BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As a pilot's son, Chris Leach has aviation running through his veins. He joined Saturn Airways in the 1970s and gained experience in numerous aspects of aviation, such as dealing with passenger flights in Europe. While at Transamerica Airlines in the early 1980s, he helped famine relief efforts in Sudan by organizing the transport of personnel and aid. In 1990, he founded Air Charter Service from a basement at his home in Kingston Upon Thames, UK. His expertise in aviation won him key contracts for passenger and cargo flights with organizations such as the UN. Growing the business organically through reinvesting profits rather than borrowing, Chris has made the company into the world leader it is today. Excellent personal service remains key to the company's success.
COMPANY TREASURER AND SECRETARY
Christine started her career in aviation with Lear Siegler (American Avitron) and British Aerospace. She has worked in all administrative areas of Air Charter Service and has served as Director and Company Secretary since the company began. Until Stewart Pitt joined the company in 2007, Christine ran the Finance Department, setting up the accounts and payroll and later overseeing the computerization of the accounts system. Until the creation of the Legal Department, she also presided over corporate legal work, including setting up overseas subsidiaries in preparation for global expansion. She now concentrates on her role as Group Company Secretary. She also chairs ACS's Charity Committee and helps develop the company's Corporate Social Responsibility program.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
With an encyclopedic knowledge of aircraft, Justin, a keen pilot in his leisure time, has built up a formidable reputation during the last 20 years as a trusted charter travel expert. Ever the professional, Justin monitors all account managers closely and strives for perfection in everything the business does. Justin is a business graduate, has worked for ACS his entire career and is a key member of the Board.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Since joining ACS more than 15 years ago, Ruan has held key management positions. He started out on the cargo team before working on the executive jets side of the business. In 2004, Ruan became President of North American operations before relocating to the UK to become International Development Director and then Group Director of Executive Jets. Ruan's wealth of experience from working in various disciplines in numerous departments around the world led to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer in 2013.
GROUP COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Justin is a highly experienced charter travel expert with many big names on his client list. He began in the charter business at the former ACS operations base in Ostend, where he became an expert in ground operations. He used this experience to great effect when he moved into the sales operation. Justin's practical knowledge has proved invaluable to the ACS board. Justin became Group Commercial Director in 2013.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Stewart qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1997. He went on to work as Finance Manager for British Airways and as a Senior Business Accountant at the London Stock Exchange, where he managed financial planning and forecasting processes and was involved in bids for defense projects. Stewart's financial acumen and experience has helped make ACS one of the most financially secure charter travel companies in the country.
Charles was a Managing Director at Fitch Ratings, where he worked for 30 years before retiring in August 2013. He now works in a consulting role with Fitch. As Managing Director, he was responsible for the management and operations of Fitch's credit ratings of global financial institutions. He played an important role in the international development of Fitch and oversaw the company's analytical and business activities in Latin America for 25 years. Charles is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), qualifying with Champness, Corderoy, Beesley & Co. before becoming an Audit Manager at Coopers & Lybrand.
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