MEET THE BOARD
Aubrey Thompson - Chairman
Aubrey was appointed non-executive Chairman of Aveillant in April 2014. Since joining the board Aubrey has strengthened the board of Aveillant and supported the CEO to grow the executive management team and develop the new business strategy.
Aubrey is an accomplished entrepreneurial Chairman and CEO; his more than 25 years experience includes working in large multinationals and small company environments.
In his career, he has operated both in the private and public sector markets where he has used his inspirational skills and leadership in articulating visionary strategies.
He has held senior management posts in such diverse sectors as Wireless Communications (Motorola), Transport Telematics (Infocell), Corporate Strategy Consultancy (CRC Conseil) and Diagnostic Imaging (Thomson CSF).
He excels in developing, managing and advising technology companies whether they are early stage or established mature businesses.
He was awarded the prestigious Irish Exporter of the Year Award in 2001 and the Irish Business Achievers Award in 2003 for his leadership of Infocell, a company he founded in Ireland in 1995.
He now focuses his time on assisting other entrepreneurs and technology companies both as a non-executive Chairman / Non-Executive Director and as a mentor / advisor.
Sir Colin Terry - Non-Executive Director
Sir Colin was appointed as non-executive Director of Aveillant in November 2014. A Chartered Engineer with extensive civil aerospace, military and industrial experience, Sir Colin has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to Aveillant. He has been brought in to support the commercial deployment of 3D Holographic Radar™ across the globe.
Sir Colin served 37 years in the Royal Air Force, reaching the rank of Air Marshal. He had previously been Chief Engineer (RAF), as well as the Commander in Chief for Logistics Command and the Air Force Board Member for Logistics.
After retiring from the Royal Air Force in 1999, he has had held profile roles, including Non-Executive Chairman of Meggitt PLC, a FTSE 100 Aerospace company; Chairman of the UK Military Aviation Authority Safety Advisory Committee; Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Fox Marble Holdings PLC, and Non-Executive Chairman of AviaMedia Tech Limited.
Other key roles held by Sir Colin include Group Managing Director of Inflite Engineering Services, Chairman of the Engineering Council (UK), President of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Council of European Aerospace Societies. Sir Colin is also President of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association in Buckinghamshire, of which he is Deputy Lieutenant.
Martin McAdam - Non-Executive Director
Martin is an accomplished executive with significant experience in the energy and renewables sectors. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Aquamarine Power. Prior to that, Martin was President and Chief Executive Officer of the US subsidiary of Airtricity, a role in which he constructed over 400MW of wind farm capacity.
Martin spent his early career at ESB, the Irish utility, involved in a number of activities including power station construction and generation planning. After a number of years in information services, he returned to the power industry and joined Airtricity, a significant developer and constructor of wind farms throughout the UK and Ireland, managing construction of new wind farms. Martin's role expanded into operations and ultimately to take responsibility for the growing US business. He led the integration of the Airtricity Generation Business Unit into the SSE Renewables Division after sale.
Martin is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
David Crisp - Chief Executive Officer
David, an experienced technology expert, was appointed as CEO of Aveillant in October 2011. He has been instrumental in securing funding and building the team to enable commercialisation of the 3D Holographic Radar™ technology.
David has a proven track record in growing new technology start-ups. After more than 10 years working with Schlumberger in the oil and gas industry, he founded the mobile communications software company, Eden Group, where a successful exit gave a ten times return for investors.
Following the sale of Eden Group David was appointed CEO of Neopost Online Inc, a $100M funded ecommerce start-up where, in 18 months, he grew revenues to $24m, the customer base to 17,000 with shipping counters in 2,500 supermarkets across the USA. Following a two year sabbatical sailing across the Atlantic, he joined UK wave energy device developer Orecon Ltd as CEO, where he closed a £12m A round funding with tier one VCs and successfully led the company to become one of the industry leading device developers at this time.
Dr. Gordon Oswald - Chief Scientific Officer
Gordon leads scientific development for Aveillant. He joined the team after recognising that Holographic Radar™ could be developed and deployed to mitigate the effects of wind turbines on aviation.
A physicist with 40 years experience in radar system development and application, Gordon studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and joined Cambridge Consultants, progressing to lead Cambridge Consultants’ radar developments. His career has focused on the development and application of short range radar technology for Government and commercial users. Gordon’s vast experience has ranged from radar investigation of the Antarctic Ice Sheet through developing military instrumentation radars to creating collision sensors for the automotive industry.
In 2010, Gordon’s work on through-the-wall radar led to Cambridge Consultants’ Queen’s Award for Industry (Innovation). He was also Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the British Association of Remote Sensing Companies between 1995 and 1998.
Dr. Chris Baker - Chief Engineering Officer
Chris is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Aveillant with responsibilities for all technical aspects of the companies products and their development. Prior to this Chris was the Ohio State Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems at the Ohio State University. Until June 2011 he was the Dean and Director of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to this he held the Thales-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of intelligent radar systems based at University College London.
He has been actively engaged in radar systems research since 1984 and is the author of over two hundred and fifty publications on a range of issues including: coherent radar techniques; radar signal processing; radar signal interpretation; electronically scanned radar systems; Radar imaging; natural and cognitive echo locating systems. He is the recipient of the IEE Mountbatten premium (twice), the IEE Institute premium.
He is a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, Wright State University, Strathclyde University and Birmingham University and is a fellow of the IET and IEEE.
Ray Edgson - Investing Director
As the Ventures Director of Cambridge Consultants, Ray was involved in the spin-out of Aveillant from CCL and has been a board member since day one.
As CTO of CCL, Ray is responsible for the company's technology strategy, and the creation and exploitation of intellectual property. Within his role as Ventures Director, Ray manages the ventures portfolio and the company's venture investment activities, working alongside venturing partner Esprit Capital Partners.
Ray joined Cambridge Consultants in 1986 and has won and led a number of the company's largest product development programmes, including a medical diagnostic instrument, an autonomous handheld nail gun, a dialysis system and the printed electronic displays programme.
Before joining Cambridge Consultants, Ray worked in the aerospace industry and manufacturing. He holds a first class degree in Engineering and an MBA from the London Business School. He is also a Chartered Engineer and speaks fluent German.
Richard Nourse - Investing Director
Richard leads Greencoat Capital's overall investment strategy and is a member of the investment committee.
Richard previously enjoyed a long career in the City, first at Morgan Grenfell and then at Merrill Lynch where he led the EMEA Energy and Power Team.
On leaving Merrill Lynch in 2007, Richard joined the Shareholder Executive, part of the UK Government, with responsibility for British Energy, BNFL and Urenco. Richard is a non-executive director of Urenco.
He sits on the boards of two of ESB NM LP's investments: Airvolution and Aveillant
Richard has a BA in Geology from Oxford University.
Alan Duncan - Investing Director
Alan has been in the venture capital industry for more than twenty years, initially through establishing a corporate venturing fund for Ferranti and then with Foreign & Colonial Ventures, Newmarket Venture Capital and Prelude Ventures. He joined Draper Esprit when it was formed in 2006.
Alan is responsible for a portfolio of Draper Esprit’s electronics investments including Phyworks, Lime Microsystems, SiConnect, XMOS and DisplayLink. His previous investments have included Alphamosaic (sold to Broadcom) and nCipher (IPO on LSE).
Alan has an electronic engineering background and gained his industrial experience in computer systems with Ferranti plc.
Alan is a past member of the European Venture Capital Association High Tech Committee and lecturer on the EVCA’s venture capital professional training courses.