Jon ArdenManaging Director
One of the founder members of Osprey, Jon previously enjoyed a long military career in the Royal Air Force, accumulating over 3,000 flying hours, serving as a front-line flight commander and participating in multinational air operations in the Persian Gulf. Jon has a Masters degree in Air Transport Management and is a respected advisor to the aviation market. A recognized expert in the area of aviation/wind turbine impact management, Jon also has considerable experience of supporting Government, Investors and Boards of Directors.
As Managing Director, Jon is responsible for leading the Company’s strategic growth plans.
Rich ConnellyChief Operating Officer
As our Chief Operating Officer, Rich is responsible for the day to day running of Osprey. He is also responsible for delivering a number of workstreams, including our framework agreement with the Welsh Government and developing strategic relationships with industry partners.
Rich joined Osprey after 27 years in the Royal Air Force. In 2012 he was seconded to the CAA, initially as Assistant Director of Airspace Policy before becoming Deputy Head of Intelligence Strategy and Policy responsible for oversight of all CAA safety policy development together with governance of its major programmes including spaceplanes, unmanned air systems and State safety.
Rich has extensive experience of working at a strategic level and managing organisational change. He has represented the UK in various international Air Traffic Management forums, been responsible for managing projects and operations at a National and International level and played a key role in the restructuring and re-organisation of the CAA. He has also delivered complex operational change, including the transition to electronic ATM systems in the en-route environment and the construction and development of facilities and procedures in the terminal environment.
Peter GilesChief Technical Officer
Peter is a Chartered Engineer and is a founding Director of Osprey. He has over 40 years experience in civil and military aviation. As CTO, he is responsible for oversight of all engineering output.
His career began as a Flight Trials Engineer working in support of the Release To Service for a wide range of military aircraft. He then held a range of consultancy appointments focused on the procurement, safety and the reliability of a diverse range of systems, from Water Purification to Network Enabled Communication Systems.
Peter has developed over 50 ATM safety cases, including ‘first approval’ for a number of Surveillance and Navigation equipment, as well as innovative Aeronautical Ground Lighting, Meteorological and Wind Farm Mitigation systems.
Mike SpencerCommercial Director
Mike joined Osprey as Engineering Director in 2013 from Atkins Defence where he was the Project Director for all MOD Air Projects. For the past 3 years he held the post of Operations Director with responsibility for Project Delivery, Technical Assurance and Quality Management.
Mike is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience working in Project Management, Safety Management, Airworthiness and safety critical software systems. He also has detailed knowledge of Unmanned Aircraft Systems having been involved in the design and development of a number of systems.
Mike currently provides Commercial leadership to the business and is responsible for Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Quality Management and Security across the civil and defence markets we operate in.
Alice ThurlowFinance Director
Alice is a highly experienced Accountant and a Fellow of the ICAEW, joining Osprey in January 2016.
Prior to her current role, Alice had a 15 year career as Head of Finance & HR at Eden McCallum LLP, a management consultancy firm. She joined Eden McCallum in the start-up stages. By the time she left, it was a highly successful profitable business with two overseas offices. During her early career, she had roles as Audit Manager for two Accountancy and Audit firms, and as Group Financial Accountant for Kenwood Appliances Plc.
Alice leads the Admin and Finance teams within Osprey and, as a member of the Board she plays a pivotal role in developing our business and financial strategies and ensuring the two are aligned. She recently enjoyed a leading role in the acquisition of gCAP Limited.
Mark WakemanOperations Director
Mark joined Osprey in June 2017 from the CAA where he was a Technical Airspace Regulator responsible for the assessment of airspace change projects and the safeguarding of tall structures in accordance with CAA regulations. Prior to this, Mark’s 32-year Royal Air Force career culminated in 4 years as a reservist with the CAA, responsible for the safe co-ordination and notification of military and civilian special events, including all UK air shows and ceremonial fly-pasts.
