Board Of Trustees

Phill O’Dell

Phill O'Dell

fly2help is the brainchild of Phill O’Dell. He brings a wealth of aviation experience with him, having served for eighteen years in the Royal Air Force flying the Buccaneer, Jaguar and Hawk jets and finishing his service as an RAF test pilot. In 2001, Phill became the chief test pilot for Rolls-Royce based at Filton, and is also well known for displaying their Mk19 spitfire, PS853… a dirty job but someone has to do it! Phill believes that fly2help can bring a huge injection of exhilaration into people’s life, saying “the enthusiasm it generates is amazing and the difference it makes is instantly obvious to see”.

Darren Lewington

Ed Rackham FCA

Ed trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG, gaining his ACA qualification in 2002. He had a varied portfolio of clients, including those in the aerospace sector. He also undertook short term secondments in Australia and Belgium, and to KPMG’s Forensic practice in London. Having been the senior manager on the audit of Airbus in the UK, the opportunity arose for Ed to take on the role of Head of Accounting for Airbus Operations Limited. He jumped at the chance and has not looked back. His role is very varied, interesting and challenging and he learns something new every day. Ed joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 in order to reinforce the financial focus. As a father of two young children, Sophie and Tom, he is passionate about fly2help’s work with young people and the positive change made through small acts of kindness.

David Sproxton

David Sproxton

David Sproxton is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman. Together with co-founder Peter Lord, he has overseen the development of the studio from a two-man partnership to one of the pre-eminent animation houses in the industry, producing films such as “Chicken Run”, “Wallace & Gromit : The Curse of the Wererabbit”, “Flushed Away” and more recently “Shaun the Sheep: Movie”. David and Peter were awarded CBE’s in 2006. David has served on the board of the Bristol Old Vic, National Film & Television School, @Bristol and currently chairs Encounters Film Festivals. When the weather and time allows David enjoys flying around the sky in a glider.

Mark Farmer

Mark Farmer

Mark is a private pilot who has regularly flown families on Air Smiles Days and joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. He flies a CAP10 (fully aerobatic) and an Eclipse (Very Light Jet). He enjoys sharing the wonders of aviation and loves witnessing the excitement of people’s first flight, young and old. His day job is in Venture Capital; he is a co-founder of Eden Ventures, an investor in early stage technology companies, and has helped start over fifty software companies across the UK. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, snowboarding, kitesurfing, motorcycling, cycling, running and swimming and is an active motor-racer, competing in the British GT series.

Dave Edwards

Having worked in the business aviation industry since he graduated with a degree in Transport Management, Dave’s career has taken him through all areas of the sector, including flight operations, ground services and maintenance into senior executive roles with leading airlines and aviation companies. He is Managing Partner of Windsor Capital LLP, an investment business operating mainly the aviation industry, including Synergy Aviation Ltd, Oaklands Global Ltd, Flying Support Ltd and Lazy River Ltd as well as being a non-executive director of a number of companies, including Web Manuals International AB, the world’s leading aviation manuals digitizer. Alongside his own business interests, he is the part-time CEO of BACA – The Air Charter Association. Dave completed fifteen years with Gama Aviation plc as their Managing Director, Middle East and Asia and Group General Manager before moving to Qatar Airways’ Business Jet Division, Qatar Executive as Executive Vice President. Dave’s first experience with fly2help was helping at Bristol Filton during an Air Smiles Day in 2008 and he’s remained connected to the charity ever since. In 2010 he was elected as the youngest ever Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, in addition he is a member of the Royal Air Force Club, the Royal Aero Club, the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, the Air League and is a Freeman of the City of London. When not playing with aeroplanes he continues to pretend he can play both the trumpet and golf.

Lyn Hartman

Simon Eddison