Andy HirstPrincipal Consultant
Andy is a Chartered Engineer with a background in Systems Engineering within the Aerospace sector. After graduating with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and with a passion for aviation, Andy joined Rolls-Royce on the graduate training scheme. He went on to be a Control Systems Engineer, developing engine control laws for helicopters and corporate jets. He later joined Airbus UK as a Safety Engineer and was responsible for Safety Engineering activities on the A330 and A340 Landing Gear Systems.
Andy joined Osprey in 2007, and now focuses on the safety of Air Traffic Management equipment and procedures. He has been responsible for developing Safety Cases for: Communications Systems (Air Ground Radio and VCCS), Navigation Systems (ILS, DME, and NDB) and Surveillance Systems (PSR, SSR and WAM), Instrument Flight Procedures (both RNAV and traditional) and revised airspace arrangements (Controlled Airspace, TMZ).
Andy also has significant experience in conducting of Safety Assessments for aspects of Aerodrome infrastructure, such as Runway development, Runway End Safety areas and the operation of Instrument Approach Procedures to non-instrument runways.
John SmithPrincipal Consultant
John is an accomplished Chartered Engineer with extensive Air Safety and engineering experience, who joined Osprey following 31 years service in the RAF. A former Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regulator, John has built upon his reputation as a specialist in the field of Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems and continues to provided regulatory and safety expertise to Osprey’s industry and MOD clients. His in-depth understanding of regulatory publications, legislation and standards has enabled our patrons to achieve the required asset and organisational certification and assurance against the mandated requirements.
Capable of assimilating complex problems, whilst understanding the contextual organisational intricacies and dynamic operational demands; John has delivered pragmatic solutions and recommendations, including Alternative Means of Compliance, to enable Osprey’s clients to harmonise and optimise their assurance solutions and demonstrate the required compliance, without compromise to the intended capability. In addition to his continued support to Project MARSHALL, John has also assisted Air Defence clients and undertaken Independent Safety Audits, including the MARS Tanker ATM system and specialist land vehicles systems.
Doug FidoePrincipal Consultant
Doug is a Chartered Engineer with significant experience in the Defence and Air Traffic Management (ATM) environments having spent 22 years in the RAF. On leaving the RAF Doug joined BAE Systems as a Project Systems Engineering Manager providing Contractor Logistic Support, for a fleet of MOD surveillance systems, ensuring that the Operational Availability continually met the MOD requirement.
In 2006, Doug joined HVR Consulting Services (now QinetiQ) where he was responsible for the delivery of a range of both Civil and Military ATM Communication, Navigation and Surveillance systems Safety Assurance documentation including new and legacy Safety Cases demonstrating compliance with the Statutory, Regulatory and Interoperability requirements.
Doug joined Osprey in 2008 to support and deliver a wide range of aviation projects, including, wind farm mitigation conceptual designs, capability demonstration trials, Safety Assurance and Interoperability where he has demonstrated significant knowledge of the UK and European statutory and regulatory environments. Doug has gained significant knowledge of the Utilities Public Procurement Regulations and the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) procurement process, having led a number of civil airports through the successful and unchallenged procurement of a wide range of Air Traffic Management CNS Systems.
Paul RobertsPrincipal Consultant
Paul is a Chartered Engineer with significant safety engineering & supportability experience across civil and defence environments both nationally and internationally. He began his career within the MOD as an Aircraft Mechanical Technician before progressing into a technical support role as the MOD Design Authority for UK submarine and surface fleet compressed air systems.
After leaving the MOD, Paul performed a number of safety engineering roles as a consultant for Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Atkins. After this Paul spent 3 years in Saudi Arabia as the Safety Manager for the Royal Saudi Air Force Typhoon Support Centre with specific responsibility for undertaking a range of engineering and support tasks with a focus on continuing airworthiness, safety, operational capability, availability and through life cost reduction.
Paul joined Osprey in 2017 and has established a solid track record of providing specialist technical support to the UK MOD, foreign governments and industry. This includes providing the technical lead role for the management of the A400M Platform Safety Assessment (PSA); providing independent assurance to the UKMFTS Type Airworthiness Authority (TAA) during an industry Military Registered Civil Owned Aircraft (MRCOA) submission; providing safety support to the Flight Simulation and Synthetic Trainers (FsAST) Delivery Team; and providing industry support to a range of safety and survival equipment being delivered around the world.
