Meet The Team
Following nearly 19 years as Group Support Executive, working as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Sir Michael Marshall, Terry is now working part-time at Marshall as the company historian, looking after the rich heritage of this privately-owned, family-run business.
He also continues to run the Cambridge Aero Club (founded in 1929).
William BurnettChief Executive Officer
William was a founding partner of Science Park-based Cambridge Business Travel with a turnover in excess of £10M. He was fully involved with Apex Motorsport in its launch of its Jaguar XKR GT3 team. He retired from the Royal Air Force in the rank of Group Captain, after a 31- year flying career, including a prolonged stint with the Vulcan. He acts as the duty captain for the Southend Vulcan, his former display aircraft. He has recently swapped his Yak 52 for a LongEz, the US canard designed by Burt Rutan.
Giotto CastelliCo-founder, Director, Chief Designer
Giotto created the design of the e-Go initially as a personal challenge to pursue his interest in canards. His aim was to produce a design where structure, aerodynamics and pilot experience come together in a very coherent way delivering performance and functional style. Giotto has ensured the final product remained faithful through its development to his initial vision.
Since co-founding the company, he has led the technical development and set the basis for its continued progress in the areas of design, analysis and testing.
Giotto studied at Kingston University and then Cranfield. Since then he worked on a variety of aircraft, from two seaters for the amateur market to the Pilatus PC-21 military trainer and the Airbus A340 and 380 family of aircraft.
His roles have been unusually diverse, covering design, analysis, testing and certification.
For aerial fun, he flies a two seat all composite aircraft that he built from a kit, a Dynaero MCR-01.
Richard ClabonProduction Engineering Manager
Richard has a MEng (Hons) degree from the University of Warwick, where he also gained experience with composite construction. A spell at Goodrich with responsibility for project management of their Mexican production unit gave him a good grounding in demanding timescales. He has lead teams in test and process management, including a role as Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Meggitt Control Systems’ Dunstable site.
Tianjiao completed her degrees in Aerospace engineering in Beijing, China and Toulouse, France and has now settled in Cambridge. She previously worked on various R&D projects at THALES.
Stella BirdOffice Manager
Stella takes on a large number of vital tasks around the office including setting up and running the financial systems and the human resources activities. She works closely with our banks, accounting firms and many suppliers. She ensures the office and workshop area are maintained and inspected as well as being secretary to the Board. A retired doctor, we have occasionally made good use of her past skills as well.
John KinserProduction Team
John Kinser is in our production team building the production aircraft. Apart from the composite skills he has learnt with us, he is very useful with metal and builds many of our welded jigs and fixtures. John also looks after our database. Originally from Texas, he spent many years leading maintenance teams in the USAF (most recently in East Anglia). John has a British wife and together they have instructed many forms of modern dance to international acclaim.
Richard MirandaProduction team
Richard joined our production team from the USAF having worked in aircraft maintenance around the world. Like all in the production team he is multi-skilled but his speciality is with engine development and Richard has seen the e-Go engine through all its early testing. He is married to a British wife and was based at Mildenhall, maintaining heavy tankers (over 1000 times the weight of an e-Go!).
David BardenProduction team
David Barden is an Aerospace Engineering MSc graduate from Swansea University, and is a member of the production team, working on composite parts, jigs, and anything else that comes along. David is from Cheshire, and is the proud holder of a microlight PPL.
Kevin WoodsProduction Team
Kevin has been involved with building composite structures since 1976, working both in the UK and abroad, including at CASA Madrid, Avions Hurel–Dubois Paris, Rolls Royce cars and McLaren F1.
Kevin is also a senior British Microlight Aircraft Association inspector and check pilot, and CAA ‘R’ examiner. He also built his own Sky Ranger, G-XWEB. Kevin has been flying since 1982 and flies both flexwing and conventional aeroplanes, and is involved with aviation both at work and in his spare time.
David BougheySales and Marketing
David has worked in UK and International Sales and Marketing roles for over 29 years. The majority has been in hi-tech and telecommunications sales. He will initially be helping plan the sales and marketing campaign for e-Go aeroplanes in the UK. David is also a professional photographer and a lot of his photographs grace the website and the walls of the e-Go Centre.
Keith DennisonChief Test Pilot and Board Observer
Keith had an illustrious career in the RAF, including commanding Boscombe Down as Chief Test Pilot, a position that he also later held at BAE Systems. He is a display pilot at the Shuttleworth Collection and he is currently training test pilots in other countries, including China. He has flown everything from a Bleriot to the Hurricane and Eurofighter/Typhoon, beside which the e-Go seems quite conventional. He’s working with John Brownlow and Dodge Bailey on the test programme and many other aspects of the e-Go project.
Malcolm is a serial entrepreneur with a MechEng degree from Imperial College. He was technical director at Acorn Computers and played an instrumental part in the formative years of ARM as a separate company. He led Phone.com in Europe, bringing the internet to the mobile phone and participating in the highly successful IPO of the company. His experience covers business consulting, company development and venture capital investment. He currently leads the avionics work, works with the engine test rig and dynamometer, as well as supporting the IT network.
Malcolm is a keen pilot and flies his Sportcruiser aircraft as well as a Rotorway helicopter that he built from a kit.
Barry BrooksProject Management
Barry is an engineer with many years experience in automotive and aerospace industries working in Computer Aided Engineering Consultancy, Programme Management and Systems Engineering. He now brings these skills to bear on project planning and tracking at e-Go, helping the team develop the work packages, understand the priorities and track progress.
Tony has always had a deep interest in aviation; he learned to fly before he could drive a car, and studied aeronautical engineering at Imperial College. His first job was in the Future Projects Office at Hawker Siddeley where he worked on research into vertical takeoff civil airliners and initial airbus studies. After a career in aeronautics and business consulting, Tony decided to get back to hands-on aviation and built a light aircraft together with Giotto Castelli which they still own and fly. Building an aeroplane reawakened Tony’s aeronautical creativity and together with Giotto they entered the SSDR design competition – they won the high-tech class and then decided to build the design which has become the e-Go. Tony shaped the e-Go business over its first five years before retiring from the CEO role at the end of 2012 and from the Board in Nov 2014.
Mike is a retired RAF engineering officer, who has been working with e-Go as a volunteer since early 2010, building a wide variety of test pieces, tools, facilities and prototype parts. He part owns a Robin and hopes to return to building his Europa which has been waiting his return from e-Go development!