People

Helios is an aviation consultancy with a worldwide reputation for excellence and integrity. Combining analytical rigour, strategic context and creativity, we bring a contemporary and comprehensive understanding of the aviation sector to every problem and opportunity we address.

Only through the quality and leadership of our people are we able to deliver this service. Meet some of our senior staff below.

Mike shorthose

Mike Shorthose

Mike is executive chairman of Helios and a highly respected adviser to the aviation industry and its investors. Early in his career, Mike developed a technical specialism in the design, standardisation and implementation of aviation technology and surveillance systems. Since then his work has spanned a wide range of aviation issues including business advice on the planning and execution of large air traffic control projects, organisational change and cost benefit analysis.

An important focus of his recent work has been the culture change and cooperation necessary to implement Single European Sky legislation. His expertise in economic and policy areas has also led to advisory roles with many banks that fund investments in air traffic management.

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Nick McFarlane

Nick is managing director of Helios and a long-standing consultant to industry, government and non-governmental organisations in the aviation, navigation and space sectors. Nick has an engineering background and spent the late 1990s/early 2000s seconded to Luftfartsverket (LFV) in Sweden as well as Eurocontrol HQ in Brussels where he worked on the introduction of new technologies into ATM operations.

His technical, operational, and commercial know-how has been used to design, assess and introduce many new aviation systems, particularly in GNSS/navigation. Today Nick provides policy and investment advice in ATM and airports.

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Steve Leighton

Steve is a director of Helios with responsibility for Airport consulting and is a respected aviation and navigation specialist. Steve works with public and private sector clients including major airports as well as air navigation service providers, institutions such as EASA and ESA, and transport regulators from around the world. He spent much of the early part of his career working on aircraft navigation technologies, including GNSS.

For airports, Steve specialises in ANS sourcing, business modelling, and operational improvements as well as interpreting and implementing national and international regulations. He is also regularly called upon to lead safety assessments, business cases and infrastructure strategy in various transportation modes outside aviation.

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Alan Corner

Alan is the director of our Middle East office where he leads our work for governments, regulators and service providers across the Middle East and Asia. A former air traffic controller, Alan joined Helios following a successful career in the Royal Air Force where he was responsible for ATM/CNS capability development and strategic planning.

Alan is an experienced consultant and programme manager. He leads projects for a broad range of clients reviewing business strategy, undertaking safety and risk assessments and providing technical and economic analysis to achieve business and operational change. He also uses his extensive operational experience particularly in civil/military co-operation to help ANSPs develop improved airspace management and operational concepts.

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Mike Pearson

Mike is sales & marketing director and has spent much of his career advising on major airport developments around the world. For London, he has been leading the Mayor's assessment of a new hub airport and he previously led the programme management for Heathrow's third runway expansion plans. His thought leadership is recognised in the industry where he has been contributing to other major hub developments, including advising on Dubai's future transition. He previously led the UK Government's airport capacity assessment for the 2012 Olympics, was Technical Director for Gatwick's major midfield pier development and has developed competition-winning masterplans for Medina and Qingdao airports.

At BAA, he held a number of high profile roles beyond Heathrow developments, including Head of Planning at Budapest as well as leading facility planning for BAA's seven airports. His extensive commercial consultancy experience covers notable masterplanning commissions around the world, such as Oslo-Gardermoen, Durban King Shaka and Frankfurt T3.

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Ben Stanley

Ben is a director of Helios, with world-wide experience helping air navigation service providers, airports and government institutions to bring about change in the air navigation services and airport domain. He has applied knowledge in risk, aviation operations, business strategy, financial planning, and technical systems.

Ben has recent experience advising on large change management programmes, trusted by clients at board and executive level to identify and understand issues, and develop resilient and well-accepted solutions. He has worked on multinational projects focused on performance benefits and individual operational concept areas. Ben holds a Warwick Business School MBA, is an experienced trainer, speaker and facilitator, and is a pilot.

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Claire Davies

Claire is a director of Helios with particular expertise in strategic consultancy. She has supported clients throughout the ATM sector to develop their business strategies and policies, develop and review business cases, guide procurement activities and undertake market studies. Claire is also experienced in applying future techniques such as scenario planning to help clients address long-term uncertainties to their business, and is skilled at designing and facilitating meetings and workshops to address the specific task at hand. Claire leads the Helios support contract for the European Commission's Industry Consultation Body (ICB), and has an excellent knowledge of the latest developments in ATM and the Single European Sky. Her clients have also included ANSPs across Europe, COOPANS, EUROCONTROL and SESAR.

Adam parkinson

Adam Parkinson

Adam is a director of Helios with over 18 years' experience in providing leadership in the development and implementation of new ATM technologies and operational concepts within a European legislative environment, while ensuring that they are aligned to an organisation's business objectives.

Adam specialises in risk assessments and a strategic risk-based approach to projects. Other key areas in which Adam provides advice include mitigating the aviation impacts of wind farms, improving contingency responses to support business continuity, development and implementation of effective safety management systems tailored to an organisation's needs, analysis of surveillance and communication systems, and procurement support.

