Consultancy Team

 

Rob Morris

Head of Consultancy

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Rob joins Ascend with more than twenty years industry experience as a commercial aviation analyst.

He began his career in the sector in 1990 as a Marketing Executive at British Aerospace (Regional Aircraft) in Hatfield before moving on in 1993 to join the Aerospace team at the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry. Whilst there he was involved in the assessment of projects as diverse as the DHC-8-400, Airbus A340-500 / 600, Rolls-Royce Trent 500 / 8104 / 900, Airbus A380 and Bombardier CRJ900 / BRJ-X / CSeries, specifically delivering all aspects of market analysis and market forecasting in support of the UK’s investment in those programme.

In 2005 Rob returned to BAE Systems Asset Management in Hatfield where, as Vice President, Marketing & Analysis, he was responsible for market and strategy analysis in support of the regional aircraft lessor’s business winning process. Following the sale of the Asset Management business to Falko Regional Aircraft in July 2011, Rob subsequently joined Ascend in January 2012.

  

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George Dimitroff

Head of Valuations

George joined Ascend in 2005, having previously worked for Airbus and United Airlines in various roles. 

He focuses mainly on aircraft and engine valuations, but also writes regular updates on the latest state of the aviation marketplace. George holds a degree in Air Transport Engineering from City University in London.

 

 

Peter Morris

Chief Economist

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Peter is a veteran of over 25 years’ in the air transport industry.  His expertise spans strategic and economic studies, industry forecasts and a range of traffic, capacity, revenue and cost analyses.

Before joining Ascend in 2003, Peter was Chief Economist and Director, Research Consultancy for the International Air Transport Association (IATA), where he developed IATA’s Aviation Information & Research (AIR) department into a leading global commercial supplier of air transport information and research.

Peter is a regular media commentator on the aviation industry and the impact of new market developments. He holds a BSc in Economics and a MSc in Energy Economics.

 

Joanna Lu

Head of Advisory, Asia

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Based in Hong Kong, Joanna's focus is on global airport projects, project management as well as supporting the Asian business development.  Joanna joined Ascend in 2010, having previously worked for GCW Consulting and Shanghai Airlines in various roles. 

With 10 years experience in the Asian Commercial Aviation Industry, Joanna brings valuable project management, aviation demand analysis and airport strategic and technical planning experiences.

Joanna holds an MSc in Airport Planning and Management from Loughborough University, and a BEng in Aviation Administration from Shanghai University of Engineering Science.  

 

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Paul Hayes

Safety and Insurance Director

Few people in aviation can match Paul’s nearing 35 years’ experience in air safety and his achievements as a trusted advisor to governments, regulators, insurance markets and airlines worldwide. Paul joined Ascend in 1974, having previously worked for National Air Traffic Services at London Heathrow Airport.

With his extensive international consultancy experience, Paul has led the development of several of Ascend’s key aviation and space offerings.

Paul’s unique achievements include assisting Russia to present the former USSRs’ full airline safety record to the international aviation insurance market – work that led to close co-operation between Russia and the CIS and the release of data on some 600 airline accidents not previously recorded in the West.  Paul has also been instrumental in managing the research and production of the CP479, the World Aircraft Accident Summary in collaboration with UK’s Civil Aviation Authority.

 

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Chris Seymour

Head of Market Analysis

With more than 23 years' aviation experience, Chris has responsibility for many of Ascend's comprehensive market studies, covering a wide variety of aircraft types. He also performs appraisals of commercial aircraft and prepares the company's forecast of aircraft deliveries. Chris is a specialist in helicopter valuations.

 

 

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Tony Brooks

Senior Aviation Analyst

Anthony has worked in the Consultancy arm of Ascend for over 14 years and is a trusted advisor to Banks, Lessors, Lawyers and Manufacturers.

Anthony specialises in the appraisal of Executive Jets Helicopters and General Aviation aircraft and is one of the few certified ISTAT (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading) Appraisers in the world. Anthony has attained comprehensive experience as an Expert Witness in various Executive Jet , Helicopter and General Aviation assignments including those where a Diminution in Value is contested. 

 

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Lukasz Pawlowski

Senior Analyst Risk Advisory

Lukasz joined Ascend in 2007, after working as a Project Analyst for Goldstone Network Ltd., a start-up company based in London. Lukasz began in Ascend supporting both the Consultancy and Product Development teams with a focus on delivering aircraft & engine valuations and conducting market studies. Lukasz is also involved in the development of existing and future products in Ascend's pipeline, as well as maintaining the Ascend Values database.

Lukasz holds a degree in Economics from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and speaks Polish, English and German.

 

  

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Chris Wills

Valuations Manager

Chris joined Ascend in May 2007 as a member of the Data Team. Having graduated from Loughborough University in 2006 with a degree in Air Transport Management with a Diploma in Industrial studies. 

