About Us

Senior Management


    Mark Wharry

    Director of Commercial UAS Training & Education
    • Mark joins Strat Aero after nearly 15 years’ experience in the Royal Air Force, during which time he became the UK Armed Forces’ most highly-qualified unmanned aircraft instructor. 
      Mark is an extremely experienced pilot; during his time in the RAF he flew Tornado GR4 fast jets in numerous locations around the world, including on combat missions in Afghanistan. For his last tours in the RAF, Mark volunteered to fly Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) including the MQ-9 Reaper RPAS. 
      As well as this Mark has extensive experience as a flying instructor and has specialised in instructional roles throughout his career. Mark was the Central Flying School’s first ever “A” grade Qualified Pilot instructor on an unmanned aircraft, and designed and managed the training for new RAF pilots converting to RPAS. As the RAF’s most senior instructor, he had responsibility for checking and assessing all pilot instructors on the Force. 
      Mark’s expertise and experience is set to greatly benefit the Company in its roll out of the commercial UAV pilot training programmes both in the UK and globally. 

    Gary Nel

    Director of Engineering & Survey
    • Gary has over 15 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry working with some of the biggest construction companies in the UK, having started his own engineering company in 2004.

      In 2011 Gary started using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assist in surveying and ultimately to enhance service for clients. He was the first person in the UK to equip his business with a senseFly eBee (a sophisticated fixed wing UAV) to assist and develop aerial surveying using photogrammetry.

      An Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Gary has participated in a portfolio of prestigious survey & engineering projects including Abberton Reservoir, Lowestoft Waste Water Treatment Centre, the Colchester Garrison upgrade and the Broadland Flood Alleviation Project.


    Laura Grice

    Group Financial Controller
    • Laura is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years’ experience, during which she has worked for some of the UK’s top firms.  Since 2005 she has gained experience in a Financial Controller, or equivalent, capacity, working within the construction and manufacturing sector and as such has exemplary commercial awareness and industry knowledge.
      In her most recent position, Laura was Head of Finance for an £80m joint venture where she was solely responsible for the financial reporting as well as internal and external audits. Additionally  Laura was responsible for the management and development of her departmental team. 
      Laura brings to the senior management team her accounting expertise as well as her leadership ability, having achieved qualifications with the Institute of Leadership and Management and strengthened through her participation in a Leadership Development Programme in 2016.

"A highly qualified Board and senior management team"

Iain McLure, CEO