Directors - DAN AIR REMEMBERED

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Surprisingly few people have served on the Board of Dan Air. The company was in service for 39 years. Towards the end of the Airline's history other Airlines had tried to squeeze Dan Air out of business. Aie Europe was in a tricky financial position and in 1991 the company folded.
Dan Air had experienced a couple of poor years. A loan to rescue to company was sourced and a new Chairman took over. With this new cahirman came several new board members recruited by James. Many of Dan - Air's board had a combined knowledge of the aviation industry that could not be matched anywhere in the World. Necomers to the board had long haul experience and some, including James had no experience of the Airline world at all. Dan Air Engineering was sold. This cleared much of the debt that Dan Air had accumulated. Although a huge arrangement fee had to be paid. Seemingly, it was overlooked that with the combined assets of aircraft, real estate, spares, 50% in profitable a ground handling company and most improtant of all, slots at World airports, made the company viable. When Air Europe crashed out of business there was a missed opportunity to seize much charter business. It was turned down because the company wanted to concentrate on scheduled business. The company spirit that had endured throughout most of it's history was quickly eroded. Flight crews who were not trained on specific aircraft were made redundant. Pilots would have to pay out of their own pockets to become licenced on other types found real hardship. The vast majority of Dan Air staff were made redundant. Some on the board had huge pay outs. The most successful period of Dan Air's history was during the 1970s and 1980s. In all but two years the airline made a profit. This section of the site covers the Board and management of the Airline. Those who served on the board are highlighted blue in the table. If we have made any ommisions or errors then you can contact us and we will correct it. If you are a former Board member or a family member we would love to hear from you. You can send us pictures and stories which we would be happy to include on the site contact us  
FRED NEWMAN CBE
FRED NEWMAN
MR FEF Newman CBE, MC who died peacefully on 19th October 2012, aged 96 after a short illness. Mr. Newman was chairman of Dan Air for most of it's history. The passing of Fred Newman CBE after a short illness aged 96 marked in lots of ways the final chapter of the era of British independent airlines. Dan Air was the only airline that kept it's original name for the period of it's operation from 1953 until 1992. Dan Air was a pioneering company under Fred Newman, his company was one of the first to introduced cheap flying for the masses.
In 1922 Fred’s father, Frank Newman, founded the ship broking business Davies & Newman.  After an education at The Leys School, Cambridge, Fred joined the company and began learning the business, spending time in various continental port cities.  He enjoyed this.  During this time he learned several languages too.  Following the outbreak of World War II he joined up and saw service in Burma with the Honourable Artillery Company reaching the rank of Captain and awarded the MC.

Dan Air was founded in May 1953 as an offshoot of the shipping business Fred was chairman and remained so for 37 of it's 39 years of operation.  At its peak with a fleet of almost 60 aircraft.  employing 4,500 staff and flying more than 6m passengers annually. Fred was known to be a tough cookie in business and was able to steer the company with dignity in an industry that is notoriously cut throat
In 1971 Fred Newman, the founding chairman, took Davies and Newman public through a flotation. With the stock market quotation came respectability, and scheduled services began to be tacked on to the charter operations.

By 1984 it was carrying a million scheduled passengers a year and riding high. Two years later, Davies and Newman reported profits of pounds 6.7m.

Fred’s wife Peggy predeceased him in 2002.  His son Michael joined the business and his other son David became a Priest.  To his daughter Margaret and his two sons and their families Dan Air Remembered pass on the condolences.  Fred was a quiet man who deservedly has a senior place in the history of British aviation.
Capt. Robert (Bob) Atkins - Personel
Joined  Dan Air from the RAF in November 1955. He joined the board in May 1963  as chief pilot. He then went on to become Operations Director and  Personel Director. He was also the chief flying pilot.
1963 - Chief Pilot
1984 - flight Operations
Personel Director

Mr. Jim Adams Training Administrator
Mr.Georffrey Baldock
Training Manager - Left for Chief Pilot position at Air Europe

