Robert Garbett, the founder of Drone Major Group, is an ex-army entrepreneur who ended his military career in 2007 as the head of airworthiness for the Defence Logistics Organisation. With his CAA Airworthiness accreditation, he embarked on a career in software development and cybersecurity, then focusing on the fast-growth drone industry. This background represents an unusual combination of experience, skill set and intellectual capital, which contributes to the unique position and opportunity for Drone Major Group in the global drone market.
James Fanshawe retired from the Royal Navy in 2005 after five commands and an appointment as the Director of Plans at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters. James works within a mixed commercial portfolio. He is on the board of the SEA-KIT and the Anglo Belgian Shipping Company and is a frequent conference chairman and speaker. He chairs the UK’s Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group, which has released codes for the safe operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships.
A former diplomat and investment banker, Simon
was chief executive of a top 3 corporate and investor communications consulting firm, before establishing his
own businesses in the same area over the last two decades.
He has advised numerous FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies, as well as global service firms. He has extensive experience advising UK government departments, and overseas governments. He has impeccable security and intelligence connections. He is a former trustee-director of three leading public policy think tanks.
Lyndon is a highly experienced cost planner, quantity surveyor and project manager. His distinguished 40-year career spans 3 different countries and includes a wide range of projects vital to the country’s infrastructure and urban development needs. Lyndon specialises in the measurement, evaluation and review of construction works to determine budget and risks, assisting clients in developing their projects without losing control of the costs. A strong supporter of innovation and technology; Lyndon holds a drone pilots license and conducts quantity surveys using photogrammetry.
Dr Bruce Macaulay has spent 40 years working within the Transport Technology sector both with private companies and government bodies. His scientific specialty is technology for future mobility. This includes specific interest in Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) together with the supporting technologies of functional safety, electrical electronics and software engineering and the effects of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and radio frequency interference (RFI). Bruce’s experience includes managing and implementing highly complex projects at strategic and operational levels.
Hakvåg has 19 years of experience within innovation, IP, IPR, standards and entrepreneurship. He has been a lecturer and researcher at the NTNU Center for Entrepreneurship and a National expert at CEN TC 389 Innovation Management (EN TS 16555-series). At present Hakvåg is the CEO of House of Knowledge AS and National expert and Convener for Terminology and Vocabulary at ISO TC 279 Innovation Management and involved in the development of the OECD Oslo Manual 4ed:2018. He is part of the European Commissions - “Joint Initiative for Standardisation - Action 3” and has been a consultative body for the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and commerce on IPR and Standards. Hakvåg originally holds a degree as MSc. in Biophysics and Medical technology from NTNU.
Andy spent 26 years in the military as an engineer and helicopter crewman operating in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and as a Search and Rescue (SAR) winchman and winch operator. He left the military in 2011 and founded Amber Tiger, a company delivering specialist aviation training and advice to governments, militaries and large aviation companies globally including Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Leonardo, Boeing, Mauritanian government and the UK MoD. Amber Tiger has been recently awarded NQE status for Unmanned training delivery in the UK, he is also on the UK National BSI Group committee for Unmanned Air Systems.
Matthew has extensive experience advising businesses on the full ambit of commercial, IP, Tech, data protection, privacy and cyber security matters. Matthew is an expert in tech and IP matters. He works closely with companies advising them on the best practical and legal measures to mitigate and manage security breaches and ensure compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulations. He advises CEOs and senior management on how to create the best legal, technological and security governance strategies for the business. Matthew has worked as a CEO and understands the commercial and budgetary pressures businesses face when implementing strategic projects. Matthew is the Managing Partner of Hamlins, a 100+ year established law firm, based in London’s west end.
“Matthew Pryke is both smart and focused with an ability to find solutions that add value”
John has been heavily involved in aviation for over 53 years, as an Air Traffic Controller and Airport Manager, including many years working with the CAA, and as a board member of the Airport Operators Association. Now an Airport/ Aviation Consultant specialising in Business and General Aviation support. His more recent projects have included working to both reopen and upgrade several airports, Heliport operations and the development of new technology to move forward electric aviation.
