Nigel is a world reknowned design and certification authortity on aircraft structures, systems and cabin interiors programmes. He has led the development of dozens of commercial and military aircraft and has grown aerospace organisations globally. He has over 40 years experience in the aerospace and defence industry. A former founder and Managing Director of GCT and GDC a global aerospace design engineering company he started his career with BAE Systems. He has worked on many commercial Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems and business jet and military aircraft platforms with design and certification responsibilities spanning every aircraft ATA chapter across aerostructures, systems, propulsion, cockpit and cabin interiors. In addition, he is a leading authority on the development and installation of design engineering tools, systems and processes. Nigel works today as Hawksland Managing Director helping clients develop new aircraft programmes, business planning and development, company start-up and acquisitions, due diligence, technologly assessment and development.


  • Strategic business development
  • Commercial & programme management
  • Weight, cost & spend reduction
  • Market Intelligence
  • Advanced Metals & Composites
  • Flight Physics
  • Aircraft Architecture
  • Design Engineering
  • Stress Engineering
  • Weights Engineering
  • Loads Engineering
  • IT Tools & Architecture
  • Airworthiness
  • Certification
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Project Engineering
  • Tooling Engineering


  • Airbus
  • Alenia / Leonardo
  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Fairchild Dornier
  • GCT
  • GDC Technics
  • PFW
  • Thorn EMI


  • HNC
  • HND