Meet the judging panel

Sandra Pineau-Boddison

Senior Advisor

Sandra has over 25 years of experience in the airline industry with her most recent role as Senior VP Customers at United Airlines, responsible for the carrier’s customer experience. Her passion is about empowering employees to take excellent care of customers.

Nik Loukas

Inflight Feed

Nik runs the highly-popular consumer airline food site and writes for consumer and industry media outlets on airline food trends. He also offers consultation services to airline catering companies.

René Kemper

Designer & Creative @ MadebyRene

René has been the lead designer for KLM Airlines for five years. He was responsible for several new on board packaging concepts and he has designed the new livery of the airline. He is now a successful freelance designer/creative mainly focusing on visual identity and social media concepts based in Amsterdam.

Anne de Hauw

Founder of IN Air Travel Experience

Anne is passionate about improving the passenger journey, and has a demonstrated record of customer-centric transformations for airlines globally. She has over 15 years’ experience as VP Innovation at Gategroup and as a Board Member at Servair.

Shelley Dauncey

Former cabin crew

Following 15 years flying out of Gatwick and Heathrow for British Airways,Shelley has extensive front line experience of inflight service and a clear understanding of what passengers want. She has a keen eye for theproducts and services that most help crew deliver effective and efficientpassenger experiences

Ariane Van Mancius

Now New Next Food & Packaging Consultancy

Ariane has worked for Helios, deSter and Supplair (gategroup) and has dealt with more than 150+ airlines worldwide. Her passion lies in translating trends into concrete product offerings. Based in Amsterdam.

Madeleine Braun

product manager, KLM

Madeleine has worked in the aviation and retail sectors for over 25 years and is currently product manager at KLM with specific responsibilities for business class product. She has previously worked on a range of inflight strategy, training and concept developments.

Simon Soni

Onboard consultant

Simon has worked in the onboard industry for over 25 years at some of the world’s leading airlines. Most recently he was vp catering at Qatar Airways for two years as they introduced the new QSuites and regained the Skytrax Airline of the Year Award 2017.

Mike Crump

MD – Honour Consulting

Mike’s career started at British Airways where he lead the design department and pioneered the flatbed revolution in First and Business Class. Mike is now the founder and managing director of the aviation design and innovation consultancy offshoot – Honour Consulting.

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Lance Hayward

MD – The Hayward Partnership

Lance is founder of The Hayward Partnership a group of highly experienced, independent industry professionals providing management consultancy services to the travel catering and retail sector.

Keerthi Hapugasdeniya

Chef HappyK Solutions

Chef happy K is a high-profile, international celebrity chef whose company is one of the leading service providers to the airline industry. Founder and ceo of APOT.Asia. Based in Australia.

Mike Pooley

MD Purpose-made-solutions

Mike has spent nearly 20 years with gategroup. His primary focus today is facilitating change and advising on business strategy and development as well as retaining a number of mentoring briefs.

Marc Warde

MD Niche

A restaurateur and culinary consultant, Marc runs gluten-free restaurant group, Niche, in London and owns a special meals manufacturing business. He has worked in the onboard sector for many years advising the likes of Alpha LSG.

Karen Robinson

Supplements Editor, The Sunday Times

Karen travels extensively to write about holiday destinations and overseas real estate worldwide for one of the UK’s leading national newspapers. Based in London.

George Banks

Culinary expert

Former regional catering manager with Emirates and catering manager concept development responsible for Emirates lounges. 33 years with British Caledonian Airways and British Airways. Author of Gourmet and Glamour in the Sky– covering a history of airline catering.

Ms Trinh Diem Vy


One of Vietnam’s most recognised restauranteurs and chefs. Truly impassioned by food, her Hoi An restaurants and Cooking School, are famous both in Vietnam and abroad. Based in Hoi An.

Andy Hoskins


Andy is Editor of London-based The Business Travel Magazine. He has nearly 15 years’ experience in travel journalism and specialises in the hotel and aviation sectors.He has several awards including Travel Trade Journalist of the Year and Business Travel Editor of the Year.

Markus Gilges

Director Business Development, VT Miltope

Markus runs all Business and System Development activities for VT Miltope in the EMEA region. VT Miltope provides hardware, software and cyber security solutions for optimised and cyber-secure wireless data infrastructures in and around aircraft.

Roy Moed

Industry innovator

Roy was founder and head of Pourshins until its sale to gategroup in 2007. He was on the IFSA board for nine years; was chairman of the Mercury Award Committee. He received the IFSA Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the onboard services industry. Based in the UK.

Pat Riddell


Pat has been National Geographic Traveller (UK)‘s editor since it launched in 2010 and has overseen the brand’s growth into digital platforms, events and awards. Based in London.