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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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HAV Makes Key Appointments
Today, Hybrid Air Vehicles announces key appointments to prepare the business for growth and the launch of our Airlander 10 production programme. With customer interest increasing, these appointments are an important step in getting HAV ready for the future.   As a part of HAV’s preparations for rapid growth, our Board has appointed Tom Grundy as Chief Executive Officer, effective 30th May. Tom has been with the business for six years and has been instrumental in driving progress forward with customers and other stakeholders across a variety of markets.   Tom brings with him significant experience in the aerospace and defence industry which has proved very valuable to HAV, and will continue to be so in his new role. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, his prior experience covers a range of senior engineering and programme leadership roles at BAE Systems, including serving as the Head of Business Management for ATTAC, the Tornado availability support service.   Tom comments: “I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to lead HAV through its transition to a successful commercial business. This business is poised to deliver an aircraft that offers new choices to customers in a low-carbon, capable, flexible, and cost-effective way. I look forward to working with the whole team to make our goals a reality.”   Stephen McGlennan, who has served as HAV’s CEO for six years, will step into a new role as Senior Board Advisor and General Counsel. We are delighted that in this new role Steve will continue to provide the company with the benefits of his deep experience and his long understanding of HAV’s business. HAV thanks Steve for his enormous contribution to the business in his time as CEO, and as COO and General Counsel before that.   We have also named a new Chief Operating Officer, Nick Allman. Nick has held several roles at HAV, most recently that of Executive Director – Aircraft Delivery. He has brought the team from successfully securing the LEMV programme, through first flight, to being ready for production launch, and will now move forward with greater responsibility for the management of operations across the business.   We can also confirm that, as the time commitment demanded by the rapid developments at HAV has proved more onerous than anticipated given his other activities, Kevin Taylor and HAV have, by mutual consent, agreed that Kevin will step down as the Chairman and a Director of the company. Rod Sinclair, a long-standing Director, has taken on the Chairmanship of the Company. He comments: “I am delighted to be working with Tom, the Board and the leadership team of the business as we prepare HAV for launch of its production aircraft programme.”   Full biographies of Tom Grundy, Nick Allman, Stephen McGlennan, and Rod Sinclair are available upon request.

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How Collaborative Expertise Launched the Airlander Project
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