Strat Aero Snapshot
Board of Directors
Captain Graham Douglas Grindell Peck
Graham began his flying career in 1963 as a pilot in the UK Royal Navy flying fleet air defence fighters from both aircraft carriers and shore bases. During this time he qualified as a military qualified flying instructor teaching fast jet students at the Royal Naval Advanced Flying Training School and started on a training career that spanned over 50 years.
On leaving the military in 1972 he joined Dan Air, a UK charter airline and soon extended his training qualifications when he became a Line Training Captain on BAC 1-11 aircraft. This led to his qualification as a UK CAA Authorised Examiner and subsequently the position of Fleet Chief Training Captain on the B737 Fleet. The airline was absorbed into British Airways (BA”) in 1993 and Graham took the post of B737 Flight Manager in the new BA Euro Gatwick division.
In 1998 he was seconded to GB Airways, a BA subsidiary airline as Chief Pilot and shortly after became the Director of Operations and a full board member. On reaching the BA compulsory retirement age he went freelance and in 2000 joined FlightSafety Boeing Training International (later known as Alteon), Boeing’s training division, as the Head of Training for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was responsible for the initial structuring of the training department and obtained the necessary regulatory approvals leading to the full type rating training organisation status for six training centres covering the UK, Europe, North Africa and Singapore. Since 2010, Graham has run his own aviation consultancy business and worked in the development and delivery of innovative training and educational solutions to the aviation industry. Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Mr. McLure is an operational specialist with a strong track record. He has over 20 years’ hands-on experience of international, multi-discipline management. Between 1995 and 2013, he was CEO of Spring Global Mail, which was originally established in 2000 as a joint venture between TNT, Royal Mail and Singapore Post but is now a wholly owned subsidiary of TNT. Spring Global Mail specialises in cross-border international mail, parcel and return services for businesses including the Royal Mail with a particular focus on e-commerce, direct marketing and reverse logistics business, handling major blue chip multi-national clients like Vodafone and Office Depot. Prior to Spring Global, Iain was Commercial Director at Royal Mail International.
Iain brings practical skills in leadership, structured process, negotiation and specifically a wealth of experience in business development and growth. Iain’s key strengths are strong leadership and people management and development skills, supported by solid commercial sense. He has a sound analytical and operational background and extensive experience of innovation, technology and practical problem solving. Importantly, Iain has demonstrated his ability to identify key areas of growth within businesses and enhance performance in order to maximise revenue generation and profitability.
Mr. McLure will be working with the executive team in order to consolidate the Company’s strong position in the rapidly expanding UAV market.
Dr Nigel Burton
Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
Dr Nigel Burton has over 25 years' experience in operational and financial management, debt and equity financing, acquisition and integration of businesses, disposals, IPOs and trade sales. Following over 14 years as an investment banker at leading City institutions including UBS Warburg and Deutsche Bank, including as the managing director responsible for the energy and utilities industries, Nigel has spent 15 years as Chief Financial Officer of a number of private and public companies, including Navig8 Product Tankers Inc, PetroSaudi Oil Services Limited, Advanced Power AG, and Granby Oil and Gas plc. Nigel is currently Chief Executive Officer of Nu-Oil and Gas plc and a Non-Executive Director of Management Resource Solutions plc, both of which are listed on AIM.
Paul has 20 years of transactional, commercial and regulatory experience in the telecommunications and ICT sectors with international blue chip entities, during which he has been involved in transactions with a value in excess of US$10 billion. From 2002 to 2013, he held a variety of board positions with leading mobile operator Vodafone and its operating subsidiaries, including Head of Strategy, Regulatory and Political Affairs in Brussels and Director of Strategy and External Affairs for Vodafone Ireland and Vodafone Ghana. Prior to this, he worked as a management consultant in the European telecoms sector, served as a strategic adviser at Ofcom, the UK's communications industry regulator, and was a solicitor at leading international City law firm Ashurst. Paul is Managing Director Europe and Africa for CMAS Holdings LLC, an innovative cellular messaging alert company, where his responsibilities include high value infrastructure sales to the public sector. He acts as an adviser, primarily on strategy and public policy, to a range of clients including FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies largely in the ICT space. Paul is a qualified solicitor in the UK and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Trevor Brown has been a strategic investor in real estate and equities for more than 30 years, and is joining the Board following his subscription for 58% of the recently announced placing resulting in a shareholding of 971,428,571 ordinary shares, representing 25.5% in the enlarged share capital of the Company.
Mr Brown is currently an Executive Director of Flying Brands plc, CEO of Braveheart Investment Group plc and a Non-Executive Director of Management Resource Solutions plc. He was also a director of AIM listed Feedback plc and of Advanced Oncotherapy plc.
Director of Commercial UAS Training & Education
Mark joins Strat Aero after nearly 15 years’ experience in the Royal Air Force, during which time he became the UK Armed Forces’ most highly-qualified unmanned aircraft instructor.
Mark is an extremely experienced pilot; during his time in the RAF he flew Tornado GR4 fast jets in numerous locations around the world, including on combat missions in Afghanistan. For his last tours in the RAF, Mark volunteered to fly Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) including the MQ-9 Reaper RPAS.
As well as this Mark has extensive experience as a flying instructor and has specialised in instructional roles throughout his career. Mark was the Central Flying School’s first ever “A” grade Qualified Pilot instructor on an unmanned aircraft, and designed and managed the training for new RAF pilots converting to RPAS. As the RAF’s most senior instructor, he had responsibility for checking and assessing all pilot instructors on the Force.
Mark’s expertise and experience is set to greatly benefit the Company in its roll out of the commercial UAV pilot training programmes both in the UK and globally.
Director of Engineering & Survey
Gary has over 15 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry working with some of the biggest construction companies in the UK, having started his own engineering company in 2004.
In 2011 Gary started using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assist in surveying and ultimately to enhance service for clients. He was the first person in the UK to equip his business with a senseFly eBee (a sophisticated fixed wing UAV) to assist and develop aerial surveying using photogrammetry.
An Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Gary has participated in a portfolio of prestigious survey & engineering projects including Abberton Reservoir, Lowestoft Waste Water Treatment Centre, the Colchester Garrison upgrade and the Broadland Flood Alleviation Project.
Group Financial Controller
Laura is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years’ experience, during which she has worked for some of the UK’s top firms. Since 2005 she has gained experience in a Financial Controller, or equivalent, capacity, working within the construction and manufacturing sector and as such has exemplary commercial awareness and industry knowledge.
In her most recent position, Laura was Head of Finance for an £80m joint venture where she was solely responsible for the financial reporting as well as internal and external audits. Additionally Laura was responsible for the management and development of her departmental team.
Laura brings to the senior management team her accounting expertise as well as her leadership ability, having achieved qualifications with the Institute of Leadership and Management and strengthened through her participation in a Leadership Development Programme in 2016.