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A wealth of experience across publishing, editorial coverage and event management

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.

HMG AEROSPACE

Meet our specialist team

Mark Howells

Managing Director

Mark…

• Is Co-Founder and Managing Director.
• Is quietly confident that this year he will finally see his boyhood club, Liverpool,
become champions.
• Has over 20 years of experience in the media sector with unrivalled expertise in
aviation media, contract publishing and intelligence services.

Mark’s top travel tip:

Resist the temptation to line up at the gate before boarding begins – it won’t make the crew begin the process any sooner and will mean that when you do get onto the plane you’ll have achy legs!

Becky Howells

Company Director

Becky…

• Is Co-Founder and Company Director and oversees Events, Finance, Marketing
and HR.
• Is queen of motivational messages and will eventually convince you of their
power, however stoically grumpy you may be!
• Has worked in the aviation industry since the age of 21, with former roles seeing
her manage ACI EUROPE’s Communiqué Airport Business magazine and later
develop the association’s Conferences and Exhibitions programme.
• Is a keen – and extremely competitive! – netball player.

Becky’s top travel tip:

If you’re travelling as part of a group, choose the most responsible person and put them in charge of keeping hold of everybody’s passports. You wouldn’t believe how many people leave their passports in the baggage handling trays or at the tills in duty free!

Glenn Sands

LARA and RotorHub Editor

Glenn…

• Is Editor of the LARA and RotorHub portfolios.
• Has reported on multiple combat operations, including Operation Unified
Protector in Libya in 2011.
• Has over 20 years of aviation publishing experience, having written his first article
when he was 16.
• Spends a great deal of time researching USAF black programmes in the hope of
one day seeing a TR-3A or the Lockheed Snowbird.

Glenn’s top travel tip:

Regardless of the myriad download/viewing options that digital technology now offers, print off your ticket in the good old fashioned way because it just makes you feel more secure having that bit of paper clutched in your hand!

Alexander Preston

Inflight Editor

Alex…

• Is Editor of the Inflight portfolio.
• Is a stalwart supporter of ‘the mighty Palace’…
• Serves on the editorial board for the Inflight Pavilion, Workshop and Awards event
series, and is a regular moderator and keynote speaker at IFEC-related events.
• Is famed within the office for cycling down Mount Snowdon in almost exactly 30
minutes!

Alex’s top travel tip:

If you plan on trying to sleep on a plane, make sure to have a sleep mask handy in case your fellow passengers insist on keeping the overhead light on in order to read for the entire duration of the flight!

Chloe Greenbank

Regional Gateway Editor

Chloë…

• Is Editor of the Regional Gateway Portfolio.
• Has landed in the middle of Central Africa in the cockpit of a Boeing 737.
• Has two decades of editing and reporting for aviation magazines under her belt.
• Has been thrown by a silverback gorilla in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (true
story!)

Chloë’s top travel tip:

No matter where you're visiting or why, make sure you get up for at least one sunrise and go for an early morning explore! You'll avoid the crowds and it's a great time to meet the locals.

Kimberley Young

Senior Reporter

Kimmy…

• Is our Senior Reporter working across the LARA, Inflight and Regional Gateway
portfolios.
• Can always be replied upon to provide the office with a regular supply of
delectable home-baked goodies.
• Is particularly interested in how technology can be used to enhance the customer
experience, as well as the industry’s efforts to improve sustainability.
• Is our go-to tech girl who we always turn to when our ‘Computer says No’!

Kimmy’s top travel tip:

Slip an easy-to-read paperback into your hand luggage when on a long flight. As fun as the in-flight entertainment is, sometimes you just need a break!

Toby Walton

Sales Manager LARA & Inflight

Toby…

• Works across the LARA and Inflight portfolios as Sales Manager.
• Insists on having two teabags in every cup in order to achieve the optimum tea
strength (which apparently cannot be achieved with just one tea bag and less
milk.)
• Led the relaunch of Inflight during HMG’s early years.
• Thinks that Chelsea is the best football club out there…

Toby’s top travel tip:

Do not leave your suitcase in the back of a taxi, or if you must, make sure that you’re wearing footwear suitable for chasing said taxi down the road as it speeds off into the distance!

