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Flybe, Stephens Scown and the Family Law Company welcome new recruits and promotions

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

  • New Stephens Scown partners Andrew Knox, Davina Haydon, Laura McFadyen and Ben Travers

  • The Family Law Company's Kirsten Parrick, Donna Hart and Charlotte Butler Kitto

  • Andrew McConnell, Flybe's director of communications and public affairs

  • Annelie Carver is joining Flybe

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A well-known Exeter lawyer is among a number of senior operational management appointments made by Flybe.

It comes as the group continues to build on the successful progress of its turnaround and growth plan, following its recent £150m capital raise.

Annelie Carver has been appointed as general counsel and company secretary, following Chris Simpson’s decision to leave the group after eight years’ service.

Currently a partner in the corporate and commercial team at Michelmores Solicitors, she has over 12 years’ experience advising listed and unlisted clients on company, commercial and contractual matters.

Annelie will join Flybe once she has agreed a departure date from Michelmores. Andrew Knuckey will act as company secretary until then.

Meanwhile, Maunu Visuri has been appointed managing director of Flybe Finland, the Finnish operating company in the Flybe Nordic joint venture between Flybe and Finnair. He is currently CEO of Nordic Global Airlines, a white label cargo carrier based in Helsinki.

Maunu will commence his new role on May 20. His focus will be on delivering sustainable cost reductions and delivering profit growth across all of Flybe Finland’s white label and scheduled flying operations.

Jochen Schnadt has taken up the role of interim director of white label business development with effect from April 14, initially on a six-month assignment. He will lead on the development of white label opportunities, a key part of Flybe’s twin engine growth strategy as it seeks to expand white label services to national flag carriers across Europe. Jochen has previously delivered a number of white label projects for Virgin, BA and other airlines as MD of an independent consultancy. He has also held senior leadership and commercial roles with Monarch Airlines and Aer Lingus. He holds an MSc in Air Transport from Cranfield University.

Andrew McConnell has started work as director of communications and public affairs. A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, he has a wealth of experience from the travel industry with a background in corporate and public affairs for major companies such as Heathrow Express and Gatwick Express.

Andrew has spent the last six years in the aviation industry, most recently as the head of UK corporate and public affairs at Easyjet. He replaces Niall Duffy, who has decided to leave to pursue other opportunities after seven years with Flybe.

Sir Timothy ‘Timo’ Anderson joins the board as non-executive director. As an Air Marshal, he established the Military Aviation Authority, the body responsible for military aviation safety, becoming its first director general from 2010 to 2013, and before that was assistant chief of Royal Air Force air staff.

He served in the RAF from 1979, starting as a fighter pilot, and rising through senior command appointments. He was awarded a DSO for RAF Tornado operations during the Kosovo conflict and was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2013 New Year Honours list.

Timo will chair the Safety and Security Review Committee. He will also serve on the Nomination, Remuneration and Audit Committees. Alan Smith has announced that, after nearly nine years on the board, he will retire as a non-executive director on August 31.

Chief executive Saad Hammad said: “We are delighted to welcome Timo on board. His track record in aviation speaks for itself and we look forward to benefiting from his expertise and his counsel.

“In addition, the strengthening of our senior operational management team will accelerate the implementation of our growth strategy.

“I’d like to thank Alan, Chris and Niall for their hard work and commitment over the years. Everyone at Flybe wishes them the very best for the future. Today’s announcement is another important step in our journey to becoming Europe’s best local airline.”

Meanwhile, Flybe has appointed Philip de Klerk as chief financial officer. Philip will join the Group no later than 1st November 2014 but it is hoped that he may be in a position to do so as early as August 2014.

Philip brings extensive experience of strategic financial development, change management and operational delivery in rapidly evolving businesses.

He joins the board of Flybe from SABMiller, where he was global head of financial planning & analysis and finance director of the business capabilities programme. Prior to this, he was CFO of Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe, a division with $10bn annual turnover.

