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 assisting our airline clients with their urgent ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) and short-term leasing requirements. He has previously worked in our full charter team as a sports charter specialist and has assisted 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.

Greg Edens

Long Term Leasing Manager

Industry experience: 35 years

Greg works on our leasing team and specialises in negotiating long-term aircraft leasing contracts for carriers and tour operators. Since the start of his career over 35 years ago Greg has held a variety of roles in aircraft charter, most recently a senior commercial role for a UK-based airline. Greg’s dedication to excellence and operational knowledge and expertise ensure our long-term leasing clients receive the most comprehensive service on the market.

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Sean Orr

Charter Broker

Industry experience: 20 years

Sean works in our full charter team and specialises in commercial jet charter for groups of 20+ passengers. Sean has a wealth of experience in travel and aviation, having been in the industry for over 20 years in roles with UK tour operators, travel agents and airlines. Sean’s delivers group charter flights for sports clubs and associations, events agencies and MICE clients, to name a few and has previously arranged private air travel for some of the biggest names in sport.

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Nathan Roe

Charter Broker

Industry experience: 7 years

Nathan works in our full charter team and specialises in private jet charter for groups up to 20. He assists our corporate and private clients with their business and leisure travel requirements, from ad-hoc charter flights to complex travel schedules. He brings with him a wealth of experience in travel and account management, having previously worked for niche tour operators and an international hotel chain, with responsibility for clients at five high-profile London hotels. With Spanish language skills learnt through university and a year in Seville, Nathan has a special interest in travel to Spain and Latin America.

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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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Laura Mitchell

Marketing Manager

Industry experience: 7 years

Laura is responsible for the Smart Aviation brand and all our marketing activities including website, advertising, events and social media channels. She has worked in marketing for 10 years and previously held a variety of digital marketing roles at a well known airline loyalty company.

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