Meet The Team
Sir Michael Arthur KCMG
Sir Michael is Project AA810’s Honorary President. With three decades of earlier experience in Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, including appointments as HM Ambassador to Germany and, prior to that, The UK’s High Commissioner in New Delhi, Sir Michael is now Senior Vice President of Boeing and President of Boeing International. He is a member of the Company’s Executive Council.
As such, Sir Michael is responsible for Boeing’s international strategy and corporate operations outside of the United States, overseeing 18 Regional Offices in key global markets. His responsibilities include developing the Company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside the USA, forming new business and industrial partnerships, overseeing international affairs, enhancing Boeing’s local presence, and providing global functional support.
Boeing, the largest aerospace company in the world, has worked in partnership with the British aviation industry for 80 years, and continues to grow this relationship throughout the 21st century. During WWII Boeing provided training aircraft for RAF pilots, some of whom would go on to fly the Spitfire. And like the Spitfire in its time, Boeing’s aircraft were then, and are today, at the very forefront of aviation technology.
Professor Sir Peter Gregson FREng MRIA DSc
Sir Peter is Project AA810’s Honorary Vice-President. An extremely distinguished research engineer, Sir Peter is Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University. He has previously been President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Southampton University. He was appointed Knight Bachelor for Services to Higher Education in 2011.
Educated at Imperial College London, he has received the Donald Julius Groen Prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Rosenhain Medal and Prize of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for his research on the development of advanced aerospace aluminium alloys. He holds Honorary Degrees in the UK, Ireland, India and Japan.
Elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2001 and the Royal Irish Academy in 2007, he has been a non-executive director of the Rolls-Royce Group, served on the Board of SEMLEP, the Councils of CBI Northern Ireland, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils. He served as Deputy Lieutenant of Belfast from 2007 to 2013.
Dr Michael Smith – MA DProf FRAeS FRSA
Michael is a Director of Spitfire AA810 Restoration Ltd, and Aerospace Careers Programme Ltd. He has many decades’ experience of leadership divided between the public and international business sectors working at all levels up to and including Ministerial and plc Chairman/CEO. 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; and a tutor at the RAF College and the RAF Staff College. Michael has chaired many Boards of Inquiry and sat as a member of over 30 Courts Martial. Leaving 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 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.
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 member of that Company’s Court.
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’.
Christopher Smith BA (Hons)
Christopher Smith is a non-executive director of the Board of Spitfire AA810 Restoration Ltd and, when ACP Ltd converts to a charity later in 2020, a Trustee of that charity; he is responsible for providing financial oversight to the whole AA810 Project. Christopher has more than twenty years of auditing experience and is a senior audit partner with Grant Thornton UK LLP and, as such, is the firm’s National Head of Audit Technical and Head of the firm’s Financial Reporting Advisory Group in London.
Working with a mixture of private and listed clients (London Full List, AiM and TSX) in the UK and internationally he has considerable experience of working in various jurisdictions and advising on accounting matters affecting different countries and sectors. Christopher is also a key member of the firm’s UK and global mining team with considerable experience of the oil, gas and mining sectors.
Norman Fraser LLB – Project AA810 Legal Counsel
Norman brings 21 years of legal experience advising banks, lessors and PE funds on a range of finance and corporate matters. Founding his aviation specialist law firm in 2010, Norman advises on the acquisition, financing and leasing of aircraft and engine portfolios.
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.
Onor Crummay (MSc, Oxon) – Educational integration, Pilot Officer CCF RAF Section.
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.