Leadership

Aditya Nawab – CEO and CTO

Aditya Nawab is the CEO and founder of Robosys Automation.

He has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of robotics and automation in the United States and internationally.  He has published numerous papers in reputed journals including IEEE and has US patents under his name.

In the course of his career he has developed several robotic algorithms for the United States Department of Defense and NASA, while working at various organizations. He has wide ranging experience in obstacle avoidance and detection algorithms, computer vision, hardware/software integration, autonomous vehicle development and industrial robotics.

He has done extensive research and developed algorithms for ground robot autonomy. He has implemented algorithms for real-time terrain mapping using stereo vision, grid-based mapping and path planning to support obstacle detection and avoidance techniques. He has developed block-matching stereo correspondence algorithms to compute disparity maps, implemented grid-based path planning algorithms to plan routes around obstacles, and techniques to predict terrain beyond stereo range.

He was one of the few engineers who received training to operate the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator (SPDM) at NASA JSC to help find solutions to the problems that astronauts face in space during teleoperations.

Aditya received his M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, with a focus on kinematic algorithms for robots and computer vision.  He has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He speaks English, Hindi and Gujarati and lives with his wife Shilpy and their family in Boston, Massachusetts.

Aditya Nawab

Richard Farrington CBE – Product Director

Richard has worked with Robosys as a consultant since 2016 and joined the team on a more formal basis in 2019.  At sea since he was a small boy, Richard enjoyed a 36-year career in the Royal Navy, retiring as a Commodore in 2015.  He served in almost every class of ship from aircraft carrier to patrol boat and has extensive seagoing command and senior management experience.  He was the Director of the renowned Maritime Warfare Centre in Fareham, responsible for developing tactics and procedures for the very latest weapons systems and platforms including unmanned vehicles.  An internationally renowned maritime security expert, he was appointed OBE in 2000 for his work on counter narcotics, and promoted CBE in 2010 for his pivotal role in international counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa. A qualified Marine Surveyor, he is an Associate Member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors.

An experienced offshore yachtsman and Mariner, he is well known for his ability to innovate, embrace new technology, manage people, implement organisational change and handle watercraft of all shapes and size.  He lives with his wife Julie in Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Richard Farrington CBE

Nigel Lee – Chief Sales Officer

Nigel is a dynamic, entrepreneurial and results focused Global Sales & Business Leader, with a track record of driving sustainable, profitable, year on year growth in Public Companies, Private Equity owned companies and SMEs, where he has successfully managed sales budgets in excess of £100M per annum.

He has over 15 years of high tempo global defence, security and commercial sales experience with Lockheed Martin, Ultra Electronics and 6 years under US Private Equity ownership as VP Sales at Domo Tactical Communications.

Nigel has demonstrable vision and innovative commercial thinking as an accomplished, hands-on, business hunting, deal maker, shaping, negotiating and closing multiple £50M+ complex sales.

He has deep experience in the building and management of international and globally dispersed sales teams across the full business cycle; from strategy development, business planning, lead generation, campaign design, stakeholder engagement, to solution development and pricing strategies.

Previously Nigel served in the Royal Navy for 23 years as both an engineer and a seaman/warfare officer, on both ships and submarines.

Nigel holds a Master’s of Science (MSc) in Technology and was awarded the hereditary Freedom of Dunfermline in 2008, and is a Burgher of the City.

Keith Henderson – Executive Director

Keith has a strong engineering background, working across Europe since the early 1970s for the likes of Barr & Stroud (now Pilkington Glass) Rathgeber, Mercury Marine and then Yamaha Motor Company as a technical manager. He left Yamaha in 1984 to work as a marine consultant and journalist.  He has written a number of marine engine books and in 1996 founded Jane’s Marine Propulsion – the electronic and hard copy reference bible which ran to 28 editions.  He has been a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland since 1994.

In 2001 Keith joined the Florida based USV company 5G Marine. In 2012 he was a member of the 5G team invited to the UAE to develop a local USV Industry. The robotics element later grew into the international company Robosys, pioneering autonomous navigation system development.  Keith’s peripatetic lifestyle has him in Glasgow, the Netherlands and Cyprus.  He speaks English, Dutch, German and French.

Keith Henderson

Mark Hunt – Chief Financial Officer

Mark is a professionally qualified Director, Finance Professional & Executive Coach. He started his 20 year career with Nat West Bank, working in both personal and corporate banking, including an assignment in offshore banking on Guernsey in the Channel Islands. This broad experience concluded in a role as Productivity Consultant working across the South of England helping the Bank to rationalise and optimise its operations.

Mark then moved into industry and worked with both Lockheed Martin and Boeing Defence UK in a number of finance leadership roles, in the UK and the USA. He has worked on many large defence and corporate deals, pricing and negotiating contracts >£100m, mergers & acquisitions, with financial responsibility for businesses with annual turnover c.£200m.

Mark’s work as an Executive Coach sees him working with established and emerging business leaders and executives, as they negotiate new roles, transitions, growth and challenges.