Our activities are directed by a Board, who are elected by our members.


The Board meets regularly in a forum open to all Chief Executives and Managing Directors of member companies to consult on key topics for the UK’s Innovation, Research & Technology sector.

Board of directors

The AIRTO board of directors is responsible for the governance and strategy of AIRTO.

Dr Paul Howarth FREng

Chairman, AIRTO and Chief Executive Officer, UK National Nuclear Laboratory

Steve Yianni FREng

Vice President, AIRTO

Simon Andrews

Executive Director, Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd

Fiona Auty

Head of Government Relations and Corporate Communications, NPL

Professor Patrick Bonnett

Development Director at the National Innovation Centre for Ageing

Dr Derek Craston

Managing Director of Science and Innovation, LGC

Dick Elsy

Chief Executive, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Nicola McIntosh, Finance and Commercial Director at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Nicola McIntosh

Finance and Commercial Director at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Dr Bruce Tomlinson

Chief Executive Officer, HR Wallingford

AIRTO Team

Dr Jane Gate

Executive Director

Shelley Sharma

Executive Administrator

Peter Oakley

Government Affairs Lead

Professor Vicky Pope

National Laboratories Lead

Lorien Howarth

Government Affairs Manager