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Strategy

Our Strategy team brings market, supply chain and strategic insight on the aerospace sector. They maximise the ATI Programme’s competitiveness and strategic ability to support the needs of the sector in delivering breakthrough technology. The Strategy team also develops the ATI’s innovation strategy and encourages innovative thinking within the ATI and across the sector.

James McMicking - Chief Strategy Officer

James joined the ATI in September 2014, soon after its inception. As Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Executive Management Team, James is accountable for the ATI’s strategy, providing market and economic insight, programme management and business operations.

Rachel Power - Head of Strategy: Innovation & Engagement

Rachel is the ATI’s in-house innovation guru, whose passion for new technology and helping companies collaborate to be more successful is essential to the ATI’s mission to develop the UK’s aerospace innovation capabilities.

Laura Cuss - Head of Strategy – Market & Supply Chain

Prior to her role at the ATI, Laura worked across the aerospace and defence sector in both industry and consulting roles; in engineering, service delivery, supply chain and project management. Laura holds a first-class degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Tommy Edgar - Strategic Portfolio Manager

Tommy is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the ATI portfolio of technology projects. He works closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK, managing the various ATI Programme funding streams in order to maximise the economic benefit to the UK from investments.

Will McClintock - Strategy Associate

Will joined the ATI in 2017, attracted by the opportunity to influence UK aerospace and drive it towards a sustainable future. Day-to-day, Will supports the development of the ATI’s strategy and leads research into markets, the supply chain and economics.

Governance

Our HR and Finance functions are the backbone of the ATI. They ensure the ATI has the best people and is a fiscally responsible organisation.

Anthony Silk - HR Manager

Anthony joined the ATI in October 2018 and is responsible for all elements of Human Resources. This includes recruitment, induction, policy compliance, employee engagement, personnel records and training & development. He also works closely with the Head of Finance to deliver the monthly payroll.

Technology

Our Technology team is made up of engineers from across the aerospace industry and beyond. They engage closely with industry so that the ATI is at the cutting edge of technology and able to set the direction of UK aerospace in order to ensure its competitiveness.

Dr Simon Weeks - Chief Technology Officer

Simon was appointed Chief Technology Officer in September 2014, assuming responsibility for the ATI’s technology direction. Simon is a key influencer in the UK’s technology strategy and provides thought leadership for the ATI’s technical content output.

Julie Etherden - Office Manager & PA to the CTO

Julie ensures the smooth running of the Cranfield office, and provides proactive, effective and timely support as PA to the Chief Technology Officer. She also regularly supports the HR Manager with various administrative tasks.

Dr Cristina Garcia-Duffy - Head of Technology: Strategy & Integration

Cristina is accountable for the development and refresh of the ATI technology strategy and for integration of technology cross-cutting areas including sustainability and the environment.

Mark Scully - Head of Technology: Advanced Systems & Propulsion

Mark is responsible for leading on the ATI technology strategy for advanced systems and propulsion. Advanced systems are on-aircraft systems including avionics, communications, electrical power, environmental control, fuel management, landing gear, and systems integration and test.

Edward Andrews - Advanced Technologist: Advanced Systems & Propulsion

Prior to joining the ATI, Edward worked as a mechanical engineer in the oil and gas industry, where he was responsible for managing the maintenance activities of highly critical mechanical, electrical and process equipment on an offshore platform in the North Sea.

Kaiser Siddiqui - Lead Technologist

Kaiser joined the ATI in mid-2018 as a key member of the Technology team. He is responsible for exploring and understanding current technologies and roadmaps that have implications for aviation systems and the evolution of the whole aircraft.

Reece Williams - Technologist: Advanced Systems & Propulsion

Reece joined the ATI in 2019, with a remit to develop and champion an aircraft systems modelling capability, known as the Systems Virtual Validation Platform (SVVP).  The SVVP will be available for modelling aircraft subsystems and determining the impact of size, weight and power on whole aircraft performance.

Alex Hickson - Head of Technology: Structures, Manufacturing and Materials

Alex joined the ATI in 2019, bringing experience from across various industries including aerospace, automotive, motorsport, wind energy and space. He has also worked across a breadth of companies, from start-ups and SMEs to blue chip companies including Lockheed Martin and GKN Aerospace.

Nour Eid - Technologist: Structures, Manufacturing and Materials

Nour joined the ATI’s Technology team in October 2017, to shape and develop R&D projects in manufacturing, materials and structures.

David Debney - Head of Technology: Whole Aircraft

David Debney joined the ATI as its Head of Technology for Whole Aircraft in January 2019. He is responsible for whole aircraft technology assessment and represents the ATI in the development of the UK’s Future Flight Challenge.

Stuart Gates - Lead Technologist: Aerodynamics

Stuart joined the ATI in 2017, having previously worked for AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) for nearly 11 years where he was a Principal Engineer working on rotor aerodynamics for helicopters and tilt rotors.

Dr Alice Stitt - Senior Technologist: Whole Aircraft

Alice joined the ATI after completing her doctorate at Cranfield University in the Centre for Propulsion. Her first degree from Imperial College was in Aeronautical Engineering, which included a year at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France, studying aircraft propulsion.