Mark scott

Mark Scott

Mark is a director of Helios with over 15 years of experience in the aviation industry. In particular, he has an excellent understanding of European air traffic management and the developments of the ongoing implementation of the Single European Sky. Mark leads Helios' work on ATM performance and his work has included studies for ANSPs, airports and regulators, including benchmarking of ANS provision and performance measurement, planning and assessment.

Mark also has extensive experience of developing cost-benefit analyses relating to the implementation of new technology and operational initiatives across the aviation industry.


James hanson

James Hanson

James is a director of Helios, and looks after a growing portfolio of services to air navigation service providers. His work focuses on delivering improvements in air traffic management (ATM) globally, providing technical, strategic and regulatory support to service providers, industry suppliers and investors in the ATM sector. James helps clients to solve a variety of aviation challenges and improve operational and business performance. This includes advising on the deployment of innovative new technologies including: Remote Towers, Space-based ADS-B and Airborne Surveillance.

His extensive knowledge of the industry has led him to supporting governments, institutions and private sector clients looking to provide services and investment into the ATM sector. This work has included market liberalisation studies, competition analysis, due diligence, and commercial strategy development.

Philip church

Philip Church

Philip is an award-winning consultant and avionics engineer who, for the past 17 years, has focused on the introduction of new technologies supporting safety and operational improvements. He has wide experience with aviation stakeholders across all areas of ATM/CNS, including project management, technical specifications, safety assessments, cost benefit analysis, market forecast, training, standardisation and industry support. He specialises in navigation, including GNSS procedures and novel ATM concepts. Increasingly, he is focusing on utilising advances in technology and operational concepts to enable airspace optimisation and integration of all airspace users.

Philip is also active in an industry-led RPAS Focus Group with the goal of achieving integration of UAS within civil airspace. He is a keen UAV hobbyist and currently studying to achieve his long held ambition of a pilot's license.

Kevin tucker

Kevin Tucker

Kevin is an experienced project manager and consultant with over 20 years' experience in airports and ATM. In that time he has worked with public and private sector clients including airports, air navigation service providers, EUROCONTROL and the European Commission. Kevin has particular strengths in analysis, planning and problem solving and has delivered studies investigating the performance, resilience, capacity and environmental impacts of airside operations in the UK, Canada, Greece, Hong Kong, India and Portugal. In 2017 Kevin was asked to establish and head up Helios' Project Management Office, a new role aimed at training/mentoring project managers, reducing risk on complex projects, enhancing the way projects are run and sharing lessons learnt/best practice across the company.

Matt shreeve

Matt Shreeve

Matt is a technology policy and cyber security specialist. He has over 10 years' experience in the policy, programme and change management aspects of developing, deploying and using innovative technologies and services. His particular expertise is in cyber-security, resilience and enterprise architecture. This builds on his past background of building and assuring secure systems within UK Government. Matt led the major SESAR cyber-security study in 2015 and is also a qualified ISO 27001 (Information Systems Management Systems) Lead Auditor. His recent clients include the European Commission, ANSPs, SJU, ESA, EUROCONTROL and the GSA, where he is often asked to advise on balancing potential benefits, costs and risks in complex and uncertain situations.

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Jan Bjorn Schomann

Jan-Björn is an economist with over twelve years' management and consulting experience in the aviation industry. In his role at Helios, Jan-Björn has worked with air navigation service providers, regulators and financial institutions to improve the performance and regulatory context of air traffic management in Europe. He also helped a leading airport with its environmental strategy.

Before joining Helios, Jan-Björn worked with a leading travel technology provider, helping airlines and airports to deliver their commercial and operations strategy. He delivered workshops on airline economics and IT strategy to different audiences. He also has hands on experience in network planning, scheduling and traffic rights from working at an airline.

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Nick Boud

Nick is a highly experienced aviation professional with 23 years' broad airport planning experience working for an airport operator and in consultancies. He has worked with domestic and international airports, airlines, control authorities and regulators. With a formal qualification in Operational Research he has a particular strength in the structuring and analysis of problems to deliver pragmatic solutions and conclusions. Nick has in-depth knowledge allied with operational and management capability that is highly relevant to developing, operating and renewing major airports.

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Garyth Lofthouse

Garyth has 30 years' aviation experience, beginning as a recreational pilot, then an air traffic control officer (civil and military license holder) and latterly providing consultancy. During his ATCO career he worked in Tower, Approach and Area radar units at several airports within the UK and overseas, including a tour at the London Air Traffic Control Centre. Garyth has in-depth knowledge of national and international air traffic control regulations, allied to a wide-ranging experience of airport management issues including air navigation service provision, airspace design and optimisation, airport design and development, and airport safeguarding.

He is a trained instrument flight procedure designer with a detailed understanding of the construction of instrument flight procedures.

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Huw Ross

Huw is an experienced Air Traffic Management professional with over 12 years' experience delivering safety, operational, and business improvement projects. Huw specialises in safety risk management and has designed and implemented safety management systems for air navigation service providers. He has also written safety cases to manage the risks associated with large projects including the transfer of air traffic control operations to a new a site and the introduction of new technology and airspace changes. Huw is also an experienced safety trainer.

Huw has recent experience in managing the capability development in a large ANSP to support the introduction of new service management ways of working. He has directly applied ITIL Service Management good practice within a service provision context and realized the benefits through implementation of an Integrated Management System designed using business process modelling notation.

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