Meet the Team


Emma French

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!

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...

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.

Bob Kinch

Bob has his own Chipmunk 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. A fountain of knowledge on all sorts of aircraft, if you have a question relating to vintage aircraft, Malc is your man!

Greg Blanden

Grieg has been working in the Heritage Aviation world for more than 25 years. Also working with Malc at Duxford, Greg is very knowledgable about vintage aircraft and is passionate about aviation.

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!

Graham Newby

Knowledgeable in EASA licensing, Director of LAA and having built his own RV6 aircraft, Graham is a mine of information. Graham has relocated from Bodmin to Compton and is settling in very well.

Gemma Humphris

After leaving the University of Huddersfield, Gemma came up for a restaurant job and ended up in ops. If you want to know about our upcoming events then she's the one to talk to and is also our social media expert.

Mike Lofthouse

Mike is a Channel Islander with a life long interest in Aviation. A flight in a DH Heritage aircraft made him want to spend more time around aircraft, so here he is now on the DH team

Sue Mattacks

A varied aviation background, Sue previously worked at Bournemouth Flying Club, she also teaches taekwondo, so be on your best behaviour! Sue knows all about learning to fly so don't be afraid to ask her a question or two.