our board

Darren Shapland

Darren has unparalleled experience in the retail sector. He is Chair of Topps Tiles, NotOnTheHighStreet.com and Moo Print. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Ferguson and Chair of their audit committee. He previously served as Chair of Sainsbury's Bank, Poundland Group and Maplin Electronics, and was Non-Executive Director of Labrokes. Darren was Chief Financial Officer of Sainsbury's from 2005 before being appointed Group Development Director in 2011.

Paul McAndrew

Paul is the founder of Aerofoil Energy and pioneered aerofoil technology for the refrigeration industry. He is a display-refrigeration specialist with over 20 years of experience in the commercial sector, including as Business Development Director of Norpe UK. Over the past 15 years Paul has launched several UK start-ups in the refrigeration and technology sectors and co-founded a distributed computing platform.

Commercial Director
Nicholas Burke

Nicholas was involved at the start of Aerofoil Energy's development and arranged four equity rounds to fund our rapid growth. He now oversees the company's strategy, planning and marketing. Nick has a background in investment banking and government audit. He previously headed up the global project evaluation work of the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), and has advised many Multilateral Development Banks on investment evaluation.

Emily Baty

Emily worked in the fund management industry for 14 years, having qualified with Ernst & Young as a chartered accountant. She was Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Hermes Investment Management Ltd managing a variety of large operational projects. In her previous role as Finance Director of Hermes' real estate business she was responsible for all financial management, reporting and planning.

Non-Executive Director
Dean Frost

Dean is a retail refrigeration specialist with 25 years' experience in the UK and international food retail sector. He is the current Managing Director of A1 Engineering Solutions and former Managing Director of Space Engineering Services. Dean has advised and supported some of the world's largest food retailers with product innovation and selection, whilst working with some of the country's leading refrigeration contracting businesses.

our team

Account Executive
MaryAnn Downing

MaryAnn has six years' experience in customer service for the refrigeration industry, and supported Aerofoil Energy throughout its foundation years. Previous to this she spent seven years as Education Facilitator at the David Lewis College.

Account Executive
Claire Alkaya

Claire worked in a senior support role in the aerospace industry for seven years as Customer Service Coordinator for Senior Aerospace BWT. She previously spent time working in Turkey teaching English languages.

Company Accountant
Melissa Hampson

Melissa is a chartered accountant and has 17 years' experience in the private sector with responsibility for management accounts and internal audit.

Business Development
Bob Hurley

Bob is former Group Head of Refrigeration and HVAC&R at Tesco, where he achieved significant results across a broad range of engineering disciplines including refrigeration, HVAC and lighting. As part of our aerofoil team, Bob is applying his extensive experience of delivering engineering solutions in a pressured retail environment.

Technical Specialist
John Austin-Davies

John is highly respected as one of the most experienced and technically accomplished engineers in the refrigeration industry. In 2018 John was awarded the prestige RAC Gold Award, for his lifetime contribution to tackling major environmental issues in the cooling and refrigeration industry. John joins Aerofoil Energy as our technical specialist and is a key member of our Vortex product development team.

Project Management
Steve Griffin

Steve has 35 years' experience as a refrigeration and air conditioning consultant and design engineer for various businesses. He has managed many large-scale projects for UK food retailers, and currently project-manages the roll-out of aerofoil technology across our client base.

our investors

Not to forget our investors!

We are lucky enough to enjoy the support of a small group of passionate shareholders, who have backed our growth over the past few years with several injections of new equity and plenty of encouragement besides. We make a point of keeping them closely engaged with our progress and technology.