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.
Nigel HewittPrincipal Consultant
Nige is an experienced Airworthiness and Air Safety Chartered Engineer. He joined Osprey in January 2016 following an extensive career in the Fleet Air Arm. His naval career culminated in appointments in both the Military Aviation Authority, as an airworthiness analyst and Duty Holder regulator, and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where he was a Policy Specialist for Unmanned Aircraft Systems with responsibility for developing international and national civil regulations and requirements.
Since joining Osprey, Nige has been the technical lead on numerous challenging projects. In the UAS sector these have included a review of the UK’s UAS regulations and policy on behalf of the CAA, representing DfT on a UAS mid-air collision study, supporting Airbus in creating a safe separation assessment for their Zephyr UAS and providing safety and regulatory support to emerging unmanned renewable energy technologies.
Nige has also supported military and civil manned aviation organisations in the safety, airworthiness, certification and regulatory domains. Examples include safety and regulatory assessments for offshore renewable aviation operations on behalf of Ørsted, and the provision of certification, airworthiness and regulatory support for a large Defence client.
Nige leads the development of Osprey’s unmanned sector strategy and capability.
Andy JudgePrincipal Consultant
Andy joined Osprey in June 2016, having held many senior operational positions at some of the UK’s largest and busiest airports, and is well-known in the UK Airport’s industry.
Since joining Osprey, Andy has worked on a breadth of projects including reviews of airport ATC provision, a CAA and MOD joint airspace management review, and a number of airport development and safeguarding projects across the UK. This includes leading a major aviation project for the Welsh Government to transition an airport from military to civil regulatory oversight.
Previously, Andy held the post of Airport Director at Carlisle. Prior to this, he was the Operations Director at London Luton Airport where he led a team of 500+ staff across all airport operational disciplines and played a key role in delivering the requirements that were necessary to operate the UK’s 5th largest airport. Andy brings extensive operational knowledge and experience to Osprey, and is focussed on growing our Airports business.
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.
Paul AskewPrincipal Consultant
Paul is a Chartered Engineer with experience in defence analysis, aerospace and air traffic management. Whilst working at NATS, 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 (CAA) and then as Head of Aviation at RenewableUK before joining Osprey, where he has been working on projects to implement wind farm mitigation solutions and upgrades to airport Air Traffic Control systems.
Paul is currently seconded to the United Kingdom Space Agency where he is providing specialist support in the development of regulations for UK Launch activities under the recently enacted Space Industry Act. His responsibilities include advising the policy teams on regulatory aspects of launch and range activities; developing the requirements for the regulatory function and providing more general advice on Air traffic and Airspace matters to the wider agency.
Paul has degrees in Aeronautical Engineering, Systems Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems.
Alastair BalderstoneSenior Consultant
Alastair is an aviation safety professional 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.
Until recently, Alastair was a Senior Technical Manager in the Military Aviation Authority (MAA). He was the Head of the Mechanical & Propulsion Systems Branch Certification Division leading a team of 10 military and civil service personnel, with responsibility for the certification, regulation, and design standards for aircraft mechanical and propulsion systems across the entire UK military air environment.
Throughout his career, Alastair has a track record of successively delivering innovative projects across the air safety domain. 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. Alastair has personally led multiple MAA certification projects ranging from large fixed wing, rotary wing and fast jet, through to remotely piloted air systems.
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.
Steve HyamSenior Consultant
Steve joined Osprey in 2010 following a successful career in Air Traffic Control in the RAF. Specifically, Steve spent two years embedded within the MOD Safeguarding Team at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) 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 completing independent operational assessments of the potential effects of wind turbine developments on ATC and Air Defence radar systems, obstacle limitation surfaces, instrument flight procedures and navigation beacons based on his extensive knowledge of UK Flight Information Services and ATC rules and procedures.
Since joining Osprey, Steve has had success in supporting clients in achieving planning consents for a significant number of offshore and onshore wind energy developments and other infrastructure projects. Additionally, he has a broad understanding of windfarm operational and technical mitigation capability and can provide guidance regarding its potential application to resolve identified effects.
Sarah BettySenior Consultant
Sarah is a highly experienced aviation expert, specialising in Aerodrome Operations, Air Traffic Management (ATM), Air Safety Management and Aviation Regulation.
She joined Osprey in June 2018 following an 18-year career in the Royal Air Force which included the management of Air Traffic Services (ATS) and Aerodrome Operations at RAF Brize Norton and a series of demanding staff appointments. Most recently, Sarah was Head of ATM Regulation at the Military Aviation Authority (MAA), where she was responsible for the compliance of all relevant regulatory material, as well as regulatory interaction with the MOD, CAA, EASA, NATO and other key Safety Regulators.
Sarah also has a safety auditing background and was the lead auditor and senior advisor to Director MAA for ATM provision in support of military flying activities at civil licensed aerodromes.
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.
Nicole SaundersSenior Consultant
Nicole is an experienced Project & Safety Manager, Fast Jet Weapons Systems Officer and Trials Management Officer. She joined Osprey in November 2016 following a 16-year career in the Royal Air Force.
Nicole has provided specialist safety advice to offshore wind farm projects, developing Bowties to inform the development of the Concept of Operations. In addition, she was responsible for developing the Bowties for the High-Altitude Pseudo Satellite loss of safe separation arguments. Nicole combines her safety, project management, aircrew, procurement and trials experience to support project and delivery teams within Defence Equipment & Support.
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 Masters degrees in Human Factors & Safety Assessment and Aerospace Systems, and is experienced in developing and reviewing Bowties, conducting and reviewing accident and incident investigations, and promoting and assessing a positive safety culture.
In June 2018, Nicole was recognised in the ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering’ list, compiled by The Telegraph and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
Sandy IngamellsSenior 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 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.
Liam ClarkeSenior Consultant
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the responsibility for managing Air Traffic Control units to provide seamless operations whilst maintaining the highest possible standards of safe operation of manned and unmanned air systems at both home units and in the deployed environments.
Since joining Osprey, Paul has been involved in a number of airspace change processes, ranging from unlicensed aerodromes to international airports, including the introduction of new procedures and changes to airspace classification. He has also utilised his knowledge of airspace and air traffic management to provide support to the development of a Zephyr Airspace Strategy as well as writing Airspace Co-ordination Notice Proposal drafts for theoretical mission profiles to support a safe separation argument of a High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS).
Additionally, Paul has managed a project to review the current and future Air Traffic Service requirements at St Athan and has written analytical reports on Remote Tower feasibility and on the development of aircraft capability with regard to the technological evolution associated with global, regional and domestic Performance Based Navigation plans.
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.