Neil Hunter has enjoyed successful senior appointments across Europe following a rewarding military career as a senior British Royal Navy officer. He has a wealth of experience in both the Aviation and Maritime domains, particularly the robotics sector. He currently consults for the Aerospace manufacturer Schiebel, headquartered in Vienna, Austria and the UK company Smart Ports, as well as supporting the AUVSI UK Chapter and the Guild of Air Pilots Drone Focus Group. Previous appointments have included CEO of IRIS Group delivering Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Managed Services; the CEO of UMS Group in Switzerland, Head of Business Development at Babcock Aerospace in the UK and Managing Director of Schiebel. In the Royal Navy, he enjoyed significant success as the Commanding Officer of a fully operational warship, and as an Aviator, accruing over 2,000 fixed wing and rotary flying hours, including the award of the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air.
Shelton spent over 19 years’ in law enforcement before leaving in December 2020, He has extensive experience in incident response, physical and digital security, critical incident management, intelligence assessments, threats to life, incident investigation.
He also led the cyber prevent and protect teams at the Yorkshire and Humber Regional organised Crime unit for over 3 years.
In 2020 CSO Online named Shelton as one of the UK’s Top 30 Chief Security Officers at the CSO30 awards 2020. Shelton was also named Cyber Law Enforcement Individual of the Year 2020 at the National Cyber Awards and Digital Person of the Year 2020 by Computing magazine.
He is a subject matter expert in many disciplines including information security, privacy and process improvement.
He has also sat on working groups for the NCSC and NCA.
Shelton is also director and founder of Newsham Business Solutions Ltd.
Les has nearly 50 years’ experience in defence industry, progressing from shop floor apprentice to Profit and Loss director of a circa £300m pa turnover business unit within BAE Systems.
His career focus has been on weapon systems, including high performance radar, command and control and complex munitions. In addition, he has managed training facilities for surface warfare and submariner training, run a successful electronics / sub-system manufacturing capability, created an information management business, and developed autonomous platforms.
With a strategic focus and system orientation, Les has created, disposed, and merged business units, worked on acquisitions, taken shareholdings, sat on Audit and Joint Venture boards, and provided independent peer review of business plans and campaigns.
Latterly, Les has been working with Drone Major, Canny Comms - a marketing and communications business – AMD - a nanotechnology start-up - amongst other short-term assignments.
David Durston has so far completed 48 years of military service; including as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot and major warship commander. His warfare specialisms are surface and sub-surface warfare. Since leaving full-time, commissioned RN service in 2008, he continues to fly part time as a Royal Air Force Reservist pilot and flying supervisor, and currently holds both fixed and rotary wing pilot licences.
Earlier MOD roles include Military Capability Leader in Defence Science and Technology Laboratories; Military lead for all maritime systems; maritime air, surface and sub-surface design requirements capture; future helicopter design requirements capture (maritime and battlefield); and ship/aircraft integration and controls automation for air ops from small ships’ moving decks.
Former UK national rep in NATO for maritime UAVs and interoperable systems architecture; and latterly as Director of International Sales overseeing refits and systems integration of military ship, land, and air systems for overseas governments. He is a qualified commercial shipping Master, specialising in commissioning privately owned ships from refit, setting up Safety Management Systems to international compliance standards, and a regular advisor to a major superyacht refit consortium.
Nathan has a business career spanning over three decades in information technology, including successful positions in both sales and business development, client executive roles, sales, and operations management. This includes leading teams in new client acquisition and establishing and broadening relationship engagement, through effective sales leadership, project, and team management.
Following attendance at Insead Business School in France, Nathan has significant expertise in two key areas related to information technology both at a tactical and strategic level: Travel & Transportation - centering on aviation, but also experience including rail, freight and logistics and travel related services over the last twenty years, additionally having a good exposure to many sub-industries and disciplines; and Aerospace & Defence - supporting areas within engineering, supply chain, intellectual property and data management and monetization of such.
Building on his experience in strategic roles he has delivered speaker slots at many external conferences and webinars, and in 2020 represented IBM at the Government Select Committee for Transport.