About Us

Drawing on over 40 years’ experience and expertise in the specialized airport environment, AEROZEAL has the ability to provide clients with advice and solutions in all areas of operation.

Who we are

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John Haffenden (Managing Director)

With over 35 years of involvement in all aspects of the aviation world, we are constantly dealing with the ever-changing and often challenging requirements of UK legislative issues and wider European influences affecting airports and service providers, which constitute a major part of any work we undertake.

• Over 15 years as Airport Manager at a major general aviation airport in the South of England.

• Air Traffic Control Officer with Approach and Aerodrome (instrument) ratings; on the job training instructor; meteorological observer with both METAR and Synoptic endorsements.

• Operations and infrastructure responsibilities encompassing consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority.

• ‘Special Event’ organisation and controlling in relation to all airside operations at British and European Grand Prix, Royal Ascot , Cheltenham Gold Cup, and Epsom Derby Day horse race meetings and at a number of water based events in the Solent where safety with the complex mix of craft is paramount.

• Assisting the UK Civil Aviation Authority in completing guidance and regulations on the use of Waterdromes in the UK.

• Recently served as Chairman of the Airport Operators’ Association (AOA) , General Aviation Committee and as Executive/Board Member.

• Input into several working groups within the CAA including Rescue and Fire-Fighting, Air Traffic Control Training and Communications Group and Operational Liaison.

• The systematic management of safety and Safety Management Systems (SMS) is an ever developing aspect of the Aviation Industry and work is continuing with the CAA to ensure that a ‘joined up’ approach to this subject is adopted.

Laurie Price (Consultant)

Laurie’s experience is vast and we are very pleased to have him on our team, his qualifications and experience include the following:

Air transport industry professional with wide ranging experience as senior airline manager with major international airlines and consultant to airlines, airports, Governments and manufacturers.

Recognised authority on aviation policy, economics, strategic development, regulation and aero-political issues.

Expert witness at tribunals, licence hearings, competition commission and planning inquiries.

Advisor on aviation issues to UK and overseas governments, Parliament, local government and development agencies.

Frequent chairman, moderator and presenter at international aviation conferences.

Regular contributor to and interviewee on air transport economics and policy for Radio and Television news and current affairs programmes for BBC, ITN, Sky, and Bloomberg including Radio 4 Today, 5 Live and BBC TV 10 o’clock News, Breakfast, and GMTV.

Holds current UK and US Private Pilots Licences and UK Night rating. Total hours: 450.

Jon Nash (Media and Visuals Specialist)

Jon Nash is an industry professional who has worked behind the camera almost non stop since the age of 16. Its all he has ever known and had dedicated over 2 decades of life to to creating visual images for clients world wide . His experience as a world wide published and acclaimed photographer was the perfect grounding for his transition into film.

He has worked with blue chip clients spanning the globe including Hugo Boss, Camel Trophy,Louis Vuitton, Helly Hansen , Musto, BT, Champagne Mumm to name a few. His easygoing personality and ability to take the pressure off the client by delivering to the brief make him a natural choice for most commissioning producers and clients investing in strong visuals.

His strong background in adventure sports has seen him endure literally 1000′s of hrs working in hostile environments such as offshore yachts and arctic conditions which is a testament to the fact that he has the stamina for almost any project that be put his way.

He is trained in the RED ONE an owner operator of a Steadicam Archer with officail Steadicam training. Film schooled in America and camera workshop trained by NFTS, ARRI and Panavision.

Jon works as a freelance director of photography / lighting camera man as well as a producer within our in house team of film professionals.

However, Jon’s move into aviation has proved equally exciting… Watch the movie below!!

John Wingate

John Wingate (Helicopter Specialist)

Following a 30 year engineering and aviation career in the Royal Navy, John held two senior industrial management appointments, most recently working in the simulation, training PFI and soft skills sectors. He has provided structured management support to many diverse organisations including the UK defence industry, USA defence industry, the safety industry , two UK police services, UK civil aviation industry, the NHS and the construction industry. He has specialist knowledge of UK Emergency Services and Home Office operations, including advising NHS Trusts regarding helicopter landing sites and operations.

John has key skills in business development in the private sector; business personnel development; coaching, mentoring and the building and motivating of teams. He is an accredited trainer and ‘trainer of trainers’ and has expertise in operations and infrastructure management, project management and the generation of bid and proposal documentation.

Having spent several years as a flying instructor (Training Captain) he gave instruction to RN, RAF and International student pilots on their Advanced Flying Training Courses. He also had HR responsibility for engineering personnel.

Graham Vaughan (Human Resources and Employment Consultant)


Graham has over 30 years experience as a Human Resources professional in the delivery of solutions to people-related issues across diverse business disciplines and working environments. He has a broad skill base with particular emphasis on managing employee relations issues during mergers, re-organisations and times of change.

Graham has run his own HR consultancy / interim management business since 1997 and now provides advice, support and solutions to a variety of businesses on employment compliance and people and change management issues.

He has worked with a number of blue chip organisations mainly within the engineering and pharmaceutical sectors as well as a major general aviation airport in the South of England.
Graham has a degree in Business Studies and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, and a member of the CIPD Sussex Branch Committee.

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Andy Haffenden (Non-Ex Director)
BA (Hons) Management PPL H Hughes 300/Robinson R44

After obtaining a Management Degree at Southampton Solent University Andy started a telematic technology business developing products and services to meet growing commercial international legislation.

In 2002 he was successful in securing substantial private investment to consolidate the technology and invest in the marketing and sales strategy of the business. Andy left the company in 2004 to pursue other activities including the brokering of helicopter charters both in the UK and Europe.

After completing a number of project based related positions in 2006, he returned to the telematic business at the request of the new managing director to take the position of Operations Director. Andy now acts for Aerozeal Ltd as a part time consultant providing commercial advice in the management and promotion of small airport related activities.

Andy has a variety of commercial and acquisition skills as well as aircraft brokerage and worldwide aviation connections together with the ability to engage with high end corporate operators and owners.