UPDATE: See names of 275 business leaders who signed to support Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Preparing for take off at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Picture: Chris Etchells
Preparing for take off at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Picture: Chris Etchells
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Some 275 business people have signed a letter pledging to support Doncaster Sheffield Airport in a significant boost for the #FlyDSA campaign for more passengers, routes and operators.

Managing directors, chief executives and senior staff from every sector have put their names to the document, demonstrating the strength of support for the site.

From left: Peter Nears, Lord Ahmad, Robert Hough and Steve Gill at DSA

From left: Peter Nears, Lord Ahmad, Robert Hough and Steve Gill at DSA

Business leaders, who between them represent all 52,000, companies in Sheffield City Region, recognise DSA as a key asset with the potential to drive up prosperity.

The Star’s six-week #FlyDSA campaign reached almost 3m people in print, online and on mobile, according to analysis by the airport.

Signatories to the open letter include Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership, Chamber leaders and Sir Gary Verity, head of Welcome to Yorkshire.

The names were gathered by the airport and the Chambers. More than 200 signed an open letter on Business Editor David Walsh’s LinkedIn page. The full list is published below. It will be used to show the world, and especially airlines, that DSA is open for business.

#FlyDSA campaign is in association with Doncaster Sheffield Airport

#FlyDSA campaign is in association with Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Doncaster Sheffield Airport had a record 1.2 million passengers last year after a link road opened which cut the journey time from Sheffield to 25 minutes.

Steve Gill, chief executive of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said the letter was a “really clear and strong statement from the region. We’re delighted by the response and thank everyone who has signed.

“It sends a clear message to airlines that the demand is there and people are committed to supporting growth at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.”

Last month, aviation minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon visited the site at Finningley.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Picture: Chris Etchells

Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Picture: Chris Etchells

He said: “The airport’s growing network will make sure the North is well placed to trade with the world.”


Abi Hookwell Managing Director Yorkshire Investment Property

Adam Kettle Sales Manager Palram Applications

Al Titterington Managing Director Newquay Airport

Alan Hodges Senior Client Manager Cosentino

Alex Silvestri International Marketing and Export Consultant PRISMI SrL

Alexander Carnes Director Purlew Consulting Ltd

Alexis Krachai Managing Director Counter Context

Amy Revell Business Development Associate Paragon Group Plc

Amy Stephenson Managing Director Human

Andrew Dabbs Design Director Whittam Cox Architects

Andrew Denniff Chief Executive Officer Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

Andy Hart Maintenance Engineer Shanks Waste Management

Andy Kerley Corporate Manager Handelsbanken

Andy Morley Group Managing Director ProAktive

Andy Ollerenshaw Technical Director Cutting and Wear

Anne Wilson Managing Director Numill

Ben Graney Financial Recruitment Consultant Sharp Consultancy

Ben Lowndes Associate Director PPS Group

Benjaminn James Atha Marketing Manager ECS Insurance Brokers

Brian Croll Director Multicar UK Ltd

Brian Culleton Head of Apprentice Engagement and Safeguarding BPP

Brian Fowler Solicitor PM Legal Services

Captain Antony Slevin Captain / 747/400 British Airways

Carmel Harrison Director CHC Communications

Chad Needham Director IFS Risk Solutions

Charlotte Dimond Director Sidekick PR

Chris Middleton Managing Director EJOT UK Ltd.

Chris Berry Partnership Development Manager Powerstar

Chris Carter Head of Technical Recruitment Nicholas Associates Recruitment

Chris Deakin New Balance

Chris Iveson Design and Development Engineer Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Chris Sargent Director Turner & Townsend

Chris Wagstaff Business Development Manager SOTpay

Christine Daley General Manager Ground Services Virtual Human Resources

Christopher Briggs Technical Sales Engineer Matrix Tooling Services

Claire Salter Employee Relations Manager University of York

Craig Goodridge Customer Experience Leader Sky Betting & Gaming

Craig Howarth Director Westbuild Piling Ltd

Craig Malloy Finance Director Pegler

Craig McKay Joint Managing Director (former Master Cutler) Evenort Ltd

Dan Fell Chief Executive Officer Doncaster Chamber of Commerce

Dan Richardson National Account Manager Skills Funding Agency

Darren Hughes Vice Chairman of Welldrillers Assoc D Hughes Well Drillers ltd

Darren Pearce Centre Director Meadowhall

Dave Newton Commercial Director ITI Network Services and ITI Electrical Services

David Cross MD & Co founder CODA

David Fields National Account Manager JLA Group

David Hobson Director Hobson Hague Consultancy

David Malins Independent Consultant

David Pinder OBE Pinder Brothers Ltd.

