If you've ever wanted to put a face to a name in a manual or on the forum - or just wondered who does what at Just Flight - read on...
Andy Payne - Managing Director
Entering the software industry in 1984, Andy was responsible for the launch and production of the Hill-McGibbon range of educational software for William Collins. Other book publishers quickly utilised Andy's experience and style, amongst them Heinmann (The Fourth Protocol), Macmillan (Trap Door), William Collins (Yes Prime Minister) and Penguin (Cover to Cover range) and Andy joined third-party production company Cos in 1986. He then worked on the million seller, The Way of the Exploding Fist, for Melbourne House (later bought by Mastertronic, in turn bought by Virgin), and International Karate from System 3. Andy was a key player in the launch of the biggest selling home computer game ever at that time - Domark's Trivial Pursuit.
He masterminded delivery on Commodore 64, C16, Spectrum 128, Spectrum 64, Atari 800, Apple II, IBM, Amstrad 464/664/6128, Amstrad PCW, BBC Electron, Atari ST, Sony MSX and Amiga. Andy formed specialist production company The Producers in April 1988 and that company still runs successfully today. As you can see below, it provides much of the backbone services for Just Flight's business. He has been personally responsible for bringing many US-based publishers into Europe, among them Electronic Arts (FIFA), Mindscape (Wing Commander), Sierra On-Line (Kings Quest), Lucas Arts (Monkey Island and the Star Wars series), Maxis (Sim City and The Sims), Interplay (Baldur's Gate, Star Trek series), Accolade (Test Drive Series), 3DO (Army Men) and NovaLogic (Comanche series).
Andy is also Chairman of the ELSPA (European Leisure Software Publishers Association) Council. Just Flight is represented alongside Ubi Soft, Sega, Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Publishing Europe, Nintendo, Vivendi Universal and Take 2.
Andy has been involved in over 250 top thirty selling products, of which over 40 have hit Number One in the charts and has produced over 1,000 titles. His vast experience in business administration and management has been key in establishing Just Flight as a number one Flight Simulation specialist.
Alex Ford - Publishing Director
Alex joined Interactive Associates CDC (later Just Flight) in 1997 as a Product Manager and now, as Publishing Director, is responsible for both new and existing products, as well as developer relationships.
Alex’s life-long passion for everything related to aviation started in his school years when he lived near Heathrow airport. As well as achieving one of his ambitions to gain a UK Private Pilot’s Licence, he has served as a civilian instructor in the Air Training Corps (1381 Squadron), worked with avionics for a major UK helicopter company and been a flying school operations manager,
His interest in computer flight simulation began with the release of the very earliest programs, and he would buy a computer system just because it had a flight sim program written for it! Starting off with a Sinclair ZX81, and moving through other systems such as the BBC 'B' and Atari STFM, he eventually entered the world of the PC, Microsoft Flight Simulator and other PC-based flight sims.
Alex’s experience in all things flight simulation has provided him with a unique mix of hands on-ability, and his management skills mean that he is very much the ‘Scotty’ of the Just Flight team.
Alex is married, has two children and lives near Oxford in the UK.
Dermot Stapleton - Operations Director
After leaving Hull University, where he studied geography, Dermot worked for the Royal Geographical Society in various roles, including Researcher and Editorial Assistant on the prestigious Geographical Journal.
He also studied Egyptology while working at the society and became their unofficial expert on the subject. He left the RGS to pursue a career in the courier industry and rose to become general manager of the UK's largest service company.
As well as a busy career, Dermot has also found time to carry on writing and was a regular contributor for BBC Radio, which included performing and writing on the Radio 1 Roadshow.
Having contributed to the very first issues of PC Pilot magazine, Dermot took over as Managing Editor and remained in the left-hand seat until the magazine was sold to Key Publishing in 2006. Never a man to sit back and relax, Dermot is currently working on a book about the RAF in WWII. His unrivalled experience in management, combined with a quill loaded with words of wisdom, ensures that our public face is always at its sharpest, his pen being mightier than any joystick.
Scott Phillips - Marketing
Scott is a veteran of the computer and video games industry, having started at Elite Systems where he worked on legendary titles such as Paper Boy, Mighty Bombjack, Ikari Warriors, Ghosts and Goblins, Blue Thunder, Scooby Doo and many more 8-bit classics.
Having spent 10 years at Elite Systems, Scott then moved to fellow Britsoft publisher Rage Software (Striker, EuroFighter Typhoon, David Beckham Soccer, Incoming, Rocky) where he worked until 2002.
He joined Just Flight in August 2002 and handled the Club Manager range of products for sister label Just Football, working closely with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and other leading Premier League English football clubs. He switched to the Just Flight brand in January 2005, and brings his range of marketing and communication skills to the flight and train sim ranges which we publish.
Scott is an avid gamer and loves all sports, both as spectator and participant. He always wanted to be a combat pilot as a young lad but, as befalls many a would-be flyer, he suffered from short sightedness. Civil aviation somehow never had the same appeal for Scott, but he hopes to rekindle his aviation passion now he is in the Just Flight marketing jump seat.
Marc Siegel - Lead Developer
Marc's interest in aviation came first from his father, who was a pilot. Although Marc went somewhat 'off course' in studying art and graphics, which led him to design comic strips, and later moved onto landscape painting, his main interest remains aviation.
