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Mr Richard Cousins (58) who took over at Compass in 2006 and whose family are from Tooting south-west London, was killed along with Emma Bowden, 48, her 11-year-old daughter Heather, and his sons, William, 25, and Edward, 23 after the single-engine DHC-2 Beaver Seaplane crashed into the Hawkesbury River, near Cowan suburb 30 miles (50km) north of Sydney.
Cousins was the (CEO) of the Surrey-based, FTSE 100 firm Compass Group thought to be the ‘largest food service company in the world’ since 2006.
Mr Cousin’s son, William, was head of press for Open Britain, which campaigns against a hard Brexit for UK. All six victims bodies have been recovered by Police divers from the scene of the crash .
The sea plane is owned by sightseeing flight company Sydney Seaplanes, which offers scenic flights over Australia’s tourist attractions.
The UK Foreign Office have indicated that consular officials are in contact with local authorities and staff are set to provide consular assistance. More news to follow. By Sibusiso Ngwenya
photo-City AM-the deceased Richard Cousins who took over at Compass in 2006