The Board

Neva Aerospace is a venture co-founded by a Fortune 500 company consultant senior executive and an expert and entrepreneur in nuclear, laser, optical and aerospace physics. They are supported by several executive and non-executive board and advisory committee members.
ROBERT F. VERGNES
F.M. ROBERT VERGNES
Chairman

Robert co-founded the Neva Project and Neva Aerospace - where he is implementing his vision on how to integrate Neva’s technology into the emerging UAV market. His goal is to guarantee the company’s success as a leader in electric aviation and industrial robotics aircraft.

Robert developed an expertise in international business operations and commercial development in diverse cultural settings. Today he holds more than twenty years’ experience working internationally - with project experience in the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Africa. Sustainability is a key issue for Robert and he has served as an expert for the United Nations (for the UNFCCC).

Robert was the CEO for an optics and electronics group prior to the launch of Neva. Prior to that, he worked for ERM, the world’s leading sustainability consultancy, where he served as Practice Leader for Energy & Climate Change for many years, a division that he personally founded for the group in France and Southern Europe.

Robert’s passion for flying – he has held a pilots license since 1997 – has played a key role in leading the Neva project and commercial concepts teams. He is a strong believer in cross-collaboration and in the consortium business model.

Having held various director and board member positions in the past, Robert worked with many of Neva’s board and advisory board members prior to Neva’s inception.

Robert studied Aerospace Engineering at IPSA in France and completed his education with a selective entrepreneurial programme for advanced technology start-ups (Challenge Plus) at the HEC business school in Paris.

DAVID BROTHERTON-RATCLIFFE PhD
DAVID BROTHERTON-RATCLIFFE PhD
Chief Science Officer

David is co-founder of Neva Aerospace and the principal inventor of Neva’s core technological concepts. He is an executive board member of Neva Aerospace Limited, where he serves as the Chief Science Officer as well as fulfilling the role of Technical Director throughout the early stages of the business venture.

David is a scientist, entrepreneur, and pilot – with over thirty years of experience in nuclear, laser and optical physics, applied mathematics, computational modeling, and electronic and optical engineering.

He was awarded a PhD in 1984 for research carried out in the field of controlled nuclear fusion, whilst working at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. Since graduating, David has worked both in academia and industry. Over his career, he founded and has worked for a wide range of scientific businesses in the UK, Europe, North America, and Australia.

David is the author of numerous patents and over seventy scientific articles. He is also the author a major textbook on coherent imaging.

David is currently an industrial consultant and a visiting professor at Glyndŵr University.

RUSSELL PULLAN
RUSSELL PULLAN

Russell is a non-executive director on the Neva board. He is Chair of CoPower Inc. He was the Chief Investment Officer at SDCL Energy Efficiency Fund in London, and Director of New Energy & Clean Technology Ventures at Nomura International PLC. He has business degrees and certifications from INSEAD in France, the London Business School, and the Cranfield School of Management in the UK.

Russell has 20 years of international experience as a venture capitalist, a successful entrepreneur, and as a developer of clean-tech related businesses. He led investments at the Carbon Trust, a pioneering low-carbon fund and has been entrusted to manage several multi-million GBP clean-tech funds, and was the chairman of EVOEnergy Solar.

About Neva Aerospace

 

Neva Aerospace is a European consortium based in the United Kingdom. It partners with key clients, technology suppliers, and financial institutions to develop technologies for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), unmanned air cargo (UAC), aerial robotic platforms (ARP), and electric aviation. It owns a portfolio of patents and technologies which are among the most advanced worldwide. As of January 2016 Neva Consortium counts 5 companies with more than 100 people.

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