Dominic is a founding member and Director of DroneOps. His role is to support the executive team through business development. DroneOps Ltd has its origins in its sister company CBRNE Ltd where it was realised small unmanned aviation systems could integrate chemical and radiological sensors. This concept is being validated through European Union funded Framework Programme 7 research projects and proposed Horizon 2020 projects in which Dominic Kelly has many years’ experience. DroneOps Ltd has expanded the original concept to include operations across military, security, emergency, industrial and civilian activities where the company is active in providing assistance.
Nicola is part of the executive team responsible for running the financial accounts and providing business development support which is underpinned by time served with blue chip companies. Nicola brings a wealth of business experience combined with sound commercial awareness and offers a straightforward approach to problem solving. Nicola has been part of the DroneOps executive team since its inception.
Senior Drone Engineer, Stefan is a lifelong radio control modeller with a drone engineering background spanning the last 8 years. Stefan designs, machines and manufactures flying platforms using his own range of FPV (First person view) quadcopter frames which are used the world over. Many of his designs have gone on to be "industry standard" thereby setting the precedent for others to follow.
He is a qualified Electrical Engineer with a knowledge of laminates and 3D printing and all things drone related. He has extensive experience building large multi-rotors for cameramen and film companies and with the first mini and then micro copters, Stefan was responsible for bringing innovation and many new developments to the Mini-Quad racing scene in the UK.
With appearances on Channel 5's "The Gadget Show" and numerous BBC shows and piloting for drone based programs Stefan continues to make his mark on this growing part of the industry now with special emphasis on integrating Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) with commercial applications including chemical and radiological sensors.
During my 30 years of service with the police, I have witnessed on countless occasions the benefits of aerial surveillance when managing incidents. The forthcoming significant reductions in police budgets will severely curtail the use of helicopters to provide this aerial support. The capabilities offered by small unmanned aviation systems (SUAS) clearly demonstrate their use as a more cost effective tool for the emergency services and, with my specialist knowledge and network, I am able to identify applications for these exciting new tools in the security and law enforcement sectors.
Successful SUAS operation requires planning and the assessment of events that can challenge mission objectives. Nigel’s expertise, developed across a broad range of industries, allows operators to avoid or mitigate such challenges and to provide assessments suitable for formal approval by clients and stakeholders. Nigel’s assessments always place safety first but also ensure that we reliably deliver our Client’s needs.
Dr Irina Stănciugelu
As UAV development advances ethical issues relating to public safety, privacy and data protection has the potential for compromising commercial and operational success through public dissatisfaction. Irina Stănciugelu of DroneOps Ltd is alert to these issues and addresses them both in a generic format as well as for customer specific projects. In conjunction with a risk management approach DroneOps Ltd provides operators with the modus operandi to mitigate the ethical risks for any scenario including surveillance of people, emergency and disaster monitoring and protection of critical infrastructure inspection, mapping and earth observation, precision agriculture and other visual services as well as advice for journalists, private individuals and film-makers.
Dave's experience in Human Factors (HF) is valuable during the development of any new SUAS in ensuring the operability of the delivered systems. A high level of operability means that the aircraft can be controlled more easily and reliably in difficult conditions. This should reduce the amount of damage that occurs during operations. HF principles can also improve the design of maintenance and training manuals. The overall result of including HF in the development cycle is to reduce SUAS operating costs and increase safety.
Mark is a commercial lawyer with over 30 years’ experience involving a wide range of transactions. He brings the benefit of that experience to DroneOps Ltd both in terms of the expertise required to negotiate and finalise contracts with commercial counterparts but also in ensuring that the company is compliant with all relevant regulations for the operation of its business.