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

Nick was one of the original backers of Aerofoil Energy and arranged four equity rounds to fund the company’s development and growth. He now oversees the company's strategy, planning and marketing. Nick has a background in investment banking and project finance. He previously headed up the 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

Product Support Engineer
Dominic Sarno

Dominic is an engineer with past experience ranging from working on multi-million pound projects, to detailed engineering design. He has a background in engineering consultancy, with particular expertise in advanced fluid dynamic research. At Aerofoil Energy, Dominic is working with our suppliers and clients on design solutions for Aerofoil and Vortex technology.

Senior 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.

Account Executive
Nicola Carter

Nicola joins us as an experienced senior level service coordinator, having looked after major UK clients in the construction sector. She also served as an internal auditor with skills in enhancing operational accountability and process efficiency.

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.