About Us

Board of Directors

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    Captain Graham Douglas Grindell Peck

    Executive Chairman
    • Graham began his flying career in 1963 as a pilot in the UK Royal Navy flying fleet air defence fighters from both aircraft carriers and shore bases. During this time he qualified as a military qualified flying instructor teaching fast jet students at the Royal Naval Advanced Flying Training School and started on a training career that spanned over 50 years.

      On leaving the military in 1972 he joined Dan Air, a UK charter airline and soon extended his training qualifications when he became a Line Training Captain on BAC 1-11 aircraft. This led to his qualification as a UK CAA Authorised Examiner and subsequently the position of Fleet Chief Training Captain on the B737 Fleet. The airline was absorbed into British Airways (BA”) in 1993 and Graham took the post of B737 Flight Manager in the new BA Euro Gatwick division.

      In 1998 he was seconded to GB Airways, a BA subsidiary airline as Chief Pilot and shortly after became the Director of Operations and a full board member. On reaching the BA compulsory retirement age he went freelance and in 2000 joined FlightSafety Boeing Training International (later known as Alteon), Boeing’s training division, as the Head of Training for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was responsible for the initial structuring of the training department and obtained the necessary regulatory approvals leading to the full type rating training organisation status for six training centres covering the UK, Europe, North Africa and Singapore. Since 2010, Graham has run his own aviation consultancy business and worked in the development and delivery of innovative training and educational solutions to the aviation industry. Graham is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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    Iain McLure

    CEO
    • Mr. McLure is an operational specialist with a strong track record.  He has over 20 years’ hands-on experience of international, multi-discipline management.  Between 1995 and 2013, he was CEO of Spring Global Mail, which was originally established in 2000 as a joint venture between TNT, Royal Mail and Singapore Post but is now a wholly owned subsidiary of TNT.  Spring Global Mail specialises in cross-border international mail, parcel and return services for businesses including the Royal Mail with a particular focus on e-commerce, direct marketing and reverse logistics business, handling major blue chip multi-national clients like Vodafone and Office Depot. Prior to Spring Global, Iain was Commercial Director at Royal Mail International.

      Iain brings practical skills in leadership, structured process, negotiation and specifically a wealth of experience in business development and growth.  Iain’s key strengths are strong leadership and people management and development skills, supported by solid commercial sense.  He has a sound analytical and operational background and extensive experience of innovation, technology and practical problem solving.  Importantly, Iain has demonstrated his ability to identify key areas of growth within businesses and enhance performance in order to maximise revenue generation and profitability.

      Mr. McLure will be working with the executive team in order to consolidate the Company’s strong position in the rapidly expanding UAV market.

       

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    Gerard Dempsey

    Chief Financial Officer
    • Gerard is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in senior finance roles in both multi-national corporations and start-up environments across a range of global industries Gerard was Vice President Logistics Services and Finance Director of Sandvik Mining & Construction Ireland Ltd, a global engineering firm. Prior to this, he was Chief Financial Officer of Airvod, a media technology start-up targeting the aviation sector. He also formerly held positions as Finance Director at Microsoft Ireland, Head of Finance at Guinness, Head of Corporate Treasury and Structured Financing at Diageo, and Senior Corporate Treasurer at Pfizer. Alongside his senior finance roles, Gerard worked in investment banking and risk management at Schroders Australia.

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    Paul Ryan

    Non-Executive Director
    • Paul has 20 years of transactional, commercial and regulatory experience in the telecommunications and ICT sectors with international blue chip entities, during which he has been involved in transactions with a value in excess of US$10 billion. From 2002 to 2013, he held a variety of board positions with leading mobile operator Vodafone and its operating subsidiaries, including Head of Strategy, Regulatory and Political Affairs in Brussels and Director of Strategy and External Affairs for Vodafone Ireland and Vodafone Ghana. Prior to this, he worked as a management consultant in the European telecoms sector, served as a strategic adviser at Ofcom, the UK's communications industry regulator, and was a solicitor at leading international City law firm Ashurst. Paul is Managing Director Europe and Africa for CMAS Holdings LLC, an innovative cellular messaging alert company, where his responsibilities include high value infrastructure sales to the public sector. He acts as an adviser, primarily on strategy and public policy, to a range of clients including FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies largely in the ICT space. Paul is a qualified solicitor in the UK and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

"The Board has a powerful combination of aviation experience and commercial skills that position Strat Aero as a successful provider of UAV-enabled solutions."

Iain McLure, CEO