Dr Naomi Allen - Senior Technologist: Whole Aircraft

Naomi joined the ATI in May 2019. She works on whole aircraft modelling and conceptual design, as well as supporting and assessing proposals submitted to the ATI Strategic portfolio. Naomi is also responsible for developing the models and tools required to support UK industry in research and technology development for large commercial aircraft.

Corporate Development

Our Corporate Development team’s remit includes communications, international engagement and government relations. They look for opportunities, both at home and internationally, to make sure the ATI is well-positioned to champion the UK’s technology and take on the challenges the UK aerospace industry is facing.

Malcom Scott - Corporate Development Officer

Malcolm was appointed Corporate Development officer of the Aerospace Technology Institute in September 2014, with responsibility for relations with the UK Government and European institutions. Malcolm also oversees the Communications team, including press and media.

Scott Pendry - Head of International R&D and Policy Engagement

Scott’s career to date has focused on leading projects involving political or regulatory engagement, overseeing work aimed at either the formulation of public policy or the refinement of political or regulatory agendas. He is an experienced programme and project manager and oversees the ATI’s international engagement programme.

Chris Low - International R&D Engagement Manager

Chris focuses on international activities, which range from developing bilateral relationships to supporting UK activity within Europe (including matters relating to Brexit) and coordinating the ATI’s inward and outward investment activities.

Ann Dysiewicz - Project Manager: Events & Operations

Ann coordinates and manages the ATI’s event programme, as well as the Institute’s IT and telecoms infrastructure. She has been with the ATI since its inception and her ‘can do attitude’ and problem-solving skills are essential to multiple functions across the business.

EMT

Our four-strong Executive Management Team (EMT) provides the leadership and strategic oversight of all aspects of the Institute’s activities and operations, and connects at senior level with our Government and industry partners.

Gary Elliott - Chief Executive Officer

Gary was appointed Chief Executive of the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) in April 2014, assuming responsibility for the strategic direction of the Institute and its operational performance. Prior to this, Gary was the Chief Executive of Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd, a private equity backed aerospace OEM.

James McMicking - Chief Strategy Officer

James joined the ATI in September 2014, soon after its inception. As Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Executive Management Team, James is accountable for the ATI’s strategy, providing market and economic insight, programme management and business operations.

Dr Simon Weeks - Chief Technology Officer

Simon was appointed Chief Technology Officer in September 2014, assuming responsibility for the ATI’s technology direction. Simon is a key influencer in the UK’s technology strategy and provides thought leadership for the ATI’s technical content output.

Malcom Scott - Corporate Development Officer

Malcolm was appointed Corporate Development officer of the Aerospace Technology Institute in September 2014, with responsibility for relations with the UK Government and European institutions. Malcolm also oversees the Communications team, including press and media.

Board

The Board reflects the range of stakeholders in UK aerospace with whom the Institute engages, and includes representation from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; major UK aerospace manufacturers; the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the UK supply chain; and academia and research organisations.

Alan Newby - Director of Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes, Rolls-Royce

Alan is responsible for the formulation of the global technology strategy and delivery of the supporting programmes to underpin product development and enable new business opportunities.

Scott Tolson - Chief Executive Officer, Sigmatex Group

Scott’s main focus is in the development of strategic alliances with the carbon fibre manufacturers and key customers worldwide, the coordination and control of the significant investments in R&D technologies and the expansions in manufacturing capacities.

Paul Griffiths - Head of Aerospace Hub, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Paul leads the BEIS Aerospace team that is responsible for working with industry to promote a healthy, productive aerospace industry which is well placed to succeed in export markets now and in future.

Stephen Henwood

Stephen worked for BAE Systems from 1992 to 2006 in financial and general management roles. He was Group Director of Financial Control and Accountancy at the time of the merger with MarconiElectronic Systems.

Dr Deborah Keith

Following an early career in academic research in plant genetics, and in international development in Bhutan, she has spent the majority of her time focused on the commercialisation of R&D innovation.

Chris Gear

With 36 years experience in the aerospace industry, Chris specialises in the design of aircraft components and ensuring products meet the customer’s technical specifications and airworthiness authorities certification requirements.

Gavin Campbell

Gavin is Director of Engineering & Technology Development at Bombardier in Belfast. He has worked at Short Brothers PLC and Bombardier Aerospace since graduating with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ulster in 1985.

Simon Edmonds

Simon Edmonds joined Innovate UK in January 2013 from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Simon was the department’s Director of Innovation which included sponsorship of Innovate UK as well as other bodies within the UK innovation ecosystem.

Dr Kedar Pandya - Director, Cross-Council Programmes, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Kedar is the Director for Cross-Council Programmes, with overall responsibility for delivering the Productive, Connected and Healthy nation priorities of EPSRC’s Delivery Plan. Kedar leads the strategic portfolio of current cross-council and cross-disciplinary themes.

Michael Harper MSC, CCMI, FRAeS

Michael Harper was born in 1945 and educated in his native Barrow-in-Furness. He studied at Kings College and Imperial College, London University where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering and Management Studies.