“Without our volunteers we would be nothing”

Meet The Trustees

Dr Rob Hunter

Dr Rob Hunter

Trustee

Peter Mills

Peter Mills

Trustee

Occupation: Retired Computer Consultant
How did you start at GAM: Passed by one day and came in, still here!
Background: Ex RAF Airborne Radar Fitter
Favourite aircraft: None in particular
Any other fascinating or relevant information: In a previous life was reckoned to be the second best swordsman
in France

Andy Scrase

Andy Scrase

Trustee/Chief Engineer

Occupation: (A)Licence Aircraft Mechanic.
How did you start at GAM: After being made redundant from Air Europe in 1991 the college I was attending found me a placement with what was at the time Pete Vallance’s private aircraft collection and later became Gatwick Aviation Museum, this was to allow me to finish my college course.
Background: I started in the Aircraft Maintenance Industry in 1988 with Northwest Orient Airlines as a Maintenance Assistant at Gatwick. In 1989 I started my apprenticeship with Air Europe, this was unfortunately cut short when the company went into administration in 1991, this is where GAM came into my life! In 1994 I joined Monarch Aircraft Engineering, it was during this time I gained my A Licence working at numerous stations both in the UK and abroad,
In December 2018 I was TUPE-ed to Morson-Projects at Gatwick to look after Thomas Cook and Cathay Pacific.
Favourite aircraft: Supermarine Spitfire/Seafire, Avro Shackleton.
Any other fascinating or relevant information: I have had the pleasure of maintaining a variety of aircraft ranging from DeHavilland Tiger Moth and North American P-51 Mustangs all the way through to Shorts SD330/360, Fokker 100, Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, 787, Airbus A300, A310, A320, A321, A330, A350 and McDonnell Douglas DC10 to name but a few.

Maggie Reid

Maggie Reid

Trustee

John Tickner

John Tickner

Trustee

Occupation: Retired.
How did you start at GAM: Learnt to fly with the founder Peter Vallance, then became friends and helped out with the charity.
Background: Police, then Air Ambulance.
Favourite aircraft: I like anything that flies, especially helicopters.
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Tristan Dorian

Tristan Dorian

Trustee

Occupation: Ops Manager at Virgin
How did you start at GAM: By bringing my son weekly.
Background: Pilot/DJ/Producer/Operations/RAF(Aux)
Favourite aircraft: DC3, FA28R-201, Cirrus SR22T
Any other fascinating relevant information: Mixed BBC Radio 1’s essential mix.
Flew a C172 from L.A. to Jamaica.

Meet The Museum Manager

Ashley Colella

Ashley Colella

Museum Manager

How did you start at GAM: I started with the museum in early 2007 whilst studying aeronautical engineering with the local college.
Background: I have always had a keen interest in aviation. As soon as I was able I applied for a position with a ground handling agent at Gatwick. After a 5 year career at Gatwick I was fortunate enough to be offered the new position of manager at the museum.
Favourite aircraft: B757, Blackburn Buccaneer and C47.
Any other fascinating or relevant information: I still volunteer my time at the museum on my days off to assist in the restoration of the aircraft. I am an avid flight simmer and have assisted several pilots in their line training/type ratings by setting up desktop PCs for them.

Volunteers

 

Dave Tylee

Dave Tylee

Senior Engineer

Occupation: B1 Licensed Engineer at Virgin Atlantic
How did you start at GAM?: I first visited GAM in 2000 with my granddad and his men’s club. I have always had an interest in aircraft and all things mechanical and was in awe of the collection. I saw a sign that volunteers were being sought after so arranged with Peter Vallance to come back that weekend and the rest is history.
Background: I started working at Gatwick Aviation Museum and gained many hand skills and understanding of aircraft systems. In 2002 my experience helped me gain a place on the Virgin Atlantic Engineering Apprenticeship.
Favourite aircraft: English Electric Lightning.
Any other fascinating or relevant information: My main restoration project has been our F53 English Electric Lightning; in 2004 I was asked to join the Anglo American Lightning Organisation restoring theT5 Lightning XS422 to flight in Mississippi, USA.I have made numerous trips each year, which culminated in the return to running condition in Nov 2013 and am now the Deputy Chief Engineer of the project. I am also a member of the Royal International Air Tattoo(RIAT) Engineering team since 2006, where we handle all types of visiting aircraft both military and civilian from anywhere in the world, participating in the largest Royal air show

Milton Roach

Milton Roach

Senior Engineer

Occupation: Aero electromechanical engineer, Bloodhound SSC.
How did you start at GAM?: Year 2001 applied to join.
Background: Aviation/technical. Started my main restoration project of our EE Lightning and over the years brought it back to running in late 2016.
Favourite aircraft: Mk19 Spitfire.
Any other fascinating or relevant information: E E Lightning guru! Also engineer on AALO T5 Lightning XS422.

