Our People

The aviation industry is not only a global network of routes, but a global network of people.

Our experienced team come from a range of aviation backgrounds, but we all share a common drive to deliver great advice to our clients. Our reputation depends on what we do, not what we say.

       

Tim Coombs

Board Director

Role:
Tim is a member of the Board and a co-founder of Aviation Economics in 1997. Tim’s role includes client engagement, peer review and project management.

Areas of Technical Expertise:

  • Airport Transactions – Buy and Sell side
  • Traffic Forecasting
  • Airline start-ups 

Prior Experience:
Aer Lingus – Special Advisor to the CEO in relation to achieving membership of a global alliance.

NatWest Markets – Director of Investment Banking in the Global Origination team responsible for the banks’ relationships with airlines, airports, OEMs and aircraft lessors.

County NatWest – Associate Director in Equity Research responsible for the coverage of airlines and airports.

Lloyds of London – Deputy Editor of Lloyds Aviation Strategy.

British Aerospace – Member of the BAe 146 sales and marketing team with responsibility for Technical Sales for airlines in Asia and Australasia.

City, University of London – Visiting Lecturer 2009 – present

Loughborough University – Visiting Fellow 2015 – present

       

Peter Hind

Board Director

Role:
Peter chairs the Board of Aviation Economics, where he also has responsibility for strategic planning and financial reporting.

Peter is primarily involved in client liaison, engagement and peer review.

Areas of Technical Expertise:

  • Airport Transactions – Buy and Sell side
  • Traffic and Secondary Planning Forecasting
  • Airline Regulatory, Strategy and Planning
  • Environmental Impact and Sustainability

Experience:
RDC Aviation – Managing Director and Shareholder 2007 to present

Aviation Economics – Shareholder and Director 2018 – present

City, University of London – Visiting Lecturer 2009 – present

Loughborough University – Visiting Fellow 2015 – present

Route Development Company – Director of Consulting 2001-2007

British Midland Airways – Senior Manager Interline Development and various commercial positions 1992-2001

       

Nicole Dawson

Managing Director, Consulting

Role:
Nicole is responsible for the financial performance of the company and reports directly to the Board.

Nicole primarily oversees client engagement, project quality control and project management.

Areas of Technical Expertise:

  • Airport Transactions both Buy and Sell side
  • Airport Regulation and Regulatory Modelling
  • Traffic Forecasting

Prior Experience:
AviaSolutions: Director leading the consulting team on airport transactions and traffic forecasting.

AMP Capital: Member of the airport transaction and asset management team assessing opportunities for investment across Asia/Oceanic region and providing advice to the Members of the Board on issues affecting performance of Melbourne Airport and Newcastle Airport.

PwC – Director leading a team on projects including new route development, hub and spoke feasibility assessments, airport investment opportunities.

Queensland Rail – Manager mergers and acquisitions, leading successful acquisitions valued between A$350M – A$1.4B.

Qantas Airways – Manager strategic planning participating on corporate programs including assessment of establishing low cost carrier Jetstar Australia and Australian Airlines, the competitive response post entry of Virgin Australia and collapse of Ansett Airlines and programs reducing cost the cost across all distribution channels (travel agents, call centre, website, retail)

       

Richard Holt

Director

Role:
Richard is responsible for providing leadership on the delivery of consultancy assignments, acting as the prime interface between clients and the Aviation Economics team.

Areas of Technical Expertise:

  • Traffic Forecasting
  • Airport transactions both Buy and Sell side
  • Industry strategy and developments
  • Airport management

Prior Experience:
Seabury Aviation UK:  Vice President leading consultancy assignments on airport transactions, forecasting and strategy development.

SH&E/ICF:  Vice President in the Airports Practice leading worldwide consultancy assignments.

Birmingham Airport :  Head of Strategy and member of the Executive Management Group for the UK’s sixth largest airport.  Responsible for traffic forecasting, corporate strategy and industry and government affairs.  Developed long-term traffic forecasts to support master planning, privatisation and bond issues.  Earlier in his career at the airport he was a member of the planning and development team involved in small and large scale airport developments.

       

Joanna Hunt

Associate Director

Role:
Jo is responsible for client engagement, project management and delivery of air service development and airport advisory projects.

Areas of Technical Expertise:

  • Air Service Development
  • Airport Strategy and Advisory
  • Airline Network Planning and Commercial Viability Assessments

Prior Experience:
Cranfield University: Guest Lecturer (2014-present)

RDC/Aviation Economics: Consultant and Analytical Positions. Ability to analyse and interpret complex data sets, produce traffic and revenue forecasts and calculate airline profitability.

bmi regional: Network Planning Manager responsible for the optimisation of the airline fleet from a revenue potential perspective. Air service development, route cancellation and optimisation of schedules from an operational and connectivity perspective. Management of the airline slot portfolio.

bmi regional and bmibaby: Revenue Management Analyst responsible for the delivery of route revenue through booking class control and yield management. Quarterly revenue forecasts and input into the airline marketing strategy

bmi/British Midland: Pricing Analyst responsible for the setting and management of airline fares including fare rules. Competitive monitoring, GDS distribution and management of taxes and airport charges collection.

       

Fazrul Roslan

Principal

Role:
Fazrul is primarily responsible for leading all technical aspects of airport transaction projects. This includes analytical and quantitative modelling, traffic forecasting, aeronautical revenue forecasting and peak secondary forecasting.

Areas of Technical Expertise:

  • Airport Transactions both Buy and Sell side
  • Traffic Forecasting
  • Peak and secondary planning day schedule Forecasting
  • Aeronautical Forecasting
  • Market assessment on the aviation industry

Prior Experience:
Malaysia Senai Airport –  Business Development Executive responsible for the strategic planning of the only privatised regional airport in Malaysia, encompassing  airline development and development of Aviation Park and Free Zone area.

       

Nick Harper

Senior Consultant

Role:
Nick is responsible for managing small to medium-sized projects, or elements of larger projects.

Areas of Technical Expertise:

  • Catchment Analysis
  • CAA Survey data
  • Data analysis/presentation
  • Mapping

Prior Experience:
Manchester Airports Group – responsibility for East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside Airport websites and associated online car park bookings.

East Midlands Airport – worked in an analytical capacity in Research and Development, Aviation, Marketing and Commercial departments, Nick has experience of working with a wide variety of information sources including car parking, concessions data, passenger statistics and survey data.

       

Thomas Lazaridis

Senior Consultant

Role:
Thomas is primarily engaged on the execution side of the business, primarily in operational, financial modelling and due diligence. He also assists in client engagement, project quality control and project management.

Areas of Technical Expertise:

  • Airport Transactions both Buy and Sell side
  • Airport Regulation and Regulatory Modelling
  • Traffic, aeronautical revenues, commercial revenues and operational expenditures forecasting

Prior Experience:
LVMH: Business Analyst, covering the UK and EIRE business, in both B2C and B2B operations, assisting on the corporate finance activities.

       

Hien Nguyen

Transaction Analyst Intern

Role:
To develop a business plan model and valuation model for airport transactions deals. To contribute to airport due diligence, business plan, traffic forecasting and regulatory projects.

Areas of Technical Expertise:

  • Financial Modelling, Financial Due diligence
  • Airport Regulation and Regulatory Modelling
  • Airport Design, Masterplanning & Project Development

Prior Experience:
ENAC: Master in Airport Management

Tan Son Nhat Airport, Vietnam: Greenfield terminal Investment & Development specifically in Masterplanning, Business plan, financial modelling, project financing

PwC: Senior, Audit service in various industry including FS, logistics, real estate and manufacturing.