Meet The Team
The ACP Management Team is made up of five professionals with experience across the most relevant fields in the Aviation and Aerospace industries. They are supported by the Spitfire AA810 Project extensively and by that project’s social media and design team.
Dr Michael Smith – Chairman, Sandy Gunn ACP & Executive Director Spitfire AA810 Restoration Ltd
Michael is a pro-bono Director of Spitfire AA810 Restoration Ltd, and Aerospace Careers Programme Ltd. He will be Chairman of the ACP Board of Trustees when the company converts to a charity. He is a senior executive with many decades’ experience of leadership divided equally between the public and international business sectors working at all levels up to and including Ministerial and plc Chairman/CEO. Today, his professional focus is on helping senior executives further develop themselves, so assisting them maximise their performance, and so grow their business and careers.
Commissioned into the RAF in 1969, he undertook a diversity of appointments which included being an executive in the field as a military Legal, Finance and HR Director with responsibility for 3,000 people; and a tutor at the RAF College and the RAF Staff College. Michael has chaired or advised many Boards of Inquiry and sat as a member of over 30 Courts Martial. Deciding to leave the Military for management consultancy in 1990, his Service career culminated as an adviser to the UK Chief of Defence Staffs and Secretary of State on financial issues for over 330,000 Regular and Reserve personnel, plus senior Civil Servants, Senior Judiciary and NHS Consultants.
He founded his first company, Griffonage, in 1993 specialising in executive & NED search, adding coaching in 2006. Focusing on aerospace, defence and Formula 1 motorsport he conducted over 10,000 hours of interviewing, coaching and consultancy at senior executive level, primarily in the UK, USA and Continental Europe. Realising the value of that company in 2012, he undertook a period as a Visiting Professor then, in 2015, with three other international executives, founded Experience Tells Ltd which continues today. Additionally, he has been a mentor to a senior member of the Royal Household via the IoD programme ‘Develop a Director’.
Michael holds a Professional Doctorate in Senior Executive Coaching & Team Learning, and an MA in Business Coaching. His Doctoral thesis was entitled A Learning Team Approach to Executive Recruitment, Coaching & Consultancy. In 2012 he authored, and had accredited, a post-graduate course entitled Internal Coaching for Business Solutions. This was followed by the peer-reviewed publication Two Coaches Operating as a Learning Pair. He is a Fellow of the CIPD, of the RAeS, of the IoD, and of the RSA. He is a Liveryman of the City of London, and the 2018/19 Master of the City Livery Company - The Fan Makers. Consequently, he remains a senior member of that Company’s Governing Body.
Tony Hoskins – ACP Engineering Workshops & Executive Director, Spitfire AA810 Restoration Ltd
As well as running several aviation businesses which incorporate both aircraft restoration and carrying out contract RVSM renewal work for a global aerospace company, Tony also works in the Warbird restoration industry. Having started in aviation engineering in 1994, and forming the first of his businesses in 2006 his experience includes both small general aviation aircraft, right up to wide-body commercial aircraft during his time as a Licensed Line Engineer with a major UK based airline. As well as having made several major engineering TV documentaries shown globally, Tony is a four times published author on military aviation history. Tony holds a PPL and enjoys flying vintage aircraft. Outside of work he enjoys vintage and classic cars, steam rallies, pub lunches and is always researching ‘the next book’.
Onor Crummay – Educational integration.
Onor is the Head of History at a top independent school in London and has responsibility for coordinating the educational integration of the ACP with youth organisations and schools. An adult instructor in the RAF CCF section, Onor’s fascination with history and aerospace stems from a life-long passion for the Spitfire and its iconic place in British history, and she is passionate about engaging young people with the opportunities in the aerospace industry as well as the legacy of the Spitfire. She pursued both an undergraduate degree and a masters in history with a focus on the RAF in 1940, as well as the global reach of the First World War and the atypical experiences of the conflict which have further enhanced her subject knowledge and interest.
Outside working life, Onor is a passionate military historian, surfer, and mountaineer. She has run several marathons, led battlefield tours, and is a self-confessed ‘aviation enthusiast’ frequenting many airshows.
Captain Clive Philips – Training Captain with a UK based airline.
Clive has always had a passion for aviation from early childhood and at the age of 17, thanks to an Air League and RAF flying scholarship he achieved a pilot's licence. After leaving school he began commercial flying including light aircraft flying instruction, aerial photography, air taxi flying and maritime fishery protection flying. He has now operated Commercial Air Transport flights for the last 21 years operating for a number of operators, and his current roles include trainer and simulator examiner and is also responsible for the operational standards at his airline’s main base. He believes the aerospace industry is very important to the UK and that it is therefore vital to engage with young people to ensure continued success.
Fernanda Lewis – Liaison with Youth Organisations
Fernanda Lewis is a uniformed adult volunteer with the Royal Air Force Air Cadets; currently a Warrant Officer RAFAC she is the Officer in Charge at 33F Battersea Squadron in London. The squadron has a long history having been formed as an Air Defence Cadet Unit in 1938, with approximately 45 young members they are an active London Air Cadet squadron. By day Fernanda is a milliner running her own business, Fernanda Lewis Millinery, creating bespoke handmade hats and headpieces for special occasions, weddings and the races.