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Shackleton Tour Guide

Occupation: Retired.
How did you start at GAM?: As a visitor I could see that the museum needed one, or preferably more, Shackleton former aircrew to explain the functions of Coastal Command and its aircraft.
Background: After jet conversion on the Meteor T7 and F4 on my first operational tour I flew Canberra B2 and B(I)8 light bombers in RAF Germany. On returning to UK I joined Coastal Command and was trained on the Shackleton, spending 3 years at RAF Ballykelly in Northern Ireland, roughly half of that time as a captain.
After a three year ground tour lecturing senior officers on maritime air operations, returned to Ballykelly, promoted and in charge of the Air/Sea Warfare Development Unit (ASWDU). After a year’s Staff College and three years in MoD flew Comets and BAC1-11s for charter firm Dan Air.
Favourite aircraft: Dead Heat preference for the Comet4c and Shackleton MR2.
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Nev Feist

Nev Feist

Shackleton Tour Guide

Occupation: Retired.
How did you start at GAM: Came to see Peter Vallance to give hime my flying log book and then later decided to volunteer.
Background: Armourer and missile fitter for 9 years, then as a navigator for 6 years on the Shackleton and 15 years on nimrod Mk1 & Mk2.
Favourite aircraft: Shackleton.
Any other fascinating or relevant information: Loved long transits in the Shackleton with lots of astro navigation.

Derek Bryan

Derek Bryan

General Volunteer and Tour guide

Occupation: Retired.
How did you start at GAM: Came on a visit my daughter had arranged for her playgroup and saw volunteers
were required.
Background: Started work as an apprentice Kinemetograph and optical engineer (studio film cameras and Cinema projectors). For 25 years I’ve worked as an Approved Driving Instructor specialising in mobility training and qualified driver training. I retired in 2015 aged 70. Although I have no direct aviation connection I have been ‘into’ aircraft for many years. Volunteering at the museum has been a source of great joy to me.
Favourite aircraft: DC3 but if I have to choose a museum one I’m torn between our Avro Shackleton and the Blackburn Buccaneer.
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Simon Hedges

Simon Hedges

Tour Guide / Volunteer co-ordinator

Occupation: Semi-retired, run a small sensor and transducer distribution company.
How did you start at GAM: Guide and front of house.
Background: 40 years of sales in instrumentation, sensors and transducers in the aerospace industry.
Favourite aircraft: B747 (because my son flies them for Cathay).
Any other fascinating or relevant information: Play keyboards in David Bowie tribute band. I supplied the accelerometers in the GR3 Harrier that we have in the museum.

Mike Bird

Mike Bird

General Volunteer

Occupation: Retired
How did you start at GAM: Whilst working at Gatwick and involved with the construction of the North Terminal Building etc. in the 1980’s.I was aware of the late Peter Vallance and his desire to create an aviation museum. When I retired, I decided that GAM was an organisation I wanted to be part of.
Background: I was trained in Plant Engineering/Building Services Engineering. In the last approx. twenty years I have been involved in Facilities Management. I concluded my career in 2016 as Head of Facilities Management for a large international company.
Favourite aircraft: Concorde has to be at the top of my list, followed by Vickers VC 10, Boeing 707, BAC One Eleven, Hawker Siddeley Harrier and the McDonnell Douglas Phantom F4.
Any other fascinating or relevant information: I have held a Private Pilot’s License since 1982; I trained for this qualification at Biggin Hill. I am fascinated by wonders of flight!!

