directors & managers
the Ultra management team comprises a balance of technical and operational experience and are recognized as leaders in the transport systems industry.
Martin Lowson – President
Martin was the originator of the Ultra pods system concept while a Professor at the University of Bristol.
Previously, Martin worked in the US on the Apollo Space Program, where he led a team of over 50 staff. He later joined Westland Helicopters, where his roles included Chief Scientist and Director of Corporate Development.
He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering 1991, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society 1986 and an overseas Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1993.
Nigel Clarke – Non-Executive
From 1985 – 2003, Nigel was a partner of GJW, then Europe’s leading government relations firm.
In 2003, he created Learned Lion Partners to set up, invest in and advise projects in business areas with strong public policy influence. He was an early investor in ULTra Global, and now serves on its Board as a non-executive director. Other projects include medical research though Vidapulse Ltd, and home healthcare through SureCalm Healthcare Ltd, created in 2010 and sold in 2012.
In 2007, he chaired an Inquiry into a possible future professional body for pharmacy in the UK, and following the Report of the Inquiry, chaired the Transitional Committee creating the prospectus for the new Body. This was published in November 2008, and forms the basis of the now reformed Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
Nigel served on the General Osteopathic Council (the regulator of the profession in the UK) from its inception in 1996 until 2008, being chairman from 2001-2007; and on the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, a UK Government body, from 2003-2008.
Fraser Brown – Managing Director
Fraser was appointed MD of Ultra in April 2011. His remit is to continue the successful development of Ultra by growing the potential new business opportunities across Europe, North America and through partnerships in India.
He was previously Head of Travel Services for BAA at Heathrow and was responsible for all non-terminal retail activity. Prior to this Fraser worked for Exxon Mobil for 10 years across five key managerial business roles in forecourt fuels marketing, commercial vehicles cards business and operations support, before moving on to become Head of Commercial Transport at Gatwick.
David Marron – Head of Engineering
David joined Ultra in 2012 and is responsible for engineering within the company including system development, implementation and support.
Before joining Ultra, David was Head of Engineering for the Raytheon Systems Ltd. defense business responsible for the delivery of engineering across a wide range of projects including aircraft modification and support, development of sensors and avionics equipment and the design installation and commissioning of secondary surveillance radar sites.
A systems engineer with extensive experience in the defense and Aerospace industry, David’s previous roles include Engineering Director for Alenia Marconi Systems Customer Support Division and Chief Avionic Systems Designer for Westland Helicopters.
Adam Ruddle – Key Account Manager
For the past five years, Adam has been a member of the team responsible for the design, development and delivery of the innovative Ultra Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system operating at Heathrow Airport, with specific responsibility for the vehicle.
A second larger Ultra PRT system (240 vehicles) is being installed at Amritsar, India, with Adam working with our partners to pursue off-shoring of the vehicle manufacturing.
He is also tasked with Ultra business development around the world, predominantly India and North America.
He has a worked both in consultancy and in-house with blue chip brands, such as Prodrive, Cosworth and Rover. During his career he has been responsible for designing everything from an electric milk float to an amphibious sports car.
Mark Griffiths – Head of Operations
Mark joined Ultra in 2007 and is responsible for all the operational aspects of the company. As part of the management team, Mark is also involved with the continual development of the Ultra product.
Mark has previously worked throughout the transport industry, working in the heavy and light rail sectors as well as undertaking contracts for the Highways agency at the NTCC in Birmingham. Mark was the Director of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering for the East Coast Main Line for several years including managing the transition from the public sector into Network Rail.
Before joining Ultra Mark ran a transport consultancy that undertook installation projects and consultation services for Network Rail, Docklands Light Railway and Manchester Metrolink. He project managed several large projects for the Highways agency including the installation of travel times on the motorway variable message sign network and the updating of the Motorway infrastructure network mapping and information systems.
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