Management

Mark Thomas CEng FRAeS

Managing Director
Mark Thomas CEng FRAeS

Mark Thomas was appointed as Managing Director of Reaction Engines on 26th May 2015. His experience includes a number of positions within Rolls Royce, mostly recently as Chief Engineer for Technology and Future Programmes in the Civil Large Engines Business. Mark spent 25 years at RR, joining in 1989 as a sponsored Undergraduate trainee before completing an Engineering degree at Queens’ College, Cambridge University.

Notable roles over the course of his career include Chief Development Engineer for the EJ200 (Typhoon) Engine, Programme Executive for UK Defence Research and Technology, Chief Engineer for the EJ200 (Typhoon), RB199 (Tornado) & Adour (Hawk/Jaguar) engine programmes, and Technical Director of the Eurojet Turbo GmbH consortium based in Munich. In 2009 Mark moved to Derby to take up the role of Chief Engineer for the Trent 900 (Airbus A380), leading the engineering team and working closely with Airbus and Airline Customers, before moving to his position in Technology & Future Programmes in 2012.

Nigel McNair Scott

Non-Executive Chairman
Nigel McNair Scott

Nigel was appointed to the Board of Reaction Engines Ltd. in 2010 as Non-Executive Chairman.

Nigel gained his early experience in Charter Consolidated and Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, and has served as Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey and Govett Strategic Investment Trust, and was Chairman of Avocet Mining for 17 years. He was Finance Director of Helical Bar from 1987 to 2012 and is now Chairman of Helical Bar. MA Oxon, FCA, FCT.

 

Alan Bond

Founder and Chief Engineer
Alan Bond

Alan is a founding Director of Reaction Engines Ltd. and inventor of the SABRE engine.

Alan began his career at Rolls-Royce and British Aircraft Corporation where he gained wide experience in gas turbines and rockets. Subsequently Alan worked at the Atomic Energy Authority on the JET and RFX nuclear research projects, and as a consultant engineer to BAe Systems during the HOTOL space launcher project having invented its RB545 air-breathing rocket engines.

 

Tom Scrope

Finance Director
Tom Scrope

Tom began his career qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. Most recently he was Group Finance Director for Minit Group, a pan-European retail business with 1100 stores, having previously been at Carphone Warehouse, where he was divisional Finance Director for the UK retail business. BSc. (Dunelm), ACA, MBA (INSEAD).

 

 

Richard Varvill

Technical Director and Chief Designer
Richard Varvill

Richard is a founding Director of Reaction Engines Ltd.

Richard began his career with Rolls Royce Military Engine Division working on advanced gas turbine concepts (EJ200, Hybrid Fan Vectored Thrust Engine and ACME) and prior to founding Reaction Engines. was responsible for engine design work on the RB545 air-breathing rocket engines and winged launcher studies for the European Space Agency.

 

Sam Hutchison

Director of Corporate Development
Sam Hutchison

Sam has worked with Reaction Engines Limited since 2005, initially as a business partner to REL's principle investor before becoming Director of Corporate Development in 2012.

Sam has a degree in Philosophy of Science from the Columbia University, New York.



Dr Robert Bond

Corporate Programmes Director
Dr Robert Bond

Robert was appointed to the Board of Reaction Engines Ltd. in 2008 as Corporate Programmes Director.

Robert has an extensive background with the UK Atomic Energy Authority where he worked on the development of nuclear fusion and advanced spacecraft power and propulsion technologies, and with AEA Technology as a Project Manager responsible for the development of leading-edge space optical instruments and lithium-ion battery systems for European and US spacecraft.

 

Gordon Harrison

Production Director
Gordon Harrison

Gordon was appointed to the Board of Reaction Engines Ltd. in 2010 as Production Director.

Gordon has a wide experience in production, manufacturing techniques and project management. Gordon began his career at Leyland as a tool room apprentice and served with them for 24 years in their radiators branch before moving to the UK Atomic Energy Authority where he managed the Special Purposes workshop. Gordon joined Reaction Engines Ltd. in 2005 where he has grown the production section of the company.

 

Dr John Garrod

Non-Executive Director
Dr John Garrod

John was appointed to the Board of Reaction Engines Ltd. in 1996 as Non-Executive Director.

With a PhD in Thermodynamics, John is ex-AEA Technology and has extensive background in nuclear research and fusion technology. John was responsible for 300 staff as General Manager at AEA and grew sales in US and Europe as Head of the Physics Technology Department.

 

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