Our Consultants

Andy Hirst - Osprey Consulting

Andy Hirst

Principal Consultant

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.

Andy subsequently joined Airbus UK as a Safety Engineer and was responsible for Safety Engineering activities on the A330 and A340 Landing Gear Systems.

After gaining experience in the Safety of Air Traffic Management at HVR Consulting Services (now QinetiQ), Andy joined Osprey in 2007.

Andy now focuses on the safety of Air Traffic Management equipment and procedures, developing Safety Cases for Communications, Navigation and Surveillance equipment, as well as for revised airspace arrangements and instrument flight procedures

Chris Howell - Osprey Consulting

Chris Howell

Principal Consultant

Chris joined Osprey in 2014 following a short tenure at AACE Ltd as a Senior Consultant. Prior to this, he enjoyed a 31 year military career predominantly as an aeronautical engineer but also in a number of other engineering and logistic leadership and management roles.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Lead Auditor whose key skills and experiences lie within the Airworthiness, Regulatory and Safety management arena.

More recently, Chris has managed and continues to manage the production of the A400M Atlas Platform Safety Assessment and associated requirements. He has also authored a number of Air Traffic Management/Air Battle Management (ATM/ABM) equipment safety cases, as well as fulfilling the Company’s ISO 9000 quality management function.

John Smith - Osprey Consulting

John Smith

Principal Consultant

John is a Chartered Engineer with vast experience in Air Safety and Project & Programme Management within engineering & defence environments.  He joins us from the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) where he was responsible for the certification and regulation of MOD Air Traffic Management (ATM) equipment against the MAA Regulatory Publications.  He also provided independent assurance and regulatory guidance to Duty Holders to ensure that aviation equipment was safe to operate and that organisations were operating as safely as possible.

Prior to the MAA, John worked for NATO as the Principal Engineer responsible for all of the equipment supporting NATO’s Joint Electronic Warfare training.

John brings a wealth of certification and regulatory knowledge, and will initially focus on delivering key milestones for MOD Project MARSHALL.

Doug Fidoe - Osprey Consulting

Doug Fidoe

Principal Consultant

Doug is a retired RAF Senior Non Commissioned Officer, having spent 22 years working in the Defence and Air Traffic Surveillance environments. On leaving the RAF, Doug joined BAE Systems as a Contractor Logistic Support systems engineer, for a fleet of MOD surveillance systems, and was responsible to ensure that Operational availability was achieved.

In 2007, Doug joined at HVR Consulting Services (now QinetiQ) where he was responsible for the delivery of a range of both Civil and Military Surveillance and Navigational Aid Safety Assurance documentation including new and legacy Safety Cases and Regulatory/ Interoperability Compliance reports.

Doug joined Osprey later in 2007 to support and deliver a wide range of aviation projects, including Safety Assurance and Interoperability. Doug has gained significant knowledge in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) public procurement process, having led a wide range of Surveillance and NAVAID equipment procurements for a number of civil airports.

Nigel Hewitt - Osprey Consulting

Nigel Hewitt

Principal Consultant

Nigel joined Osprey in January 2016. He is an experienced Airworthiness and Air Safety Engineer and joins us following a secondment to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where he was the Programme Manager and Policy Specialist for Unmanned Aircraft Systems with responsibility for developing international and national civil regulations and requirements for the emerging UAS market.

During his tenure at the CAA, Nigel developed the UK CAA’s UAS programme and represented the UK on the international UAS authority regulatory panel (JARUS).  He has also represented both the MAA and CAA across both government and industry events.

Before his secondment to the CAA, Nigel worked as an Airworthiness Analyst for the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) where he provided safety case assessments for an extensive portfolio covering all UK military rotary wing and Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) either in service or under development.

Since joining Osprey, Nigel has led the review of the UK’s UAS regulations and policy.  This work will feed directly into UK Government policy as well as influence European and International policy direction for RPAS.

