Team Leaders

Nigel Hewitt - Osprey Consulting

Nigel Hewitt

Team Leader - Platforms & Air Systems

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.

Paul Eldred - Osprey Consulting

Paul Eldred

Team Leader - ATM Systems

Paul is a Chartered Engineer with significant Systems Engineering and Programme Management experience in both the aviation and automotive domains. Paul leads the Air Traffic Management Systems Team and joined Osprey from an engineering leadership role at BorgWarner, a global automotive supplier specialising in vehicle electrification systems.  Before this, Paul worked for Jaguar Land Rover, leading a multidisciplined team developing a range of innovative interior systems to increase human factor awareness of the driver and passengers in future model ranges.

Between 2011 and 2017, Paul was a senior aviation consultant leading the requirements definition, procurement and assured entry into operational service of a range of communications, navigation and surveillance equipment, including primary surveillance radar systems, voice communications, navigational aids and full turnkey delivery of new control tower capability.

Paul served 21 years in the Royal Air Force, employed in communication and air traffic management (ATM) engineering roles.  His final tour was as Functional Safety Engineer for military ATM capability providing safety management advice to procurement and capability agencies and front-line operators.  Paul has experience in conducting safety assessments and compiling equipment safety cases to meet regulatory requirements.  He holds an MSc in Safety Critical Systems Engineering from the University of York.

Nigel Ibbetson - Osprey Consulting

Nigel Ibbetson

Team Leader - Airports & Airspace

Nigel joined our Airports and Airspace Team in 2019.  He is an Air Traffic Controller and Airfield Operator with 30 years of experience in the Royal Air Force and has a Master of Arts degree from King’s College London.  Nigel has worked at a number of UK and International Airfields and En-route centres and has a wealth of experience from many leadership and managerial roles including the re-design of Airspace and Airfield usage.

Nigel has first-hand experience of the implementation of Programme MARSHALL and practical knowledge of working and coordinating drone usage in busy, complex airspace.  He brings extensive Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) expertise with a flexible approach that is adaptable to customer demands.

Since joining Osprey, Nigel has worked on a breadth of projects which include Airspace Change Proposals, Aeronautical Information Governance and Airfield Safeguarding.

Liam Clarke - Osprey Consulting

Liam Clarke

Team Leader - Instrument Flight Procedure Design

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.

Richie Hinchcliffe - Osprey Consulting

Richie Hinchcliffe

Business Development Manager

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 civil and military Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs).

More recently, Richie has utilised his operational and regulatory experience to assist airports and developers in airspace design and delivery of new procedures.

Andy Wilkins - Osprey Consulting

Andy Wilkins

Engineering Business Development Manager

Andy joined Osprey in October 2021. He is a business development professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the Defence, Aerospace and Space sectors with a track record of developing and winning business in global markets.

Prior to joining Osprey, Andy provided market consultancy and support to international investors, aerospace and defence companies. He also worked for Rolls-Royce as Head of Global Sales where he led a highly successful sales team based in the UK and USA and implemented best practice for focused sales and pipeline management.

During his career, Andy held senior sales positions for Airbus Defence & Space and Alenia Marconi Systems.

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