Our people

We put people first, adopt a growth mindset, take ownership of outcomes, and understand our customers’ needs.

Our team is diverse and high calibre. They have joined us from Google, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Palantir, elite military units, and Formula 1 racing to work on the most important mission there is: the preservation of security, prosperity and freedom.

We are experts in selling to governments and enterprises and hold multiple production contracts.

Executive team

Nick Blair

Chairman & Co-Founder

Nick is a seasoned investor, advisor, and entrepreneur who has worked at the intersection of technology and government policy for the last 10 years. He brings a profound understanding of the international market and how governments and enterprises can utilise technology for strategic advantage.

Jason Kennedy

CEO & Co-Founder

Jason is a passionate Technology Executive that believes in unlocking human potential through the right combination of technology and services. Jason has a deep technical background in building and delivering $Bns in diverse solutions across flight-critical systems, national resilience applications, and defence solutions within US, UK, NATO, and their allies.

Naomi Hulme

MD Skyral Gov & Co-Founder

Naomi has spent a career in defence and national security: from FTSE 100 businesses to start ups. She has overseen some of the largest and most complex aerospace programmes in Europe and delivered multi-$Bns of contracts to UK and overseas governments.

Leadership team

Alex Fitzgerald

Director, Skyral Enterprise

Alexander was previously the Founder and CEO of Cuckoo Broadband, which he grew to become the highest rated broadband supplier for customer service in the UK, leading it to a successful acquisition by the Octopus Investments family. Prior to Cuckoo, Alex worked in HM Treasury in both policy and press roles. Alex also serves in a reserve military unit.

Dan Macklin

Chief Principal Systems Engineer

Dan brings over 25 years of experience as a technologist with a knack for entrepreneurship, primarily focusing on leading teams through complex challenges. His professional journey commenced with the creation of an innovative startup that introduced video analytics and data fusion to the police sector.  Subsequently, he has contributed his technical expertise and leadership to the research and development departments of various progressive companies, continuously learning and growing alongside his teams.

Paul Gammon

Head of Engineering, Skyral Government

Paul started developing software nearly 30 years ago, and has worked with technology startups to multinational corporations delivering innovative solutions to both public and private sectors. Over the last 15 years his focus has been developing and leading people and teams, and is driven to empower others to reach their highest potential.

Rachel Epstein

Head of Marketing & External Affairs

Rachel is a communications professional with experience handling a range of external affairs functions across the public and private sectors, with a specialist interest in defence and national security. She spent time working as a Press Secretary in the UK Ministry of Defence & Cabinet Office, before joining the tech sector to help build the brands of pioneering companies’ focused on helping the West win. 

Vincenzo Zuccarello

Head of Design & UX Research

Vincenzo’s background in psychology combined with his Masters in UX Research and Design has allowed to work in Financial Services, Payment System, Travel and now in Defence. He drives his team of Researchers and Product Designers to thrive and deliver meaningful experiences to stakeholders and end users. Vincenzo’s strategic design thinking is a vital part of the design process and project delivery. 

Sam Marks

Head of Talent

With experience in Motorsport, Travel Tech and Defence; Sam is a recruitment leader who has spent the past 8 years in the Technology sector managing talent functions and growing both Scale-up and Enterprise Level businesses.

Brad Allan

Head of Engineering, Skyral Core & Content

Brad has developed software for over two decades with significant experience in platform engineering in the Fintech, Motorsport and Energy sectors. He is a keen technologist and passionate about building and empowering autonomous decision making engineering teams who understand their customer relationships and the role they play in fulfilling technical and business strategy. Brad and his teams speak the language of commitment and transparency to be as predictable as they can be for the business.

Simon Thomas

Head of Solution Delivery

With a nearly 20 year track record of delivering meaningful and impactful change and products, Simon brings experience working in a wide range of industries including insurance, national security, emergency services, financial services, and defence. At Skyral, Simon makes sure that the work delivered to its customers meets or exceeds everyones’ expectations.

Tim Lee

Head of Delivery

Tim has supported teams to deliver complex technology solutions for almost two decades. With a background developing technical solutions for National Security and Defence customers, his experience has helped him build, organise and lead teams executing projects and developing products across a range of different industries.

Sameer Sidah

Finance Director

Sameer is a seasoned finance professional with a knack for unlocking the potential of Startups and SMEs, supercharging Growth and delivering value at all levels. With expertise in managing multiple rounds of investment raise, Sameer has successfully guided ventures to partial and full exits. His experience launching businesses and setting up operating/commercial models spans the US, Europe, Middle East and the Far East. Sameer is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (US), a member of the Institute of Securities & Investment (UK).

Victoria Gadd

Head of People

Vicki is a People and culture leader, with a background in Talent and HR. She is passionate about creating an empathy driven environment that fosters highly performant cross-functional teams. She brings a blend of HR, People, and talent knowledge to the table, working strategically with other leaders to deliver against business and People strategies.

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