Alastair BalderstonePrincipal Consultant
Alastair is a Chartered Engineer with extensive experience in demanding technical roles with significant airworthiness, safety, management and budgetary responsibilities. He joined us from the RAF where he has been providing technical advice and support across the entire airworthiness spectrum for over 35 years.
Prior to joining Osprey, Alastair was a Senior Technical Manager in the Military Aviation Authority (MAA). As Head of the Mechanical & Propulsion Systems Branch Certification Division he managed over a dozen MAA certification projects, ranging from widebody airliner derivatives to hand-launched remotely piloted air systems; as well as leading all certification, regulation and assurance activities for aircraft mechanical and propulsion systems. Of particular note, he led the work to deliver the MAA’s certification regulations to meet the requirement of the Haddon-Cave Report to introduce an independent military aircraft certification process for all new and upgraded UK military aircraft.
Within Osprey, Alastair is the lead consultant for our work to support clients on aircraft certification activities. In addition, he contributes to wider airworthiness and safety activities, delivering projects including: regulatory compliance and impact reviews; reliability and maintainability assessments and development of airworthiness strategies.
Nicole SaundersPrincipal Consultant
Nicole is an experienced Project Management and Safety Engineering professional. She joined Osprey in 2016 following a 16-year career as a Fast Jet Weapons Systems and Trials Management Officer in the Royal Air Force.
Nicole provides safety, project management, aircrew and procurement support to project and delivery teams within Defence Equipment & Support, and in partnership with our commercial aviation customers. She provides specialist safety advice to offshore wind farm projects to inform the development of the Concept of Operations, and regularly advises on the impact of regulatory changes introduced by the Military Aviation Authority. In addition, she was responsible for developing the Bowties for the High-Altitude Pseudo Satellite loss of safe separation arguments.
Nicole has experience of preparing expert witness reports, conducting safety assurance assessments for senior leadership teams and developing Headquarters-level air safety policy. A qualified physics teacher, she also develops and conducts air safety training.
She has a Masters degree in Human Factors & Safety Assessment, and another in Aerospace Systems, and is experienced in developing Bowties, conducting and reviewing accident and incident investigations, and promoting and assessing a positive safety culture within high-reliability, high-consequence organisations.
In 2018, Nicole was recognised in the ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering’ list, compiled by The Telegraph and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
Rachel ThomasPrincipal Consultant
Rachel joined Osprey in July 2020 from Heathrow Airport where she was the Senior Airspace Change Lead, providing strategic airspace expertise ensuring alignment across all airspace activities. As part of her role at Heathrow, Rachel was responsible for shaping the future 3rd Runway airspace requirements and managed a range of other Airspace Change Programmes. These often involved complex interactions with other airspace users, extensive public consultation and stakeholder engagement programmes to ensure that the requirements in CAA regulations, Government Airspace Policy and Air Navigation Guidance were fully met.
Rachel also served in the Royal Air Force for 25 years as a Commissioned Officer. During her military career she was the Senior Air Traffic Control Officer at RAF Northolt leading a team of 60 personnel with responsibility for all aspects of Air Traffic Control, Fire Service and Airfield Management
Foz BinningSenior Consultant
Foz joined Osprey early in 2014 following three years at MASS Consultants where he was a Senior Systems Engineer responsible for major deliverables to the Defence Electronic Warfare Centre.
With over 25 years’ experience in technical management and delivery of capability, he has developed an enviable background of systems and software engineering. Additionally Foz has extensive experience of MOD and Civil Air Traffic Engineering management and maintenance activities.
Currently, Foz is the lead technical consultant for a complex wind-turbine mitigation program for a major UK airport. Foz also specialises in software assurance and recently produced a substantial argument for the CAP 670 SW 01, Safety Arguments for COTS Equipment. This received positive comment from the Civil Aviation Authority regulator and was stated as an ‘Excellent’ piece of work.
Gavin JonesSenior Consultant
Gavin is an experienced Air Traffic Systems Safety Engineer having successfully delivered projects for EUROCONTROL, Air Navigation Service Providers, Airports and Equipment Manufacturers.
Gavin graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering. In his early career he produced Functional Hazard Analyses and System Safety Analyses for European Air Traffic Management projects including Required Navigation Performance Authorisation Required (RNP AR) approaches, Runway Safety Lighting (RWSL) and Wake Independent Departure and Arrival Operations (WIDAO).
