Jet Aire strengthens its board with the addition of Simon Lawton as non-executive chairman

Jet Aire is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Lawton who has joined the group board as non-executive chairman.

Simon has an extensive track record as a Finance Director in rapidly growing entrepreneurial businesses, notably Tribal Group Plc which he helped to grow from a start-up to a £250m + business over a 10-year period. Simon was also a Founder Trustee of the Tribal Group Foundation, funding health and education projects in Africa, India and Nepal. He has spent two years in Sub-Sahara Africa working on various investment projects, including a 5-star island tourist resort in the Indian Ocean off Mozambique.

In 2013, Simon helped co-launch a new start-up support service business, Benula Capital Limited, focusing on the Recruitment and HR market. Benula currently holds equity stakes in several companies (UK and International), to support them execute an accelerated growth strategy by providing strategic, financial and development advice and coaching to talented owner managers.

The board has been working with Simon since 2014 on various ad hoc projects. In the past 6 months, he has been closely working with the directors and senior management team to lay the foundations for the next phase of Jet Aire’s growth.

Simon enjoys cycling, hill walking, rugby, travel and family life. Both his children are likely to be studying at North-East Universities come this autumn so he hopes to spend more time in the north east.

Charlie Kirk said “I am delighted that Simon has agreed to accept the role of non-executive chairman. His advice will be invaluable to us as we continue to drive the business forward.”

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