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Our team

Patrick Brown

VP Product & Strategy

Patrick enjoys bringing everyone together and making things happen through collaboration. 

Outside of work, his every waking hour is happily taken up by his wife and daughter, although he does sometimes wish there were fewer waking hours!

Patrick brings the company together through the entire lifecycle of our products. This starts from the development of a cross-functional go to market strategy which states our shared vision of what the product is and how we will work together to bring it to life. To support this strategy, Patrick leads the development of our market understanding, from the initial market sizing up to complex analytical tools which tell us how much each customer stands to benefit from our products. With the strategy agreed, Patrick is on hand to help solve any of the cross-functional challenges that come up as we work to enter a market.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Patrick was a consultant and team leader at McKinsey & Company, specialising in advanced analytics and B2B pricing.

Patrick began his career as an aerospace engineer for Rolls-Royce, which is where he found his love for aviation.

Patrick has an MEng in Aerospace Engineering.

Victoria Salter


Victoria enjoys solving complex accounting problems and seeing the impact that a strong and efficient finance team can bring to an organisation.

She has 3 young boys so “her” hobbies mainly include Lego, Pokémon and chasing around after her boys!

Victoria has end-to-end responsibility for the finance function, including leading and developing the finance team, leading shareholder management and debt activities, owning the business model, and supporting the organisation as we grow to deliver our first commercial contracts.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Victoria worked at Ernst & Young (EY) for over 13 years where she held a variety of roles, including CFO of EY-Seren - a digital design consultancy acquisition, various Global Finance roles and she initially joined in a client facing role in the modelling team specialising in the Health Sector. 

Previously, Victoria completed the Finance Graduate scheme at Rolls-Royce, spending time in UK and America, whilst working in Civil, Turbines, Helicopters and ultimately the Strategy and Corporate Development team.

Victoria is CIMA qualified and has a Mathematics BSc (Hons) from the University of Nottingham.

Mayte Esteban

Chief of the Office of Airworthiness

Mayte’s analytical approach and insatiability for learning are her biggest strengths.

Outside of work, Mayte has ambitions to return to mastering Karate to achieve her second DAN black belt.

Mayte is responsible for interpreting and coordinating airworthiness matters, liaising with the aviation authorities and ensuring the Design Organisation Handbook is maintained in accordance with regulations.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Mayte was a Certification Engineer at JCB Aéro before moving into the same position at CDG, a Boeing company. At JCB Aéro and CDG, Mayte worked as part of the EASA DOA team, preparing and checking certification, compliance and maintenance documentation for cabin interior modifications of a variety of VIP and commercial aircraft.

Mayte has a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, and qualifications specialising in EASA regulations (Part 21 J and G, Part 145, Part M).

Rob Boyle

Chief Technology Officer

Rob is adept at simplifying tasks and providing a vision of how Caeli Nova can take manageable steps towards developing future products.

A keen road cyclist, Rob spends as much time as he can on the bike. Whether it is being out on the road, or jumping on the turbo trainer on Zwift, Rob can’t get enough of cycling!  

Rob was one of the first members of Caeli Nova back in 2018, and since then his role as Chief Technical Officer has evolved enormously. Rob’s role is to ensure we have the right team, facilities and partnerships in place to deliver all Caeli Nova’s technical outputs. He then supports the team to ensure our products meet the needs of our customers and create a positive impact on the world. 

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Rob studied Mechanical Engineering at Warwick University more than 20 years ago. Shortly after graduation he joined the Defence Evaluation Research Agency (DERA), which then became QinetiQ. At DERA he was a Flight Test Engineer, working with engineers and test pilots to trial modifications to military combat aircraft, ensuring they were safe to enter service. Rob was selected to attend The Empire Test Pilots’ School Flight Test Engineers course No. 28 in 2004 and after graduation worked as a civilian on the RAF’s Fast Jet Test Squadron.

In 2006, he joined Marshall Aerospace as Lead Flight Test Engineer on the A400M Flying Test Bed - an experimental aircraft designed to test the A400M TP400 power plant, on the wing of a C130K aircraft. At Marshall he worked in a number of roles, including Head of Flight Test Engineering and Chief Engineer, leading a design team converting a Global 6000 aircraft into an aerodynamic test vehicle for a special missions conversion programme.

In 2013, Rob moved to Amazon as the lead UAS test operator for the UK Prime Air programme. In this role he supported some of the early designs for the Prime Air programme and established Amazon’s initial experimental approvals, including their first EVLOS approval. 

In 2014, Rob returned to Marshall ADG, initially as Head of Engineering for Military Programmes and then as Programme Director for Military Programmes. In these roles, Rob was accountable for delivering design and upgrade programmes to a number of military customers.

Cristina Vazquez Reynel

Senior Design Engineer

Cristina’s adaptability and passion to challenge herself to learn new things everyday are her key strengths.