Since joining Osprey in 2014, Gavin has worked with a broad range of UK airfields to assure the design, installation and transition to operation of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance equipment. He has supported Aquila Air Traffic Management Services in providing system safety assurance of Wide Area Multilateration and Radar Display Systems for MOD Project MARSHALL. Recently Gavin has developed safety assurance for Area Navigation (RNAV) approaches and provided technical procurement support for a surveillance system.
Sandy IngamellsSenior Consultant
Sandy is a highly experienced aviation specialist with over 23 years’ experience in Air Traffic Management and airspace. Her career as an Air Traffic Control Officer in the Royal Air Force included the role of Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) at RAF Cranwell was followed by a 6-month deployment to Afghanistan as SATCO at Camp Bastion. Sandy also held staff appointments within Air Command and at the Ministry of Defence and is experienced in the procurement of military Air Traffic Control equipment. Sandy gained a CAA ATC Licence and was a validated Aerodrome Controller at East Midlands Airport for 2½ years before joining Osprey in June 2014.
Sandy’s experience is invaluable to our Airports & Airspace Team and the wide variety of civil and military aviation projects we undertake. She is a qualified project management professional specialising in the delivery of complex airspace change proposals, airport ATC provision and airport safeguarding projects. Sandy specialises in airspace environmental assessment including noise contour modelling. This work is invaluable for supporting the Options Appraisal phase for airports pursuing an airspace change under the CAP 1616 process. Sandy prides herself on developing sound relationships with her clients, and always ensures she is part of the airport team.
Stewart HealdSenior Consultant
Stew joined Osprey in 2011 following a 34 year career in all disciplines in Air Traffic Control and Airspace Management obtained as an ATC Manager and commissioned Military Officer. He possesses a wealth of operational and management experience and can manage multiple projects simultaneously with proven excellence in project delivery.
Stew has experience in the independent assessment of potential technical impact of wind turbine developments on aviation stakeholders and equipment including radar, obstacle limitation surfaces, instrument flight procedures, navigation beacons and communication links with management of relationships and the facilitation of meetings between relevant interested parties.
He provides stakeholder advice, interaction and strategic guidance on changes to airspace operations including impact mitigation and the UK Airspace Change Process, and has been successful in gaining regulatory approval within the Airspace Change Process for the approval of a number of offshore windfarms. Stew is CAA Trained to provide Aircraft Noise Contour Modelling using the FAA AEDT software system that models aircraft performance in space and time to estimate fuel consumption, emissions, noise, and air quality consequences.
Craig BlackwellSenior Consultant
Craig has an MSc in Safety Critical Systems Engineering and joined Osprey in September 2017 following 20 years in the military. He is an experienced Safety Engineer, bringing a wealth of knowledge in the delivery of complex projects and systems in both Air and Land including Air Traffic Management, Battlespace Management and C4ISTAR domains.
Previously, Craig has been an instructor on the electronic systems of the Challenger 2 MBT and was the technical support engineer for radar systems deployed on operations. Prior to joining Osprey, he was the lead safety stakeholder, representing the BM Force on the £1.5 billion MARSHALL ATM Programme with responsibility for reviewing and analysing safety reports and evidence. He also provided technical advice on safety management processes and safety case development for in-service and newly procured cutting edge equipment.
Since joining Osprey, Craig has provided safety engineering support to the Situational Command and Control Delivery Team within DE&S, developing Safety Management Plans, leading hazard reviews, advising safety management committees and constructing safety case reports in compliance with current standards and regulations.
Simon KirbySenior Consultant
Simon is a project management professional with extensive experience in project planning, policy, procurement and analytics. He is a former fast jet navigator instructor and qualified teacher of Mathematics.
Simon served as an Officer in the Royal Air Force (RAF) including a post on the Front Line Air Defence squadron flying the Tornado F3. Following a move to High Wycombe, he supported the command, control and deployment of UK expeditionary forces for national and coalition operations at Joint Force Air Component Headquarters – a unit which can deploy worldwide at short notice to run an air campaign.
Simon has also worked for Dstl as a Consultant where he provided specialist military knowledge, analytical support and advice as part of a research team on issues such as Defence Policy, application of emerging concepts, force structures, balance of investment and equipment procurement.
Sam ShuttlewoodSenior Consultant
Sam is an approved IFP Designer in both the UK and Ireland. Having completed training in accordance with ICAO, PANS OPS in 2012, he is qualified to design non-precision and precision IFP’s including ILS, PBN (SBAS, Baro-VNAV and RNP APCH).
