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.
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.
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.