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Senior Board Advisors

Our Board Advisors are senior representatives of the company.  They help with business development and ensure we are up to date with senior Government, Military and Commercial developments and contacts.
Dr. Christopher M Lehman
Senior Board Advisor
Dr. Lehman is the Chairman of Commonwealth Consulting Corporation, a Washington-based government affairs and international consulting firm that he founded in 1987. Prior to 1987, Dr. Lehman served for ten years at senior levels in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. Government in the national security field. From 1976 to 1981, Dr. Lehman served as an Associate staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia and holds two Masters degrees (in International Security Affairs and in Law and Diplomacy) and earned his Ph.D. in International Security Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Willie Pennefather
Senior Board Advisor
Willie Pennefather is a Senior Board Advisor to Hybrid Air Vehicles having retired as Government Affairs and Military Marketing Director in October 2013. He served 34 years in the Royal Navy, with seagoing, Middle East (Oman) and MODUK experience; and latterly with deep expertise in the Direction of expeditionary maritime logistic operations. He is a graduate of the Joint Services Defence College. For the last decade, he has been corporately involved and has marketed for the LTA business (Advanced Technologies Group and SkyCat Group), and from 2007 to 2013 was an executive Board Member of, and investor in Hybrid Air Vehicles.
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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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