Meet the Team


Emma Hughes

Emma is a director and the operations manager. She gained her PPL in 2011 and is the person to chat to if you are thinking of joining the club.

Laura Hughes

Laura is a director and the restaurant manager - keeping all our visitors well fed and watered! She also arranges our popular club members events.

Clive Hughes

One day in 1987 Clive decided to leave the comforts of Heathrow with Margaret and buy an airfield in Dorset. Seems to be working out fairly well at the moment…

Margaret Hughes

The original ‘Compton Girl’ Margaret is responsible for the restaurant being the busy place that it is! She is the managing director and Mum to all staff.

Andrew Dixon

Andrew is a man of many hours including more than 15,000 tailwheel. He is our Head of Training and co-owner of DH Heritage Aviation which runs the vintage flights.

Dave Farrow

Dave is an ex BA captain and is now passing his knowledge on to our students! A ground examiner he also features regularly at our club nights…

John Keep

John Keep keeps all the light sport aircraft students in check with military precision being an ex army major. He instructs on the clubs lively little Ikarus.

Nick Robinson A.K.A Captain Grass

Captain Grass...when not flying his Starduster he is making lovely stripes along our runway in his tractor & watching movements on his grass with a keen eye!

The Restaurant Team

Compton is known for having the top airfield restaurant & cafe in the UK. This is partly due to our fantastic restaurant team - seen here posing for the 2012 calendar!

Michelle Yelland

Michelle has been a Compton girl for a number of years, taking a few breaks to have children and live in Oman! We are excited to have her back in 2014 to join the ops team.

Steve Webb

Steve flies with us three days a week and is both an instructor and examiner, so will put you through your paces He's the one to go to with CAA related questions...

Cara Bennett

Cara joined the team in the Summer of 2015 as an operations assistant. She has already started taking lessons towards her PPL so she is a good person to chat to about starting flying!

Peter Upshall

Peter has been a Club member since 2004. He began his flying career at Compton learning to fly in microlights and is now a part time instructor for us.

Chris Nicholls

Chris has been a professional pilot for over forty years. Since retiring from serving in the Royal Air Force and airline flying he has been instructing at Compton. Chris enjoys sharing his passion for vintage aircraft.

Bob Kinch

Bob has had an interest in aviation for a number of years and has his own aircraft hangared at Compton. When Bob is not helping out with DH Heritage, you will often see him taking photos of our vintage aircraft or eating Compton cake!

Malcolm Isaac

Malc has been working in the Heritage Aviation world for more than 25 years. We inherited Malc with the arrival of the Tiger Moth in 2011 where he had been operating it for the previous two years.

Grieg Blanden

Grieg has been working in the Heritage Aviation world for more than 25 years. We inherited Grieg with the arrival of the Tiger Moth in 2011 where he had been operating it for the previous two years.

Mike Lofthouse

Mike is a Channel Islander with a lifelong interest in aviation. A flight in DH Heritage’s Tiger Moth three years ago made him want to spend more time around the aircraft; so here he is now on the DH Team.

Gordon Williamson

Gordon has been flying for many years and owns the Stinson Gullwing based here. Classic motorcycles and vintage aircraft are a major part of his daily life, and he thinks that flying for DH Heritage is a bonus!

Tom Lawton

Tom joined the club in 2015. After a lifelong interest in aviation he decided to learn to fly and joined the DH ground crew to expand his knowledge.