Management Team

Roland Iyayi President/CEO
  • Roland Iyayi is the President/CEO of TopBrass Aviation Limited, which offers VVIP and executive air charter and scheduled services, with operations based in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to this time, Roland worked out of Aeroleasing and Consultancy limited, an aviation consulting firm based in Nigeria charged with Research and Development and Strategic Planning, following which he held the position of MD of the same company until his appointment to the position of Technical Advisor to the Honorable Minister of Aviation in Nigeria. Roland later assumed the office of the MD/CE of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), after being a member of the Presidential Task Force on Aviation in Nigeria. Following this, he was appointed to the position of Acting Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer and charged with Corporate Development and Strategic Planning with Aerocontractors Company of Nigeria Limited. Roland, who is a qualified pilot and Air Safety Investigator with over 25 years industry experience, earned an MSc degree in Air safety Management from the City University of London and is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA).
Ogeheochuko Otobo Director of Flight Operations
  • Crosby joined TopBrass Aviation in January 2010 as Training Captain on the EMB 145 type airplane. He was promoted to the position of Chief Pilot in August 2010, and later to the position of Director of Flight Operations/Chief Pilot in April 2011. A keen and experienced professional with over 30 years in the aviation industry, Crosby came with an enviable wealth of experience, having successfully trained on at least 10 different types of aircrafts ranging from turboprops like the FH 27 to heavy jets like the DC8. Before joining TopBrass, Crosby was a Captain at Aero Contractors from 2008. Prior to that, he worked at IRS and Sosoliso Airlines as Line Training Captain and Flight Safety Manager respectively. Crosby also worked at Afrijet Airlines from 1999 to 2005 as the Chief Pilot. One of the pioneering pilots of the defunct Okada Airline, Crosby has over 12,300 total flying hours to his credit. He started his career at the defunct Nigeria Airways. A strong advocate of life-long learning, Crosby has attended various aviation training institutions including the Iberia Airline Training School in Madrid, Spain; Finnair Training Center in Helsinki, Finland; United Airline Training Center in Denver, USA; Flight Academy in NY, USA; Air Lingus Training Center in Dublin, Ireland; Boeing Company in Seattle, USA; and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Center in Zaria, Nigeria.
Deji Dipeolu Chief Pilot
  • Deji joined TopBrass Aviation in October 2011 as Chief Pilot. A keen and experienced professional with over 13000 hours of flying time, Deji came with an enviable wealth of experience, having successfully flown at least 15 different aircraft types of military and civil transport categories. Deji has an air force background where he was trained as a Fighter Weapons Instructor. A graduate of prestigious military colleges, he attended the Nigerian Military School, the Nigerian Defence Academy, and the Command & Staff College in Jaji. Deji served as the Detachment Commander for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) during the ECOMOG Peace Keeping Operations in Sierra-Leone and Liberia. After leaving the NAF, he worked at some prominent Nigerian airlines including the defunct Okada and ADC Airlines. He has also held various management positions including Director of Flight Operations at both Skyline Ltd and Capital Air, and Safety Captain at DANA Air. Deji’s flying experience is significantly extensive, having flown both civil propeller driven and Jet aircrafts including Be200, Do228, Do328, E-120, DHC-7, DHC-8, B727 and B737 aircrafts. An advocate of life-long learning, Deji has attended multiple aviation training courses at both military and civil institutions. He holds a Safety Diploma from the University of Southern California, USA.
Victor Boegheim Chief Engineer
  • Victor joined TopBrass Aviation in September 2011 as a Senior Aircraft Engineer. A licensed Aircraft Engineer with a wealth of experience in aircraft management and maintenance spanning over 15 years, Victor was promoted to the position of Chief Engineer in May 2012. In this position, he is responsible for the management and administration of the heavy and line maintenance activity for airframe, engines, and components. Prior to joining TopBrass, Victor worked at Aero Contractors of Nigeria and led line and base maintenance on Dash 8-100, 200, & 300 series. He was also responsible for line maintenance and A-checks on B737 – 300, 400, & 500 series. Prior to Aero Contractors, Victor worked at multiple airlines including Schreiner North Sea Helicopters and Schreiner Airways (both based in the Netherlands), and former Sabena Airlines based in Belgium. He also acted as the technical representative for both Boeing and Dash 8 aircrafts between 2007 & 2009. Victor continues to be a strong advocate of lifelong learning having earned numerous global licenses, certificates, and diplomas in aircraft engineering and maintenance.
