Corporate governance

Chi Keung (Simon) To: Chairman

Simon is Hutchison’s appointee to the Board. Simon is the Managing Director of Hutchison and Chairman and Executive Director of Hutchison China MediTech Limited, a company listed on AIM and Nasdaq with a market capitalisation of approximately US$3.0bn. Simon joined Hutchison in 1980 and has helped build it from a relatively small trading company into a multi-billion dollar investment and distribution Group. Simon holds a First Class Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Simon was appointed as non-executive Chairman of the Group and Company on 3 April 2019.

Marwan Khalek: Chief Executive Officer

Marwan is Chief Executive Officer of Gama Aviation Plc. He is a successful entrepreneur with a proven record of building value through organic and inorganic growth, as evidenced by the scale of Gama Aviation’s development over the last three decades. Gama Aviation’s growth, over a period marked by several profound economic recessions, has resulted in it becoming a leading global aviation services group. He graduated with a BEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Westminster.

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Daniel Ruback: Chief Financial Officer

Daniel was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in December 2019 having previously held the position of Finance Director, Signature Flight Support EMEA, a part of Signature Aviation plc. From 2006 to 2015 Daniel worked in several different roles at Smiths Group plc, the FTSE 100 global technology company, including a two-year assignment as Director, Operational Finance, Smiths Detection USA and finally as Head of Divisional Business Partnering, Smiths Detection. Daniel is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Stephen Wright: Chief Compliance Officer

Stephen co-founded Gama Aviation together with Marwan Khalek in 1983. He has been fundamental to the implementation of several process improvements that have been commended by regulators and industry auditors alike. Stephen duties have placed him in regular contact with a wide variety of clients, allowing him to have a direct, qualitative understanding of their needs and requirements.

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Stephen Mount: Non-Executive Director

Stephen is a member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Conduct Authority, the Determinations Panel of The Pensions Regulator and chairs the Finance & Performance Committee, and is a member of the Audit, Workforce and Sustainability Committees of a major NHS Foundation Trust. He also acts internationally as an expert witness on corporate governance, financial reporting, accounting and auditing matters. Until July 2020 he was a member of the Audit Quality Review Committee of the Financial Reporting Council. He retired in 2016 as a senior partner with PwC after a career spanning three decades auditing and advising companies across a broad range of industry sectors including aviation, engineering, defence, software, technology, services and long-term contracting. He acted as lead engagement and global relationship partner for clients ranging from Fortune 500/FTSE to smaller NASDAQ/AIM companies listed on UK, US, European and Asian stock exchanges and was frequently involved in major capital market transactions including IPOs, rights issues, mergers and acquisitions as well as advising on strategic, performance improvement, regulatory and structuring issues. Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA.

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Peter Brown: Non-Executive Director

Peter is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience at board level in the leisure and travel industry. He adds complementary skills to Gama Aviation’s founding Directors, having been CEO of a major British leisure airline and managing the mergers, acquisitions and group finance functions of a variety of service companies. Peter graduated from University College, Cardiff with a BSc in Economics.

Christopher Clarke: Non-Executive Director

Christopher Clarke has over 30 years’ experience as a senior partner with leading international law firms in Asia, including Denton Hall, CMS Cameron McKenna and DLA Piper. He has acted as a professional and business advisor to a wide range of entrepreneurs and executives of international (including listed) companies; and has wide ranging corporate governance, regulatory and commercial experience. Christopher has been a Non-Executive Director of Hong Kong, UK listed and private companies. Currently, he is a Sufficiently Independent Director of London Power Networks Plc, Eastern Power Networks Plc and South Eastern Power Networks Plc; and an Independent Director of Myanmar Strategic Holdings and Arnhold Holdings Ltd. Christopher resigned
as Non-Executive Director of Green Family Holdings in November 2020.

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Michael Howell: Non-Executive Director

An engineer by training, Michael Howell has a background in transportation and worked in the UK motor industry after graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge and before completing MBAs at INSEAD and Harvard. He worked with Cummins Engine Company and General Electric Company (GE) in the USA, latterly as General Manager of GE Transportation Systems, the world’s largest manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives. Subsequently, he was an Executive Director of Railtrack Group plc at the time of its 1997 privatisation. Formerly he was a Non-Executive Director of Hutchison China Meditech Limited, the innovative biopharmaceutical company. Currently, Michael serves on the Board of Wabtec, the US$8bn leading supplier of products and systems for the rail industry, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.