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ADVANCE is the communications resource produced by the Times Group in partnership with ADS - the trade organisation advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries - consisting of a quarterly magazine, an online daily news service and a weekly newsletter.

ADVANCE is designed to support the UK's aerospace, defence, security and space industries by providing comprehensive sector specific news coverage of current issues and developments in the UK and overseas markets.

ADVANCE serves as a forum for all stakeholders in the UK’s aerospace, space, defence and security sectors – from government, the armed/security forces and industry – to exchange views and opinions, featuring authoritative editorial features focused on providing interest and benefits for all concerned. It is a must read for all those involved with these sectors – across the entire supply chain – as it delivers authoritative insight into what is happening in the domestic, European and global markets, getting beyond the headlines with stories from award winning journalists, industry commentators and analysts.

The editorial team - headed by Alan Peaford, editor of Arabian Aerospace, president of the UK’s Institute of Internal Communications and former editor of Flight International’s show dailies - is made up of leading journalists from the four industry sectors.

The Team:

Alan Peaford

Alan Peaford is a former national newspaper journalist and the current president of the UK's Institute of Internal Communications. He edited Flight International’s Flight Daily News for 17 years and has won an Aerospace Journalist of the Year award on five occasions. He is the author of a best selling guide to business aircraft and has written for many newspapers, trade magazines and corporate publications around the world. He is also the editor of Arabian Aerospace published by the Times Group. A former president of the European Industial editors federation he has been awarded a European Diploma of Honour for services to communications in industry. As chairman of Trident Communications for 14 years he was involved in communication consultancy to many top UK organisations including Rolls-Royce, the Metropolitan Police, the Prime Minister's office, Smiths and GE. He is now chairman of Aerocomm Ltd. He has written speeches for many leading corporate heads and for members of the royal families in the UK and the Middle East. A private pilot, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Kevin Sammon

Kevin Sammon is a director of the Times Group and takes a key role in the development of the Group's titles serving the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, including the official bi-annual magazine of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), ASD Focus .

Assistant Editor
Marcella Nethersole

Marcella Nethersole is a travel writer who has worked in Europe, the US, South America, the Middle East and Asia with book and magazine publishers in the corporate and finance market. For seven years she worked with the Flight Daily News team and specialised in aircraft interiors and inflight services.

Aviation Editor
Geoff Thomas 

Geoff Thomas has been involved in trade and corporate media for 40 years having started his career on local newspapers in Surrey before becoming a motoring correspondent. He worked in corporate PR for a number of major UK and US corporations including recently as an consultant to CFM in the aviation sector. He is a former chairman of the British Association of Communicators in Business and is a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communications He lives in Yorkshire and covers activities in the North of England for the ADS Advance magazine as well as heading the aviation team.

Defence Editor
Jon Lake

Jon Lake has been a full time aviation writer since 1984, and has twice won the coveted Defence Journalist of the Year in the global World Leadership Forum's Journalist of the Year Awards.

Defence Correspondent (Land & Sea)
Claire Apthorp

Claire Apthorp has been covering aerospace and defence for the last three years and is also a successful financial blogger and writer. Among the areas that Claire has covered in detail are unmanned systems, C4ISR, logistics and land systems. Claire has a detailed knowledge of the UK defence industry and has also covered the Asia-Pacific region in detail.

Space Editor
Steve Nichols

Steve Nichols is a journalist and communications consultant specialising in space and technology. He has covered space shuttle launches in Florida and regularly writes about both European manned and unmanned space missions. As a communications consultant he has worked with some of Europe's leading technology companies.

Security Editor

Steve Knight

Steve Knight has worked for more than 40 years as a journalist in local, regional and national newspapers. He was acting deputy chief sub-editor of the Bristol Evening Post until 1989, when he became editor of Railnews – the British Rail staff newspaper. He was later part of the team that launched the Police Guardian newspaper in the mid 1990s. He also worked for many years with British Transport Police in Bristol, Avon & Somerset Police and in the defence sector with, among others, Qinetiq, Airbus and Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace. He is a fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication.


Sub Editor


An experienced sub-editor with many educational and community publications Corin has a passion for aviation. A member of the IFFR aviation team he has worked with the ADS Advance team since its launch five years ago. In his spare time he is a rambler

Paul Derby

  Paul Derby is an aerospace writer who has spent the past 14 years covering the sector. He has devoted much of that time to being a specialist rotary wing correspondent for some of the world’s most respected aerospace titles.

Picture Editor
Ian Billinghurst

Ian Billinghurst has worked for UK national titles including the Daily Express ,   Mirror and Mail as well as the BBC before venturing into the corporate communications market – and the aviation media. He now heads the BillyPix agency with its team of associate photographers all over the world which produces images for many leading UK corporations as well as for trade publications such as Flight International and Airline Business .


Online Editor
Wayne Fessey

Wayne Fessey is the Times Group’s editor-in-chief and former editor of ASD Focus , the official (biannual) publication of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). A graduate of the London College of Printing (1981), Wayne has worked predominantly in B2B and specialist bespoke publishing. From working on the Civil Aviation Authority Yearbook, he went on to become editor of the City’s annual review The Square Mile (1994-1997) and the International Aid & Trade Review (2000-2005), whilst conceiving and editing several commemorative publications including NATO 50th Anniversary 1949~1999 (for the Washington Summit), One Hundred Years of Powered Flight 1903~2003 (for the RAeS), Victory in Europe & The Road Ahead 60th Anniversary 1945~2005, United States Air Force Founding Centennial & 60th Anniversary 1907~1947~2007 and ADS ~ Delivering the Promise.


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