Our Team

We exist to innovate. We create, test and develop new technologies and products, that change industries for the better.

Tony Burnell


Tony joined the RAF in 1991 and, amongst other senior positions, worked as an anti-submarine warfare and signals intelligence specialist. After leaving the service in 2012, Tony founded METIS Aerospace to provide technical advice to the military.  Initial success in this field led to investment in research and development.  In 2014, Tony and the METIS team began developing SKYPERION and HYPERION.  As CEO, Tony has prime responsibility for all major corporate decisions and oversees the daily operational management and direction of the company.

Adrian Dorr

Portfolio Finance Director

Adrian qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1991 and completed an MBA in 2006. Since then, he has had a career in senior financial roles with a variety of organisations including Plessey, McKechnie, Siemens, Nuffield Hospitals and more recently, as Finance Director of a SME in the Automotive sector.  Adrian is a Principal with the FD Centre, the leading provider of portfolio Finance Directors in the UK and globally, and works with METIS Aerospace as an advisor to the board.

Helen Hives

Legal & Commercial Manager

Alex Cruickshanks


Alex is responsible for the design, development and integration of radio frequency (RF) elements of the SKYPERION and HYPERION Sensors. This includes, defining processes and procedures for RF engineering tasks, designing, developing and testing systems, and working with the software team to develop, build and test prototypes.

Lee Carter

Principle Software Engineer

On achieving a First-Class BSc (Hons) degree in Computing, Lee joined the Ministry of Defence as a Civilian Scientist.  After devoting several years to the Electronic Warfare Avionics Detachment, Lee left the MOD to work for a market leader in voice and data recording where he was a key member of the original team responsible for developing the company’s flagship voice recording platform.  Lee brings to the METIS Aerospace team many years of experience in developing the highest quality software and delivering products to customers that exceed expectations.

Richard Hands

Head of Projects

Richard is a Project Manager and test specialist with a vast experience of test and evaluation and managing projects in the RAF. He is currently managing our Innovate UK and MIDAS projects and working with many external clients to bring the projects to fruition.

Andy Smith

Business Development Manager

Andy joined the METIS team in Dec 2020 having amassed a wealth of experience over a 40 yr RAF career. An Airborne Electronic Warfare Specialist by profession (Nimrod MR2 and Nimrod R1), and an Aerosystems graduate (MSc with Commendation), he has undertaken numerous operational and support roles, including airborne mission crew duties, Test and Evaluation Trial Management Officer duties, RF Signals Analysis, EW Operational Support, HQ Staff and MOD appointments.

Our team at METIS Aerospace are dedicated to developing specialist signals intelligence solutions.