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With decades of combined senior level and general management experience, Chris has substantial operational and strategic expertise within the aviation sector. She takes a consumer-led, practical approach delivering effective business growth solutions to her clients.
Chris has held consumer-facing management roles for numerous household-name businesses in the sector, starting her career with Iberia Airways and Carlson Worldchoice. In recent years, she has developed operational and strategic expertise holding senior leadership positions for TUI Airlines and easyJet.
Chris has a wealth of experience combining long term strategy with short term detail, resulting in successfully navigating companies though turbulent periods. She has been awarded a number of accolades; a Doctorate of Science (Honorary) for Leadership in Management (2011), an OBE for Services to Aviation (2013), membership into the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame (2014), a Travel Trade Gazette Outstanding Achievement award (2014), a Doctorate of Science (Honorary) for Outstanding Services to Aviation (2015) and a Doctorate of Science from Queen’s University Belfast for Economics (2016).
Chris sits on our advisory board, working closely with the Howgate Sable leadership team to develop the business.
The EMI Practice at Howgate Sable really took the time to understand our situation and find exceptional candidates who could fulfil challenging international leadership assignments for a truly global company with a history that spans well over 200 years.
It was a first class experience and positive outcome on many levels.
I have worked with the Howgate Sable team on several occasions whilst hiring mission-critical executives. Partnership is the byword for this organisation – they act as an extension of my team and work hard to support me not only in the technical solution, but in the sense of a deep understanding of my specific requirements. Delivery is the key measure of our talent partners and Howgate Sable have always achieved what was asked of them.
Having worked with Howgate Sable as a client and as a candidate I can confidently say their ability to deliver on complex searches is second to none. They not only have a detailed knowledge of the marketplace but also understand the importance of cultural fit.
I was particularly impressed with Howgate Sable’s knowledge and network in the aviation sector, the quality of the candidates provided at shortlist and the availability of Nick and the team to provide us with advice and guidance on candidates when required. Nick was particularly effective in understanding our needs as a Company and being flexible in adapting requirements and plans.
I have recently worked with Nick from Howgate Sable to recruit a new Head of Aircraft Operations for Thomson Airways. I was particularly impressed by the wide-reaching search undertaken and the quality of the candidates put forward. The skills match to the brief was excellent and I am delighted with the individual we selected.
From their initial call to me the Aviation practice team at Howgate Sable demonstrated a significant difference. Straightforward and to the point, the extent of their network and deep insight into the industry was immediately evident. The added value I have received as a candidate is tangible. An almost instant rapport quickly developed into a focused business relationship which is open, honest, respectful and above all trustworthy.