Our Team

Andrew Shelley

Chief Executive
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Andrew is one of the Directors of Aviation Safety Management Systems Ltd. He has advised on strategic, economic and regulatory issues in a wide range of industries.

Andrew is an active researcher and writer on issues related to drones. You can read some of his work here:

Heather Andrews

SMS Specialist
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Heather is one of the Directors of Aviation Safety Management Systems Ltd, and our specialist in safety management.

Drawing on broad experience in the aviation sector, Heather is one of the instructors for the UAS Pilot Certificate.

Chris Jackson

Course Director: Flight Training and Flight Testing

Chris is a highly experienced UAS pilot, test pilot, trainer, examiner, and engineer. He is an expert pilot on fixed wing, multi-rotor, and single-rotor helicopter platforms.

Chris is the only independent individual to hold CAA "approved person" status for inspecting and approving the construction of UAS with a gross mass of more than 15kg. For more information visit the Jackson UAS website.

Chris is also an all-round good guy and regular Movember participant.

John Funnell

Agricultural Instructor

The holder of an E category flight instructor rating, John delivers our UAV Agricultural Rating course.

John has a lifetime of aviation experience as a helicopter pilot in commercial, agricultural, and search-and-rescue operations.

Read John's book “Rescue Pilot”: http://penguin.co.nz/books/rescue-pilot-9781775538493.

Nick Key

Drone Flight Examiner (Multirotor)

Nick is the Technical Officer with the Department of Geography, University of Canterbury. He has extensive experience in using UAVs to support research activities, including in extreme environments.

Paul Bealing

Drone Flight Examiner (Fixed Wing)

Paul is UAS Operations Manager and a Geospatial Science Technician with the Department of Geography, University of Canterbury.

Rochelle Nicholas

Office Administrator

Friendly and efficient, Rochelle is the backbone that keeps the office running.

Yongxi He

Drone flight examiner (Multirotor and Fixed Wing)

Yongxi is an expert drone racer and a professional airline pilot.

In his spare time Yongxi likes to eat hashbrowns.