About

Above is a UK based aerial inspections and data analytics company. The company was established in 2015 having recognised that subsidy-driven construction and pressure on solar panel costs were having an impact on the future life of assets. Realising that PR measurement and string monitoring alone did not give the full picture of a solar asset’s health.  Above was the first company to develop a solution that delivered accurately and consistently at scale, using drone-collected data through its bespoke SolarGain Inspection Hub. Above  brings together an unparalleled combination of UAV, IT and Solar PV experience to deliver aerial inspection and software solutions to the international solar market.

Our Values

Setting the bar
Our goal is to deliver the best services and products on the market. We are continously developing our solutions to maintain a high standard of quality.
Dedication to innovation
Innovation is the catalyst that keeps our company growing, we are constantly focusing on innovation.
Focus
We are experts in our field, keeping a well defined focus on the solar industry makes us specialists in what we do.

Management

Will Hitchcock

Will Hitchcock

CEO

Will Hitchcock

CEO

Will has had a keen interest in aviation, renewables and energy conservation for many years. Achieving a bachelor’s degree in Air Transport Engineering and an HND in Mechanical & Production Engineering.

Will has over 20 years commercial experience, holding several senior posts in banking and legal IT in London. During 2014 and 2015, as programme director at Push Energy, Will was responsible for the construction of 150MW of ground-mounted solar farms throughout the UK. In September 2015 Will focused on solving an industry problem, how to accurately inspect 100% of modules across large scale solar. Leading to the founding of Above Surveying Ltd. Will is also a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), In 2011 Will and Simon Gilhooly set up the UK’s first community-owned solar co-operative, Green Energy Nayland, for which he is still a Director.

Lee Maughan

Lee Maughan

Finance Director

Lee Maughan

Finance Director

Lee is a qualified chartered accountant who spent the first 15 years of his career in accountancy practice before taking the role of CFO in a high growth privately owned business. For most of his career, Lee was a Director at Deloitte in their Entrepreneurial Business and Private Markets teams working with clients across a variety of industries. Lee is also a Trustee of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Vice President of the ICAEW East Anglia.

The Team

Simon Gilhooly

Simon Gilhooly

Technology and Software Manager

Ion Popescu

Ion Popescu

Senior Software Developer

Dr Naseem Ramli

Dr Naseem Ramli

KTP Associate (Embedded System Engineer)

Nick Olivier

Nick Olivier

Research Associate (Machine Learning)

Dr Kenan Isbilir

Dr Kenan Isbilir

Technical Consultant

David Garcia

David Garcia

Technical Consultant

Gemma Moore

Gemma Moore

Operations Manager

Adrien Van Den Abeele

Adrien Van Den Abeele

Business Development Executive

Dave Eggleton

Dave Eggleton

UAV Pilot

Steve Shearn

Steve Shearn

UAV Pilot

Denis Stretton

Denis Stretton

UAV Pilot

Mike Kirstein

Mike Kirstein

UAV Pilot

Jenna Barker

Jenna Barker

Lead Analyst

Sarah Jacobs

Sarah Jacobs

Marketing Assistant

Paul O'Shea

Paul O'Shea

Operations Administrator

Paulina Sollesnes

Paulina Sollesnes

Data Analyst

Dr Tom Hall

Dr Tom Hall

Senior Technical Analyst and UAV Pilot

Mitchell Peters

Mitchell Peters

Technical Analyst and UAV Pilot

Executive Board

Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Chairman

Martin Smith

Chairman

Martin chairs a number of private equity-backed and owner-managed businesses in the technology, legal, renewables and business support services sectors. He is Chairman of Poweredbypie, AuditComply and Patron of the military charity Team Endeavour.

Previously, Martin was CEO of The Alcumus Group. He has also held senior leadership positions at Croner, Wolters Kluwer UK, BSI British Standards, The IET and Thomson Reuters.

John Cleave

John Cleave

Director

John Cleave

Director

John has an HND in Mechanical & Production Engineering and has been leading BuzzFlyer Ltd since he formed the company over 10 years ago, quickly establishing the company as one of the UK’s leading drone equipment suppliers.

BuzzFlyer was formed in 2006 at the beginning of the electrically powered radio controlled helicopter market and was one of the first resellers for DJI (now the world’s biggest drone manufacturer) in the UK. Since then, the business has grown significantly and now supplies a large retail market as well as producing custom drone platforms for a wide range of high profile industry, research and scientific organisations. Applications range from arctic glacier monitoring, search & rescue and industrial environmental monitoring. BuzzFlyer has built a deep level of drone platform, sensor and gimbal domain knowledge in its technicians who are involved in a wide variety of initiatives for clients

Stuart Bradshaw

Stuart Bradshaw

Director

Stuart Bradshaw

Director

Stuart, a chartered accountant, co-founded Push in 2012. Under Stuart’s leadership, Push has grown to 50 employees, successfully developing, building and operating hundreds of MWp of energy projects. Stuart continues to lead business development and strategy in the group. He enjoys starting and growing businesses and problem-solving within them. Increasingly he is focused on the development of high-performance teams within the Push group businesses.

Partnered with

University of Essex
Buzzflyer
Opus
Sanderson & Co
TWI