Mark has extensive consulting experience working with NHS organisations to assist employees at all levels with the application of lean processes and methodologies to transform operational processes and procedures. Prior to this he completed a 28-year career in the Royal Air Force as a fast-jet navigator and Qualified Weapons Instructor, as well as completing several staff tours in the Ministry of Defence and the United Kingdom Air Warfare Centre. He has extensive experience in flying operations, instructional roles, synthetic and collective training, and the management and analysis of complex weapon system and aircraft trials.
Pete SymonsTeam Leader - Platforms & Air Systems
Pete is an experienced chartered systems engineer and airworthiness and safety practitioner with extensive knowledge of civil and military certification including the MRP, Def Stan 00-970 and civil certification codes on a wide range of fixed wing, rotary wing air systems and UAS. He is also an experienced Aerospace Battle Management (ABM) safety practitioner with a detailed understanding in the application of the MRP 3000 series and related defence standards.
Pete has substantial experience of developing aircraft certification artefacts (to standards such as ARP 4761 and ARP 4754), C4ISTAR, safety management systems, civil and defence regulation and policy, defence standards and procedures, bowtie analysis, Adelard ASCE, system of system, equipment / air system safety cases, Independent Safety Audit and advisor roles.
Pete leads the team responsible for delivering Platforms & Air Systems projects for Osprey. He is also the technical lead on many of our safety projects including the Voyager Operating Safety Case, Mode 5 IFF certification support and Offshore Helicopter safety support to Ørsted. As an experienced tutor, he has developed and delivered bespoke training courses, with particular emphasis on Safety Management and Airworthiness for both Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Richie HinchcliffeTeam Leader - Instrument Flight Procedure Design
Richie joined Osprey in 2012, immediately following a seven year tenure at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). He has over 34 years’ aviation experience at every level from operational aircrew, operational airspace manager, national policy maker and regulator with the CAA and international Technical Advisor to the Single European Skies Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research (SESAR) Programme.
He has an aeronautical engineering degree, which has been the foundation of his technical, as well as operational credibility, on some of the issues facing Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and the wind energy industry.
More recently, Richie has utilised his operational and regulatory experience to assist airports and developers in airspace design and delivery of new procedures.
Steve ElksTeam Leader - ATM Systems
Steve is a Chartered Engineer and has a Masters degree in Safety Critical Systems Engineering. He is also a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
After a 24 year career in the Royal Air Force, Steve joined Osprey in 2011 bringing a valuable balance between the operational and engineering considerations. He has authored a number of equipment safety cases in both the Civil and Military domains, including the development of the safety requirements for the MOD’s GUARDIAN programme and the 4-Part Safety Case for a new Primary Surveillance Radar at Guernsey Airport. Steve has led on the development of the requirements documentation for a number of complex ATM procurement projects, operational feasibility studies and the design of appropriate flight inspections for a range of ATM equipment.
Steve also provides leadership and direction to the team responsible for the delivery of our ATM projects.
Lindsay PerksTeam Leader - Airports & Airspace
Lindsay is a Chartered Engineer and APM certified (IPMA Level D) Project Manager with extensive experience of delivering complex consultancy projects in the field of airspace and airports, onshore and offshore wind energy (aviation and regulation). She has a degree in Computing Science and 18 years’ experience as a technical consultant and accomplished Safety Engineer in the Defence, Aviation, and Renewable Energy sectors. Lindsay joined Osprey in 2007 and helped develop the wind energy capability for which Osprey is well known.
Lindsay has direct experience in the application of CAA guidance including Airspace Change Proposals (CAP725/CAP1616), Helicopter Landing Areas (CAP437), implementation of Instrument Flight Procedures at non-instrument aerodromes (CAP1122), ATS Safety Requirements (CAP670 including SW01) and the development of safety cases (CAP760). She also has direct experience of the application of ICAO Annex 14, and international aviation regulations including Europe, Australia and Scandinavia.
Peter HutchinsonBusiness Development Manager
Peter joined Osprey in December 2016 to strengthen our business development efforts, identify strategic alliances and extend our reach across the aviation spectrum. He is a seasoned Business Development professional and brings a wealth of experience and a well-established reputation.
Prior to joining Osprey, Peter held similar business development roles with Atkins, HVR, Serco and Alenia Marconi Systems.