The Chief Executive of an airfield has been awarded 'Individual of the Year' for helping save the site during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ian Flint, Chief Executive at Stow Maries Aerodrome has been awarded 'Individual of the Year' by Aviation Heritage UK.

The Aviation Heritage UK is a national body for the preservation of aviation related items.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Ian has helped protect the site by raising over £100k of funding from local and national funders.

He has also created key partnerships with the Imperial War Museum and achieved Visit England's Good to Go certificate, ensuring the site is safe for visitors to return.

Ian said: “I was absolutely speechless when I received the news of this award.

"Of course, I am only the front man for a very hard-working, very committed organisation that has gone from strength to strength over the last few years.

"I am proud to stand alongside them and accept this award on their behalf as much as mine.”

Ian has a wealth of Heritage experience after starting his career in Norfolk Museum Service as Head of Interpretation.

Since joining the Aerodrome in 2016, Ian has led the team to opening an exhibition ever year and secure funding from NLHF, Historic England, and Swire's Foundation.

He has also helped host RAF100 for the BBC and attracted support of TV personalities Dan Snow and Dr Saul David.

Robert Pleming, Chairman of Aviation Heritage UK said: “The role of Aviation Heritage UK as an organisation includes promoting and encouraging the ongoing preservation of our rich aeronautical history.

"When we identify a great performance in this area, we seek to recognise it. It was a great pleasure to highlight Ian’s hard work with our 2020 Individual of the year Award."

Ian is also currently a Board Member of Visit Essex and Chelmsford Cultural Development Trust.