Titi O. Osimboni Director of Corporate Governance
  • Titi joined TopBrass Aviation in October 2009 as the Project Management Office Manager. In February 2011, she was appointed to also head the Information Technology (IT) Department. Titi further rose through the ranks and was promoted to head the Corporate Governance Unit, a new division established to provide a structure which ensures that the organization adheres to accepted ethical standards and best practices as well as to formal laws. Before joining TopBrass, Titi worked as a Project Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Chicago, USA. In this capacity, she led various enterprise-wide projects that aligned information technology with business goals and objectives. Prior to working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Titi worked as a consultant on multiple assignments including a broad selection of information technology projects, successful implementation of enterprise-wide PMOs, and business process development/improvement projects. A member of "Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities," Titi graduated from the Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, USA with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Organizational Leadership. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and CompTia IT Project+ Certified Professional. A strong advocate of lifelong learning, Titi has successfully completed courses in Advanced Project Management, ITIL Foundation, Business Process Analysis, and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI).
Ibrahim Nock Quality Manager
  • A licensed Aircraft Engineer with a wealth of experience in aviation management and maintenance spanning over twenty years, Ibrahim joined TopBrass Aviation in September 2011 as the Quality Manager. In this position, he promotes enterprise-wide quality achievement and performance improvement. He is also responsible for developing, implementing, communicating, and maintaining a quality plan to bring the organization’s quality systems and policies into compliance with aviation standards. Prior to joining TopBrass, Ibrahim worked at Virgin Nigeria Airways from June 2005 until August 2011. While there, he occupied various positions including Airworthiness Surveyor, Head, Government Relations, and Chief Inspector. Ibrahim also worked at Aviation Resources Services Limited as the Head of Avionics/Quality Assurance Manager. His impressive list of past employers include Bristol Helicopters (Deputy Head of Avionics), Transsaharan Air Limited (Engineer – in – Charge/Quality Assurance Manager), and the defunct Nigeria Airways Limited (Assistant Supervisor). A graduate of Barewa College Zaria, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Training Center Zaria, and Brunel Technical College England, Ibrahim continues to be a strong advocate of lifelong learning having earned numerous global licenses, certificates, and diplomas in aircraft engineering and quality assurance.
Michael Forde-Hyde Planning Manager
  • Michael joined TopBrass aviation in January 2011 as the Quality Manager (Technical), responsible for Quality control within the Engineering Department. He held this post until October 2011 when he was then appointed Planning Manager responsible for Fleet maintenance planning. He was also saddled with the task of identifying suitable maintenance software for the company and setting up of the planning department. An Experienced Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with wide ranging experience in both fixed and rotary winged aircraft, Michael started his career in aviation in 1983 by attending the Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Center where he completed his training as an engineer and obtained his License in 1986. In 1987 he worked as an engineer on helicopters with Capital Aviation Services in Kaduna. In 1988 Michael moved to AIEP DORNIER in Kaduna where he worked as a base maintenance engineer until June 1992 when he moved to Aero Contractors Nig Ltd in Lagos. Whilst in Aero, he worked as both a Line and Base Engineer. He was appointed Safety Engineer responsible for aircraft and ground safety equipment. During this period he was instrumental in raising safety awareness within the company. In 1999 Michael was moved to the Rotary Wing of Aero as Planning Engineer responsible for maintenance planning. He held this position till 2006. He held various positions in the UK from 2006 till 2010 when he returned to Nigeria. A strong advocate of continuous learning Michael holds a Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and has attended various professional courses. He is also experienced in Maintenance Planning, technical records control, aircraft maintenance procedures and inspection systems.
