Our Team

Our dedicated and professional team comprises of industry experts with a wealth of experience, including a detailed knowledge of contracting matters, market benefit levels, licensing and training issues. Our international network of offices and representatives enables us to keep fully up-to-date on worldwide industry news and global aviation trends. We look forward to dealing with you.


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Europe, Africa and Middle East Team
Captain Torkel Waak (Rtd)
Executive Director
I joined Rishworth as a consultant in the 1990s when I was a B744 captain with EVA Air in Taiwan. Once back in my home country of Sweden, I set up Rishworth’s Stockholm Office. That was in 2003 and by then I had spent close to 40 years as an airline line and management pilot with SAS, EVA Air and Novair. Helping airlines find cost efficient resourcing solutions, and at the same time offer pilots and engineers new exciting work opportunities, is a job I really enjoy. In my spare time, you’ll find me at the Stockholm archipelago, the most beautiful place on earth in my opinion.
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Karl Odqvist
Regional Director - Europe, Africa and Middle East
For the last 12 years I have been working in various roles in aviation recruitment and also executive search in the technology sector. I have a Master of Science in Engineering and also a holder of a CPL with a frozen ATPL. I am originally from Stockholm, Sweden but have lived and worked abroad in various continents. In my spare time I enjoy travelling with my family and when there is a possibility I like to do outdoor sports like snow skiing, sailing or catch some waves on my surfboard.
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Claudia Dahlgren
Senior Lead Consultant
As an established member of the Rishworth Aviation team, I have developed a passion for tailoring HR and recruitment services based on an understanding of airline client requirements and based on an understanding of what matters to the pilot as they consider our various job opportunities and when they are in subsequent operation. I am currently undertaking my Psychology major taking papers such as Aviation Human Factors.
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Cristina Onisor
Recruitment Consultant
I work in the Stockholm, Sweden office assisting our airline clients and pilots based in Africa and Europe. I am originally from Bucharest, Romania. I enjoy assisting pilots from all over the world and have a passion for aviation and working in a multicultural environment. I have a Masters in Law degree and prior to joining Rishworth, I worked in HR in an international law student association. When I’m not working, I enjoy art, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
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Laura Perez
Recruitment Consultant
I work in the compliance team in Stockholm office, specifically with the compliance procedures that are part of the recruiting processes for B787 Norwegian Long Haul pilots. Originally from Colombia, I arrived in Sweden after having lived in China and United States. My academic background includes a Bachelor of Law from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and a Msc in management from Lund University in Sweden. I enjoy multicultural environments, learning languages, reading, travelling and exploring the beautiful city of Stockholm.
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Raminta Kuzmickaite
Recruitment Consultant
As a Compliance and Recruitment consultant, I work with pilots and the rest of our team to fulfill compliance obligations by the airlines. Originally from Lithuania, I hold a Master of Laws from Vilnius University and a Master of European Economic Law (LL.M.) from Stockholm University. At Rishworth Aviation I adore most that I can use my legal background and delve into aviation industry at the same time. In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing short novels, making desserts or just wandering around in beautiful streets of Stockholm.
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Ozlem Ergun
Recruitment Consultant
Prior to joining the Rishworth Aviation Stockholm team, I had worked as a legal consultant both in Istanbul and Brussels. I provide assistance to our pilots and client airlines at different stages of their recruitment and with compliance procedures. I hold a Bachelor of Law from Istanbul University and a Master's degree in European Studies from the University of Vienna. After working in the transport and maritime industry sectors for several years, I thoroughly enjoy exploring the commercial aviation industry.
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Marwa Darwish
Recruitment Consultant
I joined Rishworth Aviation Stockholm office to be assisting Norwegian Long Haul recruitment team throughout the different stages of the selection process especially in the planning for crew screenings and commencement courses. I am a holder of B.Sc in Economics from Cairo University, Egypt. I speak Arabic, English, French and some Swedish. When I am not working, I am either trying to pursuit a lifetime passion for the creative side of things by studying Visual Merchandising or fixing stuff my three-year-old kid broke at home.
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Sean Preston
Legal and Business Coordinator
I started at Rishworth Aviation working in the legal and compliance side of the business. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the aviation industry, where I’ve had the opportunity to develop good working relationships with both our pilots and our airline clients. I’m originally from Dublin, Ireland, and now work in the Rishworth Aviation Europe Office in Stockholm, Sweden. I'm a qualified lawyer in Sweden, and have a Bachelor of Laws degree from Ireland. In my time off, I play music and love to travel.
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Kelsey Frisk
Recruitment Support
Originally from Iowa in the United States, I moved to Sweden after previously having lived in Romania and New Zealand. Starting off in Rishworth Aviation's New Zealand office, I now work at the Europe office in Stockholm, Sweden. My role here at Rishworth is Recruitment and setting up insurances for our B787 Norwegian Long Haul pilots. I hold a ​B​achelor's degree in Global Health and am currently studying a ​M​asters degree at Uppsala Univeristy. In my free time, I enjoy running and hiking in the Swedish forests, travelling, and exploring the exciting city of Stockholm.
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Erin Porter
Accountant and Administrative Assistant
Canadian by birth, European by choice. Hailing from the west coast of Canada, I was hit by the travel bug early and have been trekking the world for 11 years - settling in Stockholm in 2011. Here at Rishworth, I help our pilots with their monthly expenses and payroll. I also assist with compliance procedures, internal administration, and maintaining the office morale.
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North East Asia Team
Liz Loveridge
Regional Director - North East Asia
In my many years with Rishworth, I have been involved in all aspects of the business, having worked with most our airline client in the Asia Pacific region. I have over 18 years’ experience in aviation and general recruitment and previously I was a lawyer working in UK and New Zealand. When not travelling and experiencing all the history, arts and culture around the world that I love; I am happy enjoying the fantastic outdoors, and the food and wine that New Zealand has to offer.
