September 19, 2021

Meet the judges

Every submission to the Onboard Hospitality Awards will be judged by our expert panel.

The panel is a group of distinguished experts with over 350 years of inflight experience between them, chaired by Onboard Hospitality’s former editor, Jo Austin.

Ariane Van Mancius

Ariane Van Mancius

Founder, Now New Next

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.

Sandra Pineau-Boddison

Sandra Pineau-Boddison

Senior Advisor

Sandra is currently an independent consultant with over 28 years of experience in the airline industry, primarily leading the food service and customer experience teams for United Airlines.

George Banks

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.

Keerthi Hapugasdeniya

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.

Anne de Hauw

Anne de Hauw

Founder of IN Air Travel Experience

Anne is the Founder of IN Air Travel Experience, a boutique Customer Experience curator and Innovation accelerator for air travel, with strong focus on environmental sustainability, and key objective to design and deliver future-proof guest experiences for airlines.

Gerard Bertholon

Gerard Bertholon

Maitre Cuisinier de France

Gerard is the chief strategy officer for Cuisine Solutions and ceo of The Culinary Research and Education Academy. His culinary reputation and know-how is of world renown.

Marc Warde

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.

Ryan Ghee

Ryan Ghee

Head of Strategy, Engagement & Content

Ryan spends every day studying aviation tech as editor at Future Travel Experience (FTE), head of strategy for FTE’s global technology conferences, and manager of the FTE Innovation & Startup Hub.

Sarah Klatt-Walsh

Sarah Klatt-Walsh

Inflight Consultant

Sarah has had a stellar inflight career working for SWISS International Air Lines and British Airways on significant product developments and launches, and is now and independent consultant.

Karen Robinson

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.

Lance Hayward

Lance Hayward

MD, The Hayward Partnership

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

Mike Crump

Mike Crump

MD, Honour Consulting

Mike’s started at British Airways where he led the design department and pioneered the flatbed revolution in First and Business. He is now MD of the aviation design and innovation consultancy – Honour Consulting.

Mike Pooley

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..

Nik Loukas

Nik Loukas

Inflight Feed

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

Shelley Dauncey

Shelley Dauncey

Former Cabin Crew

Following 15 years flying out of Gatwick and Heathrow for British Airways, Shelley has a clear understanding of what passengers want with a keen eye for the products and services that most help crew deliver effective and efficient passenger experiences

Simon Soni

Simon Soni

Onboard Consultant

Simon has worked in the airline industry for over 25 years at some of the world’s leading airlines in the UK, Middle East and now in Canada where he’s working in product development and delivery with WestJet.

Markus Gilges

Markus Gilges

Transportation Wifi Expert

With 30 years in airlines, avionics and software, Markus knows about the technology needed inside vehicles to elevate the passenger experience and increase operational efficiency for an industry that wants to increase the number of passenger touch points despite the touch-less journey.

Bev Fearis

Bev Fearis

Editor, The Business Travel Magazine

Bev is Editor of The Business Travel Magazine, the multi-award-winning magazine and sister publication to Onboard Hospitality, part of BMI Publishing. A travel journalist for more than 25 years, she has clocked up a fair few air miles.

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