All about us…The Bagsahead team is privately owned and driven forward by two school friends, well, friends that left school 24 years ago.
“We have both turned 40 years “young” in our year of inception. For the past 24 years we have been honing our skills in two different but perfectly linked industries. Aside from a few children (7 at the last count) we have spent the last quarter of a century working at Birmingham International Airport, albeit on different sides of the fence”
One in Transport Logistics (Chris) and one in passenger luggage and corporate / private jet operating and management (Vince).Watch our video
“I started out in 1993 when my mom bought me a tie and sent me down to the airport to ‘knock every door until someone gives you a job.'”
I was very lucky, the branch manager of the first door I knocked was a fellow Aston Villa fan. We hit it off and before I knew what was happening I was reading something called the Customs Tariff, sitting in imports and clearing pneumatic tools from Tel Aviv.
Over the next 16 years I worked at various companies, in various roles, in various countries learning as much as I could along the way. My roles have been exclusively centred around Airfreight, from my junior days as an Airfreight Import Clerk to Global Key Account Manager for two major Airlines.
In 2009, I decided to jump ship from the corporate world to start my own Logistics company, just me, in the loft of my house, walking the dog at lunchtimes, wonderful. Not one for standing still for too long, I now have offices at Birmingham Airport and have since added Training, Travel and Media divisions to the business over the last 7 years.
“Again, in the early 90’s – as a young aviation enthusiast I was often found at the end of the runway with a pair of binoculars.”
I landed my first dream job working in ground operations for Air 2000. Working my way up through the aviation industry culminating in the incorporation in 2004, of the luggage tracing and delivery company at Birmingham Airport employed by some of the world’s largest airlines, reuniting passengers with their delayed luggage. My team trace and deliver tens of thousands of bags annually.
I always like to remind everyone, ‘We don’t LOSE people’s luggage. We are engaged to FIND people’s luggage when SOMEONE ELSE has lost them!’
In 2010, as part of an aviation specialist team, I helped launch one of the UK’s leading VIP charter airlines. Serving as Head of Commercial for 5 years I had the pleasure of flying Coldplay on world tours, taking Manchester United to their European games and even overseeing HM The Queen on her historic state visit to Ireland in 2011.
Whilst we’ve been doing our own things this last 20 odd years, we’ve always stayed in touch and agreed that it would be great to do something together one day. We don’t mean going to the cinema or taking windy walks, but something that could merge the cargo and passenger airports.
One knows luggage, one knows logistics and so we have Bagsahead.