Our People

Our management team

Chris Norton

Chief Executive Officer

Chris co-founded 2Excel Aviation in 2005 and has led 2Excel Engineering since 2016. He is also 2Excel’s Accountable Manager, focusing on the commercial and financial strategies. Chris spent 22 years in the Royal Air Force and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for operations over Kosovo. He commanded No 1(F) Squadron, an operational Harrier squadron, and was awarded the OBE for his 14 years as an operational Harrier pilot.

Trevor Gunn


Trevor is an aircraft engineer by trade, specialising in Boeing 707, 727, 737 Airframes and Engines. Trevor brings a wealth of engineering and logistical knowledge to the operation, and with his expertise in the procurement of aircraft and spares the long-term support of our fleets is assured. He worked at Stansted Airport from 1978-1991, primarily with Aviation Traders Engineering Ltd (ATEL). In 1991 he started his own Company, TAG Aviation (Stansted), specialising in the supply and support of aircraft, engines and aircraft spare parts to many customers worldwide. In 2012, Trevor joined forces with 2Excel to create T2 Ltd, operating the B727 aircraft for Oil Spill Response Ltd.

Marko Halla

Chief Operating Officer

Marko joined 2Excel engineering in January 2018 bringing with him several years’ management and Form 4 holder experience both in airlines and MROs across Europe. Marko is an EASA B1, B2 and C Rated engineer and has previously held a commercial pilot’s license. He has held senior management positions with Air Finland, Smart Lynx, Air Baltic and Jet Time, giving him the skills and experience needed to lead a developing MRO like 2Excel Engineering.

Patrick Hersent

Chief Finance Officer & Chief Commercial Officer

Patrick joined 2Excel Engineering in September 2019, bringing with him 30 years of finance, operations management and Accountable Manager experience, mainly in legacy airline and business jet operators across Europe. Patrick holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from ESSEC business school in Paris and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. He has held senior management positions with Air France / KLM and has recently been the CEO of Wijet Group and Accountable Manager of Blink.

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