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.

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Claire Davies

Claire is CEO of Helios, combining executive responsibilities with ongoing strategic consulting. She has supported clients across the ATM sector with developing business strategies and policies, producing investment cases, undertaking procurement activities and market studies. Claire is also experienced in applying future techniques such as scenario planning to address long-term business uncertainties. Claire leads our work 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 as well as COOPANS, EUROCONTROL and SESAR.

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James Hanson

James is a director of Helios and strategy director for all Egis' work in aviation. In addition, James also advises ATM stakeholders, in particular air navigation service providers. His work focuses on delivering improvements in ATM, through technical, strategic and regulatory support to service providers, industry suppliers and investors. James' expertise includes the deployment of innovative new technologies including remote/digital towers and space-based ADS-B. His industry knowledge has led to him advising 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.

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Mark Scott

Mark is a director of Helios and a highly-experienced consultant to the aviation industry. He combines client consulting with operational responsibilities for Egis' aviation businesses. Mark has an excellent understanding of European air traffic management and the developments involved in the ongoing implementation of the Single European Sky. Mark leads our work on ATM performance, including studies for ANSPs, airports and regulators, the benchmarking of ANS provision and performance measurement, planning and assessment. Other specialisms include developing cost-benefit analyses relating to the implementation of new technology and operational initiatives across the aviation industry.

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Alan Corner

Alan combines director responsibilities for strategy, products and sales across Egis's aviation businesses with oversight 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.

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Ben Stanley

Ben is a director of Helios with world-wide experience helping air navigation service providers, airports, airlines and government institutions to drive transformation in their own operations, businesses and across the industry. He has applied knowledge in risk, aviation operations, performance, business strategy, financial planning, and technical systems.

Ben has recent experience advising on large change management programmes. He is trusted by clients to 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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Mike Shorthose

Mike is 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. A founder and former chairman of Helios, in 2018 Mike moved to a consultancy role in the business.

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Nick McFarlane

Nick is a long-standing consultant to industry, government and non-governmental organisations in aviation. Nick has an engineering background and has spent time during his early career seconded to Eurocontrol in Brussels, NATS in the UK and Luftfartsverket (LFV) in Sweden. For these organisations he worked on the introduction of new technologies into ATM operations, including their business cases. His technical, operational, and commercial know-how has been used to design, assess and introduce many new aviation systems.

Today Nick primarily provides operations, policy and investment advice in ATM and airports. He also supports aviation regulators and governing institutions in policy matters. A founder and former CEO of Helios, in 2018 Nick moved to a consultancy role in the business.

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Philip Church

Philip is a director of Helios, an avionics engineer, and award-winning consultant who for the past 18 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 forecasting, training, standardisation and industry support. He specialises in navigation, including GNSS procedures and novel ATM concepts. Increasingly, he is working on using 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 is currently studying to achieve his long-held ambition of a pilot's license.

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Juraj Jirku

Juraj is a Director of Helios with extensive experience in economic and financial modelling for regulators, service providers, airports and States creating FABs. He has assisted with the evaluation of individual ANSPs' plans for modernisation of their technical infrastructure and assessed potential operational benefits of ATM projects. He has also advised the EBRD and EIB on loan assessments for a number of European ANSPs. Juraj leads the Helios FAB CE programme support office and heads up our Slovak office.

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Matt Shreeve

Matt is a director of Helios and a highly regarded aviation cybersecurity specialist. He has over 15 years' experience in the policy, programme and change management aspects of developing, deploying and using innovative technologies and services. His particular expertise is in cybersecurity, resilience and enterprise architecture, having previously built and assured secure systems in UK Government. In recent years Matt has led major cybersecurity studies for European aviation operators, institutions and government organisations. He also runs the EUROCAE training course on adopting a standards-led approach to aviation cybersecurity.

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Nick Boud

Nick is a director of Helios and leads our airport consultancy work. He is a highly experienced aviation professional with 26 years' broad airport and aviation experience having worked for an airport operator and as a consultant for many years. He has successfully led high profile projects for airport, airline, control authority, regulator and Government clients; as well as appearing as an expert witness. With a formal qualification in Operational Research he has a particular strength in the structuring and analysis of complex problems to deliver pragmatic solutions and conclusions. Nick has in-depth sector expertise allied with operational, management and communication capabilities that are highly relevant to improving, operational efficiency, stakeholder relationships, and working with communities to mitigate the environmental impacts of aviation.

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Jan Bjorn Schomann

Jan-Björn is an economist with over 14 years' management and consulting experience in the aviation industry. 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 major airport with its environmental strategy.

Earlier in his career, 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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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 13 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. His recent experience includes 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 realised the benefits through implementation of an Integrated Management System designed using business process modelling notation.

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Rob Williams

Rob has over 20 years' experience delivering projects throughout their full life cycles from large scale data analysis through to operational problem solving and stakeholder management. He has worked on airports, airspace and airlines within process engineering, operational research and airport development roles. Rob is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and APMP certified.

Prior to joining Helios, Rob worked at Heathrow as Operational Research Manager and as a Senior Process Engineer covering most areas of the airport. He has also worked as a consultant across a wide range of industries.

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Ivan Baruta

Ivan is an experienced aviation professional focusing on complex airspace change studies and multi-stakeholder projects, particularly in the Middle East region.

Ivan has led the definition of the common upper FIR for the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council and supported the air navigation service providers in the region with multiple studies spanning from airspace master planning, through operational assessments, to business cases. Ivan is a versatile consultant, which is demonstrated by his contribution to a number of airport-related projects in the Middle East region, such as the recent development of standard operating procedures for the new Jeddah airport, as well as earlier support across many focus areas for Dubai International Airport.
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Ben Bouzon

Ben has been working with regulators and ANSPs for the best part of a decade. An experienced project manager, Ben has an interest in ATM policy and its relationship with technology. Going beyond pure regulatory compliance, Ben thrives on helping ATM stakeholders understand the impact of regulations on their environment, and the opportunities it creates. He leads Helios' support to the NSA Coordination Platform (NCP), helping authorities share experiences of their oversight practices and processes.

Ben is also a safety expert, drawing on his background as an avionics engineer to facilitate the definition and implementation of new concepts and technologies. He is currently advising AEROTHAI on the development of the safety case for their new nationwide ATM system.

Ben's clients have included the European Commission, Eurocontrol, Avinor, NATS and Skyguide.

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Isabel Franke-Chaudet

Isabel has extensive experience in helping stakeholders drive change in the ANS domain. Isabel specialises in business strategy, strategic support, procurement, technical systems with a rich understanding of the future scope, regulatory and policy aspects of aviation. Within this Isabel has assisted European ANSPs in developing their future strategy, investment plans and has also carried out strategic reviews of RP2 performance and preparation for RP3.

Isabel has provided strategic support to the COOPANS alliance, investment planning for UkSATSE and support to Skeyes (formerly Belgocontrol) in the development of their Airspace vision as well as the review of their operational requirements. Other clients include the ICB, SDM and the EBRD.

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