bio of captains and key management
As a descendant of a family who has been working in Aviation for four generations ever since the earliest ages of the industry, Captain Larry Wade got his first job when he was still in school by joining the crop-dusting business owned by his family, which helped him develop a passion for flight that grew over time.
Wade launched his career as a pilot in the 1990s in Delta Connection Academy where he climbed the ranks to become the academy’s Director of Training; after leaving Delta Academy, he joined several airline companies and aviation colleges to train their pilots according to the industry’s highest standards; this included the Qatar Aeronautical College in Doha, China Southern Airlines, and Western Australian Flying College, and finally CAE in the United States as the Manager of Skills Assessment of Development.
After accumulating an expertise of 30 years in the aviation industry and two decades in flight training alone, Captain Larry Wade works currently at OxfordSaudia as its Chief Executive Officer.
Backed with more than 20 years of corporate experience across different industries and major international brand names that include but are not limited to Rover Group, BMW, and GlaxoSmithKline, Anthony Miller succeeded in developing his own unique approach and method to develop and grow strong long-term business relationships that he is now coaching other younger professionals about; his skills in the field were honed by several project proposals he designed, reviewed, or approved.
His dynamic nature has helped him adapt to the ever-changing corporate environment and acknowledge the importance of working continuously on building business relationships with his peers, partners, and clients and grow his professional network to deliver timely high-quality solutions.
Anthony Miller works now as the Director of Global Business Development at the Saudi National Centre of Aviation and Director of Business Development at OxfordSaudia; he is the Co-founder and Director of UAV Evolution, an Ireland-based firm that is specialized in manufacturing, operating, and selling UAV (Unmanned Aired Vehicles).
With more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry, Captain Spiro Stamatopoulos has always been very passionate about Aviation Training. Captain Stamatopoulos helps his students achieve their potential and fulfill their ambitions of becoming a Commercial Airline Pilot. Most of his professional experience which spans more than a quarter of a century in the aviation industry mainly involved working in Flight Training or Airline Check and Training.
He has held a number of key roles in aviation companies over his career including Chief Pilot, Chief Flying Instructor, Fleet Manager and recently as Senior Check and Training Captain for a major freight company in Australia before joining OxfordSaudia in April 2019.
Before joining OxfordSaudia in March 2019 as the Chief of Maintenance, Tim Freeman’s career and expertise in the aviation industry has extended for more than two decades.
Tim Freeman started off his professional life in the US Air Force where he was the Crew Chief on Boeing KC - 135 Tanker. He then joined Return to Flight, one of NASA’s programs, where he worked as a Mid Body Technician on a Launch Pad where his job duties and responsibilities included daily inspection and preventative maintenance on the Orbiter mid-body section.
After leaving NASA, Freeman returned to work in military aviation as he delivered training programs to the maintenance crews of the Iraqi and Afghan Air Forces on several models of military aircraft including Pilatus PC12, Cessna 208, and Cessna 172.to help them understand the maintenance requirements and develop the needed skills for them.
From an early age, Nigel J. Compton has expressed and showed a deep passion for aviation; when he was 16, he flew on his own in a glider which urged him to further pursue a job and a career in the industry.
A Witwatersrand Technicon graduate, Nigel J. Compton’s career spanned senior positions in multiple companies and organizations like Sodexo and South African Airways where he worked as the Senior Manager of In-Flight logistics and also earned his Private Pilot License; these positions gave him the opportunity to enhance and honed his management skills.
Compton’s next stop was Kazakhstan where he assumed the position of Camp Boss at Karachaganak Petroleum at Aksai; during his time there, he was responsible for the welfare and healthcare of more than 1,200 workers and employees.
He then returned to South Africa to work for Region Air as its Safety Manager and earn a certificate in Safety Management Systems at Cranfield Aviation.
In 2014, Nigel also earned a Commercial Pilot License and started working as an aviation instructor in 2015.
Overall, Nigel J. Compton’s experience in aviation comprises 1,200 hours of flying experience and 460 hours of flight instruction. That’s why he was the perfect candidate for the Safety Manager position in OxfordSaudia.
Jiaren Lau has kickstarted his career in the aviation industry back in 2011 where he started working for a flight training organization; after that, Lau has assumed variant operation-related positions like Operations Officer, Planning and Dispatch Coordinator and Planning and Scheduling Manager through which he climbed up the ranks till he became the current Operations Manager of OxfordSaudia.
As for the academic side, Lau has a bachelor’s degree in Business with his major being IT Management in addition to a master’s degree in Business Administration in International Administration.