In November 2007 Chris moved on to the year long Management Development Programme and covered positions in the Consultancy, Airport Economics and Product Development. Having completed the programme Chris became a permanent member of the Consultancy Department. Following a secondment to the New York Office providing valuation and appraisal services. In addition to these services, Chris is the editor for Ascend's regular update, Inside Track on Values, as well as specialising in the Full Flight Simulator and aircrew training market.      

 

Michael Lapson                                                        

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Michael joined Ascend as a Senior Analyst in the consulting practice, where he is investigating the linkage between aircraft valuation and air freight transportation demand.

Prior to Ascend, Michael held a position with Moffat & Nichol as a Lead Transportation Analyst providing strategic advisement  to shipping ports and financial due diligence for transactions involving freight transportation infrastructure.

Michael draws upon his education in Transportation Engineering and Industrial Engineering.                                                                                        

 

Brendan McHenry                                                      

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Senior Analyst, Risk Advisory

Brendan joined Ascend in 2013 having worked in RBS Aviation Capital as a Commercial Analyst working in finance and on leasing offerings to airlines and third party investors.

Prior to this Brendan worked with KPMG in risk and assurance with a variety of clients including aircraft leasing companies

Brendan holds a degree in Management Science from Trinity College Dublin and is a Chartered Accountant.                  

 

 

Daniel Hall                                                               

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Aviation Analyst

Daniel joins Ascend as a recent graduate from Loughborough University, holding a BSc degree in Air Transport Management.

As part of his degree, Daniel completed a placement year with a business jet aircraft management company based at Farnborough Airport in the UK where a number of projects were undertaken, including; route and airport studies, and managing an aircraft budget system, following extensive research into associated fixed and variable costs.

At Ascend, Daniel will be working on detailed aircraft & engine valuations, research and analysis, understanding their volatility to market change. In addition to this, he will actively assist the consultancy project team with providing input into market commentaries on aircraft types covering commercial, business, and general aviation sectors. 

 

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Henk Ombelet

Project Manager/Consultant

Henk joined Ascend in March 2012 from parent company Flightglobal, continuing a career of more than twenty years spent in aviation and aerospace.

He started his career as an analyst in the engineering department at Dutch manufacturer Fokker Aircraft, before moving to London to join the International Air Transport Association. At IATA he was responsible for traffic and financial data collections, edited World Air Transport Statistics, and conducted many studies, forecasts and consultancy projects in the aviation sector.

He subsequently joined Air Transport Intelligence (also part of Flightglobal), as the data manager working closely with key industry partners in traffic data, schedules and fleet data. He was responsible for product development, and set up the route development conference Network Latin America with Airline Business.

Henk holds an MSc in Business Administration and Engineering from Twente University of Technology in the Netherlands. He speaks fluent Dutch and Spanish.

 

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Maximo Gainza

Aviation Analyst                                            

Maximo joined Ascend as an Aviation Analyst in 2011, having worked in the aviation industry both directly and indirectly from 2004 onwards. 

Starting off as an aviation journalist for an Argentine newspaper, Maximo spent seven years researching, collecting and analysing data for the French aircraft database Aero Transport Data Bank (ATDB), receiving special mention  in the Wall Street Journal in 2007. Alongside this, Maximo also worked in both the agrarian and tourism sectors in Argentina - co-founding a small luxury travel agency in the latter. 

Maximo's educational background is primarily made-up of Liberal Arts and Languages, having majored in Modern Iberian & Latin American Studies at University College London where he studied the history, politics and literature of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America as well as learning (Brazilian) Portuguese from scratch. English and Spanish are his mother tongues and he is also fluent in French.  

 

 

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Ben Chapman

Aviation Analyst

Ben joined the Ascend Consultancy Team in 2013 following three years with the Flightglobal Ascend Sales Team in London.

He is focused primarily on helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft valuations, however he also supports the global business development teams and provides market analysis and insight to Ascend’s clients.

Whilst on the Sales team he worked closely with the Consultancy team to deliver large projects in valuations, market analysis and risk advisory. Prior to joining Ascend, Ben was an intern at Bloomberg Equity Research in London following graduating with a degree in Economics and electives in Corporate Finance from the Australian National University.

 

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Marlon Mejia

Aviation Analyst

Marlon joined the Ascend Consultancy team in 2013 with a background in Revenue Management and having completed a degree in Air Transport Management at Cranfield University. His previous assignment was in a start-up business jet company in London.

Starting off as a market and demand analyst for airlines in South America and abroad, he has progressed his career in UK in a variety of roles in IT and as an associate for legal firms. His background also includes route analysis for the former Aces Airlines and Summa Alliance. His main focus is in commercial aircraft. Further to this, Marlon has very strong analytical skills and a thorough knowledge of business jet types and their performance. He draws from his experience working in different cultural environments and industries.

Marlon received a scholarship from the Royal Aeronautical Society to research the problem of cabin space optimization in widebody aircraft. He also holds an MSc in International Business from Aston University in Birmingham and a first degree in Industrial Engineering from the UTP. Further to his academic and professional background he is a keen spotter and enjoys learning foreign languages in his spare time.

 

 

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