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.

Paul Barrett

Paul Barrett

CEO - Chief Executive Officer

Paul is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years leadership experience in technology innovation and product and business development. He has a BSc in Electronics from Sussex University and an MSc in Computation from Oxford University.

Paul is a co-founder of Bladon Jets.

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In 1984 he independently developed the world’s first high-speed implementation of the RSA crypto-system: the now widely adopted “Barrett Algorithm”.

From 1985 to 1989, Paul worked for Computer Security Limited in various roles including, ultimately, Director of International Sales.

In 1990, he co-founded authentication token business, SmartDisk, which he managed and led to a successful sale in 1996.

In 1997 Paul was recruited by 3i plc to run VDL – pioneers of cognometric authentication technology – which he restructured and relocated to the USA as Passfaces Corporation.

Adam Le Van

Adam Le Van

CFO - Chief Financial Officer

Adam is a qualified accountant with a MBA in International Trade & Marketing from the University of Birmingham. As well as working for KPMG Mergers & Acquisition teams internationally, he has held a number of corporate development and start-up roles in UK / Europe and Australia, including as Finance Director of a new venture subsidiary of a FTSE 100 company, for which he wrote the original business plan.

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Immediately prior to joining Bladon Jets, Adam worked for Jaguar Land Rover. As part of his role there he was responsible for assisting the supply base with funding issues.

Philip Lelliott

Philip Lelliott

Special Projects 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.

Philip is a graduate in Production Engineering from Brunel University and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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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 fluent German speaker.

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.