Management Team

Michele van Akelijen - Managing Director

Michele joined F&E Aerospace in 2006 – she is an experienced Aerospace and Defence Event professional with 24 years’ experience in the industry. She started her career in the U.S. with companies such as TWI and then moved to the UK in a Senior Management position with Premier Showfreight where she handled key clients such as Gulfstream, DMA – Defence Manufacturers Association and Boeing. Michele took over the management of the entire Aerospace portfolio as Managing Director in February 2013.

Caryn McConnachie - Director of Aerospace

Caryn returned to F&E Aerospace in 2015, where she was previously Director of Operations, after five years with IDEX Organisers ADNEC. Her 17 years' experience in running both trade and consumer events across multiple industry sectors; from aerospace and defence to oil and gas, interior design, and travel has spanned the Middle East, Europe, Russia, North America, Latin America and Asia for some of the world’s largest exhibition organizers.

Matt Thompson - Event Director

Matt has been operating within the exhibition industry for over twenty years. During his fourteen years at Reed Exhibitions, the world's largest event organiser, he was responsible for the international division of Reed Travel Exhibitions, where he was the Group Director of Arabian Travel Market for seven years from its inception. He joined Tarsus Group five years ago, launching a number of global events in the healthcare sector as well as assuming responsibility for the Gulf Educational Supplies & Solutions show.