David Poddington Employment Lawyer Keystone Law

Debbie Jones Business Development Executive Ascento

Diane Holgate Owner DCH Consulting

Donna Howard Corporate Social Responsibility Co-ordinator Kier Group

Eilidh Macmillan Owner Air Cabin Crew Training

Elise Walsh Head of Professional Practice Brewster Pratap

Ellie Agnew PR & Communications Officer Children’s Hospital Charity

Emma Baker Commercial Property Solicitor Malcolm C Foy Ltd

Emma Loughlin Director eBusiness Works

Emma Mottram Framework Operations Manager Efficency North

Emma Scott Account Executive Kronos

Erika Vorda Team Organiser Balfour Beatty Rail

Filip Leonard Assistant Commercial Director Sheffield City Council

Flo Churchill Managing Director Churchill & Churchill Ltd

Gareth Conkleton Head of Building Services Atkins

Gareth Walton Founder KLE Sign Solutions

Garry Thickett Garry Thickett Ltd

Gary Blurton Commercial Director Johnston Press

Gary Curtis Central Student Services Officer Sheffield Hallam University

Gary Winterman Managing Director Anglo World Cargo

George Dean Engineer BAE Systems

George Tillier Managing Director Unipart Rail - T&RS

Gilbert Antony Cargo Sales Executive Qatar Airways

Giles Searby Chair of LEP Banking and Professional Services Group hlwkeeblehawson.co.uk

Giverny Wroe Solicitor Plexus Law

Gordon Bridge Director Aesseal Engineering

Gordon Macrae Special Projects Direction Gripple

Grace Faulkner University of Westminster

Harry Strong Managing Director Sky High Camera Ltd

Harvey Morton Managing Director Harvey Morton IT

Heather Hamilton Marketing Executive Doncaster Council

Ian Toothill Human Resource Capability Director RAF Battlespace Management

Jack Lindley Business Development Manager R3engage

Jacob Peplow Architectural Assistant Race Cottam Associates

Jake Bott Account Director SVM Global

Jamel Labruna Director Complete Render Specialists Ltd

James Howson Head of EXPO and Sponsorship British-Irish Airports EXPO

James Locking Finance Director Barnsley Healthcare Federation

Janita Maaranen Managing Director Into Professional Ltd

Jarrod Parker Insurance Lawyer Plexus Law

Jason Barnsdale Managing Director Barnsdales

Jason Bennett Owner Britannia Manufacturing Ltd

Jason Blackwell Business Development Manager The ILM

Jason Denmark Managing Director The Templand Group

Jason Gossop Revenue Development Manager Skyland Hotel

Jason Mace Chief Executive Officer Gala Technology

Jill Davies CEO Westfield Health

Jill Thomas CEO Future Wealth Management

Jill White Entrepeneur Champion

Joanne Grant Senior Marketing Manager Shorts Chartered Accountants

Joe Rothwell Vitruvian Consultants

John Chidlaw Chief Executive Officer FM247 Ltd

John Mather Independent Risk Manager

John Young Commercial Director Stagecoach

Jojo Brown Managing Director Anderson & Brown Specialist Recruitment

Jon Proffitt UK Factory Support Manager Vanmac for Trilo

Jonathan Rowley Director/Owner Hamnett Wealth Management Ltd.

Jonathan Saunders Director Alan Wood & Partners

Joseph Hamshaw Director Web Developer

Katey Dent Group Sales Manager Crown Hotel, Bawtry

Kayleigh Thompson Commercial Utilities Professional Energy Purchasing

Kelvin Fitton President of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce Partner, Smith Craven

Ken Marland ES Parking Enforcement ltd

Ken Torres Managing Director Torres Pumps

Kevin Chilvers IT Manager AxLoad AB

Kevin Karley Executive Coaching Sheffield City Region

Kevin Parkin Managing Director Precision Technologies

Kevin Smith Managing Director CERTEX (UK)

Kevin Stone Director Stone Aviation Consultancy

Kiley Tan Chair of International Business Forum Mosaic Ltd / Sheffield Chamber

Lee Davies Site Agent

Lee Mallaband Private Banking and Advice Manager Lloyds Banking Group

Leigh Brammall Former Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, Non Executive at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust

