HMG Aerospace Ltd. Having amassed over 20 years of experience in the media sector, including a decade within aviation publishing and event management, Mark and his wife Becky founded HMG Aerospace in 2009. Since then, the company has overseen the ongoing development of the LARA and Inflight media portfolios, widely regarded as the leading global voices in low-fare and regional aviation, and IFEC and cabin technology, respectively.
Mark enjoys attending major aviation shows, conferences and exhibitions to meet clients and showcase the HMG Aerospace brands. He is always looking for new opportunities which has contributed to the company’s rapid growth in recent years. Mark brings unrivalled expertise in aviation media, contract publishing and market intelligence services.
Like many members of the team, Mark is a big sports fan although these days viewing is mainly from an armchair. He still dreams of his boyhood club, Liverpool FC, reigniting past glories and plans to prove doubters wrong about his fitness by establishing and taking part in a company 5-a-side football team.

 

Becky Howells
Company Director

Having worked in the aviation industry since the age of 21, Becky brings experience from the airport industry, as well as the airline sector, to the team.  She’s seen a lot of changes over the years and seen the industry evolve incredibly.  She has been described by peers as dynamic, driven, personable and as a person who gets the job done.
Becky worked for many years managing ACI EUROPE’s Communiqué Airport Business magazine and was promoted to develop the Conferences and Exhibitions for the association across the European region.  After a slight career break to start her family Becky returned to the industry to co-establish HMG Aerospace at the end of 2009. As a company Director, Becky oversees Events, Finance, Marketing and HR.
Outside of work Becky is regularly found performing on stage with an amateur dramatics group; with panto/comedy being her preferred genre;  drama is a love Becky shares with her 9 year old daughter, she is also a regular at the sidelines of the football pitch cheering on her 11 year old son whilst on a daily basis enjoys juggling all things ‘family’.  Family is the driving force behind everything Becky does with friends, good food and wine playing their part.

Alexander Preston
Inflight Editor

Alexander is editor of Inflight. He oversees the entire media portfolio which includes a bi-monthly magazine, online news service and active social media presence. Alongside other members of the editorial team, Alex travels to all corners of the globe to report live from major industry events. Alex also serves on the editorial board for the Inflight Pavilion, Workshop and Awards event series. With over 15 years’ experience as a journalist, he is a regular moderator and keynote speaker at IFEC-related events. He holds an MA Hons in English and History from Aberdeen University. Adding to the sporting rivalry in the office, Alex supports Crystal Palace FC.

Mark Thomas
LARA Editor

Having joined the team in March 2017, Mark leads all editorial activities across the LARA media portfolio. This includes sourcing and writing content for print and online channels, as well as developing the brand’s events presence. With an editorial career spanning 30 years to date, Mark brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. He joined HMG Aerospace from leading energy publisher, Hart Energy, having previously served as editor for a number of respected trade titles, primarily in the oil and gas industry.

Chloe Greenbank
Editor, Regional Gateway / Bespoke Publishing

With over a decade of experience in the publishing sector and a particular focus on in-flight magazines in Africa and Europe, Chloe is responsible for overseeing our bespoke publishing division. Charged with new business development, Chloe is integral in building on new and existing relationships with clients within the contract publishing sector. She also currently looks after our Regional Gateway title, leading editorial activities on this brand.
She loves everything about the aviation industry from mooching around the shops at the airport, to studying the in-flight entertainment offering and tucking into airline meals, to discovering new destinations. Landing in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 in the remote central Africa has been one of her career highlights, as has successfully launching various in-flight titles for airlines flying around the world.
Unlike most of the rest of the team at HMG, Chloe had no idea football even existed until a couple of years ago, when two of her children decided they quite liked the game. Most Saturday mornings are now spent huddled over a steaming mug of coffee while being rather vocal in support for that well known team Crookham Rovers FC. Perhaps less conventionally, Chloe also has a penchant for primates and 12 months of field experience studying mountain gorillas in Rwanda. If asked nicely she can actually speak gorilla!

Kimberley Levey
Editorial Assistant

After graduating from the University of Sheffield, Kimberley joined HMG Aerospace in summer 2017 as editorial assistant across the three media portfolios. She’s particularly interested in how technology can be used to improve customer experience and reduce the environmental impact of the industry. Out of the office she can be found baking, painting or just curled up with a book- as far away from a football field as she can get.

 

Toby Walton
Sales Manager

Toby is one of the longest-serving members of the HMG Aerospace team. He joined the company shortly after its formation and led the relaunch of Inflight magazine. Since then, he has been a vital part of the organisation’s impressive growth over the past 7 years. Toby’s primary focus remains on the Inflight portfolio and event sales, but his sales management spans the breadth of the business. With a decade of experience in aviation media sales, his extensive knowledge of the industry is a valuable asset to the clients he works with. Toby’s hobbies include travel, sports and spending time with his young family.

Ross McSweeny
Marketing and Communications Manager

Ross joined HMG Aerospace in spring 2016 and is responsible for commercial brand development of all media and events portfolios. Ross oversees all marketing activities across print, digital and social media, and is often travelling the globe to exhibit at major industry events. He is also the point of contact for all media partnerships. Prior to joining the company, Ross worked in marketing and external communications in the education sector. He enjoys the fast-moving world of aviation and the fresh challenges and opportunities it brings. Away from work, Ross is a keen sportsman, plying his trade in the Reading football league. He is also a season ticket holder at Fulham FC.

Helen Samson
Data and Market Research Executive

Helen joined HMG Aerospace in 2014 following a number of sales, marketing and account management roles in the brewing and publishing industries. Helen’s wider-ranging responsibilities include SEO, data management and analysis. Helen has been behind the launch of the all-new HMG Aerospace Directory, and is the primary point of contact for all Directory queries. At the weekends, Helen can often be found at the Stoop with her husband cheering on Harlequins RFC.

Louise Crawford
Circulation and Subscriptions

Lou is the friendly face and voice responsible for managing all print and digital magazine subscriptions. She processes all subscription applications and is the point of contact for any queries on this matter. Lou’s background lies in finance. As a petrol head fascinated by all things planes, trains and automobiles, Lou has found herself in an ideal industry. She particularly enjoys the office in the lead-up to the Farnborough Air Show, when we are treated to a perfect view of the aerial action.

Paul Firth
Graphic Designer

Paul is our in-house designer responsible for the design and creation of all publications, including the bi-monthly Inflight and LARA magazines. Paul was instrumental in the recent rebrand of the LARA media portfolio. He is the point of contact for any artwork enquiries. Paul joined HMG Aerospace in August 2015 after many years working in London for a German investment bank. His previous experience also includes design roles at BMW and Haymarket Media Group. As a keen tennis player and qualified coach, Paul enjoys spending time on the court or pursuing his other major hobby – wakeboarding.

Marina Blackburn
Production Editor

Marina joined the production team in November 2016. Marina’s background is in print production of children’s and licensed books, as well as gift products. Marina is responsible for all aspects of production across the HMG Aerospace product portfolio, and is the point of contact for any queries relating to these matters. Away from work, Marina enjoys textiles crafts, mostly knitting, weaving and dyeing.

Noah
Office Dog

Aged 2, Noah is the youngest member of the team. Friendly and approachable, he’s a perfect fit for the company culture. Noah enjoys attending company meetings to ensure colleagues are not ‘barking up the wrong tree’. In his spare time, he enjoys long walks, spending time with family and updating his bone collection.