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Paul Gillick
Regional Manager - North East Asia
I assist principally with our pilots and airline clients in Japan & China. I previously worked as a lawyer in Dublin gaining experience in aircraft finance and have also spent some time working for a bike tour company organising trips throughout Europe. When not at work, I love cycling, snowboarding & exploring New Zealand.
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Judith Erren
Senior Consultant
I provide support to some of our key airline clients and to the pilots on contract at these airlines. Before I made New Zealand my home I lived in my home country Germany, and Australia. Prior to joining Rishworth I worked at law firms, specialising in European employment and commercial law. I hold an LL.M. from Australia and law degrees from Germany. I thoroughly enjoy the aviation industry and providing a professional service to our pilots and airlines. In my free time, I enjoy zumba, tennis, kitesurfing and kayaking, and anything else beautiful New Zealand has on offer.
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Cynthia Wilson
Lead Consultant
I am based in Rishworth Aviation's Auckland office and was born in China, however moved to New Zealand many years ago. I hold a Bachelor degree from the University of Auckland majoring in International Business and Marketing. I previously worked as a Legal Executive for an Auckland law firm. It is my passion to assist others in realizing their career goals and I enjoy dealing with people from different cultures.
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Laura Harrison
Recruitment Consultant
I grew up in Auckland and prior to joining Rishworth, I was working for five years in wholesale travel. I look forward to developing my role with Rishworth and working within the aviation industry which has always fascinated me. When I'm not at work I enjoy cycling and spending time with my family.
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Amanda de la Cruz
Recruitment Consultant
My background is in wholesale travel where I worked for six years before joining Rishworth Aviation. I am a born and bred Aucklander, and in my spare time I enjoy socialising with my family and friends. I am looking forward to assisting pilots find their perfect role through Rishworth Aviation.
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Francina Gomes
Recruitment Consultant
I have always been fascinated by the aviation industry and I look forward to developing my role with Rishworth. My hands-on experience in the travel, recruitment and immigration industries enables me to offer great support to pilots from all over the world, in finding them suitable and exciting opportunities. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, travelling, and cooking.
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Carlene Yakas
Recruitment Consultant
I have worked in the recruitment industry for around 15 years. I enjoy the fast paced, dynamic environment recruitment offers. Planes, airports and travelling to exotic destinations, has always excited me so working at Rishworth is the perfect combination. I enjoy dealing with pilots from all over the world, helping them achieve their goal of working for Korean Air.
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South East Asia, Pacific and Americas Team
Jason Cochrane
Regional Director - South East Asia, Pacific and Americas
Upon completing my tertiary education, I worked in various management positions within New Zealand's Forestry and Horticulture and have also held various management positions within the Logistics sector prior to joining Rishworth Aviation. At Rishworth, my role is to focus on new business development and current client management within South East Asia and the Pacific region.
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Angela Hogg
Regional Manager - South East Asia & Pacific
Since joining Rishworth, I have enjoyed working closely with our pilots and airline clients in South East Asia. My background includes working as an environmental lawyer in New Zealand, together with several years’ experience in various areas of the hotel industry. Having also spent some time in Japan, I have conversational Japanese language skills. I love to travel and enjoy meeting and dealing with people from all parts of the globe.
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Louise Taylor
Senior Consultant
I assist with looking after clients and pilots in the Asia Pacific region. I have a legal background and have practiced law in New Zealand and the UK. I also spent two years in Amsterdam as a Contracts Manager for an aircraft leasing company where I developed an interest in the aviation industry. I love to travel and enjoy winter sports.
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Leanne Boggs
Recruitment Consultant
Since joining Rishworth Aviation, I have been lucky enough to work across most of our clients in the Asia-Pacific region. I have enjoyed learning about the exciting aviation industry and my focus is now on recruitment for Vietnam Airlines. Prior to working for Rishworth I spent seven years in generalist Human Resource roles across a wide range of industries and hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology. I love to travel and experience different cultures.
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Kirsty Watson
Recruitment Consultant
My passion for aviation has brought me to Rishworth Aviation. I have previously worked in customer service and administration, and am currently studying Aviation Management and Human Resources at Massey University. Outside of work, I enjoy snowboarding and travelling.
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Head Office Team
Mark East
Managing Director
I joined Rishworth in 2006 and am privileged to be part of the Rishworth team and to be helping crews find new and exciting opportunities with our clients around the globe. Rishworth has become one of the leading companies in its field through a dedication and passion for delivering a high level of service and for doing the best we can for all of our clients and crews. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, mountain biking, fly fishing and running.
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Paul Bray
Chief Financial Officer
Following a background of accounting roles within event management and road and air freight industries, I joined Rishworth in 2013. I take pleasure in leading our finance team where we strive to provide the best levels of service possible to supporting our clients and pilots. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family as well as exploring our beautiful country.
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Jonathan McWatt
Marketing Director
Prior to joining Rishworth Aviation I obtained a Masters in Commerce degree and held commercial and marketing roles at Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines. I have a strong passion for the aviation industry and have the pleasure of ensuring Rishworth Aviation is the leading agency of choice for both our pilots and airline clients. Away from work you'll find me playing tennis and enjoying time with my young family.
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Felicity Bakx
Digital Marketing Manager
I am a born and raised South Islander, and have worked in the airline industry for over 15 years. I have lived in, and travelled around some of the most exciting destinations in the world and engaging in cultures outside of New Zealand inspires me. I am excited to be a part of the Rishworth Aviation team and having recently come from Singapore Airlines and I look forward to helping solidify our digital presence in the market. I enjoy travelling, practicing yoga, running, going to concerts and spending time with friends and family.
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