Key Members of the Bladon Jets Team

Bladon Jets' senior management team holds an impressive collection of entrepreneurial and corporate skills with a proven track record to match. With several successful start-up companies under their belt, this exceptional team has the experience, drive and passion to make Bladon Jets an outstanding success story. Underlying the Company is the technical experience and expertise of Chris Bladon, co-developer of the Bladon Jets core technology, and Phill Heward, the world’s foremost designer and builder of micro-jet engines.

Martine Gagne

Martine Gagné

CTO - Chief Technical Officer

Martine is the former Head of the Strategic Research Centre at Rolls-Royce.

She joined Rolls-Royce Canada in 1995 and held a number of specialist and engineering leadership roles in fluid systems design, safety assurance and product development on industrial gas turbines.

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Martine holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and holds a Master of Applied Science degree from Dalhousie University, Canada

Alan McCarthy-Wyper

Alan McCarthy-Wyper

COO - Chief Operating Officer

Alan brings extensive product commercialisation, market development and business leadership experience to Bladon Jets gained over the last 25 years in FTSE, NASDAQ listed and private equity backed companies.

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Prior to joining Bladon Jets he has held senior leadership roles in Europe and the USA across aerospace and defence, renewable power generation, infrastructure development and industrial product manufacturing businesses.

Servicing various end markets with P+L responsibility where he led the overall strategy execution and the introduction of the organisational infrastructure to drive customer acquisition, market adoption experience ranging from pre-revenue technology businesses to $1B/year turnover businesses. He has led numerous restructuring, M+A & business transformation programmes along with leading collaborative infrastructure delivery joint ventures.

He has a Fellowship from Cranfield University and started his career in Ferranti in Edinburgh as a project engineer.

Philip Lelliott

Philip Lelliott

Manufacturing Director

Philip is a chartered engineer with 20 years senior management experience in the engineering and automotive sectors.

He has served as Chief Executive and Vice President in a number of UK and American multinational manufacturing companies, both publicly quoted and private.

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In 1995 he served as Chief Executive of Courtaulds Textiles Automotive Products, the automotive division of Courtaulds Textiles plc. The division supplied interior trim products into Europe and successfully exported directly into Japan.

In 1998 he was appointed President Europe and Asia Pacific for Safety Components Inc. the world’s largest independent manufacturer of automotive airbags.With plants in UK, Germany, Czech Republic and China and over 1,200 employees he led the successful transition of manufacturing into low cost countries.

At McKechnie plc he served as Chief Executive, Automotive. The division with sales of over £120m delivered highly engineered products into the Fuel Systems and Wheel Trim sectors. With 7 manufacturing plants and 2 Technical Centres in Europe and North America he again led a rationalisation and growth strategy improving operating margins in a highly competitive global environment.

Philip is a graduate in Production Engineering from Brunel University and fluent German speaker.

Bryn Jones

Bryn Jones

Senior Combustion Engineer

After graduating from UMIST in 1967, Bryn joined the Combustion Engineering Department of Rolls-Royce Aerospace. For 20 years he conducted and managed research programmes on wave rotors, engine afterburner instability, combustor aerodynamics, cooling and emissions control.

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Through the 1990’s he managed research, design and demonstration of new aero engine combustion systems. During this period he developed collaborative combustion research programmes within the EC and with Japan, leading Rolls-Royce activities in the HYPR and ESPR programmes from inception in 1990 until termination in 2004.

After retiring from Rolls-Royce in 2003 he developed short courses at the University of Cranfield and acted as an advisor to the Combustion group at Cambridge University.

He is a co author of the book Turbulent Premixed Flames and in 2013 was awarded the Huw Edwards Prize by the Institute of Physics for his lifetime contribution in the field of Combustion Physics.

John Borradaile

John Borradaile

Senior Performance Engineer

During a 34 year career at Rolls-Royce John Borradaile held a number of posts including Head of Performance and Engine Systems, Chief Audit Engineer, Chief Performance Engineer – Trent and Manager, Preliminary Design department.

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After leaving Rolls-Royce he became an independent consultant, which included acting as a Technology Advisor to the European Framework VITAL research programme. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Chris Bladon

Chris Bladon

Senior Engineer

Chris has over 25 years engineering experience, and together with his twin brother Paul developed one of the world's first axial-flow micro jet engines – an innovation which led them to establish Bladon Jets.

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Prior to this, Chris and Paul comprised the highly successful Bladon Brothers – a company with a world-wide reputation for motorcycle engine preparation and development.

Their customers included the Honda and Yamaha factory motorcycle racing teams and they were part of the design team for the Norton rotary powered motorcycle that captured the British land speed record in 1991.

*Sadly Paul Bladon died in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. However, his pioneering work in this unique technology is continued through his brother Chris and the rest of the Bladon Jets team.

Phill Heward

Phill Heward

Principal Engineer

Phill has been successfully designing and building micro gas turbine engines for over 22 years.

As founding partner of Microjet Engineering Limited, he was the sole designer of all their turbo jet and turbo prop engines – used by customers world wide for model and micro light aircraft and for glider launch systems.

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One of his engines was used to power a street luge to the world record speed of 112.7mph. Phill is a graduate in mechanical engineering from Sheffield University.