Mr. K Balsdon -
1970 - Operations Manager

Miss. Val Barnett
Boeing 737 Cabin Crew Manager

Mr. John Beech
Operations Administration Manager

Miss. Trish Bentley
1981 - HS 748 Cabin Crew Manager

Mr. Danny Linton Bernstein
1985 - Commerical Director
1991 - Charter

Onto Monarch Airlines where he was MAnaging Director before becomming Chairman. He was also chairman of the Airline Group Ltc, President of the International Air Carrier Association and Chairman of the British Air Transport Association. He was also the first Chairman of Sustainable Aviation UK and Flying Matters during this period

Captain Charles Bond Smith
1985 - A300 Chief Training Captain

Mr. Jim Brown
Mr. Peter Brown - Dan Air Engineering
Chief Inspector Lasham

Mr. Laurie Buist
BAC 1-11 Fleet Manager

Captain  Keith Campbell
1980 - Boeing 727 Fleet Manager
1985 - Operations Administrations Manager / A300 Fleet Manager

Miss. Eve Cattermole
1981 - BAC 1-11 Cabin Crew Manager

Mr.Errol Cossey - Associate Director
To Air Europe / Air 2000 / Flying Colours / Airworld/ JMC /  First Choice (Resigned at merger) - Consultant to Britannia & Thomson Airways

Mr. Len Crockford
Mr. William .J. Crosby
Sales Director -
1992 - Technical Director

Mr. E.M Davies - Group Secretary

Mr. John W. Davies
The Mr.Davies, who along with Fred Newman were the founders of Dan Air - D (Davies) A (And) N (Newman)
Retired in 1984

Mr K.M Davies - Contracts

Mr. Malcolm Davies
Promoted to the Board in 1984

Malcolm De Garis
Fleet Training Captain
1983 - Boeing 737  Fleet Manager

Mr. J Denman - Finance (1992)

Mr. Dick Draper
Operations Management

Mrs. Norma Draper
Boeing 727 Cabin Crew Manager

Captain Stuart Eccles
Senior Crewing Officer

Mr. Mike Ellis
Associate Director

Mr. E.T. Evans - Dan Air Engineering
TED EVANS
Ted Evans, ex Managing Director of Dan Air Engineering who passed away in the early hours of Friday 11 December 2009 after a fall at home. A private funeral was held for close family only. A Memorial Service took place on Monday 18th January His old friends from Dan Air Engineering sayTed was widely respected and admired as both an excellent boss and all round good chap.

Mr. Ken Everett
Manager Computer Department

Miss. Pauline Foden
Cabin Services Director
1981 Gatwick Based Cabin Crew Manager

Mrs. Janet Ford
Chief Stewardess
Cabin Crew Administration Manager

Michael Forsyth
Operations

Mr. John. Fitzgerald - UK Sales Director (1992) From Cathay Pacificneral  manager   of
revenue    performance.     Fitzgerald was previously sales and marketing manager for Cathay Pacific,

Mr. D.F. Frost
Joined the Dan Air Board as head of information technology

Mr. Malcolm Grant
Deputy Fleet Manager
1983 - Deputy Chief Pilot (Line)

Bob Griffiths
Route Planning

Mr. E.C. Hartwell
Went on, with others, to form Air Europe

Mr David Herbert
1984 - Assistant Group Secretary / Company Solicitor Replaced Mr. J.W Davies

Frank Horridge
1979 - Managing Director taking over from Alan Snudden
1981 - Deputy Chairman
1984 - Retired

Mr. David Hughes
Personel Officer
1981 - Industrial Relations Officer - Responsible to Malcolm Davies
1982 - Cabin Staff Manager

Mr.Graham Hutchinson
1979 - Deputy Managing director
1981 - Managing Director

David James
David James joined Dan Air as the Chairman in 1989 He was known in City circles as the company Doctor. he has a 100% record. He anticipated turning Dan Air's heavy losses into profits and could not quite manage it. He sold off the engineering division, aircraft and endeavoured to get the airline into profitablility as a stand alone scheduled service carrier. He managed to refinance to Airline and saved it from crashing when Air Europe folded. His attempts at a merger or takeover were thwarted when Virgin and British Midland talks failed. He ultimately sold Dan Air for £1 to British Airways. His claim at the time was that he was pleased that so many jobs had been saved. Only a few of Dan Air's aircraft went into the BA fleet and only some flight deck and cabin crew went onto the national carrier.

