Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has promoted Lee Burgess to head of maintenance and welcomed Keith Earnden back to the company as interim head of engineering.

Chris Dare, managing director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, says: “Lee and Keith bring a depth and breadth of experience to their new roles that will be invaluable to MAEL as we continue to grow and evolve as a business.”

As head of maintenance, Lee Burgess will be in charge of managing MAEL’s heavy maintenance facilities in Luton and Birmingham, as well as its numerous Line Stations across the UK and Europe. He will also lead the MAEL’s new Component Maintenance Centre, which is due to open in Northampton later this year.

Burgess began his career with MAEL in 1987 as an apprentice. After 15 years as an aircraft engineer and coordinator, he undertook his first management role in 2006, rising to become Head of Engineering in 2015.

On his appointment, Burgess says: “After over 30 years at Monarch Aircraft Engineering starting as an apprentice, I am delighted to be leading the company’s maintenance operations, and look forward to using the experience I have gained to ensure the highest standards at all of our locations, including our new Component Maintenance Centre in Northampton.”

Keith Earnden returns to MAEL to become interim head of engineering, with responsibilities including leading the engineering team, as well as the continuing airworthiness management organisation, Part M, and planning.

He re-joins MAEL from Flybe where he was director of maintenance and engineering at Flybe, and prior to that with Marshall Aerospace in 2015. He previously worked with MAEL from 2010 to 2015.

Keith Earnden says: “I am delighted to be returning to MAEL to lead a team of engineers that have earned an industry-wide reputation for innovation and excellence.”