Mike Wickings

Mike Wickings

General Volunteer

Occupation: Retired
How did you start at GAM: Saw ad for volunteers before it opened the new building.
Background: 42 years in Civil aviation, on the commercial side with BOAC, British Airways, Saude Arabian Airlines and Gulf Air.
Favourite aircraft: Shackleton
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Richard Wilton

Richard Wilton

General Volunteer / Events

Occupation: Product Development Manager (IT Firm).
How did you start at GAM: Was asked to give a hand painting the floor of the new building, Never left.
Background: Trained as a mechanical engineer (toolmaker) at Foxboro GB then moved into electronics where I obtained an ONC and HNC in electronic engineering before ending up in the IT industry. Previously worked for major manufacturers before my current employment designing and implementing IT Systems for Schools.
Favourite aircraft: Harrier; Other – Vulcan
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Pete Maxwell

Pete Maxwell

Engineer

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Dave Levett

Dave Levett

Engineer

Occupation: Semi Retired.
How did you start at GAM: Found it by chance, couldn’t stay away.
Background: Apprentice to a London gunmaker.
Favourite aircraft: Many including Lockheed Super Constellation Plus T28, Mk5 Spitfire and i just love super cubs.
Any other fascinating or relevant information: After finishing my apprenticeship, I moved through various engineering branches to finally become an HGV engineer working for Bedford and then Mercedes-Benz.  So far I have retired four times as I keep getting asked back to help out.

Matt Winwood

Matt Winwood

General Volunteer / PR

Occupation: Pilot/Flying Instructor
How did you start at GAM: Saw the collection on Google Maps – and went to explore!
Background: Former Royal Navy Officer, (Surface Fleet), now a commercial aircraft Pilot.
Favourite aircraft: Shackleton!
Any other fascinating or relevant information: Though never a pilot on the Shackleton (it was retired long before I learnt to fly), I enjoy guiding tours and explaining all about it – having been on the receiving end of similar Maritime Patrol aircraft in ships many times!

Tom Davidson

Tom Davidson

General Volunteer

Occupation: RAF Weapons Technician
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Tony Herbert

Tony Herbert

Tour Guide

Occupation: Retired A/C Engineer
How did you start at GAM: Volunteer when the museum opened last year
Background: Joined RAF 1959 at 16 Boy Entrant Engine Mechanic, served 27 years retiring in 1985 as a Flt/Sgt. Joined Hunting Aviation at Croydon as Project Engineer and then Production Manager, overhauling and repairing aero engines and Propellers. Then onto Virgin Atlantic in Engineering department until Retirement.
Favourite aircraft: Harrier and Shackleton.
Any other fascinating or relevant information: I have worked on over 40 A/C in my career. The Shackleton “J” I have worked and flown on this A/C when I was on 206 Sqdn at RAF Kinloss. Also worked on the Harrier GR3 in the hangar at RAF Wittering when It was been modified to GR3 (i.e. Laser Installation).

David Wise

David Wise

Civil Airlines Display

Occupation: Retired Further Education Lecturer In Agriculture (25 years) & Head Of Department In Land and Environment.
How did you start at GAM: Initially I attended Peter Vallance’s Open Day on 13th October 1991.
Background: I first met him personally in 1992 when Peter’s drive & determination reminded me of Freddie Laker! From 1993 I was quickly involved with helping him display items for his Open Weekends. Earlier in 1992 I spoke on Peter’s behalf at the Planning Permission Inquiry at Dorking, & over the next 20 years wrote numerous letters supporting his fight to keep the planes & the museum. Peter, Ted & I developed the “Civil
Display” aspect of the museum until his death in 2013. In 2006 Peter and I both attended Freddie Laker’s Memorial Service in London.
Favourite aircraft: BAC One-Eleven (civil), de Havilland Mosquito (military),Hawker Sea Hawk (GAMcollection)
Any other fascinating or relevant information: I first visited Gatwick Airport in the early 1960’s, and continued to do this on a regular basis until the excellent “Spectators Viewing Area” was closed in 2004. I have a substantial collection of memorabilia on Gatwick Airport and the airlines that have used it. In particular Laker Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

Brian Greenwood

Brian Greenwood

General Volunteer

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Laurie Berryman

Laurie Berryman

General Volunteer

Occupation: Retired airline manager.
How did you start at GAM: I have just retired and wanted to share my enthusiasm for aviation with the next generation.
Background: I worked for British Caledonian at Gatwick and then overseas. I spent the last 28 years of my career with Emirates in Manchester and then London.
Favourite aircraft: BAC 1-11, A380.
Any other fascinating or relevant information: Lifelong Chelsea fan