Liam Flanagan Associate Monaghans

Liam Race Buyer Kybotech

Linda Hardy Operational Security Manager Skills Funding Agency

Linda Torstensson Hej International LLP

Lloyd Hole Kiveton Park FC Kiveton Park FC

Louisa Harrison-Walker Director Benchmark

Lucy Prior Membership Director Rail Alliance

Luke Steele Deloitte

Mark Knight Group Marketing Executive Ogilvie Group

Mark Lythe Joint MD Pricecheck

Mark Mallinder Managing Partner Hangar Seven

Mark Rooker Commercial Manager Sheffield Hallam University

Mark Todd Head of Foundation Sheffield United Community Foundation

Mark Wallis Experienced Finance Director

Martin McKervey Partner Nabarro

Matt Bruce Director Bruce & Butler Ltd

Matt Hill Head of Aviation Sales (UK & Ireland) Terberg DTS UK

Matteo Giuffrida Senior Creative Designer FRASTE S.p.A

Matthew Thomas Chief Executive Officer Shannon Group plc

Michael Caris President International Business and Business Economics Society

Michael Riley Founder & COO TripDoddle Founder & Director at Peroley

Mike Smith Lieutenancy Officer & Non Executive Director South Yorkshire

Mike Stanley Project Manager National Enterprise Network

Neil Collins Consultant

Neil MacDonald Non Executive Director Pressure Technologies

Neville Snell Managing Director PES Business Ltd

Nick Davies Director BPP

Nick Jones Director Turner & Townsend

Nik Pratap Partner Brewster Pratap

Nurudeen Bello CEO Director Bello’s World Ltd

Owen Michaelson CEO Harworth Plc

Owen Gleadall Merlinsoft Ltd

Pamela Weeks Head of Corporate Communications and PR Servelec Group

Paul Corcoran Sheffield College

Paul Edson Technical Sales Rema Tip Top Industry

Paul Evitts ‎Skymark Packaging Ltd

Paul Holden Director Peak Architects

Paul Houghton Managing Partner Grant Thornton

Paul Reeves Head of Commercial Sheffield United Football Club

Paul Sutherland Chief Executive Officer Mech FS

Perry Storey Senior Project Manager Siemens

Peter Brothwell Managing Director Industrial Electriclal Supplies

Peter Gill Area Sales Manager Ossur

Peter Keenan Chair of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Transport Forum

Peter John Cowdell TdC Cost Reduction Engineer Nissan Motor Corporation

Phil Cullumbine Director Jangro Ltd

Phil Ledson Global Sales Manager Drenched UK

Philip Reed Director Phil Reed Ceramics ltd

Rachel Argyle Partner Deloitte

Rachel Nunn Arkom

Rebecca Fielding Managing Director Gradconsult

Renate Halton International Trade Forum

Rich Davies Owner R3D2

Richard Wright Executive Director Sheffield Chambers

Richard Boon Director NIScam Ltd

Richard Bristow Director Tamite Secure.IT Ltd

Richard Mills CEO SleepCogni

Ryan Daniels Owner Hydra Creative Ltd

Sam Kerley Director Solutions4Cleaning

Sarah Jarvis Group Product Fulfillment Manager Johnston Publishing

Sarah Walton Business Development Manager Good Travel Management

Sarah Whyke Digital Marketing & Communications Card Cutters UK

Sean Spencer Manufacturing Accountant Howdens Joinery

Shane Wakeford Proprietor High Reaching Solutions

Shelley Houlbrook Head of Education and Partnerships HABC

Simon Carr Managing Director of Henry Boot Construction and private sector board member of the SCR LEP Henry Boot

