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My Perfect Sunday: Mark Ryan, Managing Director of Gloucestershire Airport

Mark Ryan

My background is Military having served in the RAF for 15 years as an Electrical Engineer. I then had a short stint (5 years) with Lucent Technologies as a Systems Engineer working with leading edge technology, which I thoroughly enjoyed. When this bubble burst I was extremely fortunate to have been offered a position at Gloucestershire Airport and have not looked back since. In 2007 I was offered the post of Managing Director and have successfully implemented a complex project, raised our profile as a key asset for the county and won a national award for being the ‘Best General Aviation Airport in the UK’.

I've been involved with the construction sector since: 2007, when Jon [Close] and his team supported Gloucestershire Airport during our Runway Safety Project.

The best thing about my job is: the excitement - you never know what each day will bring, from a Royal Visitor to a superstar; to seeing the thrill on the face of someone who has just had their first flying experience or having completed their first solo flight.

The worst thing about my job is: Not much

The first album I ever bought was: What’s an album? (OK - Madness, One Step Beyond…)

My favourite holiday was to: New York

My favourite bar/restaurant in Gloucestershire is: The Aviator!!

Make mine a (e.g., pint of real ale/rum and coke): Guinness at the Rugby

In 2014.... I’d like to build more hangars to attract and accommodate the Business Jets, and to secure a new destination from the airport for regular scheduled services.

My perfect Sunday would be: Clear blue skies! (…and a bit of F1 on the TV).


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