Steve Hyam - Osprey Consulting

Steve Hyam

Principal Consultant

Steve joined Osprey in 2010 following a successful career in Air Traffic Control (ATC) in the RAF. Specifically, Steve spent two years embedded within the MOD Safeguarding Team at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation where he analysed the effects of wind energy developments on RAF ATC radar and operations.

Steve is a Wind Energy Subject Matter Expert and is responsible for the assessment of the potential effects of wind turbine developments on aviation infrastructure and operations.

Recently, Steve has had success in supporting clients in achieving planning consents for a number of offshore and onshore developments.

Andy Judge - Osprey Consulting

Andy Judge

Principal Consultant

Andy joined Osprey in June 2016, and is a well-known figure in the UK Airports industry, having held many senior operational positions at some of the UK’s largest and busiest airports.  Previously, Andy held the post of Airport Director at Carlisle where he led the Airport through a rationalisation and restructuring exercise to prepare for significant investment to create a multi-modal distribution centre.

Prior to this, he spent three year as Operations Director at London Luton Airport.  Andy led a team of 500+ staff across all airport operations disciplines and played a key role in delivering the requirements that were necessary to increase passenger throughput to 10 million plus, and aircraft movements to 125,000 on an annual basis. This included some 25,000 business aviation movements which resulted in Luton being ranked as the UK’s 5th largest airport.

Andy brings extensive operational knowledge and experience to Osprey, and will initially focus on growing our Airports business.

Paul Roberts - Osprey Consulting

Paul Roberts

Principal Consultant

Paul joined Osprey in April 2017. He is an experienced Safety & Supportability Engineer and has a solid track record of providing specialist technical support to the UK MOD, foreign governments and industry. His career began as an aircraft engineer and has since progressed through various engineering and management positions including senior roles at Atkins and BAE Systems.

Most recently Paul has been working with 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.

Mark Wakeman - Osprey Consulting

Mark Wakeman

Principal Consultant

Mark joined Osprey in June 2017 following a 32 year career in the RAF. Prior to joining, he was a CAA Airspace Regulator responsible for airspace changes and the implementation of airspace and safeguarding regulations, together with the co-ordination of special events such as military and civilian air shows, large ceremonial events and fly-pasts. Mark also has extensive operational experience from the management and analysis of complex technical system and aircraft trials.

In addition to his extensive aviation background, he has experience in management consultancy, helping to transform the NHS through the practical application of lean process and methodologies and playing an active role in the re-organisation of the CAA.

Lindsay Perks - Osprey Consulting

Lindsay Perks

Principal Consultant

Lindsay has a degree in Computing Science and a background in radar, communications, operational requirements specification, military platform interoperability, architectural frameworks and aviation safety. She joined Osprey in 2007 and helped develop the wind energy capability for which Osprey is well known. Over the last seven years, Lindsay has supported 25 clients – both UK and abroad – in the assessment of the potential aviation issues faced by over 100 wind farms.

Lindsay’s current focus is on safety assessment and the application of military and civil aviation standards, regulations, safeguarding and safety requirements.

Paul Askew - Osprey Consulting

Paul Askew

Principal Consultant

Paul is a Chartered Engineer with experience in defence analysis, aerospace and air traffic management. Whilst working at NATS, the UK’s main Air Traffic Service Provider, he led projects investigating new surveillance technologies and introducing satellite navigation systems into service. In 2010 he left NATS to pursue interests in sustainability and held posts as the Renewable Energy focal point in the Civil Aviation Authority and then as Head of Aviation at RenewableUK before joining Osprey, where he has been working on projects to implement wind farm mitigation solutions.

Paul has degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Systems Engineering and is currently studying Renewable Energy Systems with Loughborough University.

Foz Binning - Osprey Consulting

Foz Binning

Senior 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 Jones - Osprey Consulting

Gavin Jones

Senior Consultant

Gavin joined Osprey in 2014 as a Senior Consultant following two years with Raytheon UK, where he assisted the deployment of NATS En Route radars and supported the RAF with safety analyses of ‘Sentinel’ and ‘Shadow’ intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft.