Before joining Ineos, Philip spent 16 years at Unilever, where he held a variety of roles, including vice president of investor relations, CFO of Unilever Switzerland and finally CFO of Unilever Benelux, which had annual turnover of 1.8bn euros.

Philip’s appointment follows Andrew Knuckey’s decision, announced in August 2013, to leave Flybe in order to pursue other opportunities. Andrew will remain with the business until August.

Mr Hammad said: “On behalf of everyone at Flybe, I’d like to thank Andrew Knuckey for his considerable efforts on behalf of the group over the past nine years: in particular, he has played a significant role in implementing our turnaround plan and setting us on the path to profitable growth.

“Andrew is held in great affection by his colleagues at Flybe for his humanity, passion and sense of fun and he leaves with everyone’s very best wishes for the future.

“We are absolutely delighted to have attracted someone of Philip de Klerk’s calibre and welcome him on board. He has a blue-chip finance and management pedigree and he will bring a wealth of relevant experience, especially from his time at consumer focused companies and in international markets.

“Philip’s arrival will significantly strengthen and broaden the senior management team as we implement our strategy to deliver and grow a sustainably profitable business and I know he shares our ambition and excitement for the future. Philip is discussing an earlier exit date with SABMiller and we look forward to him joining us on the fastest timing possible but certainly no later than 1st November.”

Exeter-based family law specialists The Family Law Company are singing the praises of their team for achieving promotions and professional accreditations.

The Family Law Company is committed to supporting and encouraging personal development across their two offices in Plymouth and Exeter. They were recently awarded Investors in People Standard for successfully developing and motivating their ever growing team of family law specialists and business support teams.

Donna Hart has been promoted to the position of senior associate. She works in the divorce and finance team in Exeter and chairs the Devon Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, playing an active role in promoting professional development and training events in the area.

Alex Boardman, based in Plymouth, is now a Resolution Accredited Specialist. Alex underwent a demanding assessment to demonstrate her expert level of knowledge and practical application of the law in order to achieve accreditation.

Charlotte Butler Kitto has successfully qualified as a solicitor. A member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Charlotte will be working in the divorce and finance team in Exeter. As well as undertaking private work, Charlotte will also be assisting those clients for whom legal aid is still available.

Charlotte said: “Having worked at The Family Law Company since 2010, the supportive atmosphere and inspirational people have made a substantial difference to my journey in qualifying as a solicitor. Now that I have reached that goal, I look forward to building on my knowledge and experience by learning from the highly-skilled lawyers within the firm.”

Kirsten Parrick also joins the team in Exeter as the firm’s new marketing manger.

Stephens Scown LLP has made six promotions to partner and associate level at its Exeter office. Three associates have been promoted to partner level, bringing the total number of partners in the firm to 48.

The newly promoted partners are all specialists from the firm’s corporate department. They are: Laura McFadyen, an associate in the employment team; Andrew Knox, an associate specialising in insolvency; and Ben Travers, head of the firm’s intellectual property and IT team.

Three solicitors are being promoted to associate level. The Exeter corporate team is again benefiting from further promotions, with Ruby Anugwom, a solicitor with a specialism in immigration law, and Catherine Carlton, a corporate solicitor, both being promoted to associate. Sarah Walls, a solicitor in the Exeter family team has also been promoted to associate level.

Robert Camp, Stephens Scown’s managing partner, said: “These promotions recognise the hard work and talent of these key members of our team. As well as being specialists in their chosen fields, they all share our firm’s focus on providing extraordinary client service.”

Stephens Scown is also promoting three members of staff based in Cornwall. Davina Haydon, head of the firm’s dispute resolution department in St Austell has been promoted to partner. Sarah Fitzgerald from the St Austell family team and Sarah-Jane Williams, a solicitor in Stephens Scown’s planning team in Truro have been promoted to associate.

Stephens Scown has over 40 partners with 250 staff across its offices in Exeter, Truro and St Austell.

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