Mr. Wilf Jones
1978 - Finance Director Replaced Martin O'Regan. Wilf had been Martin's second in command.
Worked with Dan Air's computer department


Mr. KV Kellaway - Engineering
Mr. Anthony H Langsworth

Captain Arthur Larkman.
Held several posts on the Dan Air Board including Chief Pilot. He recently published his memoirs. Available here

1981 - Engineering

Mr. Don Laws
1981 - Associate Director
Contracts Manager Commercial Department
Projects

Dr. John Lemon
Company Medical Officer (Also First Officer on Boeing 727)
Left to be Chief Medical Officer With the CAA

Dr Rod Liddell
Company Medical Officer - Trained as First Officer On Boeing 727 Fleet)

Mr. Jack Lill
Boeing 727 Fleet Manager
1980 - Boeing 737 Fleet Manager
1983 - Technical Liason Manager - Working with Dan Air Engineering

Mr. A.R. Louden - Financial Director    

Mr. Ian MacDougall - General Manager of revenue performance (1992) MacDougall had held positions with British Airways, British Caledonian
Andy McLelland
Associate Director

MR.  H.N. Martin

Captain John Mayes
1983 - Deputy Chief Pilot (Training)
1990 - Director Airline Operations
1991 - Executive Director

Captain Keith Moody
Retired 1987

Mr Edward J Mordaunt

Mr. Michael Newman
1989 - Appointed Deputy Chaiman Dan Air Services

Mr.R.F. Newman - Group Commerical Director

Mr Martin O'Regan
To Air Europe / Air 2000 / Flying Colours / Airworld/ JMC / First Choice (Resigned at merger) - Consultant to Britannia & Thomson Airway

Mr. AJ O'Reilly
1991 - Cargo Sales Manager

Mr. John Olsen
April 1992 - Group Managing Director

Sir Ian Pedder
Ian Pedder had a packed career, in war flashpoints, as Britain and other nations withdrew from their colonial empires. Ian Pedder flew sorties against nationalist nsurgents in Indonesia in 1945, communist rebels during the Malayan Emergency in 1948, where he won the DFC, Laotian incursions into Thailand in 1962 and again against Indonesian troops during the Sukarno regime’s confrontation with Malaysia in Borneo in 1964. Injuries suffered when he ejected from a ground attack training aircraft at low level in the early 1970s put an end to his flying days. But he successfully switched to air traffic management, becoming successively deputy controller and controller of National Air Traffic Services, managing all military and civil flying in this country at a time of dramatic expansion in commercial air traffic. Ian was appointed KCB in 1982 and retired from the RAF in 1984. then became vice chairman, and later Chairman of Dan Air before it was taken over by British Airways
Sir Ian attended Queen's College, Oxford. Only nine months into his degree he undertook flying training with the RAF and was commissioned in 1944. He flew sorties against nationalist insurgents in Indonesia in 1945. Having decided upon a flying career, he decided not return to Oxford after WW2 in 1945. Instead he went on to an action-packed career on operations in many international post-war flashpoints, as Britain and other nations withdrew from their colonial empires. His RAF career saw him in active service against communist rebels during the Malayan Emergency in 1948, where he won the DFC, Laotian incursions into Thailand in 1962 and again against Indonesian troops during the Sukarno regime's confrontation with Malaysia in Borneo in 1964. Injuries suffered when he ejected from a ground attack training aircraft at low level in the early 1970s put an end to his flying days. But he successfully switched to air traffic management, becoming successively deputy controller and controller of National Air Traffic Services, managing all military and civil flying in this country at a time of dramatic expansion in commercial air traffic.
Ian was appointed KCB in 1982 and retired from the RAF in 1984. He then became vice-chairman, and later Chairman of Dan Air before it was taken over by British Airways in 1992.

