About Us

Global Aviation Staffing Experts

Specialists in aviation staffing and consulting.

For 35 years over 100 airlines and aviation companies have trusted us to resource their operations with the right staff and engagement models. Whether building long term talent pipelines, developing bespoke staffing models, or managing one-off projects, the team at Rishworth Aviation are ready to deploy our global staffing expertise. Rishworth Aviation is part of the Empresaria Group plc, with a database of over 1 million candidates globally. 

Our Services 

We've supported our clients in all aspects of staff resourcing, and we're ready to use our 35 years of experience to enable our clients to stay focused on their customers.

Recruitment Services 

We have an enviable global recruitment network that can quickly access highly skilled and specialised candidates. 

Personnel & Crew Leasing 

This is a proven, highly effective staffing engagement model to increase flexibility and reduce time & costs. Engage Personnel & Crew when needed, as needed. 

Consulting Services & Solutions

We provide specialist services to help our clients thrive in an ever-changing market. 


Our global recruitment network enables us to quickly find the right candidates across the aviation industry, anywhere in the world. We work across various roles including Flight Crew, Cabin Crew, Ground Crew, Maintenance & Engineering, Training, Simulator Support, Flight Operations, Management, and more.  

Benefits of Working with Us

Using the right engagement models to suit your needs
Now, more than ever, optimal staffing solutions are required in the airline industry. We partner with clients to develop leasing arrangements, temporary contracts, independent contractor models, direct employment arrangements, or alternative bespoke solutions.

Candidate reach and speed to fill roles
Our global networks combined with our robust digital marketing and comprehensive candidate database means we can quickly tap into talent pools, qualify candidates, and present quality short lists to our clients. We have a global recruitment operation that functions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We understand the industry and can support your staffing from the flight deck all the way to your corporate office. 

Global HR & legal experts 
From small to large projects. We have engaged staff and crews from over 200 countries, implemented new country bases and dealt with complex international legal, tax and payroll requirements. We are highly experienced in all manner of issues relating to global recruitment and workforce management. 

Reduce pressure on internal staff
Recruiting for certain job vacancies can produce large workloads.  Rishworth Aviation can relieve pressure by performing all or some aspects of the recruitment process including sourcing, screening, document verification, reference checks, assessments, onboarding, and more, ensuring that internal teams can focus on best quality candidates that meet requirements.

Contact Us

Enquiries for Europe, Africa, and Middle East

Torkel Waak (Rtd B744 Captain)

Executive Director

+46 707417068


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Torkel has 40 years of airline experience working as a Line and Management Pilot with SAS, EVA Air, and Novair, and has been involved with Rishworth Aviation for over 20 years. His expertise includes developing bespoke staffing models for the likes of Norwegian Air and Finnair. Torkel’s deep relationships across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East means the Rishworth team is able to quickly understand and deliver to airline requirements.

Lisa Evans

Business Development Manager

+46 72 371 5099


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Lisa has over 10 years of experience in Legal private practice. As a senior member of the Rishworth Aviation team, Lisa manages and supports contracts with leading airlines in Europe and Africa, leveraging her expertise in tailored crew leasing solutions. Lisa draws on her experience of working and living internationally to work with a diverse range of airline clients.

Enquiries for North East Asia

Liz Loveridge

Regional Director

+64 21 701 251


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Liz’s experience in the aviation industry spans over 20 years, and has worked with most of Rishworth’s airline clients across the Asia Pacific region. Having lived and worked in China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, Liz has a deep understanding into the opportunities and challenges for airlines and Pilots in this region. Liz’s expertise is exemplified through long term relationships with some of the largest airlines in North East Asia.

Enquiries for South East Asia, Pacific and Americas

Jason Cochrane

Regional Director

+64 21 974 959


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Jason supports airlines with their growth requirements in the South East Asia, Pacific, and the Americas markets. He has for over 10 years with Rishworth Aviation spent significant time Vietnam, India, Indonesia, and other rapidly developing aviation markets to form partnerships with some of the most successful growing airlines in the region.

Gretchen Rhodes

Market Development Manager

+64 21 426 101


Gretchen has been with Rishworth Aviation since 2001, and during this time has delivered tailored crew leasing and staffing solution focussed on India, Pacific Islands, Brunei, and throughout South East Asia. Gretchen draws on her background in Law and Psychology to consult with airlines about their needs, and then developing and delivering solutions with the Rishworth team.

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Flight Operations Manager Capt. Fitzgerald
Wings Air
Capt. Fitzgerald, Flight Operations Manager
Wings Air
I have worked with Rishworth Aviation for more than 10 years now. Over this time we have developed a professional relationship built on trust and support. Rishworth is responsive, competent and highly experienced in sourcing flight crew.

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