Jeremy was inspired to set up and invest in SkyLifter after identifying the need for heavy lift equipment in areas where cranes and helicopters can no longer operate.
His focus on value-innovation to deliver investment ROI comes from three decades of business development success in rolling out emerging technologies across international markets, most recently with counter-drone security installations in nearly every European country.
“Our business is demand-driven and the commercial viability of our products is at the key to ROI. This, together with our approach to the technology, sets us apart from competitors. We have a clear vision of our realistic path to market and a supremely experienced team to take us there with maximum impact for our investors.”
Ute’s energy comes from the drive to make huge meaningful impacts in the sustainable delivery of humanitarian aid. Of course, she is planning to do that with huge SkyLifters.
She has 30 years experience in the Lighter-Than-Air industry including the operation of commercial balloons and collaboration on renowned sector publications, and her advanced marketing skills call upon her natural talents with language and psychology.
Her contribution to SkyLifter is invaluable, giving both smart, quick-thinking business strategy, and mature cultural awareness for customer engagement and diversity.
“SkyLifter’s market driven modular approach opens opportunities far greater than any of us can imagine at this stage, plus the MVP based business model has success written all over it at a time when the world cries out for scalable, viable solutions to the ever increasing climate crisis with devastating effects on humanity.”
David Taylor – Head of Business Development UK
Founder of Oscar Propulsion, David is a proven technology entrepreneur with a 30+ year track record in delivering shareholder value, through the successful commercialisation of disruptive technical innovations addressing global opportunities, in particular, now, those offering environmental benefits.
Specifically, he works on product development, IP protection, business start-up and growth, teambuilding, market strategy, business plan development, search for licensees, fundraising, IP licensing, business exit, and maximizing the return to shareholders.
“Skylifter stands out as a very exciting opportunity – highly innovative with unique but practical designs which will bring LTA into mainstream lifting and transportation, and will make a highly disruptive, yet sustainable impact with outstanding ESG credentials helping users meet their net zero carbon targets.”
Agnar Nielsen – Head of Business Development Europe
Agnar is experienced within product, project and program management, with full contractual, commercial and technical responsibility as well as full product life cycle responsibility; from innovation, development, test, production, delivery/installation and service until termination primarily within aerospace and the wind turbine industries.
He has led international, multi-cultural high valued strategic projects for companies like Bang & Olufsen, Terma Group, Cobham, Vestas and Stiesdal, making an impact on time to market, quality, contribution margin and additional sales.
Agnar is introducing SkyLifter to the European market.
“The SkyLifter business case is there – and it is solid, especially within the wind turbine industry. A lot of cost associated with building wind farms is the creation of the infrastructure to accommodate heavy and oversize loads.
This can be saved by using the SkyLifter with the added benefit of its lifting capacity at site to raise the wind turbines – even greater cost savings. Plus the SkyLifter operation is safer, faster, and far better for the environment, because we don’t leave a huge footprint for the generations to come.”
Erich K. Schmid – Head of Business Development USA
At Babcock & Wilcox Company (NYSE: BW) Corporate Planning and Business Development Department Erich led the annual preparation of the 5-year Business Plan for the Power Generation Group’s nine divisions and the consolidation of those into the Group’s 5-year Business Plan.
Building on this significant expertise, Erich then took responsibility for mergers & acquisitions and international joint ventures as Tidewater Inc. ‘s (NYSE: TDW) first Director of Corporate Development before founding Business Intermediary Services, Ltd. (BIS) to focus on lower, middle-market merger & acquisition transactions.
Erich offers the SkyLifter opportunity to the US market.
“In the 1970s I studied lighter than air concepts to transport nuclear components from a manufacturing plant to constructions sites. Following the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 this came to an abrupt end. Today the construction of wind farms creates a new opportunity for airships to move large components to remote constructions sites. Conceptually I believe SkyLifters can meet these needs.”
Luca strikes a great balance between technical expertise and business acumen, with a background working on a range of international aerospace and defence programmes, such as the British Army Mastiff, Rolls Royce engine programmes, the AERALIS fast jet and many others. He has spent a considerable amount of time in leadership roles and is highly networked in this space, helping SkyLifter attract the talent it needs to succeed.
Luca is perfectly placed to oversee the successful completion of SkyLifter’s development phases of design, manufacturing and scaling the operation in the most effective and efficient manner.
“SkyLifter helps address our existential challenge of climate change and some of the biggest problems faced by the wind energy sector, through a disruptive but surprisingly simple approach. I was originally attracted by the opportunity to help facilitate this green revolution, but have gone on to also see the incredible opportunity to scale the solution.”
CERTIFICATION & PRODUCT
Matt Powlson – Head of Design Organisation (HDO)
As a Chartered Engineer (IET), Matt spent the first 20 years of his career as an Engineer Officer in the Royal Air Force, with programme responsibilities and experiences, from the front line to type airworthiness, including fast jets and air transport.
Matt is instrumental in ensuring that all design and certification requirements are considered from the outset and are applied appropriately and timely, meeting the challenge of developing new standards where necessary and demonstrating how SkyLifter complies.
“Upon my first look at SkyLifter, it was clear that this is a great solution. As we refine the engineering, the simple, elegant design becomes even clearer and more compelling.”
Scott Vaughan – Head of Office of Airworthiness (HOA)
Scott is highly regarded as an expert on airworthiness, certification and whole aircraft flight test.
His most recent experience, as Technical & Safety Director to a multi-national PFI, was the delivery of an entirely new fixed wing flying training capability to the UK MoD with a contract value of £525 million.
Working alongside the Head of the Design Organisation, Scott holds executive and strategic responsibility for the certification and test flying programmes, as well as enabling SkyLifter to achieve Design Organisation Approval against CAA/EASA regulations.
“SkyLifter’s novel design, coupled with its green credentials are both intriguing and attractive to me, affording me the opportunity to carefully integrate the safety and airworthiness aspects into every strand of the company such that they become part of the enduring SkyLifter culture and legacy.”
Stuart manufactures and operates inflatable structures, from parachute training balloons and EP evac slides for the airlines, to bespoke special projects. His team built SkyLifter’s first capability concept demonstrator, the Vikki.
His significant knowledge of all related markets and industries makes Stuart our go-to choice for advising on the down selection of equipment and suppliers, as well as overseeing the manufacture and assembly of SkyLifter components.
“The SkyLifter design intrigued us. Having built the Vikki system and witnessed it fly, it was clear to me that the design arrangement is feasible with potential to scale, and it gives me every confidence that this can become a commercially viable air-crane system.”
Luke Brooke – Lighter-Than-Air Design Specialist
Luke has hands-on experience with airship design, documentation and assembly. Extensive involvement in creating and maintaining a worldwide operational airship fleet provides him with priceless expertise and an understanding of what actually works in the field, thereby helping SkyLifter to avoid the pitfalls that have cost so many so dearly.
His work has included major LTA programmes such as Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Air Vehicle, high altitude balloons for NASA and for Round the World balloon projects. His core skills in envelope fabric structure design make him an essential part of the team from the outset.
“In over 40 years in the Lighter-Than-Air aviation industry, I have worked on many projects. Relatively few of them have made optimum use of the inherent advantages of LTA over conventional heavier than air aircraft, but the SkyLifter does. SkyLifter focuses on a specific task for which a LTA heavy lift craft is particularly suited, and on a ‘minimum viable craft’. The mission requirement is defined and real, and the vehicle concept to meet these requirements is simple and practical.”