Simon Collingwood Director Quatro PR

Simon Davis Stockarth Project Solutions

Simon Lewis Business Development & Marketing Moirae Creative Agency

Sir Gary Verity Chief Executive Officer Welcome to Yorkshire

Sophie Duffield Nicholas Howard

Sophie Fenelon Business Development Manager Perkbox

Sophie Gribbon Reservations Manager Rutland Hotel

Stephen Leonard Business Development OAG

Steve Bennett Engineering Consultant Transport & Waste Management

Steve Manley Junior Vice President Universal Office Product

Steve Newton Jibba Jabba

Steve Pye Operations Director LaZerCAD

Steve Roberts Director and Co-Founder Fripp Design

Steve Taylor Co Director Access Height Solutions Ltd

Steve Wainwright New Product Development Manager Naylor Industries Plc

Steve Webster Operations Manager isoplus Piping Systems Limited

Steve White Director SW Wholesale

Steve Williams Solicitor - Past President Chamber of Commerce Barner Jones

Stuart Allen Digital Retail Enabler ‎GW Devices

Sue Peak Regional Cabin Crew Manager Thomson Airways

Tim Bottrill Director Fernie Greaves

Toby Shepherd National Account Manager Go Green Ltd

Tom Charles Construction Director Carmody Construction

Tom Wadsworth Commercial Relationship Manager Lloyds Banking Group

Tracey Roberts Financial Controller Birley Manufacturing Limited

Vic Brodrick Head of Development Airport Services Swissport GB Limited

Sian Dudley Head of Marketing and Communications Cast Doncaster

Lisa Pogson Managing Director & President of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce Airmaster

Adam Taylor Director of Social Media Marketing AT Social Media

Marie Cooper Director Sheffield Tooling Company Ltd

Atanu Das Creative Filament

Callum Drabble Consultant Brewster Pratap

Tony Pratt Independent Broker Utilinet

Lee Hitchen Director Business Funding Solutions Limited

Paul David Drabble Owner/Director Paul David Drabble Freelance New, PR Photography & Editorial Photography

Kate Cannon Director Kspace Serviced Apartments

Annette Hobson Finance Manager Primary AV Limited

Maxine Hayter Company Director Bespoke Blinds & Poles

Sam Bates Professional Consultant Transline Group

Alexandra Garner Owner/Director Smile Business Support Services

James Brand Managing Director (Operations) United Cast Bar Group

Gemma Sandy Managing Director Business Cost Saving

Bridie Warner-Adsetts Chief Operating Officer Naylor Industries Plc / Adsetts Consultancy

Andrew Hirst Principal Lecturer Sheffield Hallam University

Cameron Spilman Co-Founder and Managing Director Paper

Richard Donson AR Sales Development Representative The Health Insurance Group

Ali Kirgic Partner & International Business Development Guncel Group / TEMA Industrial Sealing Tecnologies

Julie Roberts Business Development Manager Impelling Solutions Ltd

Jamie Waugh Business Development Manager Harper James Solicitors

Tim Jones Managing Director & Co-Founder 3Squared Ltd.

Steve Neil Channel Reseller Manager Audio Productions (UK) Ltd

Victoria Clarke Brown Finance Director Distinction Group

Alan Lyons Business Development Manager The Grey Matter Group

Mark Crossley Product & Sales Manager Pentag Gears

Nigel Short Managing Director VOOT Telecom

Craig Burton Audit Partner BDO LLP

Sam Leeder Commercial Sales Manager ProAktive

Marina Wood Public Relations Director Dragonfly Public Relations

Chao Wang UK Visa & Immigration Services Santa Fe Relocation Services

Chris Dymond Director & Founder Sheffield Digital Limited / Unfolding

Bryan Unkles Managing Director & Founder Cafeology Limited

Matt Jackson Managing Director UK Workspace Ltd.

Stuart Ridley Head of Marketing and Communications Sheffield International Venues Ltd.

Darren Owen Chief Operating Officer Simplicity IT Services

Jo Roy HR Consultant Red Owl HR

Anthony Davies Director/Owner Annurca Health & Wellbeing / Marmotte Consulting

James Biggin Managing Director Steel City Marketing Ltd.

Carl Swansbury Partner Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance

Kevan Shaw Director Castle Square Corporate Finance

David Whamond Marine Technical Expert/Advisor Independent

Sharon Bennett Marketing Manager EDP Plc

Victoria Wood Engagement Manager Ark Home Healthcare

Alex Hodgson Business Development Manager One2Call

Simon Gorman Marketing Manager hlw Keeble Hawson LLP

Lester Kemp Managing Director Arabian Nubian Resources

Nuala Gallagher Head of Communications Metalysis

Andy Froggatt Owner Royston Parkin Ltd

Jade McCarthy Marketing & Communications Manager Fretwell-Downing Hospitality

Peter Dempsey Managing Director DEMPS Ltd Property Solutions

Sam Owen Chief Executive Officer Meyer & Owen

Jay Bhayani Managing Director Bhayani HR & Employment Law

Michael Ord New Business & Marketing Director Qualsys Ltd

Yee Kwan Chan Founder & Marketing Director Yee Kwan Ltd

Neil Laycock Non-exec Director Tengi

Daniel Fielding Director Fielding Risk Services

Peter Kennan Transport Forum Chair Sheffield Chamber