Outside of Caeli Nova, Cristina is an analogue astronaut! She is looking forward to her first expedition conducting activities in simulated space conditions.

Cristina finds creative design solutions and then develops these ideas into tangible products. Her areas of focus are customer requirements, certification, CAD modelling, material selection and manufacturing processes.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Cristina was a Mechanical Design Engineer for L3Harris, taking part in many aspects of commercial flight simulator design.

Previously, she worked in Technical Publications and as a Quality Engineer in the final assembly line of the Airbus A400M.

Cristina has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and has a Master of Science in Aerospace Materials.

Joe McConnell

Research & Development Engineer

Joe has a passion for problem solving and secretly enjoys a good head scratcher to mull over.

An avid hockey player, Joe has played for the Scottish national team.

Joe is part of the Research and Development Team, exploring new ideas for the company and running tests to identify whether they can bring these ideas into reality. Joe and his team also test out concepts developed by the Design Team. 

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Joe studied at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where he gained his Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. He undertook his Master’s thesis at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid.


Puja Hazlehurst

Head of Product Engineering

Puja enjoys problem solving and building relationships with people.

She keeps active with dance, yoga and cardio classes, and is also learning the guitar. 

Puja is responsible for leading and coordinating design and integration activities to ensure we have the right resource and skills to develop an airworthy product in line with our business requirements. Puja is also part of the People Team, developing and driving initiatives that help us grow personally and professionally. 

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Puja worked for Rolls-Royce as a Project Development Engineering Manager on commercial jet engines, leading a team of 20 engineers. During her seven years at Rolls-Royce, Puja took on a number of roles including: Development Engineer, Development Technical Lead, Chief of Sub-System for Controls R&T and Sub-system Integrator. 

Previously, Puja worked for Shell as a Mechanical Engineer on an oil refinery. In this role, she looked after the day-to-day operation of her production unit and led installation projects.

Puja has a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.


Arthur Kuenzi

Lead Research & Development Engineer

Arthur takes a scientific approach to research and development, experimental design and data analysis. He also leads in establishing a safety culture for the lab. 

Back home he is known as Uther Pendragon for reasons you will find out if you get the opportunity!

Arthur leads Research & Development projects focussed on the development and testing of our prototypes. Arthur is also part of the People team, focusing on recruitment and onboarding new employees.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Arthur graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master of Science in Materials Science.


Tim Wakeford


Tim enjoys building and developing our team at Caeli Nova and working to strengthen relationships with partners in our industry.

He has the travelling bug and tries to visit a new country every year.

Tim has been at Caeli Nova since we started the company. He has worked on everything from the development of our initial business plan and the hiring of our first team members, through to leading discussions with our future customers, investors and potential aerospace industry partners and planning our entry into future markets. In his role, Tim is ultimately accountable for all Caeli Nova’s functions, including technology, finance, operations, supply chain and business development.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Tim was a Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group in London, where he was a core member of the Industrial Goods practice area. He worked to help clients across Europe on a range of strategic and operational projects. 

Previously, Tim held supply chain positions at Rolls-Royce and spent time in the UK, Germany and China, whilst working with aerospace suppliers around the world.

Tim has an MBA from IMD.


Christos Isseris

Supply Chain Manager

Christos enjoys problem solving and finding innovative solutions through close collaboration with our team and partners.

He loves everything to do with the sea and is a keen enthusiast on sailing and powerboating.

Christos is responsible for leading and coordinating supply chain activities while developing and nurturing strong relationships with our suppliers and partners through long term engagement and mutual interests.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Christos was a Supply Chain Manager at Honeywell Aerospace, where he held a leadership role on the Materials and Logistics aftermarket business providing services to some of the biggest European airlines. 

Previously, Christos held Engineering and Quality positions at Rolls-Royce and Honeywell.

Christos has a PhD from Cranfield University and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Dominik Schläpfer

Head of Design Organisation

Dominik utilises his strong organisational skills to help him negotiate complex issues in a highly regulated environment.

He loves being in the mountains, whether it’s taking part in winter sports, or enjoying the view with good company and great food.

Dominik is based in Switzerland and is responsible for leading and coordinating our UK CAA and EASA DOAs, ensuring that our products are successfully installed and certified in our customers aircraft. 

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Dominik held the role as Chief of Office of Airworthiness and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Medical Devices at Bucher Leichtbau Group.

Previously, Dominik carried out various testing in Bucher’s office of Airworthiness as a certification engineer.

Dominik has Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation.

Eleanor Brien

Financial Controller

Eleanor enjoys seeking opportunities to broaden her knowledge. She loves taking on a challenge in undertaking new projects or responsibilities.

She is a foodie and enjoys all types of cuisine, particularly something with a bit of spice. In her own words she would say that she has a mild obsession with all things related to chilli!