Kehinde Ajewole Financial Controller
  • Kehinde, an Accountant, Tax Practitioner and an Information Systems Auditor, joined TopBrass Aviation Limited as the Financial Controller in April 2012. A Professional with over twenty years post qualification experience in Finance and Accounts, Treasury Management, Risk Management, Internal Control/Forensic Accounting, Project Analysis/Management and Tax Planning, Kehinde came to TopBrass with a wealth on enviable experience. Prior to joing TopBrass, Kehinde was the Managing consultant at Skyplus Tax Associates where he managed the activities of the firm, which specialized in rendering professional services to various companies and government agencies in the area of Tax Audit and Monitoring, Accountancy and Financial Advisory services. Prior to this, he worked for about fourteen years in the Banking Industry in various capacities. He worked with Credite Bank Nigeria Limited and Gulf Bank Nigeria Limited (merged with UBA Plc). He worked in Domestic Banking Operations, International Banking Operations Department and Internal Control and Audit Department. He left Gulf Bank Nigeria Limited in Year 2006 as the Assistant Chief Inspector of the Bank to join Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency as the Head of Finance and Accounts Department. While in the Agency, he was actively involved in the Preparation of Budget and monitoring of Budget performance, overseeing the activities of the Finance department and liaise effectively with various Banks and other State Government Agencies and various committees of the State House of Assembly. Professionally, Kehinde qualified as a Chartered Accountant in May 1990 and a Certified Information Systems Auditor in Year 2002. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, a fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria respectively. Additionally, he is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and an Associate of the Registered Advertising Practitioners. He has attended many Management Courses locally and internationally.
Sunday Ikhakea Head, Integrated Operations Control Center (IOCC)
  • Sunday joined TopBrass Aviation in January 2012 as Head, Integrated Operations Control Center (IOCC). In this position, he is responsible for the day-to-day activities for the IOCC. An FAA and NCAA Licensed Aircraft Dispatcher with 17 years hands – on experience in Flight Dispatch, Sunday is a very versatile aviation professional with extensive experience in aircraft fleet planning, scheduling and tracking, crew management, and operations control. His extensive experience also includes domestic, regional and international flight planning. Prior to joining TopBrass, Sunday worked at some of Nigeria’s prominent airlines including ADC Airlines plc, Aero Contractors Nigeria Limited and Air Nigeria Airline. He has experience in Aircraft Dispatcher on-the-job training and is very resourceful in document control and Safety Management System (SMS).
Ikeme Audu Head, Human Resources Management
  • Ikeme Audu joined TopBrass Aviation Limited from Fairshores Limited, a Manpower Service Company to the Oil and Gas Industry, where she spent over 6 years beginning as an Administrative/Immigration Officer and becoming the Recruiter/Immigration Supervisor. Ikeme has a BSc. degree in Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria, an MBA from the University of Benin, and a Masters in Industrial and Labour Relations from Lagos State University. She brings a wealth of HR and Admin experience to the team. She is well versed in recruitment, administrative functions, and human resources.
Bisola Atie Head, Commercial Department
  • Bisola started her career with MDS Logistics, a division of UACN (United Africa Company Of Nigeria), as a Customer Service Officer. In her search for more challenges, she moved on to Aerocontractors Company of Nigeria Limited as a Reservations Officer. After a successful job performance as a Reservation Officer, Bisola was promoted to the position of Sales & Marketing Executive where she acquired the relevant skills, exposure, and abilities required to meet targets/dead-lines and became well versed in commercial aviation. Bisola was redeployed from the Commercial Department to the Corporate Development and Strategic Planning Department as a Client Services Executive where she got the necessary exposure to Oil and Gas contracts. She left Aerocontractors Company Nigeria Limited for TopBrass Aviation as the Client Services Manager. She was later promoted to head the Commercial Department. Bisola holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ibadan and has had various management trainings in aviation, marketing and customer service. She is currently undergoing studies for an MBA from the University of Leicester UK.
