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Gareth Vaughan - Osprey Consulting

Gareth Vaughan

Delivery Director

As Delivery Director for Osprey CSL, a Science Group company, Gareth brings with him a wealth of senior leadership experience gained in technical and business management roles for a range of defence, aerospace and civil transport businesses. His last two roles were managing director at Techmodal Ltd, a Bristol based, data science consultancy (now a part of BAE Systems) and Overwatch Aerospace, a military UAV start up where he managed their business scale up adding a product development teams and process to a rapidly expanding business.

Gareth’s focus at Osprey CSL will be to optimise the business, setting it up for the next stage of growth in a way that maintains and enhances its identity, values and ethos. His objective is to build on the consultancy’s longstanding reputation for excellence facilitating safety, security, and sustainability in aviation.

Gareth will also lead sister company, TP Group’s Air domain, identifying and developing opportunities to apply technical expertise from both businesses to break new ground in the aerospace and aviation markets.

There is a high level of synergy between Osprey CSL and TP Group, both are at a pivotal stage of development with opportunities to grow and extend their operations. Gareth’s experience, knowledge and leadership will be vital in delivering high levels of service while increasing capacity and making inroads to new domains. He will also leverage specialist skills from the wider network of Science Group companies to meet customers’ specific technical and advisory needs.

Steve Elks - Osprey Consulting

Steve Elks

Air Traffic Management Systems Team Leader

Steve is a highly experienced Aviation Consultant and Chartered Engineer with an exceptionally strong and proven record in developing and delivering complex projects, requirements capture and safety assurance across a myriad of Air Traffic Management (ATM) equipment and processes.

With over 26 years aviation engineering experience, Steve has the comprehensive knowledge and practical experience required to apply the very latest safety processes and lead complex technical ATM and Communications, Navigation and Surveillance programmes for both Military and Civil clients.

A former Air Traffic Controller in the Royal Air Force, Steve has been with Osprey since 2011.  He is the ATM Systems Team Leader and Quality Manager for Osprey.

Mark Wakeman - Osprey Consulting

Mark Wakeman

Airports and Airspace Team Leader

Mark joined Osprey in June 2017 and after a period as Principal Consultant, he was promoted to the Osprey Board in 2018 as the Operations Director. He became Chief Operating Officer in 2021 and is now the Team Leader of the Airport and Airspace Team.

Prior to joining Osprey Mark completed a 6-year tenure with the Civil Aviation Authority as a Technical Airspace Regulator. He also gained extensive consulting experience working in the health sector implementing lean processes and methodologies to help transform operational processes.

Mark also completed a 28-year career in the Royal Air Force as a fast-jet navigator and Qualified Weapons Instructor. He has extensive experience in flying operations, instructional roles, synthetic and collective training, and the management and analysis of aircraft and complex weapon systems trials.

Joe McKenna - Osprey Consulting

Joe McKenna

Platforms and Air Systems Team Leader

Joe spent 16 years in the Royal Air Force as an Aerosystems Engineering Officer working with fast jet, transport, and surveillance aircraft, specialising in military-registered civil-operated platforms.  For the last 6 years, Joe has been an air safety and airworthiness consultant supporting numerous air platforms in the Defence Air Environment.

As an aerospace safety consultant, Joe undertook independent safety auditor activities for Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and P-8A Poseidon.  He also supported the UK Military Flying Training System to bring the new fixed-wing training aircraft into service including the establishment of the Prefect TMk1 in-service support team.  More recently, Joe provided safety support to the Puma2 & Gazelle Delivery Team by producing the Gazelle AH Mk1 risk-to-life safety artefacts.

Joe has also recently completed an MSc in Safety and Risk Leadership and will be leading an Air System Safety Case tasking into AirCap for a surveillance aircraft and further developing the Osprey Space safety offering.

Liam Clarke - Osprey Consulting

Liam Clarke

Instrument Flight Procedure Design Team Leader

Liam is an approved IFP Designer and completed both his initial and advanced IFP Design training with the Air Navigation Institute in Switzerland. He is trained in the design of non-precision and precision instrument flight procedures including ILS, MLS, GBAS, PBN 3D (LPV, LPV200, LNAV-VNAV and RNP APCH). Liam is the IFP Team Leader.

Prior to joining Osprey, Liam completed a 22-year career with the Royal Air Force as a Flight Operations Manager, he was then a founding member of the IFP Design Team at Cyrrus Limited. During his career, he has worked with numerous civil and military airports all over the world. Liam is responsible for the whole ‘production line’ in the creation of a new procedure from the initial site visit and data capture, through the HAZID and design process with IFP WP coding and the production of a flight validation plan (including ARINC 424 Database Coding) to ultimately liaise with relevant AIS to ensure accurate and timely publication.

Liam has published procedures in the IAIP’s of Ireland and the UK in addition to actively flown IFP’s around the world ranging from ice Runway approaches in Antarctica to ILS approaches in the Middle East.

To help find an acceptable interim mitigation for a proposed Wind Farm, LSA approached Osprey as recognised leaders in Wind Turbine Mitigation methods. As part of their remit Osprey reviewed the potential capabilities of the local radar as well as other mitigation technologies in relation to the anticipated turbine effects and our Operational Requirement. Based on their assessment of the available solutions, the local airspace environment and the demanding project timescales, the use of a Non Automatic Initiation Zone (NAIZ) was proposed.

Osprey subsequently developed the Radar Sensor Safety Case to include the NAIZ and supported LSA through the subsequent discussions with CAA SARG. As a result of these discussions the NAIZ was accepted into operational service prior to turbine operation.

The solution has subsequently worked well and has proven itself to be the right decision for the mitigation of the Wind Farm.

I would readily recommend Osprey to any ANSP seeking supportive and informed assistance in establishing mitigation of Wind Turbines on Approach Radars.

London Southend Airport

Osprey has been contracted by my department since March 2014 to develop, author and maintain the Platform Safety Assessment (PSA)/ Safety Case for the UK Fleet of 22 A400M aircraft.  They have consistently demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the A400M Type Certification Basis (TCB) as well as the various Defence Standards and Regulatory Publications that are appropriate to A400M.  Their work has been completed to the highest standards and they have offered my team flexible and pragmatic solutions to some very complex problems.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Osprey to any future organisation within the Air Safety and Airworthiness arena.

 

A400M Certification Team Leader, DE&S, MOD

At short notice Osprey picked up and delivered, to the CAA, an extremely well researched piece of UAS analysis with a number of recommendations that we can take forward into delivery. The work is high risk and will inform political decision making in the UK and set a precedent across the world. The work they have delivered to date has met the agreed scope and quality. They have delivered to the timeframe and within the cost agreed without the need to direct or oversee the detail, which was extremely important especially when one of the reasons for the commercial arrangement with Osprey was due to internal resource constraints. The review and report they have completed will feed directly into UK Government policy as well as influence European and International policy direction for RPAS.

Civil Aviation Authority

As part of the overarching aviation safety case for MARS Tanker, Osprey were requested at very short notice to provide independent safety assurance for the new to service Kelvin Hughes ATM radar. The task was agreed and completed within a week fully meeting Project expectations and timeline enabling the ATM case to progress to the regulatory acceptance phase on time.

MARS Tanker Project Manager, DE&S, MOD

Again, Steve Elks and his colleagues have provided outstanding support to the STAMP project and associated Safety Committee, always providing sound advice and at times providing order to proceedings when meetings go off on a tangent.

All associated with the STAMP project respect Steve’s views and comprehensive knowledge of the world of safety.

I, STAMP team look forward to working with Steve and his colleagues at Osprey Consulting Services for a long time to come.

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