Janine Boxall

Sales and Business Development Manager, Regional Gateway

Janine…

• Is Sales and Business Development Manager for the Regional Gateway portfolio.
• Has aviation in her blood as her father was a Fleet Arm Air Navy pilot.
• Has worked in the defence and aviation sector since leaving university, and has experience in sales, publishing, communications and research.
• Is the proud owner of a paddling of over 100 ducks!

Janine’s top travel tip…

Always take a swimsuit, as sometimes even the most unlikely hotels have a pool!

Shelley Potts

Sales Manager, RotorHub

Shelley...

• Is Sales Manager for the RotorHub portfolio.
• Has a different perspective of the Paris Airshow to most, having flown over it in a Sikorsky S76.
• Used to work for Helicopter World, a previous incarnation of RotorHub.
• Is three times British Youth Judo Champion!

Shelley’s top travel tip:

Don’t forget your emergency hairspray, because however short that walk from the gate to the aircraft is, the wind will get to it!

Richard Prescott

Media and Sales Executive, LARA

Richard...

• Is Media Sales Executive for the LARA portfolio.
• Used to run battlefield tours to Normandy where he would sit next to the pilot in a 1946 Dove Aircraft.
• Boasts extensive experience in both Sales and Events, encompassing leadership/directorial roles at AQA and Intergroup Assistance.
• Describes himself as an occasional golfer and country walk specialist.

Richard’s top travel tip:

Ignore the hard stuff and drink lots and lots of water!

Steve Lodewyke

Production and Design Editor

Steve…

• Is Production and Design Editor.
• Is a keen fly-fisherman and sloe gin distiller.
• Has more than 37 years of experience editing consumer and business
publications, market-leading specialist titles, customer magazines and trade journals.
• Will get more words than you in any crossword – always!

Paul Firth

Graphic Designer

Paul…

• Is our Graphic Designer, working across all four media portfolios.
• Boasts perhaps the most adventurous sporting hobby of us all – wakeboarding!
• Has held design roles in the banking, automotive and media industries.
• Paul is a qualified tennis coach with a competitive spirit and a stinging backhand –
game, set and match!

Paul’s top travel tip:

Resist the temptation to spend the whole flight engrossed in the inflight entertainment, otherwise you’ll have square eyes and a pounding headache by the end of it!

Louise Crawford

Circulation and Subscriptions

Lou…

• Looks after circulation and subscriptions.
• Spends a great deal of time trying to resist her new puppy’s puppy dog eyes –
unsuccessfully we might add!
• Leads on our customer relationship management and email marketing software.
• Is a regular at car and motorbike shows around the country.

Lou’s top travel tip:

Buy a good supply of sweets from duty free before you get on the plane. However determined you are to resist the temptation to snack, two hours into that flight you’ll have given in and forked out a fortune for the inflight trolley options!

Emma Walker

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Emma…

• Is our Communications and Marketing Specialist.
• Hopes to attain her Purple Belt in kickboxing before the end of the year.
• Has a strong background in press, marketing and social media, with a skillset tested across the aviation, arts and hospitality industries.
• Was extremely disappointed when she learned that Noah, the office dog, wasn’t permitted in HMG’s new offices. She plans to launch a petition…

Emma’s top travel tip:

Don’t forget that the temperature drops quite a bit when you get above the clouds, so bring a blanket if you feel the cold!

Alice Dott

Digital Marketing Assistant

Alice…
• Is our Digital Marketing Assistant
• Is a keen open water swimmer and triathlete, in 2019 she completed her first full Ironman, achieving 4th place in her age group.
• Has a strong foundation of knowledge in online marketing, event management and customer relationship systems.
• Has a passion for skiing and mountaineering, and she has lived and worked in various ski resorts around the world, including Japan and NZ.

Alice’s top travel tip:
Wear compression socks for long haul flights; this will stop your feet from swelling up!