Adelani Ogunjide Training Manager
  • Adelani has over eighteen years experience in the Aviation Industry. A goal-oriented person, his first port of call in the industry was Aerocontractors Company of Nigeria limited. He then proceeded to work with Bristow Helicopters where he served as the Cabin Crew Training Manager on the Shell contract for 10 years. ‘Delani has a Master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies obtained at the Lagos State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Ibadan. He bagged many professional qualifications amongst which are the Instructors and the "Train the Trainer" ratings from Fairchild Dornier institution in Germany between 1998 and 2003 respectively. Adelani served as a member of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s committee on Standardization of Cabin Crew / Instructors training and functions in 2000. He was employed as the Training Manager for TopBrass Aviation Limited in September 2009.
Obinne Philomena Okogwu In-Flight Services Manager
  • Obinne Okogwu joined TopBrass Aviation in 2009 as the In-Flight Services Manager. With over ten years’ experience in the Nigerian aviation industry, Obinne was a pioneer member of Bellview Airline’s long haul operations, which commenced in 1998. She has also worked in the communications industry as a Customer Service Executive with MTN, a position she occupied between 2001 and 2002. She returned to flying with Africa One Airlines as an Assistant Purser from where she joined Aerocontractors Company of Nigeria. Obinne Okogwu has a BSc. degree in Biology from the University of Lagos. She also has a certificate in Transactional Analysis and Passenger Handling from South African Airways in Johannesburg.
Tayo Aiyetan Head, Ground Services
  • Tayo joined TopBrass Aviation in March 2012 as Head, Ground Services. In this position, he manages the overall airport operations throughout the organization’s network. With over 15 years aviation industry experience, Tayo has extensive experience in aircraft charter, religious pilgrimage management, airline startup, project management, GSA management, sales/marketing, cargo operation and commercial aviation. Prior to joining TopBrass, he worked at some of Nigeria’s prominent airlines including Landover Aviation where he functioned as the Coordinator, Aviation Services Department. He also worked at Nigeria and Virgin/Air Nigeria in various capacities in Senegal, Gabon, Liberia, Benin Republic, Saudi Arabia, Mali, Gambia and Cote D’Ivoire as Country Manager and eventually Acting Head of Sales and Marketing.
Kevin Ezema Security Manager
  • Kevin Joined TopBrass Aviation in October 2011 as the Security Manager. In this position, he ensures that the development and implementation of the organization’s security policies and programs are in line with relevant national and international regulatory requirements and also achieves the basic objective of mitigating acts of unlawful interference. Prior to joining TopBrass, Kevin worked at Virgin Nigeria Airways as Senior Audit Instector where he Implemented security audit inspections on existing and new facilities in Nigeria and out stations. He was responsible for providing the required support for the achievement of effective and efficient security service delivery. Before that, he was employed at Arik Air Ltd, another of Nigeria’s prominent airlines, as a security Supervisor, responsible for implementing Aviation Security Program of Arik Air in the Port Harcourt station. With over 15 years experience as a security operative, Kevin has also worked in various security positions at top-notch Nigerian Companies including Nigerian Breweries Ltd, Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas(NLNG), Statoil Nigeria Ltd, & Aviation Logistics and Management Limited.
Amarachi Ruby Nze-Ekpebie Company Secretary
  • Amarachi Ruby Nze-Ekpebie, is a graduate of Law from the University of Calabar, Cross River State, where she obtained her LL.B (Hons). Immediately after her Call to the Bar (B.L), she started her legal career with the firm of Messrs Mabel Solicitors as a Legal Counsel where she gained vast experience in advocacy, corporate affairs, etc. Ruby joined TopBrass Aviation in 2009 as an Administrative Officer. She was promoted to the position of Legal Officer and shortly thereafter became the Company Secretary in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the growth of the organization. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom. Ruby is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch in Lagos State.