Chapman Freeborn, the global air charter specialist and part of Avia Solutions Group, has promoted Catriona Taylor to the role of Global Supplier Relations Director and Jenny van Wyk to Country Manager – South Africa, both newly-created positions. 

In her role as Global Supplier Relations Director, Catriona will further Chapman Freeborn’s focus on building and strengthening operator relationships both new and old, with carriers and other operators across all products within the Group. 

Catriona has worked with Chapman Freeborn for 18 years, most recently in the position of Group Passenger Operations Director, where she oversaw passenger and VIP charters across the business.

Both appointments follow a review of Chapman Freeborn’s internal HR data, which showed an 18 percent increase in women in leadership positions at the company compared with this time last year.

The charter specialist’s workforce now comprises 45 percent women, which is significantly higher than the aerospace industry average of just 24 percent.

While we look beyond gender at Chapman Freeborn; we’re proud of the parity that exists throughout the business – from senior leadership positions to new hires,” said Sara Petre, Head of Human Resources, Chapman Freeborn, “Our recruitment process and company culture reward performance and capability over individual characteristics, so seeing women make up 45 percent of the business is brilliant. That said, barriers still exist, and it’s our responsibility as an industry to challenge them.