1989 - Appointed Chairman Of Dan Air Services


Jerry Penwarden - Director of customer services. He replaced  Vic  Sheppard, who took up  another position within  the   industry.  Penwarden  had  25 years' experience   in  aviation   and  had been chief operating  officer of  Dragonair.

Mrs Barbara Philips
Company Solicitor
1992 - Associate Director

Mr.  Roy Phillips


Mr Ron A Pigeon
Joined as Commercial Manager in 1955, he died in 1970

Simon Poulton
Finance Director (1992)
Mr. H.B. Olsen
Group Managing Director, who came from Cathay Pacific having 25 years of aviation experience.

Mr. C.E. Powell - Sales And Marketing

Mr. John Purdon
1985 - Crew Establishment Palnning Officer

Mr. Tom Randle
Aircrew Personel Manager

Mr. Timothy J. Redburn

1992 - Group Finance
Went on to the board of Simon

Mr. Guy C Ruffle
Manager MAnchester Engineering Base
Technical Director

Mr. Peter. H. Ryan -
1992 - Dan Air Chairman (As part of the new team headed by David James)

Captain Simon Searle
Company Security Advisor

Mr. Tony Selby Lowndes
Manager Uniform and Office Stores

Mr. Vic Sheppard
1965-1988  - British Caledonian
Joned Dan Air in 1988

1988 - Commercial General Manager of European Routes
August 1990 - Head of Scheduled Services after John Varrier took early retirement.

Onto Emirates where Vic Sheppard was Sales and Marketing Manager until retirement in 2009

Picture show Vic With Dan Air and at his time with Emirates



Miss. Fran Shepheard
1983 - BAe 146 Cabin Crew Manager (Appointed 1982)

Mrs. Sylvia Shettle
Cabin Staff Operations Manager

Don. J Siddaway
1978 Finance Director - Replacing Errol Cossey



Mr. Ron Smith
Technical Director
Ron joined Dan Air in 1958 as deputy chief inspector. He took over the Chief inspector position a decade later.
1971 - Technical Director.
Appointed to the board in 1979 where he served until 1985.
He retained a consultancy for a further year. He had a distinguised RAF Service background which saw him serve as both a flight engineer and pilot with the force for four years from 1942. His first  position in Civil Aviationo was with now defunct airline Aquilla Airways. He died in 1987

Mr. Alan Snudden
Mr.Snudden was a Dan Air original. as Managing Director he helped the company introduce some of it's most prestigious aircraft, including the Comet. He personally negotiated the contracts for this aircraft including the sales and spares. He made the deal for training for the aircraft. He left in 1979 to take up the same role with Monarch Airlines in 1979

Mr. E P Sommers
Planning

Capt. Richard (Dick) J Spurrell
Operation Manager

Mr.Frank Tapling R.I.P 2011
After the war Tapling rejoined the TA and served with the Cheshire Regiment, the North Staffordshire Regiment and the Surreys. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1951 and received a Bar in 1961. He returned to Lever Brothers and became marketing manager of Rank Hovis.
Joned Dan Air in 1969
1969 - Commercial Director and played a notable part in the expansion of the company’s passenger and freight services.

After retiring, he was active in charitable work . In his later years, he enjoyed playing golf, and was captain of Woking Golf Club. He died December 7 2011


Mr. Robert Walling - Head Of Contracts
Associate Director

Mr. E.E. Warris

Mr. Charles H. Whyte
1992 - Group Managing Director

Mr.Robin Wicks - Head of International Sales
Robin Wicks  came from the Diner's Club Corporate Card division, was previously in charge of European sales with Air Europe.

Mr. Bob Willis
Operations Control Manager
1989 - Resigned onto Air Europe General Manager Operations Control.

Mr. Bryn V.S Williams (Berlin Airlift Veteran Bryn was a Welshman with RAF credits).
Associate Director Dan Air Engineering
Became Joint Managing Director of Dan Air Engineering
Retired at the end of 1980


Mr John Varrier
Scheduled Services Director
1991 - Personel

Mr.George. E Yeomans - Public Relations
Mr. John Young
Training Manager

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