The Smart Team

Mark Hawkins

Founder and Managing Director

Industry experience: 25 years

Mark founded the company in 2005 having spent the previous 10 years in senior operational roles within the travel and aviation industry. With over 25 years of industry experience, Mark takes a hands-on approach to running the business and still works closely with many of our long-standing sports travel clients, organising group charters for the Six Nations and Champions League.

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Matthew Savage

Sales Director

Industry experience: 29 years

Matthew oversees sales, marketing and business development and manages our entire aircraft charter team. He has been involved with aircraft charter for his whole career, which spans 29 years and includes commercial roles at major airlines and a large charter broker. Matthew has been with us for 8 years and still works directly with some of our VIP private jet charter clients. He has also been responsible for the expansion of tour operator services and works with leading tour operators to deliver charter flights across Europe.

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Charlotte Sobol

Office Manager

Industry experience: 15 years

Charlotte has been with us since the company was founded in 2005 and knows the business inside out. Day-to-day, she manages accounts and human resources and is responsible for keeping all operations running smoothly at our office near London Gatwick. Charlotte is no stranger to a hi-vis jacket and often oversees group charter flights for key sporting events in Europe.

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Clive Head

ACMI Charter Broker

Industry experience: 40 years

Clive is one of the most experienced brokers in the industry and has been with us for over 10 years. His principal role is working as a key part of our full charter team as a sports charter specialist, Clive has assisted global sports teams, including football, rugby and ice hockey, with travel to fixtures all over the world. Clive is the go-to person in the office for industry knowledge, having worked with commercial airlines and airports since 1978.

James Gregory

Charter Broker

Industry experience: 6 years

James works in our full charter team and specialises in private jet charter – everything from ad-hoc private flights to complex music tours. James is an aviation person through-and-through; he studied Airline and Airport Operations at college before starting his career at a major charter broker, where he worked in the flight operations team. James has an excellent knowledge of the charter market and is able to react quickly to provide bespoke solutions for our private charter clients.

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Richard Kempson

Trainee Charter Broker

Richard joined our ACMI team in 2018 after gaining a BA in Economics and Politics at the University of Kent. Under the guidance of our experienced Long Term Leasing experts, Richard is learning what it takes to run an ACMI desk and the intricacies of aircraft leasing. Richard’s interest in aviation stems back to his time in the Air Cadets.