Prior to joining Osprey, Sam was a founding member of the IFP Design Team at Cyrrus Limited. He is experienced in the design and implementation of IFP’s, from site visit and HAZID through the design process, flight validation and publication in the AIP.
Sam has designed procedures for many airports including: Gatwick, Chester Hawarden, Biggin Hill, Dundee, Lydd, Sumburgh, Kerry and Southend.
Ash JenningsSenior Consultant
Ash joined Osprey in February 2016 as a Safety Engineer following three years with Ebeni Limited. He has worked on a number of defence projects covering Air Systems, Platforms and ATM Navigation and Surveillance systems, including the ongoing safety support of the RAF C-130J and TriStar aircraft, RAF A400M ATLAS safety management and supporting Aquila ATMS in the delivery of Project MARSHALL.
Ash has vast experience in conducting Hazard Evaluations and Risk Assessments, development of Loss Models, producing Safety Case and Safety Assessment Reports, producing detailed Safety Arguments for aircraft and equipment and development of POSMS-compliant Safety Management Systems and supporting processes.
Ash has experience in the application of a wide variety of civil and military aviation regulations and standards, including the MRP, Def-Stan 00-056, Def-Stan 00-970, Def-Stan 00-972, FAR-25, CS-25, CS-23, CAP 670, ARP 4754, ARP 4761.
Marcus GrovesSenior Consultant
Marcus is a highly experienced engineering and assurance manager with a wide-ranging portfolio of transferable skills and experience. He specialises in providing engineering assurance through Quality, Safety and Information Assurance.
He joined Osprey in 2019 following a successful career spanning nearly 32 years in the Royal Air Force. During his time in the RAF, Marcus has worked as a maintainer and engineering manager on numerous radar systems and C2 platforms across the globe. While working in the Information Assurance field, he was acknowledged as the Defence lead for Ground and Air Electrical Safety, providing Risk Management advice for secure communications.
More recently, he represented the BM Force on the £1.5 billion MARSHALL ATM Programme as a Senior Engineering Assurance Manager – reviewing design proposals, technical safeguarding policy, operational risk assessments and engineering validations for newly procured equipment. He also provided technical SQEP advice at Equipment Safety Panels, analysing safety reports and trends for legacy ATM equipments.
Bob BurkeSenior Consultant
Bob is a highly motivated and experienced Air Traffic Management (ATM) Equipment specialist with extensive knowledge in the practical, engineering and regulatory ATM environment. Prior to joining Osprey in 2019, following 28 years service in the Royal Air Force (RAF), he was responsible for the UK militaries deployed ATM equipment and worldwide depth maintenance to fixed surveillance & navigation systems. Also responsible for the RAF’s Communications and Infrastructure Technician teams, Bob held engineering authority and safety management responsibility for 140 personnel.
As a previous ATM Equipment regulator within the Military Aviation Authority (MAA), Bob was the technical specialist providing guidance to the Ministry of Defence regulated community in the requirements of Def Stan 00-972, CAP 670, EUROCONTROL Specifications and EUROCAE Documents. His primary responsibility was the certification and regulatory oversight of ATM systems delivered under Project MARSHALL; for a range of ATM Communications, Navigation and Surveillance systems Bob facilitated achievement of regulatory compliance with the MAA Regulatory Publications and applicable EU regulations. Additionally, as an IRCA approved auditor, he completed initial and surveillance audits of industry under the ATM Equipment Approved Organisation Scheme.
This background as a MAA Regulatory Auditor, complementary and extensive ATM equipment experience, along with his current test and acceptance experience; Bob is able to employ pragmatic solutions, which ensure operational capability and achieve regulatory compliance.
Linda-Jean WorleySenior Consultant
Linda joined Osprey in 2013 and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is an Incorporated Engineer with several years’ experience in Air Traffic Management consultancy, primarily in the civilian and military aviation sectors including high profile projects and international work.
Previously Linda held the position of consultant engineer with a regulatory authority, responsible for regulatory oversight of a number of industry sectors. Here she gained a strong background in regulatory affairs and issues concerning European product safety legislation. Linda took on roles as a trainee lead auditor in ISO 9001 quality management system certification audits.
Her experience ranges from financial modelling and providing technical expertise for complex projects, to undertaking aviation safety and environmental impact assessments. In her current role she regularly undertakes studies concerning changes to airspace operations and conducts market & competitor analysis.
