Graham has served as a director of a wide range of international and British businesses in the technology, manufacturing, services, e-retail and financial services sectors. His breadth of experience includes business development, marketing, acquisitions, turnaround as well as fund raising and investment in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia Pacific markets. Graham’s most recent role was as Group CEO of an aluminium powder coating business where he continues part time as non-executive Chairman and as Vice-Chairman of Qualicoat, the industry standards organisation. Earlier in his career Graham was CEO of an FCA authorised and regulated financial services firm and member of the London Stock Exchange. Growing up in the Middle East, Graham has lived in Germany, Singapore and the USA. Graham read Applied Psychology for a BSc (Tech) Hons at the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Gavin is a chartered engineer and a director of Aviation Systems Group (ASG). He served in the RAF as an engineering officer for more years than he cares to remember, supporting fast jet/ISTAR operations and latterly leading test and evaluation of air systems, including drones. On leaving the services he set up an engineering consultancy focused on aviation safety & airworthiness. In 2015 he and several like-minded individuals established ASG which conducts drone operations (PfCO), training (NQE) and technical support for other drone operators. Over the last year or so he can be regularly found standing in wet fields conducting fixed wing agricultural surveys, sometimes with a smile on his face.
Anne-Lise is a partner at THE DRONE OFFICE, a consulting and professional services company, serving medium and large organizations. The company’s mission is to help clients develop a competitive advantage and more broadly create value using drones. She is a qualified SUAS pilot registered with the CAA. Since 2013 Anne-Lise has also served as non-executive director of Hub One, the telecom subsidiary of ADP Paris Airports. Prior to her current position, Anne-Lise was vice-president of Thales Group, a Defence & Aerospace company, in charge of strategic planning. In this position, she promoted the group’s digital roadmap, including Autonomous Systems initiative: unmanned traffic management UTM, civil professional drones, counter-UAV. Anne-Lise graduated from business school HEC, Paris with a major in Finance in 1994, and spent the first 10 years of her career in Investment Banking, then corporate Mergers & Acquisitions. During those years, she acquired strong financial skills and experience. She is a strong advocate of safe innovation and believes that drones will become a tremendous component of digital transformation, a tool to digitize from the air, and help teams efficiently fulfil their operational missions while gaining time, money and insight.
Rupert co-founded AM-UAS Ltd (now Bridgeway Aerial Ltd) in November 2010 and has been the Managing Director and Accountable manager since. Bridgeway Aerial Ltd is an RPAS operator with a focus on the railway, solar, environmental and construction sectors. Previously the Accountable Manager and Managing Director of Air Medical Ltd., the UK’s largest fixed wing air ambulance operator, in his earlier career Rupert was a Director of SBC Warburg and then SG Investment Banking.
James is the UAV Technical Manager for Plowman Craven Ltd, one of the leading consultancy and surveying companies in the UK. He manages UAV flying activities within the company and helps in the development and support of new products and services. James also sits on the BSI committee for UAV standards in the UK. He works with major stakeholders and government to help develop the skies of the future. James's PhD covers certification of beyond visual line of sight UAV/ drone operations with an emphasis on collision avoidance technology. He has a strong academic background and over 7 years experience in UAV operations
Aleks is a British Airways captain with 13 years service. He has contributed to BSI, ECITB, OGUK Standards, sits on the DfT Drone Industry Action Group and is an Air Traffic Committee representative for the pilot’s Professional Association (BALPA). In 2014 Aleks co-founded UAVAir (NQE), which became Consortiq and has subsequently developed a software division. Aleks has an Engineering degree (MA) from Cambridge University, and a PGCE in Mathematics (Cantab). Having seen the influence an effective trade association can have at government level, Aleks looks at the longer-term strategic importance for ARPAS in bring together all UAS pilots, large and small, the ecosystems around them - whilst highlighting the value of education to make drones a career path - not just a part-time opportunity for the majority of those going through their PfCO.