Air Partner appoints Ian Holder as managing director of Baines Simmons

Air Partner, the UK-based global aviation services group with a cargo charter division, has appointed Ian Holder as managing director of Baines Simmons, the aviation safety consultancy it acquired in 2015.
Holder takes up the role immediately, reporting directly to Air Partner chief executive Mark Briffa, and will also sit on the group’s operating board.
Holder joined Baines Simmons as a principal consultant in 2015 and his promotion follows a thorough internal and external recruitment search. He will remain based at the Baines Simmons office at Fairoaks airport and will focus on accelerating the growth of the company.
He is a safety management specialist, with over 25 years in the industry. He began his aviation career with the RAF in 1990, serving as both a military and civil airline pilot, before joining Flybe in 2009, where he held a number of senior positions.
Briffa said:"I am delighted to welcome Ian to the role of Managing Director. His extensive industry experience and existing customer relationships make him the ideal person to build on what we have already achieved since acquiring Baines Simmons.
"Already this year we have won a significant four-year contract with the Ministry of Defence and the pipeline ahead is strong. We are making good headway against our strategic objective to create a balanced business between Broking and Consulting & Training, and I have no doubt that Baines Simmons’ growth trajectory will gain further traction under Ian’s leadership.” 
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