The team

Meet POP's four founders as well as members of its management team, who together all bring to POP a diverse wealth of aviation experience and also knowledge from many different fields.

Nino Judge
(Nino) Navdip Singh Judge

Chief Executive and Founder

An Aeronautical Engineer with a diverse career path as British Army Officer, Bond trader/broker and Formula 1 Team Owner, Nino brings the vision, passion, leadership and management experience to the POP team

Graham Howat
Graham Howat

Chief Operating Officer and Founder

An aviation professional to his core, Graham brings to POP as one of its original founders a lifetime of airline engineering knowledge and expertise from BA and HAECO (Cathay)


Richard Bate
Richard Bate

Chief Marketing Officer

Richard is an aviation marketing legend bringing experience from BA Concorde, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and start-up experience from Etihad. His passion is product and customer service which is a match made in heaven for POP.

Chris Rourke
Chris Rourke

Chief Financial Officer

Our Canadian team member brings over 25 years of invaluable global financial services experience from several bulge bracket investment banks including UBS along with prior business interests in India


Armin Kniele
Capt. Armin Kniele

Director of Flight Operations

Armin has worked as an Airbus A320 family/A330/A340/A380 instructor pilot focused on airline start-ups and airline operational reconstruction, with over 20 years airline and over 10 years airline training/management experience.

Rohan Alce
Rohan Alce

Head of Sales & Revenue

Rohan has had extensive involvement with new route launches in Europe and North America including the VFR market between the UK, North America and the Indian sub-continent.


Simon Prower
Simon Prower

Head of Ground Operations

Simon has held senior Ground Operations positions at a number of airlines including CityFlyer Express, easyJet, Etihad Airways, GB Airways, and FlyBe (as CAA Approved Ground Ops Post holder), in addition to a successful Consultancy portfolio including support for Saudia, Cebu Pacific Air, and a range of additional clients.

Adrian Crooks
Adrian Crooks

Regulatory Compliance Officer

Adrian comes with a wealth of Regulatory and Airline engineering experience, having recently left the CAA after 15 years as a Senior Airworthiness Surveyor. Adrian started his career working for BAe & Airbus as Technical Representative. Adrian then took up airworthiness roles working for Air 2000, Fly Colours, JMC and finally Thomas Cook - continuing his Airbus experience in operating the A320 and A330.


Bobby Bhakar
(Bobby) Balvinder Singh Bhakar

Chief Commercial Officer and Founder

Bobby has always been aware of innovative gaps and opportunities that appear in the marketplace, heads the commercial team. He has vast experience in e-commerce specialising in pricing and trading platform systems as well as product development.

Mandy Sharpley
Dr Mandy Sharpley

Head of CSR & Social Impact

With experience in leadership, strategic development and evaluation in both business and psychology, Mandy leads on all aspects of POP's corporate social responsibility (CSR): charitable work, environmental policy and stakeholder relationships


Gary Stephenson
Gary Stephenson

Head of ICT

Meet the information communication technology (ICT) guru of the team, with over 17 years of experience and technical and analytical skills

Cris Ratti
Dr Cristiano Ratti

Head of Research and Founder

With years of experience in both the media/publishing and academic worlds, Cris is POP's main analyst and academic researcher




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