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HAV are the world leaders in hybrid air vehicles – these combine lighter-than-air technology with the best of aeroplanes and helicopters to bring brand new capabilities to aircraft.  We produce less noise, less pollution, have a lower carbon footprint, longer endurance and better cargo-carrying capacity than virtually any other flying vehicle.
Philip Gwyn
President
Philip is a barrister and merchant banker by training. He is Chairman of the Board at Christie Group plc, a non-executive director of Alumasc plc and director of a number of private companies. Philip has a long history of successfully investing in quoted and unquoted companies in different sectors and countries.
Kevin Taylor
Chairman
Kevin is a graduate of Oxford University and a Chartered Engineer. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire. In addition to chairing the HAV Board, he also chairs the UK Government Industrial Development Advisory Board. His executive career spanned over 30 years in the UK aerospace and defence industry, having been Group Strategy Director for BAE Systems Plc and previously running the military air business within BAE Systems.
Pommy Sarwal
Deputy Chairman
Pommy is a former corporate finance partner at Deloitte and acted as Secretary and Advisor to the Review Board for government contracts. He has also been a non-executive director of Infrastructure India plc, the Port of London Authority and British Waterways. He is currently a non-executive director of Chatham Historic Dockyard and Hyde Housing Association. He is Chairman of Venners and Master Ropemakers Ltd.
Rod Sinclair
Non Executive Director
Rod Sinclair had a long career in the City of London, where he developed a specialisation in Financial Information Technology, and the development and management of small companies, mainly for Barclays and Reuters. He was latterly CEO for Instinet, UK and Europe, a Reuters subsidiary, while serving as Deputy Chairman and head of Enforcement for the Securities and Futures Authority.
Stephen McGlennan
Chief Executive Officer
Steve has been Chief Executive Officer since September 2013, having been the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel previously. Steve was senior partner and board director of international law firm Dentons. Between 1999 and 2001 he was CEO of Team Netsol Limited, a java-based software house in Manchester. Steve holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and also attended the University of Pennsylvania.
Mike Durham
Technical Director
Mike has over twenty five years' experience developing lighter-than-air technologies, and has been involved with the major airship innovations that have led to Airlander. Mike has extensive experience in a wide range of cutting-edge engineering projects, ranging from the Hubble Space Telescope and SkyNet4 to the Tornado and Harrier aircraft. Mike has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Hwfa Gwyn
Chief Financial Officer
Hwfa has been CFO since February 2014, having been a Non-Executive Director of the business. He qualified as an accountant with PwC in London, specialising in the audit of small and mid-cap growth businesses. He worked for KordaMentha, a top corporate recovery firm in Australia. He has a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from Bristol University, is a Chartered Accountant and is IPAA (Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia) qualified.
DH (Sam) Macleod
Director
A former Naval and Air Force officer, Sam has many years of experience in the international aerospace market. With a background in high technology programmes and risk management, Sam has over 30 years of experience in aerospace from operations, through programme management to general and strategic business roles. Most recently Sam was Managing Director of United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Malvern, UK. Sam is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
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HAV AWARDED PRODUCTION ORGANISATION APPROVAL
Hybrid Air Vehicles has been awarded Production Organisation Approval from the Civil Aviation Authority. As 2018 came to a close, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) awarded Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd a Production Organisation Approval. Following the successful award of our Design Organisation Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in October 2018, this latest achievement sees HAV starting 2019 in a strong position to launch production. A Production Organisation Approval (POA) considers the manufacture and assembly aspects of aircraft production. This includes supply chain management, processes relating to manufacture and assembly, and the production facility itself. Both the Design Organisation Approval (DOA), which covers design activities and flight test, and the POA, covering manufacture and assembly, are required to move forward into a type certification programme with the production Airlander 10. Being awarded the POA in 2018 is a remarkable achievement. It typically takes over a year to prepare a facility for a POA audit. HAV only moved into our production facility, the Airlander Technology Centre, in June and were able to be audit-ready in under six months. This success is down to the effort of the Production team, led by Ivor Pope. In addition to preparing the facility, the team at Technology House has been working to establish rigorous supply chain and quality assurance processes. "The POA approval is a significant milestone for HAV. It is the culmination of months of hard work and focused effort," comments David Lindley, HAV’s Head of Aviation Safety & Quality Assurance. "It demonstrates that the safety, quality assurance, and supply chain management processes are in place, along with the production facility." "Successfully being awarded our POA in the same year as our DOA is fantastic," adds Executive Director Nick Allman. "The POA is the regulator’s stamp of approval for us to move ahead with the productionisation of Airlander 10 on the path to type certification. This puts us in a great position going into 2019."  

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