Mike brings much sought after aviation and aerospace engineering knowledge and skills to the Ayrshire College Board of Management. Aircraft engineering and airframe maintenance engineering has seen continued growth in South Ayrshire in recent years and has a significant presence at Prestwick Airport. Despite the temporary global challenges following the Covid-19 pandemic, the industry remains a significant regional employer with highly skilled workforce requirements.
Mike is currently Director of Maintenance at Chevron Aircraft Maintenance Ltd based at Prestwick Airport and has a long history in the aviation industry. He was Managing Director of British Airways Regional Cargo before taking on the position of Commercial Director for Worldwide Freight Services (WFS) based at Heathrow Airport. From there he moved to Johannesburg to become Chief Operating Officer for WFS Africa in charge of operations across the continent of Africa. With his family based at home in Ayrshire, Mike moved in 2015 to take up the post of Business Development Director at Prestwick Airport, before moving to his current post in 2018.
Mike is committed to the development of the young workforce and apprenticeship programmes in Ayrshire, whether it be for the aviation/aerospace industry or for other employers seeking a skilled workforce.
His current remit is Chair of the Business, Resources and Infrastructure Committee and Senior Independent Member (SIM) of the Board of Management.