Managing Director and Chief Engineer
Professor William Fairney FREng FIET
William("Bill") developed the concept of combining a barrel engine architecture with a constant volume, 2-stroke diesel combustion cycle and founded Covaxe to develop and market the engine. Bill is a chartered electrical engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. A high-achieving career in the electrical power industry culminated in positions as Director of Plant Engineering at the Central Electricity Generating Board and Director of Engineering and Construction with National Power.
Bill has been a Business Adviser to Young Enterprise Gloucestershire and Visiting Professor in Engineering at Durham University. He is an author, was a private pilot and light aircraft owner, and counts astronomy and mathematics amongst his interests.
Nigel Vaughan BSc, CEng FIET
Nigel is a chartered electronics and systems engineer with over three decades' experience of large, complex, highly integrated projects and programmes. Nigel was the founder and MD of a highly successful systems engineering and engineering science consultancy, acquired by a large US engineering services corporation at the end of 2010. He has also fulfilled senior engineering roles in the UK's Ministry of Defence and in several UK Defence and Aerospace Prime Contractors. He has managed and undertaken personally research, system study and system engineering activities. He has provided strategic review and advice to MOD and industry relating to critical programmes and research portfolio. He is a Fellow of the IET.
As well as being Project Director for the development of the Covaxe engine, Nigel is a judge in an inter-university engineering challenge, a Trustee of a Trust Port and splits his "hobby time" between sailing and boats, flying a light aircraft and motorcycling.
Rick is a business focused IT professional with experience of system design, project delivery and operational management in the agricultural and automotive finance industry. Rick has held roles at senior management and director levels for large corporates (Barclays and Daimler) but has also been involved with several start-up businesses, which he finds both exciting and rewarding. For the last few years Rick has been engaged as a wholesale finance consultant working on projects in the USA, Russia, Europe and South Africa. Rick brings a wealth of commercial expertise to the Covaxe team. In his leisure time Rick enjoys fishing, trekking and printmaking.
Investor and Adviser to the Board
Dipl. Ing. Herr Rolf Schwartz
Rolf is a professional engineer with a practical education as a locksmith. He has over five decades of projecting, design and manufacturing experience for large, complex and highly developed industrial heat treatment plants for metals, ceramics and glass. Rolf was the founder of www.schwartz-wba.de, a hidden champion in his market niche. Before retirement, he made a management-by-out and is now free to find new goals. He and his wife Gabi are parents of three daughters and are grandparents of a boy. Rolf received more than 30 successful patents, some of them worldwide.
Rolf now shares his time between sports such as family, sailing, piloting, mountaineering. He is still involved free-standing design, construction and manufacture of new machines. He joins COVAXE in 2017.