MEET THE TEAM
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. 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.
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.
Bob Wade - Operations Director
Bob has established operations, sourcing locations and designing facilities for Aveillant, he has also played a pivotal role in securing ISO 9001, 14001, 18001 and 27001 plus other significant procedures.
With a solid background in operations, Bob has more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in driving revenue growth, profit margins and client acquisition. He worked for 10 years at Inca Digital Printers, establishing operations and directing 12 Managers with a £20 million budget. Bob moved to a new position as Operations Director role in MSI Defence Systems where he managed the introduction of ERP system, (IFS) specifically the introduction and development of processes, with a budget of £14 million.
Bob has received many professional qualifications including awards from the City & Guilds in 743 Quality Control/Statistical Analysis, a full technical certificate (HNC) in Mechanical & Production Engineering.
Dr. Dominic Walker - Business Development Manager
Dr Dominic Walker is Aveillant’s Business Development Manager. Dominic began his career working for the UK Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), investigating high resolution radar for maritime surveillance. When DERA was privatised to become QinetiQ, he moved to the commercial side of the business to become the Product Manager for the Tarsier radar, the first automatic runway inspection system in the world. The system was installed at Vancouver airport, Heathrow, Dubai and Doha. It also received numerous industry awards and was shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award.
Dominic then joined Northrop Grumman as Product Manager for their Airport Systems group, and launched a new product family of software tools for Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), Passenger Flow tracking and data analytics.
He joined Aveillant in January 2016. Dominic holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University College London and an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Tim Quilter - Product Manager
Tim has overall responsibility for engineering at Aveillant including design, development and commissioning of systems. Since joining the team he has put in place a set of rigorous engineering processes based on industry best practise and is currently undertaking the engineering plan that will see Aveillant through its first product deployments and safety cases.
Previously Tim worked as a Software Designer at Thorn EMI Electronics/Racal Radar Defence Systems and at Roke Manor Research Ltd where he was responsible for some of the world’s first multilateration deployments with NATS, Nav Canada and EUROCONTROL. Tim then led the development of the Vigilance Wide Area Multilateration product that is now marketed by Indra Systems Inc.
Tim has also worked at ERA a.s. as Strategy Director where he was in charge of product development planning and systems engineering for ERAs range of civil and military surveillance products.
Tim is widely respected within the industry and is active in the Air Traffic Management industry, chairing the EUROCAE working group on ADS-B and WAM composite surveillance (WG51 SG4) and contributing to the EUROCONTROL surveillance steering group (SUR-SG). Tim is also a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (MIET). He won the Siemens Engineering Excellence Award 2000 for EUROCONTROL Height Monitoring Units.