CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Stuart is an energetic business leader and entrepreneur qualified in aeronautical engineering with career experience spanning marketing, sales, strategy and overall business leadership in the aerospace, defence, space and medical technology sectors. He has career experience in both blue chip global and small venture backed business with a focus on developing and communicating corporate strategy, financing and fundraising, M&A transacting, identifying and building business partnerships and garnering disparate corporate and technical specialties into coordinated delivery.
Stuart technical and commercial backgrounds allow the combination of academic, scientific, engineering, IPR, quality, sales, marketing and finance elements effectively into coordinated delivery. His high-level customer facing experience includes high level governmental and political interfaces as well and senior professional, industrial and financing relationships. He offers an appreciation of the mechanics of large and multinational organisations and governmental bodies and regulators. With specific career experience in the aerospace and medical device industries, these skills allow ready application in most scientific or technical sectors.
Chris has over 30 years experience in the aerospace industry having spent most of his career in the commercial division of BAE Systems, where his last role was that of Chief Operating Officer. Chris joined BAe Systems in 1976, during his career he served as Managing Director of the newly-formed Airbus Division of British Aerospace (Commercial Aircraft) Limited which, in February 1992, became British Aerospace Airbus Limited. In addition to his working career, Chris has served as president of SBAC (Society of British Aerospace Companies) and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; also serving as a non-executive director on the boards of E2v technologies PLC, Volex PLC, Kier Group PLC and SIG PLC.
HEAD OF AVIATION SERVICES
Eddie has been a leading entrepreneur in aviation since the late 1970s. Both as founder of successful Business Aviation ventures including Execair and Ocean Sky Jet Centre as well as airport management and UAV projects. Eddie is a highly motivated and successful individual who has a deep understanding of the aviation industry and he thrives on new opportunities and challenges.
Eddie oversaw the growth of his startups from a handful of staff at one airport to substantial businesses each sold for over £11 Million. His role was as both Shareholder and Managing Director meaning that all aspects of the businesses were under his direct control. Major successes have included the build of an £8 Million dedicated Business Jet facility at London Luton and growing the market share from 8% to 23% in under two years. Further successes including the growth of an FBO business from one airport to become the largest UK FBO chain. A final example revolves around the success in growing non-scheduled business at Prestwick Airport from less than £100k to almost £6Million per annum.
Eddie blends a unique mix of leadership skills with operational know-how. This allows him to engage with projects and manage the oversight, commercial and operational requirements.
MISSION DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE PROJECTS MANAGER
Bernard is responsible for our Research and Development activites. He functions as Programme Manager of our ESA and UKSA R&D Projects as well as our Microgravity and Human Spaceflight Conditioning Programme. Bernard has worked for more than a quarter of a century in the space domain and related areas. His background is in neuroscience and human factors engineering, specialising in underwater and microgravity operations. He has gained and will share his experience in project and programme management of European Space Agency and European Commission projects, both as an ESA staff member (at ESA/ESTEC), in industry (at ESTEC as well as ESOC) and in academia in the areas of Human-Machine Systems, Space Operations Simulation and Safety Engineering as well as Ground Infrastructure for human and robotic spaceflight (Hermes, Columbus, Rosetta, Mars Express). In addition to managing ESA Technology Transfer projects in Virtual Reality and Intelligent Agents, Bernard also provided astronaut candidate training in microgravity operations and performed human factors experiments during parabolic flight.