Will has a Bachelor’s degree in Air Transport Engineering and an HND in Mechanical & Production Engineering and has had a keen interest in aviation, renewables and energy conservation for many years.
Professionally, Will has over 20 years commercial experience, having held a number of senior posts in banking and legal IT in the city. 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, focused on solving an industry problem – how to accurately inspect 100% of modules across large scale solar – Will founded Above Surveying Ltd.
Will is also a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and back in 2011, Will Hitchcock and Simon Gilhooly set up the UK’s first community owned solar co-operative, Green Energy Nayland, for which he is still a 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 electrical 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 R&D initiatives for clients.