About Helicopter Investor

Helicopter Investor London 2017


Helicopter Investor provides knowledge and networking opportunities for people involved in rotary finance and transactions.

The company was launched as part of Corporate Jet Investor in August 2010, before it was launched as separate website in July 2014.

Every year, Helicopter Investor runs a series of conferences dedicated to people that specialise in helicopter finance at venues in London, Miami and Asia.

Feedback on Helicopter Investor events

“An excellent roster of speakers and very productive networking opportunities.”
– Sharon Desfor, HeliValues$

“The definitive helicopter finance conference.”
– David Hayler, LCI

“The most relevant industry conference I have attended. A real meeting of all major industry participants.”
– Sarah Dyke, SNR Denton

“Attracts a senior focused audience. Combined with some excellent presentations it makes for an extremely worthwhile two days.”
– Crispin Maunder, Lease Corporate International

The Helicopter Investor team

Alasdair Whyte, Editor & Co-Founder

Alasdair is editor of Helicopter Investor, the information and events business for the helicopter finance market.

A financial journalist since 1998, he edited and published six other magazines before launching Corporate Jet Investor (three of these did not have the word ‘finance’ in the title).

He is also responsible for Corporate Jet Investor, Superyacht Investor and Private Art Investor.

Louisa Whyte, Managing Director & Co-Founder

Louisa started working in events and publishing in 2000 and has organised more than 100 conferences in 15 different countries.

She co-founded Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor with her husband, Alasdair. She also represents the brand at press conferences and shows.

Alex Baldwin, Reporter

Alex joined the team in 2017. Previously he worked on tech and utilities publications, but his interest in aviation and yachting made him the perfect fit for us.

Alex’s special talent is being able to eat an entire box of chocolates in under a minute!

Alud Davies, Editor-at-large

Alud’s interest in aviation started in 1986 when his father gave him the then current ‘Civil Aircraft Markings’ book, which he immediately set about crossing off the aircraft he’d seen.

Having grown up at Blackbushe Airport, his first move was close to Heathrow Airport, where he continued drawing lines in various books denoting which aircraft he’d seen.

Now living close to Gatwick Airport, Alud joined Corporate Jet Investor / Helicopter Investor in January 2014. He writes mostly for Corporate Jet Investor, and occasionally for Helicopter Investor.

Terry Spruce, Senior News Editor

Terry began his career in banking in 1972. After leaving the industry 1991, he started a bespoke business air charter business, which ran for two years. During the next five years he worked in the charity sector.

In 1998, Terry joined Airclaims as a Data Analyst and Editor and advancing over the next seven years  to become a Senior Data Analyst and Editor of seven aviation publications.

Terry writes most of the news for Helicopter Investor and is responsible for the website’s helicopter guides and delivery data.

Maria Bernard, Delegate Manager

Maria is responsible for dealing with Helicopter Investor’s members and subscribers. She arranges trials for people new to the site and also helps with any customer service issues. She has worked in the travel industry for over 10 years. Maria is married with two children.

Marilyn Dickinson, Delegate Manager

Marilyn joined Corporate Jet Investor in 2014 after working in advertising and marketing. She manages delegate sales and registrations (where she is lucky enough to work with Maria on a daily basis). Marilyn has two children and lives in the east of England.

Rebecca Pearson, Business Development Manager

Rebecca is responsible for managing client relationships for Corporate Jet Investor, Helicopter Investor, Aircraft Investor and Superyacht Investor. She joined the team in August 2014 as a temp and now we can’t rid of her.

Rebecca Hawkins, Head of marketing

Rebecca started working for Corporate Jet Investor & Helicopter Investor in June 2014, she is responsible for everything marketing for the Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor conferences. As well as helping with events across all our publications, Rebecca works with our creative team to help design all our promotional and marketing materials.

Rianne West, Conference Manager – Logistics

Rianne graduated from Brunel University in 2013 with a degree in Drama, Film and Television. She joined Corporate Jet Investor in May 2015 as Conference Manager. Her background in events planning and organisation, including two years for radio station Heart FM, gives her the perfect training for the tough role we’ve given her.

When not working Rianne can often be found posting images on Instagram. You could follow her there, but we suggest that you follow her dog Woody’s account instead.

Hannah Burton, Conference Manager – Content

Hannah joined Helicopter Investor as a temp in January 2018 after a stint in the civil service and then over 12 years worth of PA roles. As she survived the big London conference, they asked her to stick around permanently as a conference manager.

When not chasing the boss for the latest event agenda, Hannah can be found at military style exercise classes in the local park, singing in a choir and baking cakes (she’s also a huge fan of Minions)

Erika Nemes, Accounts Manager

Erika joined Helicopter  Investor team early in 2015 to run our accounts department. She’s also a qualified hairdresser, along with many other careers in her life – you name it she’s done it.

Erika has a cat Sooty who she loves more than anything!