Our Team

Who We Are

Our Team

Who We Are

Who We Are

The management and staff work closely as a team to provide the highest levels of service and professionalism in the aircraft charter industry. No other charter management company has the depth of knowledge and industry experience as the task-ready Adagold Aviation team.

Simon Llewellyn
CEO + DIRECTOR

How long have you been at Adagold and what is the best part of your job?
I’ve been with Adagold 10 years in November. Working with a great bunch of people in a very dynamic environment is the best part of my job. Every day is different and we never know what opportunity or challenge will arise.

Today for example, the team are working on coordinating multiple aircraft charters including passenger and cargo flights for a new Hollywood film being shot on location at Lord Howe Island (which presents quite unique operational challenges with a very short runway located 460 miles off the coast). This afternoon, we are preparing for the arrival of an Airbus A340-300, carrying Australian Defence Force personnel home from deployment in the Middle East.

I’ve had the fortunate opportunity of travelling all over the world managing a wide range of aircraft charter flights. Next week I will be escorting passengers on their luxury adventure tour of West Papua, Indonesia.

I enjoy having a bag and passport packed ready to go at any time and it’s a great part of the job knowing I could be travelling somewhere new and exciting next week.

Who do you admire the most in the Aviation industry?
He’s retired now, but that would have to be my father. He was a pilot in Queensland doing mail runs to remote locations, a stunt pilot and trainer and later became an Air Traffic Controller in Sydney. Working as an Air Traffic Controller was known for being a highly stressful job and growing up I never really appreciated just how hard he was working and stressful it must have been, particularly with three teenage boys.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
My partner and I tend to travel to new places when we get the chance. The only pre-requisite for a destination is that it includes either surfing or snowboarding. I would probably say Indonesia and Japan are my favourite places to travel.

Aisle or window seat?
Window – you can sleep against the side wall, you can look outside the window and see the cities you’re flying into or the amazing sunsets. And I only have to get up when I need to!

Mark Clark
MANAGING DIRECTOR + CHAIRMAN

Mark Clark is the founder and Chairman of Adagold Aviation. He is a former C-130 crew member who was engaged in both civil and military conflict and humanitarian disaster relief operations globally. Mark has over 38 years’ experience in varied roles within aviation across five continents. As the founder of Adagold Aviation, he has been the driving force of leadership and the pursuit of excellence. He is passionate about disruptive technology and its impact on future business opportunities.

Steve Bellamy
GENERAL MANAGER TECHNICAL & SAFETY

Work Experience/professional history
I’ve had a varied career ranging from aircraft engineering, flying instructing, banner towing, fire bombing, aircraft charter, airline operations, operations management and business leadership roles; all leading to the current role of providing specialist aviation advice.

Role and main work activities at Adagold
Oversighting the technical and safety elements of the Adagold Aviation operations.

What do you most enjoy about working at Adagold?
The ever changing nature of the requests that come through from the customers. No two days are ever the same.

Activities/hobbies out of work, what do you love to do?
I have been a volunteer with Marine Rescue for over 18 years. I like fixing my old car, and have now returned to doing some private flying when the weather lets me.

Favourite travel destination?
I’ve travelled a lot and my favourite destination is getting home after weeks away. Whilst I really enjoy many places in the world, there is nothing like the feeling of coming home and planning for the next place to see.

Anil Patel
DIRECTOR + COMPANY SECRETARY

Work Experience/professional history?
I have been a solicitor for over 40 years, and have had the privilege to practice in both England and Queensland. I am a solicitor of the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Queensland and the Supreme Court of England and Wales. I’ve gained over 30 years’ experience acting in business, property and commercial matters and have practised in Queensland since 1996.

Role and main work activities at Adagold?
I act as our senior in-house counsel; a Director and the Company Secretary of Adagold Aviation.

What do you most enjoy about working at Adagold?
The friendly atmosphere.

Activities/hobbies out of work, what do you love to do?
I enjoy reading and watching television.

Favourite travel destination?
Malaysia.

Shannon Brown
CHARTER OPERATIONS MANAGER

Work Experience/professional history?
Shannon has been a logistician for over 17 years with experience in transportation operations with an emphasis on large scale air transportation, movement control, multi-modal transportation, airline operations and logistics management.

Shannon has experience with domestic and international organisations in planning, coordinating, and controlling large scale, complicated passenger, and cargo movements to corporate, government and non-profit clients.

Having spent over four years overseas including in hostile warlike environments Shannon’s experience is well placed to assist with aviation solutions required for his role within the business.

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Donna Whitford
CHARTER SPECIALIST

Work Experience/professional history?
I have gained over 36 years in the Aviation Sector encompassing a long career in the Military with both the Royal Australian Air Force and as a Foreign Service National with the United States Air Force. I have extensive experience leading and developing teams on the ground within the Commercial Airline sectors and for the past couple of years in the space of Aviation Charter.

Role and main work activities at Adagold?
My main role as a Charter Specialist is to assist clients to find the perfect solution for their air charter needs. I invest time in building and developing strong business relationships with aircraft operators and clients to leverage the best collaborative outcome. My aviation background also allows me to diversify within the business in support of other long-term ventures and projects.

What do you most enjoy about working at Adagold?
The team – the whole team, from the top down. We may hold different titles and different positions within the business, but we work collaboratively, with our own individual depth of knowledge to produce the best outcome. Feeling valued and being acknowledged for the work you do is a crucial component to a positive workplace culture and Adagold wins hands down here. We laugh, we joke, we have fun but we get the job done.

Activities/hobbies out of work, what do you love to do?
I am an avid triathlete and runner. Competing in Ironman events domestically and internationally is so much fun (and not to mention, hard work). Spending time with the grandkids makes my heart happy, as does pottering around in the garden. I am currently renovating my forever home and loving it!

Favourite travel destination?
I’ve travelled the world quite extensively and would have to say to date Copenhagen is my fav.

Any pets?
I am so much in love with my two dogs Mr Baxter and Spare Dog, along with Hertie and Gertie, my two chickens.

Favourite Food?
Food – yes please! Any and all. Nom – nom – nom.

Phil Mifsud
CHARTER SPECIALIST

Work Experience/professional history
15 years with Adagold, 15 years with an international freight company and 5 years with an international procurement company that specialised in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.

Role and main work activities at Adagold
Charter Specialist providing solutions to move people, cargo and pets.

What do you most enjoy about working at Adagold?
The challenge in finding solutions to fly everything from people to machinery parts to radioactive dolphins. And the office banter, which is second to none.

Activities/hobbies out of work, what do you love to do?
I’m an avid permaculturist, lover of trees, Tuvan throat singer (in a choir) and lately I’ve been learning everything about soap carving.

Favourite travel destination?
Fraser Island.

Any other fun facts about you?
I’m an ordained minister (online only).

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