Meet the authors

EDITORIAL TEAM

Deputy Editor

Clement joined the AeroTime editorial team in 2018 after honing his journalism skills in newsrooms across France. Clement has a particular interest in the role of the aviation industry in international relations. He reports mainly on developments in defense and security technology, and aviation safety. Clement is based in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Editor

Emma has worked as a sub-editor for AeroTime since April 2021 and is based in Manchester, UK. Emma was previously the Deputy Editor, Literary Editor and feature writer for Northern Soul, a website focusing on culture and enterprise in the North of England. She also works as a freelance writer and has produced features for a number of other publications, both digital and print.
Journalist

Gabriele is a journalist and content creator in AeroTime’s editorial team, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. After studying journalism at university, she entered the aviation industry as cabin crew. She later obtained a post-graduate degree in airline management and operations.
UK Editor

Helen spent 14 years working in London, UK, ten years of which were spent at The Times where she held a number of roles including news editor, crime reporter, lobby correspondent in the House of Commons, transport correspondent, and business writer. Over a career lasting 25 years, she has also worked for many other UK-based newspapers and publications including The Guardian and The Spectator. Other roles have included producing and presenting BBC radio and teaching political journalism at Huddersfield University. Helen is a regular guest on UK TV and radio. Helen works with the AeroTime editorial team as an editor and is based in Manchester, UK.
Journalist

Jean is a member of AeroTime’s editorial team, working as an aviation writer and based in Manila, Philippines. Previously, she worked in operational aviation roles in Manila, Philippines and Seoul, South Korea before moving to Australia to work in corporate and government travel. In 2012, Jean established her own luxury and adventure travel blog, Holy Smithereens. She is also a contributor for World Travel Market London, one of the biggest annual events in the travel sector. She covers trends and issues in hospitality and luxury travel for a B2B market, interviewing key personalities in the industry.
Journalist

Michael joined AeroTime in 2021. He is a presenter and journalist working across our editorial, campaigns and content teams. Prior to joining AeroTime, he worked in Communications and completed a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Michael’s work in aviation has led to recognition in his native Zimbabwe, where he was recognised at the 2021 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards. He is now based in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Deputy Editor

Miquel has been Deputy Editor at AeroTime since late 2022 and is based in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to his work for AeroTime, he has published on other international media outlets as well, such as CNN, The Points Guy and Airways Magazine. Miquel also worked at the editorial team of Flightglobal and produces Allplane.tv, a site and podcast about the aviation industry.
Journalist

Rytis is a journalist in AeroTime’s editorial team, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Originally joining the team in 2018, in 2021 he then went onto work in content creation in the logistics and IT sectors, before returning to AeroTime in 2022. He studied media and communications in both Denmark and Lithuania.
Journalist

Valius is a member of AeroTime’s editorial team, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Before joining in 2020, he spent half-a-decade doing academic work in the field of political communication. Armed with this experience, he strives to bring scientific rigor into his work, focusing on defense, history and analysis.
Head of Content

Zivile took up the role of AeroTime News Editor in 2018 and is now Head of Content. Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, she leads our team of journalists, spending much of her time focusing on content and campaigns, recently leading work including our My Covid Story and Women in Aviation campaigns. She also leads creative collaborations and our long-term feature content strategy. Prior to journalism, Zivile worked in Communications.

CONTRIBUTORS

Columnist

Alec’s passion for aviation stems from a childhood memory on board the legendary Boeing 747 during a trip to New Zealand. He vividly remembers being captivated by the sheer size of the aircraft and after a tour of the flight deck he decided that flying was his future. On his 16th birthday, Alec had his first flying lesson. In 2018 he started an Integrated ATPL course, relocating to New Zealand for the majority of the training – he describes this as “a truly incredible experience.” After successfully completing training in April 2021, Alec is now waiting to start his commercial flying career. An aviation geek through and through, Alec lives near RAF Valley in Wales, UK and identifies the Mach Loop as firm military plane spotting favourites. Outside of aviation, he is a keen runner and photographer with a zest for travel and has a goal to travel around all 7 continents of the world.
Columnist

Ben Griffiths is a communications director, an aviation writer and an adviser to organisations across the industry. He was named the 2021 ‘Aerospace Communicator of the Year’ in the annual Aviation Media Awards. Ben is a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and a member of its prestigious Trophies & Awards Committee, as well as an active member of the Air and Space Power Association and the Aviation Focus Group. During 2018 he was seconded to Airbus UK as the Head of Communications, where he helped lead the company’s involvement in the RAF 100 centenary celebrations including its major presence at the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough Air Show. He is a former external panel member of the Civil Aviation Authority’s ‘Aviation Futures’ think tank and the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Policy Committee. One of Ben’s earliest memories is seeing Concorde soaring over London. Since then, aviation has been close to his heart. Having trained as a journalist and specialising in aerospace and defence coverage, Ben has been lucky enough to experience flying more than 30 types of aircraft from vintage trainers to modern military jets. He is a keen private pilot with a particular enthusiasm for historic taildraggers, and co-owns a 1950 de Havilland Chipmunk based at Old Warden, home of the renowned Shuttleworth Collection. In 2012 he fulfilled a childhood ambition by flying the Spitfire for the first time.
Columnist

Fran is a communications and policy expert, having spent the past six years providing advice to senior leaders in the transport and aviation industry. She currently advises clients at the consultancy Lexington and has also worked for a major London airport and also as a Senior Policy Manager for the trade body Airlines UK, advising members and working with UK Government during some of the most turbulent years for the industry with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A passionate advocate for greater representation across the industry, Fran has served on the Steering Board for the Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter and is also a member of Women in Transport. Fran has a core interest in sustainability and worked with the UK aviation industry on the announcement of their first net zero commitment in 2020. She is always interested in hearing about new developments in sustainable aviation technology from businesses, whether SAF, DAC, or hydrogen related.
Columnist

Gediminas Ziemelis is the founder and chairman of Avia Solutions Group, currently operating a fleet of 155 aircraft, one of the largest and fastest growing end-to-end capacity solutions’ providers for passenger and cargo airlines worldwide. The Group manages 8 airlines in different countries and has more than 500 licenses for its wide range of activities across multiple business sectors. The Group administers over 100 offices and production facilities globally. Spanning his career to date, G. Ziemelis has received many prestigious awards and industry recognitions. In 2016, G. Ziemelis received a prestigious European Business Award in recognition of his visionary business management and development skills. The same year, under his leadership, Avia Solutions Group was named a national public champion in the category of Entrepreneurship, earning a spot in the top 110 European businesses. Twice – in 2012 and again in 2014 – Ziemelis was acknowledged as one of the top 40 most talented young leaders in the global aerospace industry by the leading USA aerospace magazine ‘Aviation Week’. His total net worth is US$ 1.68 bn, according to local business media.
Columnist

Richard joined AeroTime as Chief Executive Officer in November 2020 and was promoted to Chairman and Editor in Chief in May 2022. Prior to that, he spent six years as a Director of the UK Civil Aviation Authority where he led the multi-award winning strategic communications function and directed the response to some of the biggest crisis situations to face the aviation industry. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2019 for his public and charitable service and was named ‘Communications Professional of the Year’ by CorpComms Magazine in November 2019. He has also held senior roles in a number of high-profile businesses and charities and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Richard has been active in politics, media, charity and business around the world. He has worked on major campaigns in the UK and USA, has advised Cabinet level politicians and served in senior political roles himself. He was nominated to join the US State Department ‘Young European Leaders’ exchange programme in 2004 and has worked with and advised diplomats in various missions.