HIAL Board announce CEO


THE HIAL Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Kelsall as CEO.

Paul, who has a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in the aviation sector will join HIAL on 20 May 2024.  

Following a successful 22-year career in the Royal Navy, Paul moved into business and commercial operations in the private aviation sector.  Having joined Bond Offshore in 2006 he undertook a number of senior roles before becoming Search and Rescue Manager in 2013.

In 2015 he took up the position of Director of Service Delivery with Babcock Offshore, before becoming their Operations Director in 2019.  Most recently, Paul was Managing Director and Accountable Manager for Offshore Helicopter Services UK Limited, a post he held since February 2021.  During that time Paul led the business through a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) process and subsequent divestment to new ownership.

Lorna Jack, Chair of HIAL Board said: “We are delighted to have secured someone of Paul’s calibre and experience to lead the organisation and deliver our strategic priorities. I look forward to working with him as an Executive Member of the HIAL Board.”

Speaking following his appointment Paul said: “I am thrilled to be joining HIAL as CEO and am hugely excited to lead an organisation that has been played a large part in my working career.  My role in 2006 involved working from Sumburgh Airport and during my flying career I have visited almost all HIAL airports.

“HIAL is renowned for the professional, friendly, and high-quality services it provides, and I have been fortunate to have had first-hand experience of that throughout my career.  I look forward to working with the HIAL Board, the Senior Management Team and the dedicated HIAL team.”

Lorna Jack wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge Stewart Adams, who has served as Interim CEO. She said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Stewart Adams for his significant contribution and work with the Senior Management Team to deliver our strategic priorities against a challenging financial backdrop.

“HIAL is in a strong position to commence delivery of our priorities for the coming financial year.  This is in no small part due to Stewart, and he will leave HIAL on a sound footing for Paul to build on the good work he has started.”

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