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Meet the team

behind Navy Wings

Meet The Engineering Team

Meet the engineers who are responsible for keeping our remarkable aircraft flying.

Jim Norris

Chief Engineer

Jim is a former Air Engineer Officer in the Fleet Air Arm who worked on Sea Harrier and Lynx squadrons during his naval career. His last appointment was as Cdr(AE) at RNAS Yeovilton. On leaving the Navy in 2009, Jim worked as an airworthiness and air safety specialist in the Defence Industry supporting a wide variety of MOD acquisition programmes including F-35 Lightning, P-8A Poseidon, E-7 Wedgetail, Apache and Merlin. His passion for vintage aircraft is long-standing and he owns and operates a 1939 DeHavilland Tiger Moth, which he loans to Navy Wings as an associate aircraft.

Bruce Ellis

Deputy Chief Engineer

Bruce is a highly experienced aero engineer who holds a CAA licence with type ratings for a wide variety of aircraft. He has worked in civil sector throughout his 34-year career in aviation, mostly focusing on vintage aircraft. He has rebuilt a wide variety of machines, including Spitfires and Hurricanes. His expertise in wood and fabric is proving to be of particular benefit to Navy Wings!

Mark 'Tug' Wilson

Aircraft Engineer

Tug has been with the flight for 10 years, having transferred across to Navy Wings from the previous MOD-run Royal Navy Historic Flight organisation. Prior to that he served for 34 years in the Royal Navy, leaving with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Tug specialises in airframe and mechanical systems. He also runs our increasingly busy flight line.

Nick Bailes

Aircraft Engineer

Nick served in the Royal Navy as an Electrical specialist for 33 years, but continues to support the Royal Naval Reserve on a part time basis. He joined the Royal Navy Historic Flight in 2014 and transferred over to Navy Wings on 1st Jan 21. He currently works as our Logistics Manager, and works tirelessly in organising the vast amount of materiel that we inherited with from MOD.

Chris Hurford

Aircraft Engineer

Chris has over 23 years’ experience working on historic, military & commercial aircraft. He commenced his career as an apprentice at Boscombe Down, working on the wide variety of aircraft operated there. He then took a job in Saudi Arabia before making the leap into civil aviation, servicing civil airliners at Chicago O’hare airport. Whilst in the US, he supported the Collings foundation as a volunteer, touring the continent with their Boeing B-17G, Consolidated B-24J, North American B-25J & TF-51D Mustang aircraft. He holds a US Federal Aviation Authority licence as an Airframe & Propulsion mechanic.

Ashely Rollett

Aircraft Engineer

Ashley started his career as an Apprentice to Britten Norman before taking a job with Bournemouth Avionics as an avionics technician. He joined us in Spring 2021. While he continues to specialise in avionics he is already adept at the more traditional skills required to support vintage aircraft. The youngest member of our team, he has already found his niche in gaining access to parts of the aircraft that the older folk simply can’t reach! In his spare time, he works on his large collection of classic motorbikes.

Meet The Charity Team

Meet the team that works at the charity to raise funds to keep our historic aircraft flying.

Jock Alexander

CEO

Jock Alexander spent over 38 years in the Royal Navy, initially as a Seaman Officer and Ship’s Diver before gaining his pilot’s Wings in 1984 and spending the next 32 years in the Fleet Air Arm.

His aviation posts included the Helicopter Warfare Instructor on 819 NAS, the Senior Pilot of 820 NAS, the Commanding Officer of 819 NAS, the Staff Operations and Warfare Officer for FOMA, Commander Air of HMS Illustrious, the Staff Aviation Officer for FONA, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Carrier Strike, the 1st Sea Lord’s Aviation Advisor and Commanding Officer RNAS Yeovilton (his last appointment as a Commodore). He also commanded HMS Kellington in the Fishery protection Role and, as a Captain, a Joint UK/US Training Team in Basra Province, Iraq. He took up his current post as Chief Executive of the FNHT on 29 Feb 2016 after retiring from the RN.

Sue Eagles

Communications and Major Donor Fundraising

Sue joined Navy Wings in 2010 and works closely with the Charity’s Ambassadors and major donors building lasting relationships and high net worth support.

Widely recognised as a leading strategic communications specialist, Sue served in high level policy arenas in the Ministry of Defence, Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve for 30 years, combining a military and civilian career across the defence, aerospace, and charity sectors. Appointments at RNAS Yeovilton, RNAS Culdrose, Plessey and Westland Helicopters; coupled with command of the Royal Navy’s Media Ops branch for seven years, including two tours in Afghanistan, gave her career a strong naval aviation edge. Awarded the QVRM for ‘inspiring leadership and professionalism’ in 2008, Sue was Communications Director for the Centenary of Naval Aviation in 2009 and Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown’s commemorative event in 2016. In addition to major donor fundraising, Sue’s trademark skills provide strategic direction to the Charity’s wider marketing and fundraising campaigns.

Laila Sadler

Fundraising Manager

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Dave Weatherley

Business and Information Systems Director

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Penny Koheeallee

Finance

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Nina Pearson

Administration

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Meet The Pilots

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