The Rishworth Aviation 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. 


With our Europe, Africa & Middle East team based in Sweden, and our Asia, Pacific & Americas team based in New Zealand, we have a global and experienced organisation to ensure an outstanding experience for our pilots on assignment. We look forward to working with you.


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Europe, Africa and Middle East Team
Torkel Waak (Rtd B744 Captain)
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
Since 2005 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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Sean Preston
Regional Manager
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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Lisa Evans
Business Development Manager | Regional Manager
With experience of working and living internationally, and 10 years' experience in legal private practice in the UK, now a senior member of Rishworth's Stockholm team, Lisa manages and supports contracts with leading airlines in Europe and Africa. She enjoys working closely with airline clients to tailor and deliver bespoke staffing solutions and build long-term successful business relationships.
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North East Asia Team
Liz Loveridge
Regional Director
In my many years with Rishworth, I have been involved in all aspects of the business, having worked with most of our airline clients in the Asia Pacific region. I have over 18 years’ experience in aviation and general recruitment and previously I was a lawyer working in the 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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Tim Naik
Regional Manager
I joined Rishworth Aviation as Legal and Business Consultant, and have had the pleasure of working closely with our Pilots, Airlines and external advisors. Now as Regional Manager I look forward to continuing to build these relationships in the North-East Asia team. Prior to joining Rishworth, I practiced law in the corporate finance sector in Malaysia and in New Zealand as a legal consultant in property. When not working, I love spending time with my new young family.
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Chris Hann
Consultant
I work in the North East Asia team providing support to the Pilots on contract with us at our client Airlines in the region. Prior to joining Rishworth I worked as a Business Consultant at a Korean government agency, preparing market research and export strategies across various industries into the New Zealand market. I enjoy working in a diverse and fast-paced environment and connecting with aviation professionals from all over the world.
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South East Asia, Pacific and Americas Team
Jason Cochrane
Regional Director
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
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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Gretchen Rhodes
Market Development Director
Gretchen has been with Rishworth Aviation since 2001, and during this time has delivered tailored crew leasing and staffing solution focused on India, the 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 develop and deliver solutions with the Rishworth team.
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Lead Recruitment Team

Rishworth Aviation engages a global team of expert Recruitment Consultants. Our Lead Recruitment Team are highly experienced in aviation recruitment and head the recruitment function across all areas of the business, working closely with our global network to deliver outstanding candidates to our clients.

