Meet The Team
Jon's engagement with aviation spans more than 30 years; from instructing on gliders with the Air Cadets in the early 1990's, to serving with the RAF Volunteer Reserve as a training officer, later earning an advanced diploma in Aeronautical Engineering. After completing his initial flying training in 2009, Jon went on to graduate from Bristol Ground School, Europe's leading provider of professional Airline Transportation Pilot License (ATPL) training.
With a career primarily in business, Jon has held leadership roles across a wide range of industries. From 2013 to 2015 he served as Amazon's foremost global expert in virtual technology, engagement and development. He later went on to lead Amazon's launch and integration of new Kindle devices across Europe and has more recently consulted for tech start-ups, helping them create effective operations.
Jon created AV8 Flight School after identifying the opportunity to provide professional and commercial unmanned flight training at a national and European level. By combining highly experienced aviation experts with flexible, student-centred instructional design and delivery, AV8 creates a new standard for unmanned aviation training, accessible to anyone.
Jon holds an Honours Degree in Business Administration, professional certifications in Computer and Data Science from Harvard University and is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. In his spare time he's a keen skier, SCUBA diver and photographer.
Jon Anderson, BA (Hons)
Chief Executive Officer
Claw is a former RAF fast-jet pilot and Tornado instructor with over 2,900 flying hours across multiple complex aircraft types, more than half of which were operational. After completing a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, he entered Elementary Flying Training and joined the RAF in 2002, where he went on to complete fast-jet training which included a period flying the French Alpha Jet and Canadian Hawk 115.
Engaged in his first frontline tour flying the Tornado GR4 with 12(B) Squadron, he took part in Operations TELIC and HERRICK, returning later in his career to act as Air Advisor in Helmand, Afghanistan, as SO2 J3 Air in the Falkland Islands and then eventually resuming frontline duties at RAF Marham for five Operation SHADER tours with 31(B) and IX(B) Squadrons.
Claw is an accomplished pilot as both an A2* instructor on the Tucano as well as a QFI on the Tornado. He's currently the Commanding Officer of Southampton University Air Squadron and also finds time to support 661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, Kirknewton as Chief Flying Instructor where he holds responsibility for safety, flying and instructional standards.
Claw joined the AV8 team as Chief Flying Instructor in April 2019 and oversees the entirety of the training syllabus development, quality and delivery. Outside of work Claw is a keen long distance runner, with the longest being a continuous 96 mile run through the west highlands of Scotland!
Laura has had a life-long passion for aviation, beginning with the Air Cadets in 1992, being awarded a flying scholarship in 1998, and culminating in a commission in the RAF Reserve in which she served until late 2003.
After completing an Honours degree in Mathematics with Heriot-Watt University in 2001, Laura has spent nearly two decades in a series of increasingly senior strategic roles within financial services, specialising in the cultural and service integration of merging financial institutions and leading the operational optimisation and retail banking elements of national teams.
In 2016 Laura was a finalist for Nationwide Building Society's Executive of the Year and in 2018, in her capacity as an expert in organisational change and transformation, Laura was nominated as a Non-Executive Director to the advisory committee of Ofcom for Scotland.
As AV8's Chief Operating Officer, Laura is responsible for the financial and civil regulatory control, compliance and oversight of the company and manages its relationship with key service providers and contractors.
As a keen academic, Laura also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School and a Bachelors of Law from the University of Strathclyde.
After completing a Masters degree in Experimental & Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, Lilie worked for EADS Astrium (now Airbus Defence & Space) as a Processor Products Engineer, designing and testing technology for communications satellites. Her passion for flying led her to join the RAF as a pilot in 2009 where she later deployed on Operation HERRICK training future Afghan Air Force Pilots.
Lilie has amassed more than 900 flying hours on the MQ-9 Reaper, the RAF's primary remotely piloted air system, the majority of which was in support of Operation SHADER.
The most recent portion of her career has been dedicated towards working as a test and evaluation pilot in the Air Warfare Centre as a Qualified Trials Officer, assessing new and existing capabilities from Class 1b drones to the Protector, the RAF's future remotely piloted capability.
As well as studying for a second Masters degree in National Security Studies, Lilie has written extensively on the topic of the future of UAS capability for Air and Space Power Review and is currently undergoing professional helicopter training, further broadening her aviation and operational experience.
In addition to advising on technical and regulatory elements of AV8's courses, Lilie brings a wealth of operational, consultative and academic expertise that shapes the future of our specialist and advanced operational training programmes.
Stuart Gorman, BSc (Eng)
Stuart began flying with the Air Cadet Organisation on 661 Volunteer Gliding Squadron in 2005, eventually becoming a B1 Qualified Gliding Instructor and Volunteer Reserve Training Officer on the unit with roles including Flight Safety Officer. In 2016, he transferred to 10 Air Experience Flight at RAF Woodvale, flying the Grob Tutor.
Stuart holds a BSc (Eng) in Aeronautical Engineering from The University of Glasgow and, prior to his airline career, worked as a member of the training department with the National Air Traffic Service's Scottish and Oceanic Area Control Centre at Prestwick.
After completing his formal commercial pilot training, ATPL ground school syllabus and a period flying in New Zealand, Stuart joined Monarch Airlines on the Airbus A320/A321 as a First Officer. In 2017, Stuart joined Virgin Atlantic Airways as a Senior First Officer flying the Airbus A330 around the world.
As Operations Manager for AV8, Stuart brings a wealth of aviation knowledge and experience to the company and works closely with the senior team to provide an outstanding service to our customers.