SAR UAE 2019 SPEAKERS
Air Marshal Philip Sturley CB, MBE, BSc, FRAeS, RAF (Retd) | UK
Air Marshal Philip Sturley read Aeronautics and Astronautics at Southampton University and then attended the RAF College Cranwell, where he was awarded the Sword of Honour. As a pilot, Air Marshal Sturley has achieved over 6000 hours flying on over 100 aircraft types; the majority of fast jet flying was on the Phantom, Jaguar and Tornado in the tactical reconnaissance and attack roles, later flying VC10, Hercules, Tristar, Twin Squirrel, BAE 146, BAE 125 and Islander aircraft.
Air Marshal Sturley has filled a wide range of staff posts including joint, combined and NATO appointments. In 1993, he was the first NATO LO to the UN in the Former Yugoslavia, to organise air support for UNPROFOR, before taking up the post of Secretary to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels. On return to the UK in 1998, he became Senior Air Staff Officer Strike Command and Air Officer Commanding No 38 Group. During this time he was Director of Operations for RAF air operations in the Kosovo campaign. He was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in London in September 2000 and, on promotion to air marshal, was Chief of Staff HQ AIRNORTH at Ramstein in Germany until March 2005, with responsibility for establishing ISAF air operations in Afghanistan.
Air Marshal Philip Sturley retired from the active list in October 2005, but continues to serve as a reserve officer. He is Lead Mentor to the Higher Command and Staff Course at the UK Defence Academy, and he has spent 8 years as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee in London. He also regularly chairs international military conferences, and acts as adviser to Tangent Link Ltd.
Greg Davis, Founder & CEO and Colleen Jones, Sales & Marketing, Overwatch Imaging, USA
Greg founded Overwatch Imaging in 2016 to enable aircraft and unmanned aerial systems to more easily and automatically find small objects of interest. Prior to that, he worked as the director of product management and business development for Cloud Cap Technology, a UTC Aerospace Systems (now Collins Aerospace) company, and as a program manager at Insitu, a UAS company acquired by Boeing. At Insitu, he led the development of the RQ-21A Blackjack (also known as Integrator) unmanned aircraft for the US Navy and managed several ScanEagle technology advancement projects and overseas deployment contracts.
Prior to Insitu, he worked on space-based classified remote sensing systems for Lockheed Martin, and on aircraft and spacecraft simulation for NASA. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Gorge Technology Alliance, a regional industry consortium representing one of the leading airborne information technology hubs in the world. Greg earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, both from Stanford University, and he is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Colleen Jones, Sales & Marketing, Overwatch Imaging, USA
Colleen Mannelly Jones is in sales and marketing for Overwatch Imaging. She has had an extensive career in sales, sales management and nonprofit fundraising in higher education and K-12 market.
Douglas MacDonald, recently Head of Aviation Operations, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, UK
Dougie was educated at Strathclyde (BSc) and Salve Regina (MA) universities. During three decades of Naval Service he specialised in mine clearance diving and anti-submarine warfare, enjoying two sea commands. Ashore, he held a variety of appointments ranging from Fellow at the US Navy's Strategic Research Department, looking at networked information systems, to Deputy Director of the Royal Navy's Maritime Warfare Centre, looking at all aspects of warfare development.
On joining HM Coastguard in 2008 as Deputy Chief, he became responsible for; counter pollution operations, maritime environmental legislation, search and rescue (SAR) standards for rescue co-ordination and the Coastguard Rescue Service, the Receiver of Wreck, resilience planning and the management of Maritime Fire Incident Response. In 2012, when the new UK SAR helicopter programme was transferred to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, he refocused his attention to head aviation operations.
Nigel Clifford, Deputy Director Safety & Response Systems, Maritime New Zealand
Nigel Clifford is the Deputy Director – Safety and Response Services, for Maritime New Zealand – the maritime safety authority in New Zealand. He has worked for Maritime NZ since 2008 and his current responsibilities include maritime incident response, marine pollution response, national coordination of Search and Rescue services, marine communications and aids to navigation, Pacific Island maritime safety support and maritime intelligence. He is responsible for the performance of the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand who co-ordinate all the national level SAR responses in New Zealand’s SAR region and for delivery of integrated maritime incident response capability by the agency to the New Zealand Government.
Nigel works extensively in the international maritime incident response arena including at the International Maritime Organisation - where he is vice chair of the Navigation, Communication and Search and Rescue sub-committee and Chair of the Search and Rescue Working Group – and at the emergency distress beacon organisation Cospas-Sarsat. He was part of the Maritime New Zealand senior management team involved in the response to the RENA and was the Exercise Director for the Whakautu series of large-scale, multi-party, maritime incident response exercises held in New Zealand in recent years.
Prior to working for Maritime New Zealand, Nigel was in the United Kingdom Royal Air Force for 25 years as an operational fast jet pilot and flying instructor - on Tornado strike aircraft and Hawk trainers. He also undertook roles in operational requirements, procurement and project management and finished as a squadron commander on a fast jet training squadron. During his time in the air force he flew extensively in the Gulf region and on exchange duties with the Royal New Zealand Air Force flying the Douglas A4 Skyhawk including deployments across South East Asia to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
Leaving the UK RAF in 2006 Nigel moved with his family to New Zealand and joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force for a staff tour in operational requirements and project management before joining Maritime New Zealand.
Paul Craven, Deputy Manager (Operations), Maritime New Zealand, New Zealand
Paul Craven has been with the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) a division of Maritime New Zealand for 8 years, first as their Training Manager and for the last four years as the Operations Manager.
Paul is responsible for the 24/7 Search and Rescue Officers who coordinate all category two search and rescue activity within New Zealand’s 30 million square kilometer search and rescue region.
He is also the Logistics Manager for Maritime New Zealand’s National Response Team (NRT) which is responsible for managing large scale maritime incidents. In this role Paul spent three months working on the MV Rena oil spill in 2011.
More recently Paul was seconded to assist AMSA with the Solomon Trader oil spill at Rennell Island in the Solomon’s.
Prior to joining RCCNZ Paul was a Master and Training Officer for the Royal New Zealand Coastguard.