2Excel Engineering recently welcomed our new Chief Operating Officer and Head of Maintenance Matt Caswell to the company. He joined us from AirTanker, the company which operates the Voyager tankers based at RAF Brize Norton.
Matt’s an excellent hire for 2EE, with demonstrable senior management and Form 4 holder experience, gained from both the airlines and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul organisations. Matt is a time-served apprentice and EASA B1 and C Rated engineer, with experience covering Boeing and Airbus fleets.
Having held Management positions within British Airways and bmi British Midland, in addition to his engineering knowledge, he brings with him the experience and skillset needed to lead 2Excel Engineering’s continued growth and success.
We sat down with Matt to find out more about his career and aspirations:
Tell us about yourself. How and why did you get into aviation?
‘My interest in aviation started at a young age. My Grandfather was a flight engineer, my father has been in the aviation sector his entire working life and my uncle is also a Licenced Engineer. You could say that it runs in the family.’
What were you doing prior to joining 2Excel? And what did you enjoy most about the job?
‘Prior to joining 2Excel I worked for AirTanker as the Base Maintenance Manager. AirTanker is a diverse organisation that embraces the Civil and Military side of aviation. The role was challenging due to the complexity of the Voyager Aircraft that they operate, this made it an exciting challenge which was wholly rewarding and provided an excellent experience in the Civil/Military sector.’
What’s the best thing about your new role? What are you most looking forward to?
‘In my new role one of the best things to make note of is the collaboration between the entire team at Lasham, business units work hand-in-hand to achieve the Customer’s expectations and even now whilst faced with a global pandemic they continue to do so. The thing that I am most looking forward to in my new role is forging a path in the evolving market, reaffirming the 2Excel brand and ultimately seeing 2Excel Engineering prosper in the future.’
What do you think sets 2Excel apart within a highly-competitive MRO market?
‘One of the key observations that I have made since taking up post is that 2Excel Engineering do difficult tasks and they do them well! Put quite simply the scope of work that is achieved is commendable. They approach work what some organisations may well shy away from in a safe, compliant and efficient way. The workforce at 2Excel Engineering is its unique selling point. It reiterates the proud history that surrounds Lasham as an MRO and is a shining example of how our highly-skilled workers are playing a part in the local economy.’
What’s your take on the challenging situation the whole aviation sector is facing post-Coronavirus?
With the future of Aviation looking uncertain in many aspects, it is key that we position ourselves as a business to adapt to this. One of the many sectors within Aviation that has prospered through these hard times has been Air Cargo, this is an avenue that I am very keen to engage with and will form part of our business strategy going forward. It is key that we continue to invest in our people, grow new talent through our already well-established apprenticeship programmes and adapt to the change in the market once flying recommences. 2Excel Engineering will continue to modernise and explore new ways of working to ensure we can offer our customers the best possible independent MRO solution for years to come.’
Tell us something about your life outside work.
‘Outside of work I coach children between the ages of 4-16 years old to ride motocross bikes for one of the only all children motorcycle display team called The Rockets. Both of my children ride for the display team and this sees us travel the length of the country performing at shows throughout the summer.’
About 2Excel Engineering
2Excel Engineering (2EE) is a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul business based at Lasham Airfield in Hampshire. 2Excel Engineering delivers service-oriented narrow body Boeing and Airbus Maintenance to Operators and Owners, Leasing Companies and Governments. To find out more, please visit: www.2excelengineering.com/ 2EE is part of the 2Excel Group which also encompasses 2Excel Aviation, an innovative aviation services business, working across a range of industries including defence and security, engineering, events and disaster response