corporate - key personnel
Chairman - The Monarch Group
Iain Rawlinson joined Monarch in 2009, bringing some 25 years’ experience in banking and investment, gained with Lazard Brothers, Robert Fleming and Fleming Family & Partners. Iain read law at Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1981. From 1995 to 2000 he was responsible for building and managing Flemings’ investment banking presence in Southern Africa. In 2000 he became Chief Operating Officer of Fleming Family & Partners, the Fleming family investment business, and until 2005 held various senior executive and advisory positions in this group. Since 2005 he has focused on independent commercial and charitable interests, and is a director of a number of public and private companies.
Managing Director, Monarch Airlines
Kevin joined Monarch Airlines in January 2007 as Director of Customer Services where he was responsible for Pre Flight Customer Services, Customer Relations, Airports Services and In-Flight Product. In October 2008 he became Operations Director, overseeing the entire airline operations department, before being promoted to Managing Director, Airline Operations in July 2010. In January 2011, Kevin took on his current role as Managing Director, Monarch Airlines and is now responsible for all operational, commercial and customer services areas of the business.
Prior to joining Monarch, Kevin spent 11 years with British Airways where he held a range of senior commercial management positions covering areas such as in-flight product development , short-haul brand management and most recently leading the development of the customer experience for Heathrow's Terminal 5. Originally trained as an engineer, Kevin now has over 25 years experience in the aviation industry, spanning avionics sales & marketing to the development of world class airline customer service.
Managing Director, Tour Operations
Hugh brings over 40 years of experience in European inclusive tour travel to his role, to which he was appointed in July 2010.
Previously holding the position of Overseas Purchasing and Operations Director for Cosmos Holidays, Hugh has also held director level positions at Thomas Cook, Sunset Holidays, ILG and Intasun Holidays. He is a board director of ABTA and was recognised for his efforts in furthering tourism to Spain by being awarded the Spanish Order of Civil Merit by Ambassador Carles Casajuana, on behalf of King Juan Carlos, in 2009.
Group Distribution Director
As Group Distribution Director, Stuart Jackson is responsible for the development and deployment of group strategy in relation to the optimisation of all distribution channels across all product and brand streams.
Stuart has spent over 25 years in the travel industry working for a number of leading holiday brands and holding board positions with many of those organisations.
In 1994 he rejoined the Monarch Group’s Tour Operating division, Cosmos Holidays, having spent a brief time with the company in the 1980s. He joined the board in 1996 as Commercial Director, and in 2002 led the development of the Group’s accommodation-only becoming Managing Director of somewhere2stay in 2005. A further promotion to Managing Director, Mainstream Products in 2008 preceded the setup of a joint venture with The Co-operative Travel, creating the Co-operative’s own tour operation.
Group Human Resources Director
Pauline is responsible for all aspects of HR for all the businesses within the Monarch Group. She joined Monarch in June 2009 initially as HR Director for the Airline and Engineering businesses moving to the expanded Group HR Director role in May 2010.
Prior to joining Monarch, Pauline had spent 30 years in the automotive sector with General Motors (GM) where she held a range of senior HR Management positions within the warehousing, manufacturing and corporate divisions both in the UK and Europe.
Group Information Services Director
Chris joined Monarch in October 2011 as Group Information Services Director and is responsible for managing all IT requirements across the Group. As well as overseeing the day-to-day IT operations within each Group company, ensuring that software systems are both maintained and developed to meet each business need, Chris is responsible for driving forward and delivering technological advancements across the Group. He also heads up Retail and Online, web development and programme management across all the Group companies.
Chris joined Monarch from the Merlin Entertainments Group/The Tussauds Group, where he worked for 12 years and held the position of IT Director. Prior to this he spent 6 years with Coca Cola and Schweppes Beverages Ltd as Network Services Manager.
Director of Performance Management and Turnaround
Richard was appointed as Director of Performance Management and Turnaround for The Group in June 2012. Richard joins with more than 25 years senior management experience in a variety of financial, commercial and operational areas, the last 13 of which have been within the airline industry.
During his career, Richard spent six years with easyJet, in a variety of roles including finance, commercial and airport operations. As a consultant he has also worked with a number of airlines across the world in locations such as the US, Saudi Arabia, France, Italy, Slovakia and Turkey, driving change and improving business operations. More recently he held the position Chief Financial Officer of Royal Jet, the world’s leading luxury private jet operator, based in Abu Dhabi.
Richard will be responsible for the day-to-day performance management of business units, and will also oversee the Cost Task Force for The Group.
Managing Director of First Aviation
John Romo joined the company in 2004 as General Manager of First Aviation. Prior to this, he held Sales Manager roles at Air 2000 and Viking Aviation.
He has over 20 years’ experience in aviation of which over ten years were in sales and management. He was one of the initial start-up team at First Aviation where he dedicated his efforts to developing Monarch’s charter and ad hoc flights division within sectors such as the sports market.
In 2007, John was promoted to the position of Director and General Manager, First Aviation in which he was responsible for driving the day-today profitability of the business.
He was appointed Managing Director of First Aviation in February 2011 with responsibility for managing a wide range of long established relationships with major organisations, corporations and sporting institutions.
Group Finance Director
Robert was appointed as Group Finance Director in April 2012. Robert, who has previously served as Group Financial Controller at easyJet, Chief Financial Officer at British Midland International and also with Air Malta, brings a wealth of airline industry expertise to the Group, which he joined in a consulting capacity in September 2011 in a role focusing on the delivery of the turnaround plan.
His senior FTSE 250 and IPO experience underpin a demonstrated track record leading change in businesses, driving efficiency and productivity through technical expertise and commercial acumen.
Managing Director, Cosmos Tours and Cruises
Alan MacLean joined Cosmos in January 2009 as managing director for Cosmos Tours and Cruises and Specialist products encompassing the operator’s coach touring and cruising products as well as long haul brand Distant Dreams and the Finnish Lapland programme.
Previous positions included similar board roles at Shearings, Sunworld, Thomas Cook, and Saga Holidays.
Alan’s remit since joining the company has recently expanded to include the UK operation of sister cruising company Avalon Waterways, of which he led the successful UK market launch in October 2009.