Chris Gear • 20.01.21 •  2 mins

Welcome aboard to the FlyZero leadership team

FlyZero’s Project Director, Chris Gear, welcomes the new leadership team who will begin work on the research project.

At the start of the year we announced the new FlyZero leadership team – a fantastic way to start 2021.

Over the next 12 months this new leadership team and I will be supporting a team of around 100 experts from across UK aerospace to investigate the design challenges, manufacturing demands and market opportunity of potential zero-emission aircraft concepts. Our mission is to make zero-carbon emission commercial flight a reality by the end of the decade with the intention of gearing up the UK to stand at the forefront of sustainable flight in design, manufacture, technology and skills.

The appointments announced are:

• Dr Katy Milne, Head of Industrial Strategy

• Mark Howard, Head of Commercial Strategy

• Naresh Kumar, Head of Sustainability

• Steve Newbury, Academic Coordinator

• Chris Hughes, Head of Project Management

• Simon Webb, Chief Engineer – Propulsion

• Tim Galsworthy, Chief Engineer – Airframe

• Mark Whillier, Chief Engineer – Airframe

• David Debney, Chief Engineer – Whole Aircraft Integration

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with a team which brings an abundance of knowledge and experience from across our industry including Rolls-Royce, Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, MTC Catapult, ATI and academia. Today’s announcement is another exciting milestone in FlyZero’s inception and I know I speak on behalf of the team when I say we are eager to start exploring the technical and commercial issues in creating a radically new zero-carbon emission commercial aircraft.

This feasibility stage of the project will be concept studies to consolidate and assess the existing knowledge frontiers that need developing and to guide the direction of the future delivery phase of the project. We’re recruiting now for a wide range of roles on the team, to find out more and apply now please click here.

To read the leadership team announcement in full please click <link>