Gavin graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering and subsequently became involved in European Air Traffic Management projects with EUROCONTROL, enabling a wide perspective of future ATM concepts such as Required Navigation Performance, GPS approaches such as GBAS / SBAS and wake vortex issues.

Since joining Osprey, Gavin has worked with UK airfields to develop safety cases for radars and Airfield Ground Lighting systems. He is currently supporting the MOD’s terminal ATM capability, Project MARSHALL.

Nicole Saunders - Osprey Consulting

Nicole Saunders

Senior Consultant

Nicole is an experienced Project & Safety Manager and joins us following a 16 year career in the Royal Air Force.

Her RAF career began as a Fast Jet Weapons Systems Officer before qualifying as a Trials Management Officer where she managed multiple trials to enable Typhoon Aircraft involvement in operations.  Most recently, Nicole was the Fast Jet specialist on the Military Flying Training Air Safety Management Team where she developed the Air Safety policy for the military flying training community and was responsible for ensuring compliance with MAA regulations, as well as conducting safety assurance activities at flying training bases.

Nicole has a Masters degree in Human Factors and Safety Assessment, and is experienced in developing and reviewing Bowties, and promoting and assessing a positive safety culture.

Sandy Ingamells - Osprey Consulting

Sandy Ingamells

Senior Consultant

Sandy joined Osprey with over 23 years’ aviation experience. Her career began as an Air Traffic Control Officer in the Royal Air Force, where she became the Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) at RAF Cranwell. Following this, she deployed to Afghanistan as SATCO at Camp Bastion for 6 months. On leaving the RAF, Sandy gained a CAA ATC Licence and successfully completed ratings courses in Aerodrome and Approach/Surveillance Control.

She 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 which routinely undertakes a wide variety of civil and military aviation projects including airspace change proposals and assessments of aviation impacts caused by wind developments.

Stewart Heald - Osprey Consulting

Stewart Heald

Senior Consultant

Stew joined Osprey in 2011 following a 34 year career in all disciplines of Air Traffic Control and Airspace Management in the Royal Air Force; 22 years as an air traffic controller at home and abroad.

Stew performs impartial, independent assessments of the potential impact of both onshore and offshore wind farms for wind energy developers, airports and local planning authorities. He has a proven track in analysing complex problems and developing the appropriate solutions, working effectively under pressure with a high degree of initiative and self-motivation. He provides stakeholder advice, interaction and strategic guidance on changes to airspace operations including impact mitigation and the UK Airspace Change Process.

Linda Micallef-Worley - Osprey Consulting

Linda Micallef-Worley

Consultant

Linda joined Osprey as a Consultant in 2013. Linda is a qualified Engineer with a number of 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 auditor in ISO 9001 quality management system certification audits.

Linda’s experience ranges from financial modelling, to undertaking aviation impact assessments, Airspace Change Proposal projects, and studies concerning changes to airspace operations in her current post.

Ash Jennings - Osprey Consulting

Ash Jennings

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 within the air domain, including the ongoing safety support of the RAF C-130J and TriStar aircraft.  Ash has vast experience of conducting Hazard Evaluations and producing Safety Case and Safety Assessment Reports as well as detailed Safety Arguments for aircraft and equipment modifications in accordance with the MRP, POSMS and Def-Stan 00-56 Issue 6.

Paul Tench - Osprey Consulting

Paul Tench

Consultant

Paul joined Osprey in 2017 following an 8 year career in the Royal Air Force.  During his RAF career, he was a fully validated Air Traffic Controller with responsibility for managing the Air Traffic Control unit of 20+ staff to provide seamless air traffic operations whilst maintaining the highest possible standards of safe operation of manned and unmanned air systems at both home units and the deployed environments.

More recently, he served as a Force Generation Officer in Air Command at RAF High Wycombe where he provided specialist Air Traffic Control, Aerospace Battlespace Managements and Flight Operations guidance to assist with the RAF station and military exercise manpower requirements. He successfully directed and co-ordinated all Battlespace Management manpower assistance requests to maximise operational output across the RAF.

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