The Team

Our Aquila senior management structure consists of our Executive Leadership Team and our Operational Management Team. Our teams utilise a varied range of capabilities at a senior level to strengthen our decision-making processes, our business systems’ efficacy and maintain a strong emphasis on people excellence.

Executive Leadership

Dave has almost 35 years of experience in the nuclear industry, working in numerous companies and across several senior executive positions in operations and functions. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Nuclear Institute and was the MD of Gravatom Engineering Systems from the early 1990’s until 2009. Dave was appointed as CEO at Aquila in 2011. Dave’s mission for Aquila is to become the pinnacle of nuclear engineering solutions in the UK and nuclear medicines in Europe and beyond.

Drew Corbett

Commercial Director
Drew’s core business development skills, along with his years of commercial expertise, have positioned him as a key member of Aquila. Drew’s experience working in a highly regulated environment offers challenging technical solutions with the support of experienced engineering resources. He oversees that the business is handled in accordance with all applicable regulations by ensuring that all parties have access to appropriate, timely, and valuable commercial advice.

Liz Wheeler

Finance Director
Liz is an experienced Finance Director and a qualified Chartered Accountant (CIMA). Her career in finance spans over 20 years working in finance and accounting roles within the mechanical and industrial engineering industry. Elizabeth is skilled in all aspects of Finance including Strategy, Reporting, Budgeting, Forecasting and Financial Analysis alongside Project Costing and Leadership. She has extensive senior level accountancy experience and significant managerial experience.

John Adams

Projects and Engineering Director
John has over 25 years’ engineering project experience in a range of regulated industries. John ensures that all strategic engineering and projects systems operate securely and effectively. He provides significant leadership to a dynamic team of engineering and project management professionals delivering turn-key solutions to a growing list of satisfied clients. In addition, John contributes to the high level of commercial and people excellence solutions.

Dr Nara Ringrose

Head of People and Organisational Development
Nara has more than 30 years of HR strategic and operational experience. She has overall responsibility for advising on all HR aspects of the business, such as developing a business-focused people strategy and effective organisational development. Nara has deep knowledge of people excellence, talent management, leadership development, recruitment, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement. She is an experienced trainer and lecturer in leadership and HR management.

Operational Management

Guy Coakley

Engineering Manager
Guy has worked in the nuclear industry for more than a decade in civil and defence contexts. Numerous multi-faceted projects, including QC1 process plant and equipment, bespoke special-purpose machinery, and containment systems, have been successfully directed and completed by him. Guy is the key driver behind the company’s multi-disciplined engineering team, where he champions cost-effective and pragmatic solutions. He is committed to operational excellence, continuous improvement, and overall staff development.

Steve Barker

Commercial Manager
Steve joined Aquila as a Commercial Specialist in 2017 and provided contract management support to the business in addition to contributing to and managing tender proposals as part of the commercial team. Steve was appointed to the newly formed position of Commercial Manager in 2020 adopting responsbility for managing commercial team activities including tendering, sales, legal and marketing.
Samantha is an enthusiastic HR Manager and CIPD Associate, currently studying for an Advanced Level 7 Diploma. Samantha heads up an HR team focusing on recruitment, training and general HR transactional activities. She is a passionate champion for the Diversity & Inclusion initiatives within the company.

Mike Evans

Head of Engineering Operations
Mike is a Chartered Engineer and member of both the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Nuclear Institute, with a proven track record in delivering complex engineering solutions to programme and quality within the nuclear industry. He has over 38 years’ nuclear experience as an Engineering Officer within the Royal Navy Nuclear Propulsion Programme and in senior engineering positions within the industry, delivering projects covering a broad range of engineering and safety management lifecycles. Mike is contributing to business success using his advanced leadership experience.

Russell Sloan

Head of Projects
Russell has over 10 years project management experience in highly regulatad industries, with 8 of those years in nuclear. He has successfully managed and delivered multiple projects from turnkey, bespoke design solutions to build-to-print projects for a multitude of clients with a variety of contract type and selling value. Russell leads the Project Management team at Aquila and is responsible for the elite delivery of that department.

Diva Karan

Management Accountant
Diva is a qualified management accountant with over 25 years of work experience gained from manufacturing companies. He leads the operational finance team in delivering accurate financial and management accounts

John Lodge

QHSE Manager
John is a member of the Chartered Quality Institute and is a Health and Safety, Quality Management and Compliance professional with experience of working in highly regulated industries. John’s role is to put quality at the heart of all processes, by driving improvement of the management system, and to support the health, safety and wellbeing of the Aquila team.

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