Management Team

Steve Gladstone

Steve Gladston
Chief Executive Officer

Steve studied Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath before joining the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot specialising in Anti-Submarine and Search and Rescue roles. Upon leaving the Royal Navy Steve gained significant experience flying in support of Oil and Gas and civilian SAR operations over the North Sea and Irish Sea, operating the S61 and S92 helicopters. Steve founded Developing Assets (UK) Ltd, Heli Operations' parent company, in 2007.

John Gladstone

John Gladston
Chief Operating Officer

John studied Aeronautics & Astronautics at the University of Southampton and spent 26 years as a Royal Air Force pilot, operating the C130 Hercules and the C17 Globemaster III aircraft. As an experienced aviator and senior RAF officer, John served on operations around the globe and has particular experience of Asia and Africa. Most recently he commanded Royal Air Force Lyneham where he was the Delivery Duty Holder for the Hercules Force. John retired from the RAF in 2012 to take up a position in the private sector.

Andy Usher

Andy Usher
Aviation Consultant

Andy spent 27 years as a Royal Marines Commando and has served on combat operations around the globe. He started his career as a rifleman with 42 Commando, taking part in the assault on Mount Harriet in the Falkland Islands. Selected for flying duties he has taken part as a helicopter pilot, in every British conflict since 1998. Commissioned in 2000 Andy has flown a wide-selection of aircraft types in a multitude of roles, principally in support of high-end counter-terrorist and counter-narcotics operations. His final role in the military saw him responsible for the UK's Maritime Counter Terrorism SAR capability in support of UK Special Forces. Andy moved to the private sector in 2008; a current commercial helicopter pilot, he delivers aviation capability to Ultra High Net Worth clients.

JohnBentley

John Bentley
Manager Flight Operations SAR

John has been a commercial helicopter pilot for 28 years. Most recently he worked at Bristow where he held the position of Chief Pilot Stornoway SAR for the past 10 years and has served as a front line SAR pilot for over 21 years. With experience in various operations including Oil and Gas, Military Support, SAR and UN Support Operations, John also oversaw the introduction of the S92 to SAR ops. As Manager Flight Operations SAR for all UK Coastguard operations with CHC John has been instrumental in the development of SAR ops and related issue.

Paul Bell

Paul Bell
Business Development Manager

Paul studied Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and worked in South Africa for 25 years in the heavy-engineering sector covering power generation, mining, oil refineries and offshore projects. He served as a director of a number of South African companies including Murray & Roberts Engineering, Genrec Engineering and Gray Security Services. He is now based in the United Kingdom and where he is involved in risk-management, education and training in Africa; and various other engineering projects.

Steve Gladston
Chief Executive Officer

Steve studied Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath before joining the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot specialising in Anti-Submarine and Search and Rescue roles. Upon leaving the Royal Navy Steve gained significant experience flying in support of Oil and Gas and civilian SAR operations over the North Sea and Irish Sea, operating the S61 and S92 helicopters. Steve founded Developing Assets (UK) Ltd, Heli Operations' parent company, in 2007.

John Gladston
Chief Operating Officer

John studied Aeronautics & Astronautics at the University of Southampton and spent 26 years as a Royal Air Force pilot, operating the C130 Hercules and the C17 Globemaster III aircraft. As an experienced aviator and senior RAF officer, John served on operations around the globe and has particular experience of Asia and Africa. Most recently he commanded Royal Air Force Lyneham where he was the Delivery Duty Holder for the Hercules Force. John retired from the RAF in 2012 to take up a position in the private sector.

Andy Usher
Aviation Consultant

Andy spent 27 years as a Royal Marines Commando and has served on combat operations around the globe. He started his career as a rifleman with 42 Commando, taking part in the assault on Mount Harriet in the Falkland Islands. Selected for flying duties he has taken part as a helicopter pilot, in every British conflict since 1998. Commissioned in 2000 Andy has flown a wide-selection of aircraft types in a multitude of roles, principally in support of high-end counter-terrorist and counter-narcotics operations. His final role in the military saw him responsible for the UK's Maritime Counter Terrorism SAR capability in support of UK Special Forces. Andy moved to the private sector in 2008; a current commercial helicopter pilot, he delivers aviation capability to Ultra High Net Worth clients.

John Bentley
Manager Flight Operations SAR

John has been a commercial helicopter pilot for 28 years. Most recently he worked at Bristow where he held the position of Chief Pilot Stornoway SAR for the past 10 years and has served as a front line SAR pilot for over 21 years. With experience in various operations including Oil and Gas, Military Support, SAR and UN Support Operations, John also oversaw the introduction of the S92 to SAR ops. As Manager Flight Operations SAR for all UK Coastguard operations with CHC John has been instrumental in the development of SAR ops and related issue.

Paul Bell
Business Development Manager

Paul studied Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and worked in South Africa for 25 years in the heavy-engineering sector covering power generation, mining, oil refineries and offshore projects. He served as a director of a number of South African companies including Murray & Roberts Engineering, Genrec Engineering and Gray Security Services. He is now based in the United Kingdom and where he is involved in risk-management, education and training in Africa; and various other engineering projects.