Paul ThomasSenior Consultant
Paul is an Aeronautical Engineer specialising in avionics and electrical systems. He joined Osprey from Boeing where he was a senior member of the Part 21J Office of Airworthiness for Boeing UK and Ireland.
Paul brings a wealth of experience including 7 years with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as a certification and policy specialist engaged in technical policy making for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). He has also assessed safety cases in support of applications for UAS operating authorisations and provided regulatory guidance and technical advice to operators.
During his earlier career, Paul worked for Bristow Helicopters as an Avionic Project Engineer and TNT Aircraft Maintenance Services at Stansted Airport as an Avionics Development Engineer.
Chris is an IFP Designer formally trained in both conventional and PBN concepts including ILS, LPV, LNAV/VNAV, RNP APCH and RNR-AR. Using specialist design software, his main responsibilities include the production and promulgation of IFP’s that are designed to current regulations and policy.
Prior to joining Osprey, Chris was an apprentice designer at Cyrrus Limited. Chris is currently working through a detailed competency based training programme in order to achieve Approved Procedure Design status.
Barnaby is a Safety Practitioner with primary experience in the military air domain. He has provided support to the FAST DT across multiple elements of their Safety Management System including Safety Assessment Reports, Hazard Logs, Business Procedures and Occurrence Reporting, all with regular use of the MRP and use of safety tools such as ASCE and Bowtie XP. He has also provided certification support for Typhoon for compliance against Def Stan 00-970.
Barnaby also provided hazard identification and classification workshops as part of a core team facilitating multiple sessions for UKMFTS DT for their Hawk T Mk1 aircraft. This provided assurance to their existing DT hazards in addition to identifying deltas of potential safety concerns which had not been considered.
Ryan is an IFP Designer and completed his ICAO PANS-OPS training in Singapore.
Prior to joining Osprey, Ryan worked for NATS delivering the DVOR rationalisation programme for NERL. He was also responsible for ensuring that all procedures designed were compliant with PANS-OPS (ICAO doc 8168, 9905 & Annex 14).
During his career, Ryan has also worked for Lufthansa Systems and NavBlue.
Daniel Figueras GomezConsultant
Daniel joined Osprey in August 2020. He is a fully qualified IFP Designer and completed his ICAO PANS-OPS training at the Singapore Aviation Academy where he covered both conventional and PBN design.
Prior to joining Osprey, Daniel worked for NATS where he focused on London Heathrow’s expansion and future procedures. He also represented NATS at the European Static Data Aeronautical Special Interest Group (ESDASIG) conferences for Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs).
During his career, Daniel has also worked for Ineco and EUROCONTROL.
Sophie joined Osprey in April 2020. She brings extensive project management skills and will work towards becoming a qualified and state approved Instrument Flight Procedure Designer working across a portfolio of airport projects and other projects such as safeguarding, procedure review through to new procedure design.
Prior to joining Osprey, Sophie worked for NM Group (Trimble) where she gathered technical product requirements from clients’ worldwide and provided consultancy on industry issues to generate new products and solutions.
Dan ArdenTechnical Analyst
Dan joined Osprey in October 2018 as an Engineering Intern whilst completing a BEng in Aerospace Engineering at The University of the West of England (UWE). During his time at UWE, Dan is completing a topical dissertation on ‘The safe deployment of counter drone technologies within an airport environment’.
Since joining us, Dan has been involved in a variety of tasks including technical support to a number of our projects. He has also taken charge of conducting Line of Sight Assessments for Osprey’s Airports and Airspace Team and has applied his broad skillset to become an invaluable member of Osprey.
Ross SmillieSystems Analyst
Ross joined Osprey in June 2020 after completing a BSc (Hons) in Aviation Management at Coventry University.
Having completed a number of work experience placements, Ross has gained industry experience at NATS, DAS Aviation Solutions Limited and Glasgow Airport Limited. During his placement at NATS, he supported change delivery and management on a key project to introduce Space-based ADS-B surveillance and reduced separation standards in North Atlantic Airspace.
On his return to university, Ross completed his dissertation entitled ‘Integrated Air Traffic Services using Remote Tower Operations’ focusing on the human factors element of providing combined ATC positions from a remote tower centre.
Ross is part of our Airports & Airspace Team where he is working on projects that will build on the excellent foundation of his aviation and Air Traffic Management (ATM) knowledge and skills.