Peter has been Head of Design for Cranfield Aerospace since 2002 and has also filled the role of Chief of the Office of Airworthiness since we gained our EASA Part 21J Design Organisation Approval in 2005.
A Bristol University Aeronautical Engineering graduate, he joined Cranfield in 1990, initially as a Senior Stress Engineer, having spent six years with British Aerospace on the analysis and testing of Airbus wings. Peter worked on a wide variety of programmes at Cranfield in this period, including Jetstream flying test bed conversions, sensor pods on Tornados and a number of instrument installations on the Met Office Hercules aircraft. In 1998 he was chosen to be the Chief Engineer and Project Manager for the Jindivik programme, a large, fast, unmanned target aircraft for which Cranfield Aerospace were the Design Authority and which provided excellent experience of all aspects of air vehicle design.
Since appointment as Head of Design, he has led and coordinated the design team at Cranfield on projects such as a heavily-instrumented ETPS RJ70 flying classroom, a volcanic ash detection aircraft and a Jetstream 31 converted as a surrogate UAV. In particular he specialises in the initial airworthiness and certification aspects of these tasks and has been instrumental in achieving the approval of many complex and unusual projects. This expertise has also been used to support the approvals of other organisations, either as a post holder or as a CVE. Peter is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.