Image of Catriona Taylor.  Courtesy of Chapman Freeborn

Global aircraft charter specialists Chapman Freeborn has appointed two female leaders as its reveals 2023 gender equality statistics.

Catriona Taylor is the new global supplier relations director and Jenny van Wyk has been appointed country manager – South Africa.

In her role as global supplier relations director, Taylor 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.

Taylor said: “The key to Chapman Freeborn’s success has always been our strong supplier relationships, and I’m looking forward to cementing our global network even further, keeping up with the momentum we’ve built over the years and forging new relationships with suppliers across the world.”

van Wyk has been with Chapman Freeborn for over nine years as a member of the passenger team based in South Africa.
The role of Country Manager – South Africa will see her managing operations, developing business and ensuring that the operations of the office align with the company’s mission and objectives.

van Wyk said: “I will make my mark by combining Chapman Freeborn’s vision and mission with my own as I work to take our African operations to the next level, strengthening our teams and products in the region. I have a great team alongside me and together we will hold the Africa baton up high.”

Women in leadership positions

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 (source: Women In Aerospace: Stuck at 24% | Aviation Week Network).

“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.”

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