Eleanor supports the CFO and has the financial responsibilities and associated tasks for monthly and yearly reporting.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Eleanor worked at Ernst & Young (EY) for 14 years where she held a variety of finance roles, including maternity cover for the CFO of EY-Seren Ltd. Her experience includes restructures, system implementations and acquisition on-boarding.

Previously, Eleanor worked in accounts payable and accounts receivable roles for a technology company. 

Eleanor is CIMA qualified at management level.

Martin Brown

Senior Manufacturing Engineer

With more than 25 years of manufacturing experience across the automotive and aerospace industries, Martin brings invaluable knowledge to the table. 

When it’s time to unwind he enjoys all things Land Rover, such as Green Laning and overlanding.

Martin designs and develops the human interface for our first product, Cordillera. He helps design and build prototypes for testing and provides manufacturing input to all sub-systems. 

Prior to joining us, Martin was a Principal Manufacturing Engineer for Auxitrol Weston, manufacturing sensors for gas turbine engines in the aerospace industry.

In his early career, Martin worked at automotive based companies, starting out with Southco making “access hardware”. Here, he gained experience in a broad range of processes and materials. He then moved onto Siemens VDO automotive, where he set-up several production lines for the manufacture of the “common module” fuel tanks and fuel systems for what was then the Premier Automotive Group (Ford, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Landover and Volvo).

Martin has an HND in Mechanical Engineering and a BSc (Hons) in Technology Management. 

Sam Laverty

Design Engineer

Sam enjoys taking a focused and creative approach to his work.

He is a keen sportsman and enjoys being active. He particularly likes a team sport and loves to play football.

Sam supports the design team in subsystem design, CAD modelling, design validation and qualification.

Prior to joining us, Sam graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters in Aero-Mechanical Engineering. This included a semester on exchange in Singapore at Nanyang Technological University.  

Jarred Durling

Senior Design Engineer

Jarred is a very practical engineer and loves getting stuck into the hands-on aspects of designing.

He has a passion for travelling and moved to the UK from New Zealand to gain access to Europe. He’s already ticked off central Italy and Berlin! 

Jarred leads the design and development of the Cordillera key sub-systems and looks at how we bolster our design capability.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Jarred was a Design Engineer at AIM Altitude in New Zealand. His role gave him the opportunity to design products such as bars, galleys and front-row monuments from the initial stages through to production.

Jarred has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honors Degree from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Imran bin Ahmad Azhar

Analytics Engineer

Imran has strong determination to succeed and has a passion for his work, especially when it is applied to the aviation industry.

He is a huge fan of motorsports: Formula 1, MotoGP, anything to do with fast cars! He also enjoys bouldering, ultimate frisbee and playing piano.

Imran works on continuously developing and enhancing the route benefit model for Cordillera. This is used to calculate the cost, distance and fuel reduction for airlines when using Cordillera compared to conventional emergency oxygen systems.

Prior to joining Caeli Nova, Imran was a Wind Turbine Engineer for Pleasant Quantum Rise. His role involved helping design and develop an efficient Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine for use as a home product/integration.

Imran has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Imperial College of London.

Josie Hollywood

Medical Research Associate

Josie enjoys being organised to ensure an efficient work process and she maintains a calm image even in hectic situations.

In her free time, she loves immersing herself in outdoor activities. She too loves travelling and has ticked off some bucket list places such as Jordan, Hong Kong and Argentina to name a few!

Josie supports the team to help plan and run safe medical trials to test our products, and then work to show how they meet the regulations and criteria for certification.

Prior to Caeli Nova, she worked as an emergency doctor in A&E. She was involved in dealing with emergency situations and unwell patients which has given her the skills and experience to ensure our trials running safely.

Josie has a Medical degree from Queen Mary University in London.

Daryn Goodwin

Medical Research Associate

Daryn employs his exceptional problem-solving skills and resourcefulness, particularly under pressure, to navigate complex challenges efficiently.

He enjoys practising sport and is an avid enthusiast of craft beer and hot sauce. Daryn also plays guitar and has a passion for extreme metal music. His love for travel has taken him to 40 countries across all continents except Antarctica.

As a Medical Research Associate at Caeli Nova, Daryn Goodwin is dedicated to coordinating and monitoring clinical trials, ensuring the safety and well-being of participants.Before joining Caeli Nova, Daryn gained extensive experience in various hospitals, specializing in heart and lung surgery.

His journey in the medical field began in Australia, where he also completed a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Queensland's Institute of Molecular Bioscience, gaining valuable experience in both pre-clinical and clinical trials.

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Our team

Every member of our team has been selected for their energy and passion. Developing a new product with groundbreaking technology is not easy, however by understanding and celebrating our individual strengths, each team member is empowered to make a significant contribution to the success of the business. We also like to play a lot of ping-pong!

We are always looking for like-minded people who want to join us on our journey. Check out the list of current vacancies and drop us a line.

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