The METIS Team

About Metis Aerospace Ltd

Metis Aerospace Ltd was formed in 2011 – Tony Burnell headed the company as CEO. The company started out by providing technical support services to military organisations and their suppliers before branching out into developing its own software integrated with hardware and enlarging the METIS team.

Currently the company is developing the SKYPERION drone detection system which has been trialled at airports and across the UK and other countries. Metis is also involved with the European Space Agency funded MIDAS project it is also the lead participant for the Innovate UK funded project “Autonomous and Intelligent UAV Detection” in which the company is working with the University of Lincoln.


Tony Burnell
Chief Executive
Tony is one of the founding partners of Metis Aerospace Ltd and is responsible for strategic direction and decision making.
Lee Carter
Principal Software Engineer

Lee is the Principal Software Engineer on our Drone Detection system - SKYPERION and specialises in C++ development.

Alex Cruickshanks
RF Engineer

Alex is responsible for the design, development and integration of RF (radio frequency) elements of the HYPERION Sensor. 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.

James Brown
Software Developer

James is part of the Software Development team and specialises in visualisation, web and game programming, working in the MIDAS team using languages such as Java, C# and C++.

Kevin Taylor
Subject Matter Expert

Kevin is the company Chief Pilot and involved in both SKYPERION and the MIDAS projects. As well as a vast technical background Kevin has a wealth of experience in aviation, flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in both a civilian and an Emergency services role.

Richard Hands
Project Manager

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.

Abi Dorr

Abi is responsible for day to day administration of all aspects of the company and supports the finance director with maintaining the company’s accounts.