meet the team
Our success is attributable to our ability to consistently meet customer needs and expectations with passion and experience across a range of disciplines from within and outside of the aviation industry. Our Team makeup and background.
Neil Howard – Group Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Neil’s experience in the aviation industry spans over twenty-nine years and includes a broad spectrum of aviation qualifications and experience. After qualifying as a SA CAA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in 1990 and gaining experience on Learjet 20, 30 and 55 series aircraft, Neil went on to complete his USA Airframe and Powerplant License in 1991. In the same year Neil joined ExecuJet’s maintenance division as their Manager responsible for all jet maintenance.
In 1994, Neil was promoted to the position of Maintenance Director where he was solely responsible for ExecuJet Maintenance (Pty) Ltd, which was operated as a stand-alone entity.
After ten years of service at ExecuJet, Neil started Howard Aviation in 2001, a Management Consulting Services business that primarily managed the maintenance of aircraft on behalf of owners. During this period, Neil completed his Fixed Wing Commercial Pilot’s License and later his Airline Transport Pilot’s License. Neil is rated on numerous corporate jets, multi-engine turboprop models and in 2006 qualified as a Helicopter pilot.
In 2003 Neil went into a partnership that saw a new entity named The Aviation Company (TAC), which included the addition of a co-owner joining as well as the opening of a Cape Town office to complement the existing Johannesburg office.
After initial success in the TAC partnership, Neil changed the name Howard Aviation to Absolute Aviation in September 2007 and has continued to enjoy positive growth ever since.
Guy Worthington - Managing Director: Africa and Partner
Born and educated in South Africa, Guy comes to aviation with an extensive local and international Marketing and Sales pedigree in FMCG. His working experience since 1990 includes various functional roles within two Global Fortune 500 businesses, Nestle and JTI. In late 2007 Guy was transferred to an international role based at JTI Head Office in Geneva, Switzerland to serve 120 markets in the capacity of Marketing Director across a portfolio of leading global brands. During the course of his time abroad, his global roles included:
• Marketing Director – South Africa (at time of leaving)
• Equity and Communications Director – Camel
• Channel Strategy Director
• Marketing Director – Belgium and Luxembourg
• OTP Director
Guy returned to South Africa on offer of the opportunity to purchase an equity stake in Absolute Aviation Group during the time of the Comair acquisition. He joined the Absolute Aviation Group Team in January of 2015.