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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.
Pommy Sarwal
Non Executive Director
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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Airlander Takes Step Toward Electric Propulsion
  Zero-carbon aviation is one step closer with the award of a UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme grant to develop electric propulsion for Airlander 10.   A partnership of Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), Collins Aerospace, and the University of Nottingham (UoN) has won grant funding in excess of £1m from the UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme to develop electric propulsion technologies using Airlander 10 as the initial platform. The project, named E-HAV1, will deliver a full-sized prototype 500kW electric propulsor for ground testing and technologies ready for future productionisation. These technologies will be directly applicable to a future Airlander 10, with the goal of replacing its fuel-burning forward engines as the first step towards an all-electric version of the aircraft.   Utilising a combination of buoyant lift from helium, aerodynamic lift, and vectored thrust, Airlander 10 already operates with a significantly lower fuel burn than other aircraft of similar capability. The integration of electric forward propulsors will increase this advantage. Airlander 10’s ability to support a broad range of activities from passenger travel to fisheries protection makes it the ideal platform for pioneering electric propulsion in civil aircraft.   Project E-HAV1 will address key goals of the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy: strengthening the UK’s aerospace capabilities, positioning the UK for developing future generations of civil aircraft, and advancing a new generation of efficient propulsion technologies. Each of the three partners is a leader in their sector: HAV in whole-aircraft design capability, Collins in electric power system development, and UoN in electric propulsion research and testing.   This collaboration demonstrates the commitment all three organisations have to the future of sustainable aviation. “Reducing our carbon footprint is one of the biggest challenges facing aviation today,” says HAV’s CEO Stephen McGlennan. “While Airlander 10 is already helping customers Rethink the Skies with incredible efficiency, we have to find ways of further reducing the impact we have on our environment. This project will move us closer to our goal of zero-carbon aviation.”   “As the innovation leader in electric power systems for the aerospace and defense industry, Collins Aerospace is proud to join with our partners in advancing this critical initiative,” said Marc Holme, Motor Drive Systems Engineering Director at Collins Aerospace. “Together, we’re developing innovative technologies that will pave the way for the hybrid-electric and all-electric aircraft of the future.”   Prof Pat Wheeler, Head of the University of Nottingham’s Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group, commented, “we are really looking forward to the exciting challenges of applying our technological knowledge of electrical machines, power electronics and power systems to the Airlander propulsion application.  This project will also benefit from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (RPIF) investment in our new Centre for Power Electronics and Electrical Machines, which will open early in 2020”.   Business Minister Lord Henley said: “The UK has world-leading capabilities in aerospace manufacturing. The testing of this new electric engine, is our modern Industrial Strategy in action. This is a vital step in aerospace manufacturing to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of hybrid-electric technology, using the best talent, industry and innovation to transform the way people, goods and services move across the UK.”   The E-HAV1 project is supported by the UK’s Aerospace Technology Programme, a joint Government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace design and manufacture. The programme is delivered through a partnership between the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK; addressing large-scale technology and capability challenges, principally over a rolling 5 to 15-year timeframe.   About Collins Aerospace Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.   About the University of Nottingham’s Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group The Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) Research Group at the University of Nottingham is one of the largest and most recognised groups in its field worldwide. The PEMC Research Group undertakes research in Power Electronics and Electrical Machines/Drives that are fundamental to our technological advancement. These technologies underpin the electrification of transport and all renewable energy strategies and are vital for a sustainable future. For more information, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk\pemc.   About the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) is at the heart of UK aerospace research and technology (R&T). Working collaboratively with Government, industry and the wider UK aerospace eco-system, the ATI sets the UK’s aerospace technology strategy (Raising Ambition) to reflect the sector’s vision and ambition.   The ATI is responsible for developing the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy, supported by a network of advisory groups, and stimulating industry-led R&T projects that align with this strategy and maximise the potential to deliver UK economic benefit. The ATI provides strategic oversight of the R&T pipeline and portfolio, co-chairing the Strategic Review Committee with BEIS and advising on project investment.   As well as setting the UK’s technology strategy, the Institute identifies global opportunities for UK organisations through its international engagement programme, and helps to connect the UK to the global sector   About the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) The budget holder, BEIS, is accountable for the final decision regarding projects to progress and fund with Government resources, as well as performing Value for Money (VfM) assessment on project proposals when required.   About Innovate UK Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. We drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.   UK Research and Innovation is the national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UKRI brings together the 7 Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

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