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WELCOME TO CRANFIELD AEROSPACE

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Limited (CAeS) is an aerospace market leader in rapid prototyping of new aerospace concepts, and modifications to existing aerospace platforms, to meet the most challenging issues facing the industry today.

Utilising its aerospace reputation established over 30 years combined with its EASA/MOD approvals to: design, build, test and fly airborne systems, CAeS provides a comprehensive range of services for both manned aircraft and unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs/drones).

CAeS also provides a unique product portfolio including: “the Cranfield Seat” a sophisticated low cost G-cueing simulator for military and commercial aircraft, a G-cueing driving simulator for F1/road racing, and CASSIUS a uniquely capable autonomous low cost surveillance UAV/drone for commercial and military applications.

CAeS’ military heritage also means that we retain the capabilities for a wide range of services for the safety clearance of the carriage and release of weapon systems for land, sea and air vehicles. CAeS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cranfield University and together we seek to turn cutting edge research into market leading aerospace technologies and services.

OUR SPECIALIST SECTORS

OUR BOARD MEMBERS...

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Chris Holliday BSc(Hons)

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Chris Holliday joined the Board in June 2015. In addition to this role he runs a consultancy business, Energy Aviation Services that specialises in the commercial aviation field including acting as a consultant to Cranfield Aerospace.

Following his graduation from Bristol University in 1985 with an Honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Chris joined British Aerospace as part of their commercial aircraft sales and marketing team. Chris held a range of technical sales and marketing
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Chris Earnshaw OBE FRENG FIET

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Chris Earnshaw is non-executive Chairman of Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Ltd having been chairman of the former Cranfield Aerospace Ltd since May 2010.  He has extensive experience as an executive and non-executive director in high technology and service businesses.

Chris is a former member of the Court of Cranfield University and currently Chairman of Cranfield Group Holdings Ltd and BRE Group Ltd.  He is a past President and Chairman of the Trustees of the Institution of
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Paul Hutton

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Paul was appointed as the CEO of Cranfield Aerospace Ltd from 1 December 2015. He has extensive experience in executive roles in: aerospace, technology and service businesses.

During 2014/2015 Paul was the Chief Commercial Officer for Vocality, a manufacturer of satellite, defence and maritime specific network routers, voice and communications sub-systems. In that role he was responsible for driving growth and ensuring integrated commercial success, covering: sales, marketing, customer
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Professor Ian Poll OBE FREng FCGI FAIAA FRAeS

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Non-Executive Director and Technical Consultant

The founder and former Technical Director of Cranfield Aerospace, Emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield University Ian Poll is now a Non-Executive Director of Cranfield Aerospace and a technical consultant to the company.

As the Head of Cranfield Aerospace's parent, the College of Aeronautics, he founded the Company in 1997 and served as Managing Director from 1997 until 1999. In that capacity, he was responsible
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Professor Philip John FREng

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As well as being a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Cranfield Aerospace, Professor Philip John is the Head of School of Engineering at Cranfield University. The School’s activities embrace aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, renewable and offshore energy engineering and air transport.

Professor John is also the Professor of Systems Engineering at Cranfield University. He has nearly thirty years experience in Systems Engineering in a career within industry and academia
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Sebastian Di Cataldo ACMA, CGMA

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Sebastian Di Cataldo joined Cranfield Aerospace as Finance Director and Company Secretary on the 2nd June 2008.

Early in his career Sebastian held a number of positions with Lloyds Bank, the Thomas Cook Group and UAC International (part of Unilever plc) prior to qualifying with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 1986.

After qualifying Sebastian held a senior role in a prominent Contract Research business engaged in pharmaceutical safety evaluation. Sebastian
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OUR EXPERTS

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Andy Pitcher

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Andy Pitcher, Senior Project Manager has more than 30 years experience working in the aerospace industry, both in engineering and programme management.  His skills cover a broad spectrum, including design, manufacture, assembly, installation, test, integration and certification organisation.  
Andy is responsible for the project management of aircraft modifications, which has included the design, manufacture, installation and testing of scientific equipment
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Balbir Gabri

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Dr Balbir Gabri is Chief Scientist at Cranfield Aerospace Ltd.

He received a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Manchester University in 1971 and PhD in Structural Dynamics from Cranfield University in 1979. After working in various departments at Cranfield a University, he joined Cranfield Data System Ltd in 1985 as Technical Director and developed software for Modal Testing, Fatigue,Acoustic Intensity,Rotating Machine and Flutter analysis. He has provided training in these subjects
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Graham Campion

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Jenny Kavanagh

Head of Airborne Systems Group Email Jenny
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Justin Lewis

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Justin Lewis is the Friction Survey Manager at Cranfield Aerospace Ltd. He obtained a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering with Sustainability from Brunel University London and has previously worked for Black & Veatch in the water engineering sector, and for Lafarge Tarmac at their pavement technical innovation laboratory. Justin has been with Cranfield Aerospace since 2014 and leads a specialised team in conducting friction surveys on runways and helidecks.

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Paul Lewis

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Paul Lewis has been the head of Cranfield Aerospace’s Safety and Suitability Technologies Group since 2012.

He received a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from City University and joined Hunting Engineering Ltd as a stress engineer. After a 17-year career spanning many roles and departments, including stress, trials and systems, Paul decided on a change of scenery and moved to Cranfield Aerospace Ltd. to work in the field of measurement and analysis of the effects of mechanical environments
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Peter Howarth

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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
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Stephen Rutherford

Senior Stress Engineer, Deputy QA Manager and Technical Lead for Historic Aircraft Email Stephen
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Stephen has led the Historic Aircraft part of the business for the last five years. He is your point of contact for new enquiries and can help guide you to the services we offer.

As an engineer, he is experienced in the assessment of aircraft structures and systems for both structural performance and airworthiness.  In addition, he has a broad set of engineering skills across analysis, design, test and systems engineering.


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