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.

Nick mcfarlane

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.

Steve leighton

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.

Alan corner

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.

Mike pearson

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.

Claire davies

Claire Davies

Claire has over a decade of experience in management consultancy, 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.

Adam parkinson

Adam Parkinson

Adam has over 16 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. Recently he has reviewed contingency plans for a European ANSP to highlight potential risks against their ability to provide business continuity. He has also provided funding advice for a project to enable new service delivery and business continuity options. Another assignment involved defining a strategy for the development of safety assessment processes and risk indicators to be integrated within the processes of the wider organisation

James hanson

James Hanson

With over 11 years' consulting experience, James' particular focus is on the re-organisation and improvement of Air Navigation Services to solve ATM challenges and improve operational and business performance. His work involves assessing and delivering change at all levels, from procurement of equipment, to setting future strategy. James has also supported many private sector clients to provide services and investment into the ANS sector.

James is Helios' leading expert in Remote Towers, having supported Avinor to procure remote technology for up to 15 airports and LFV in their ongoing implementation as well as leading feasibility studies into applying the technology at major airports such as Dublin. James has also recently helped the Norwegian government to open the tower ANS market to competition.

Jan bjorn schomann

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.

Kevin tucker

Kevin Tucker

Kevin is an experienced project manager and consultant with over 15 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, Greece, Hong Kong, India and Portugal.

Philip church

Philip Church

Philip is an experienced consultant and avionics engineer who for the past 15 years has focused on the introduction of new technologies supporting safety and operational improvements. He has a breadth of 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. For the past few years, Philip has been active in an industry-led RPAS Focus Group with the goal of achieving integration of UAS within civil airspace.

Mark scott

Mark Scott

Mark has over 15 years of experience in ATM, and an excellent understanding of European ATM and in particular the developments of the ongoing implementation of the Single European Sky and the development of SESAR. His work has included economic studies for airports and regulators, including benchmarking of ANS provision and performance measurement, planning and assessment. Mark has extensive experience of developing cost-benefit analyses relating to the implementation of new technology and operational initiatives across the aviation industry and manages Helios' airport simulation capability.

Nick boud

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.

Matt shreeve

Matt Shreeve

Matt is a technology policy 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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