Elena Phillips
Operations Manager
Elena has considerable experience in global Pilot, Cabin Crew, and all Flight Operations recruitment. She spent over 15 years working for Emirates Airline in a range of Recruitment, Human Resources, Flight Operations, Regulatory Affairs and Senior Cabin Crew roles. Most recently she joined us from Ireland where she worked closely with over 40 airlines globally assisting with their recruitment and operational requirements. She now manages Recruitment across our clients at Rishworth, assisting the team in the delivery of the highest quality candidates to our global market.
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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 leading airlines.
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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. 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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Cristina Onisor
Recruitment Consultant (Sweden)
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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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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In-Country Representatives
Captain Rick Nardine
Vietnam Pilot Support
I began with Rishworth Aviation in 2000 as an A320 Line Captain in Vietnam, made a transition to Captain the A330, an then again to the A350. I have travelled to most countries in this part of the world and have lived and worked in more than 13 countries in South East Asia, Europe and the Americas. I have command ratings on both Airbus and Boeing and more than 30 years aviation experience - the last 14 years of which have been for Vietnam Airlines. I really enjoy working as a member of the Pilot Support team, greeting new recruits and helping pilots adjust to the 'Vietnamese way'. I also enjoy travel, golf, nightlife, food and beer.
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Captain Nicholas Guindy
Vietnam Pilot Support
My aviation career started in Denmark, where I completed my ATPL with Copenhagen Air Taxi, in 2003. It was 2006 when I took up my first aviation job for a German Charter Company. Having completed 6 great years in Germany, I was looking for a new challenge and a bit of adventure, so I made the move to a warmer climate and worked as an ATR72 Line Captain in the Philippines. In 2014, I decided to explore South East Asia further and so signed a contract with Rishworth to work as an ATR72 Line Captain for Vietnam Airlines based in Hanoi. After 3.5 years with Vietnam Airlines, I was given the opportunity to transition to the A321 Fleet and was released in March 2018 as A321 Line Captain. I am thoroughly enjoying living and working in South East Asia and I am glad to be part of the Rishworth Pilot Support Team, responsible for welcoming and assisting new comers and supporting our current crews too, in the best and most fun possible way.
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Ms Binh
Vietnam Airlines Pilot Support
I am proud to be a part of the Rishworth Aviation team, working with our pilots around Vietnam. From the initial screening process, to your start in country and beyond, I look forward to supporting you, and your families, with whatever you need. I am available to assist and advise on finding housing, schooling, opening bank accounts, travel tips, and any other matters regarding ex-patriate life in Vietnam. I love travelling and meeting people from other cultures and I look forward to welcoming you soon too!
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Mr Nguyen Trung
Vietnam Advisor
It has been my great pleasure to work with Rishworth Aviation since 2002 as the Vietnam Representative. I am proud of having welcomed hundreds of pilots to come and work in Vietnam from all over the world. I really enjoy working with people with different characteristics and cultures. I love travelling and meeting people. I play tennis, listen to music and take photos during my free time.
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Captain Robert Aitchison
Jetstar Pacific Pilot Support
I have been on contract in Vietnam for more than fourteen years, punctuated by an eighteen month break for a project role in my home country of Australia. I am currently contracted to Jetstar Pacific Airlines as a Designated Pilot Examiner and have held various roles in both Training, Checking and performing Management roles at various times as Fleet and Standards Manager and Post Holder Training. My flying experience encompasses more than twenty five years as an expatriate pilot flying both Boeing and Airbus in Asia and the Middle East. Prior to embarking on my expatriate adventures I was ten years with Ansett Airlines in Australia. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Vietnam flying community and look forward to meeting with you and assisting in helping you establish yourselves in this interesting country.
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Tracy Marulitua
Indonesia Representative
I have been working with Rishworth Aviation as the Indonesia Representative for over 12 years. My experience in the aviation sector in Indonesia extends back 15 years, which includes leasing pilots as well as contract training through Air New Zealand. I have lived and worked in Indonesia for a total of 11 years and I speak fluent bahasa Indonesia
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Vinod Suri
India Representative
After retiring from Air India as General Manager, I joined Rishworth as a Senior Advisor. I am a Chartered Accountant, a law graduate and have extensive experience in various finance roles with Air India in Hong Kong, Nairobi, New York and India. I am based in Mumbai and assist Rishworth for all aspects of business in India including supporting pilots on assignment in India, liaison with our airline clients in India, and business development in the region. My hobbies are reading, movies, music, cricket and travelling.
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Captain Sergey Popov
Korean Air Pilot Support
I have been on contract with Rishworth Aviation since 1999 when I joined as a B777 Captain flying for Korean Air. I remain in this position and for the last 5 years I also have been working as an Auditor in the Flight Operation Quality Assurance Department. Prior to this I flew for more than 21 years with Aeroflot, progressing from First Officer on a turboprop to wide body jet Captain whilst also holding management positions. I look forward to working with you.
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Jack Jiang
China Representative
Hello, I am Jack, Rishworth Aviation's South China Representative. I am based in Zhuhai city, Guangdong province. I've been with Rishworth since 2017 and I have a background in Human Resources and Customer Service. I am very experienced in helping airline clients and pilots during the screening and joining process, as well as helping pilots to adapt their work and life in China. Join us, together with our team in China and New Zealand, we will provide the best assistance and support to you.
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Captain Francisco Garcia
Skymark Pilot Representative
I have been flying in Japan since 2008 and have been on contract with Rishworth Aviation when I joined Skymark Airlines as a B737NG Captain. Before moving to Japan, I was based in the Dominican Republic for 19 years working for a large American company flying corporate jets and helicopters. I live in Tokyo with my wife and my 2 youngest children, who attend the local Japanese school close to our home. My wife is now taking Japanese class and starting a business in the import-export area. In our spare time we enjoy going on camping trips around Japan.
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Tsutomu Terashima
Japan Representative
With over 35 years of experience in the aviation industry, mostly in management roles with Air New Zealand’s Japan Office, I joined Rishworth in April 2008. I am primarily focused on assisting you whilst attending Screenings and once on contract, and facilitating communications with you and the airline. It is a privilege and a pleasure using my knowledge and experience to assist you. In my spare time I enjoy meeting with Mr.Green (Golf) - a difficult sport!
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Captain Bethwell Igobwa
RwandAir Pilot Support
Having gained great experience with Kenya Airways I sought to explore working for other growing companies and I engaged with Rishworth Aviation in 2017. I was then assigned to Rwandair, a fast growing company in the East African region with amazing career opportunities. It has been very exciting for me working with this company and additionally offering support through the Pilot Support Representative role that I play. I have moved fully to Kigali with my family and together we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves and getting to know new people. I enjoy mentoring young pilots in their careers and generally in life!
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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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