The Core Team

Trish Gray


Trish was initially trained by Rolls-Royce and became their first female technical service representative based in Luton, England and Tel Aviv, Israel.

She subsequently joined Air 2000/First Choice as a Powerplant Engineer and then moved to bmi as Powerplant Manager. By the time she left, Trish was General Manager of Technical Support.

Since 2002, Trish has been a consultant, offering Powerplant Asset Management Support to Airlines & Lessors. She has extensive experience in the engine industry including financial management, technical support and contract negotiations.

Trish’s specialisms include: expert witness, contract negotiations, engine life-time cost reviews, pre-purchase and mid-term audits/inspections, engine overhauls, on-wing engine management, delivery and redelivery support as well as the selection/purchasing of aircraft engines.

Ian Smith


Ian joined British Airways in 1978 and trained as an Engineering Apprentice. After qualifying, he went on to work for British Midland Airways, Air Europe, Airworld Aviation and Air 2000/First Choice. He has held a string of managerial positions including: Aircraft Maintenance Manager, Head of Maintenance Control and Heavy Maintenance Manager.

For over 20 years, Ian worked in aircraft technical lease management and aircraft transitions. He has also been a consultant to the airlines, asset management companies and lessors.

Ian’s specialisms include: aircraft asset management technical services, the management of assets between owners and operators, lease technical management, oversight of heavy maintenance checks, pre-purchase reviews, mid-term audits, record inspections, aircraft deliveries, repossessions and general guidance on technical matters.

Ian Williams


Ian began his career as a Graduate Apprentice with Rolls-Royce and was soon working as a Senior Power Plant Engineer for British Airways Engine Overhaul Ltd. Here, he had responsibility for the technical control of the Rolls-Royce RB211 engine type during repair or overhaul. After being promoted to Senior Aircraft Power Plant Engineer, he gained further experience in the aero-engine repair and overhaul industry and worked in technical control, cost reduction, production planning and customer support operations.

Ian went on to work for GE Aircraft Engine Services Ltd as Customer Programs Manager, then Cost Reduction Leader and most latterly, in his role as Senior Power Plant Engineer, he held responsibility for the repair and overhaul of one of the world’s largest fleets of CFM-56 engines which belonged to a major low cost airline.

Ian’s specialisms include: aero-engine repair and overhaul as well as all aspects relating to technical control, cost reduction, production planning and customer support.

Brian Duffy


Brian began his career with Britannia Airways and trained as an engineering apprentice. After qualifying he has subsequently worked for Air 2000/First Choice, Thomson Airways and Air Seychelles. Brian has held various managerial positions including Manager Technical Services, Boeing 787 Programme Manager and Aircraft Acquisitions and Disposals Manager.

Brian’s career has spanned more than 30 years during which time he has been involved in aircraft maintenance, lease management and technical services. Since 2010 he has been a consultant, project managing the redelivery of commercial aircraft.

Brian’s specialisms include: aircraft asset management technical services, continued airworthiness, negotiation of supplier contracts and managing large technical projects.

Henrik Rajz


Henrik began his career at Malev Hungarian Airlines in 1983. Progressing from Engineer to Senior Engineer and finally Powerplant Manager, Henrik then moved from Hungary to the UK and took a position at Willis Asset Management Ltd (formerly TES Aviation). There he worked as a consultant within multiple areas of Powerplant and APU Engineering.

Most recently, Henrik has been working as an Independent Contractor on behalf of Atlas Air.

A Hungarian native, Henrik is fluent in English and has been a resident of the UK since 2012.

Henrik’s specialisms include: all areas of engine technical and asset management.

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