15 Jul 2021 – Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) the UK SME leading the Project Fresson consortium which is integrating hydrogen fuel cell technology to develop a commercially viable, retrofit powertrain solution for the nine-passenger Britten-Norman Islander aircraft is pleased to announce that we are appointing Paul Craig as Non-Executive Chairman.

Paul Craig will succeed Garry Copeland as Chair of the CAeS Board when Garry completes his current term on 22 July 2021.

Paul has a wealth of experience in the aerospace industry and is a former senior executive at Rolls-Royce, with a broad range of experience spanning from Chief Engineer, to President of Services and Operations.  Over a forty-year career his experience covers both Civil and Military customers, having successfully won business, delivered products, and supported operations in all major international markets.

Paul also has extensive board experience, having served as Chairman of EuroProp International (EPI) and AirTanker Services in the UK.  Paul also chaired the AirTanker RemCom for a number of years.

“I am delighted that Paul will be joining the CAeS Board.  He is a highly respected business leader and proven Chair. His strategic insights, international experience and strong focus on delivery, culture and customer equip him well to support CAeS’s rapid progress deliver the world’s first truly “green” passenger carrying airline services.”

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank Garry on behalf of the Board for his exemplary leadership and wish him all the very best for the future when he steps down on 22nd July 2021. We have benefitted hugely from his judgement, experience and dedication as CAeS has progressed Fresson, particularly during the challenging period of the Covid19 pandemic”

Paul Hutton, CEO of Cranfield Aerospace Solutions

Paul Craig said: 

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the CAeS board at such an exciting time. The team is on course to deliver the worlds first hydrogen powered aircraft into service in Q1 2025, and I look forward to providing support and governance for their success.”

Garry Copeland commented: 

“it has been a great privilege to work with the Cranfield Aerospace Solutions team over the last three years. They have worked tirelessly to bring Project Fresson to life, and to make truly emissions free commercial flight a reality. I’m especially pleased to hand over the chair role to Paul Craig, who brings huge knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to support Paul Hutton and the team.

I look forward to seeing the project take flight.”


Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) – An aerospace market leader in rapid prototyping of new aerospace concepts, modifications to existing aerospace platforms and integration of cutting-edge technologies to meet the most challenging issues facing the industry today. CAeS is the wholly owned commercial arm of Cranfield University.

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