Dómhnal Slattery, Chairman

Mr. Slattery is the Non-Executive chairman of the board of directors of Vertical Aerospace. He is one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing pioneers and has over 30 years of experience in the aircraft leasing industry. Since 2010, Mr. Slattery has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Avolon, a global leader in aircraft leasing and a shareholder of the Company. Mr. Slattery has a track record of establishing and scaling industry leading leasing businesses, rapidly building a market-leading aircraft leasing platform including the successful establishment of IAMG, RBS Aviation Capital (now SMBC Aviation) and Avolon through three business cycles – from the early 1990’s to today. Mr. Slattery has received multiple awards that honor his achievement and contribution to the aviation industry, including the award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Aviation Industry” at the Aviation Industry Awards and the Lewis L Glucksman Award for Ethical Leadership for his contribution to aviation, entrepreneurship and the arts from Glucksman Ireland House NYU. Mr. Slattery holds a Bachelor’s degree from University College Galway and completed the Accelerated Development Program from the London Business School.

Stephen Fitzpatrick

Mr. Fitzpatrick is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vertical Aerospace and serves as a member of the board of directors. Prior to founding the company, Mr. Fitzpatrick founded OVO Group Ltd., a leading energy supply group that includes Europe’s largest independent energy retailer, and has served as the Group Chief Executive Officer of OVO Group Ltd. since 2008. Mr. Fitzpatrick sits on the board of directors for a number of privately held companies, including Imagination Industries Incubator Limited and Imagination Industries Aero Ltd. Mr. Fitzpatrick holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance from the University of Edinburgh.

Vincent Casey

Mr. Casey has served as Chief Financial Officer of Vertical Aerospace since November 2020 and serves as a member of the board of directors. Mr. Casey has served in a number of roles at OVO Group Ltd., a leading energy supply group that includes Europe’s largest independent energy retailer, and now serves as Chief Investment Officer, which he has done since June 2020. Mr. Casey sits on the board of directors for a number of privately held companies, including Imagination Industries Incubator Limited and Imagination Industries Aero Ltd. Mr. Casey holds a Master of Engineering (First Class Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton. Mr. Casey is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alterative Investment Analyst.

Michael Cervenka

Mr. Cervenka has served as President of Vertical Aerospace since June 2019 and serves as a member of the board of directors. Prior to joining Vertical, from September 2015 to June 2019, Mr. Cervenka served as the Head of Future Business Technologies at Rolls-Royce, a leading aerospace and defense company. Mr. Cervenka also served in a number of different roles at Rolls-Royce, including as Program Lead (Civil Large Engine Cost Transformation Program) from March 2014 to August 2018 and Chief Development Engineer (Civil Large Fleet Engines) from November 2010 to February 2014. Mr. Cervenka has over 20 years of civil and military aerospace experience at Rolls-Royce. Mr. Cervenka participated in the Executive Leadership Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth from 2018 to 2019. Mr. Cervenka also holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Honors) in Aeronautical Engineering from Bristol University. Mr. Cervenka is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Harry Holt

Harry Holt joined Vertical Aerospace in January 2022 and serves as Deputy CEO.  Previously he spent 10 years at Rolls-Royce, the majority of which were spent as a member of the Executive Team, first as President of its Nuclear Business Division and then as Chief People Officer, with additional responsibility for Global Business Services, IT and HS&E.  As Chief People Officer he led a major company-wide global transformation programme, followed by a further deep restructuring in response to the COVID pandemic.  Before Rolls-Royce, Harry had a distinguished career as an Officer in the British Army.  He is a Non-Executive director of the Go Ahead Group plc.

Kathy Cassidy

Ms. Cassidy is a member of the board of directors of Vertical Aerospace. Since 2015, she has been a board member for the Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds Complex, where she oversees more than 100 of Goldman’s registered funds. She also sits on the Audit, Governance and Compliance Committees for the Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds Complex. Ms. Cassidy previously served for thirty years at General Electric in a variety of executive positions, including serving as Senior Vice President and Treasurer for both GE and GE Capital prior to her retirement in 2015. Prior to her time at GE Treasury, Ms. Cassidy held executive leadership positions in Strategic Ventures & Mexico in GE Capital Real Estate, and prior to this, she built the Real Estate Capital Markets Business. Earlier in her career, she served as the CFO for several of GECapital’s Business Divisions. Ms. Cassidy also served on the GE Capital Board and the GE Corporate Executive Council for ten years. Ms. Cassidy previously served on the University of Connecticut Foundation Board and the S&P Corporate Advisory Board, and she has been a noted speaker at numerous events, symposiums and forums. Since 2017, Ms. Cassidy also serves on the board of BuildOn, a not-for-profit, global organization focused on building schools in seven of the most impoverished nations in the world and working with numerous large cities on after-school youth leadership programs in some of the most challenging school districts in the United States. Ms. Cassidy holds both an MBA from Fordham University as well as a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut.

Michael Flewitt

Mr. Flewitt is a member of the board of directors of Vertical Aerospace. He is an experienced leader in the world of automotive innovation and manufacturing. Mr. Flewitt served as the CEO of McLaren Automotive for eight years until October 2021 and was instrumental in driving McLaren Automotive’s growth to become one of the world’s leading luxury supercar brands. Prior to joining McLaren, Mr. Flewitt spent nine years at Ford as both Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford Europe, and Corporate Officer, Ford Motor Company. Before joining Ford, he held senior manufacturing and operations roles at TWR Group Limited, AutoNova AB (Volvo) and Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Limited. Mr. Flewitt is an alumnus of Salford University having qualified in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering in 1987, completed a post-graduate qualification in Management and Project Management in 1996 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the institution in 2017.

Gur Kimchi

Mr. Kimchi is a member of the board of directors of Vertical Aerospace. He currently sits on the board of directors for several privately held companies, including Ascent Aerosystems since November 2020. Mr. Kimchi served as Vice President at Amazon.com, Inc. from 2012 to 2020, where he co-founded the Amazon Prime Air delivery-by-drone project and led the organization to its FAA certification as a Part 135 commercial airline. Prior to Amazon, Mr. Kimchi served in a number of different roles at Microsoft where he was integral in the development of key technologies including Virtual Earth & Bing Maps, Contextual & Geosocial search, Cloud Infrastructure, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and Enterprise Communications. Mr. Kimchi is a founding member of the Federal Aviation Administration Drone Advisory Committee and worked in collaboration with the FAA, SESAR, NASA, and ICAO on the development of the Federated Airspace Management Architecture, enabling the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Urban Air Mobility into the airspace around the world.

Marcus Waley-Cohen

Mr. Waley-Cohen is a member of the board of directors of Vertical Aerospace. He has served as a Director of SunCap Ltd. since September 2019. Marcus currently sits on the board of directors for several privately held companies, including Broadstone Sponsor LLP. Mr. Waley-Cohen holds a Master’s degree in Politics from the University of Edinburgh.