Marc has flown paragliders, hang gliders and even 'real' gliders as well as having trained in microlights. His interest in flight simulation started with FS98 and he started designing sceneries for Combat Flight Simulator 1.
It was during this period that Marc discovered the excellent graphic tools developed by Martin Wright, now his colleague at Just Flight! Continuing his design projects for FS2000 and CFS2, Marc has created the aircraft for Just Flight's Dam Busters and B-17 ‘Memphis Belle’ packages as well as several other titles and now works mainly with FS2004.
Marc is married with two children and lives in Corsica.
Richard Slater - Development Manager
Richard's association with Just Flight first started when he was part of the team at The Producers providing the backbone of Just Flight's fulfilment needs.
After many years dispensing invaluable technical advice to our customers, Richard is now the Product Manager for Just Flight.
He is also responsible for the hard working Customer & Technical Support teams at both Just Flight and Just Trains.
On top of all that, Richard regularly goes without sleep to ensure our preparations and attendance at flight simulation and aviation shows across Europe go without a hitch.
Simon Martin - Head of Digital Marketing
Simon joined Just Flight in May 2006, and has progressed through the ranks from Technical Support to his current position as Head of Digital Marketing for the Mastertronic Group.
While still at school Simon created and edited Smart Computer Magazine, kickstarting his enthusiasm for writing articles about games.
Simon can often be found working through reams of data in Google Analytics in order to refine our web services so that we can bring you the most satisfying online experience possible.
Martyn Northall - Product Manager and Head of Customer Services (Just Flight)
Martyn's interest in aviation stems from his father's long career in the Royal Air Force. Regular visits to RAF bases, air shows and aviation museums left him with a strong desire to reach his goal of gaining a pilot’s license.
On getting his first PC at the age of 8, Martyn's passion for aviation extended into the virtual world and he started flight simming with products such as ‘Evasive Action’ and other DOS-based games. Four years later, he had his first encounter with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 and since then has progressively followed the series up to its current version.
Becoming firmly hooked on the series, Martyn went in search of add-on software and soon became an avid supporter of Just Flight. After months of regular visits to Just Flight’s forum, he started helping other users get to grips with the complex simulator. Four years on and over 1,000 posts later, fate soon came calling when Just Flight offered Martyn some temporary work. Martyn began work in the technical support team before moving on to head up the product testing team. In 2011, Martyn took over as Just Flight Product Manager and took charge of our customer services team – he also got his PPL!
In his spare time, Martyn enjoys taking to the skies of Cambridgeshire in a C-152 based at Peterborough Conington airfield.
George Bland - Customer Services
George joined Just Flight in October 2012 to become part of the Tech Support Team.
His interest in planes first came when he moved over to the Falkland Islands and was taken up in a C-130 Hercules and able to stand, with a harness on, at the edge of the open ramp. George later developed an interest in flight Simulators when he got his hands on a copy of Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator before moving up to Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
George is still a keen Flight Simmer and regularly flies from country to country and is always on the lookout for new aircraft to try. He has taken up gliding in the summer months and is looking forward to being able to go solo! We also think George is becoming a keen train-simmer after having experienced our Just Trains add-ons!
John Welch - Customer Services
John’s interest in aviation took flight from an early age in his home town of Pretoria, South Africa.
Every Saturday morning he would climb onto the roof of his parent’s house to watch the Shackletons warm up at Zwartkop Air-force base, and wondered when he himself might have chance to see the world from a different view. During High-school John was given a flip in a Harvard Air-Force training plane organised by his dad as a birthday gift, and this to this day, remains as one of his fondest memories.
In 1994 John was offered a trainee pilot position in the South African Air-Force, but had to turn it down due to career choices but never lost the love of flying and aviation. Through this time he could regularly be found flying Mustangs over Berlin, and Messerschmitt’s over the Channel.
In late 2012 John started working with the Just Flight team learning the perhaps more peaceful, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, and it’s add-ons - this is as close as you can get to the real thing from the comfort of your study or work desk.
Just as every aircraft relies on its ground crew for safe and efficient operations, so Just Flight relies on a dedicated team at The Producers in Huntingdon to do all the hard work involved in turning software into those boxed products you see on shop shelves and keeping our customers happy. Here's our loyal ground crew...
Gary Winter - Commercial Director
Gary has played a major part in the evolution of The Producers since 1989 and nowadays oversees all departments as well as playing the role of comapny ‘problem solver’ with his infinite knowledge of the fulfilment business.
Gary previously worked at Linguaphone, a specialist in Language learning courses, and manages the production process and fulfilment requirements of all the Just Flight and Just Trains products – from artwork proofs, printing, and product assembly to CD replication, distribution and every point in between.
Simon King - Customer Services
Simon joined The Producers in 1995 and was originally involved in the manufacturing and production side of the business.
After a spell in warehousing and logistics he transferred into the Customer Services department and now ensures Just Flight’s customers are well looked after, whether it’s dealing with order processing, account management, e-mail or customer service over the phone.
Louise Fisher - Accounts
Louise has looked after the Just Flight business accounts for many years. Not only does she understand the intricacies of asset turnover, working capital and current liabilities, but she can now explain at the drop of a hat the exact differences between Spitfire variants and knows her Boeings from her Airbuses!