Award Winning Technology and Products


+ Mitre Challenge C-UAS 2016
+ Popular Science Grand Award 2018
+ Counter Terror Award 2018
+ ADS Security Innovation Award 2018

+ OpenWorks independently developed the unique SkyWall technology and has several patents protecting the intellectual property that can be found within it’s products.

We develop CUAS, Air Defence and Optical Surveillance, Sensing and Tracking Technology for Defence and Security.

OpenWorks has developed an award winning and innovative drone capture and autonomous optical detection and tracking technology.

The systems offer the capability to protect high profile assets, facilities, the public and VIPs from the threats posed by Aerial threats.

We are very proud to have supported a wide range of law enforcement and military operators protecting many of the most high profile sites and individuals in the world.


Our dedicated team of engineers is experienced in delivering game changing products in improbable timescales.

Much of our experience has been providing equipment for the demanding and challenging defence industry, where only the highest levels of quality and performance are acceptable.

We understand that the quality of our people is key to delivering the exceptional products and services that our customers expect.

OpenWorks is committed to ensuring that all our employees are appropriately trained and qualified to exceed customers’ needs and know that in order to succeed in our industry we need people who are innovative and well versed in cutting edge methods.

We also work closely with a broad range of strategic partners across the world to ensure that our products can be appropriately supported throughout their life and integrated into complete security systems where required.



Managing Director

Chris Down brings over 20 years industry experience from the defense, rail, and offshore sectors to OpenWorks.

A graduate from Trinity College Cambridge, Chris drives product development for the company applying his wide-ranging mechanical, electrical and software engineering expertise.

Chris also pushes the senior leadership team to focus on high standards, and business growth.


Sales, Marketing and Business Development Director

James Cross has spent his entire career in the Defence sector, with a focus on product and system development.

A graduate in Mechanical Engineering, from The University of Newcastle, James uses his engineering background to help innovate and collaborate in business development, sales, and marketing for OpenWorks.

James is focused on accelerating OpenWorks’ global opportunities and maintaining relationships with existing customers.


Engineering Director

With over 25 years of mechanical system design experience since graduating from the Engineering School of Newcastle University, Neil has designed complex armoured vehicle systems in the Defence industry and has managed prototype, low and high-rate production projects.

Neil uses this wealth of knowledge and experience to support the OpenWorks’ engineering team to complete projects on time and in budget, and with the highest quality control.


Technical Director

Alex focuses on AI and software development for OpenWorks’ wide range of capability areas.

Attaining a degree in Aeronautical engineering from The University of Bristol, Alex also holds over 15 years’ experience in engineering in the Oil and Gas and Defence sectors, ensuring OpenWorks products are maintained to the the highest technical and quality standards.


Finance Director

Having forged a career in finance within the engineering sector, after gaining a degree in Economics from Edinburgh Napier University, Roland takes the lead at OpenWorks on all financial and commercial aspects of the business.

He ensures the engineering and sales teams have the freedom to support customer projects, while continuing to develop class leading technology.


Vice President of Strategic Business Development

After 30 successful years as founder and CEO of the Chess Technologies Group.

Graham joined OpenWorks Engineering to provide his extensive experience in strategic business development, innovation, and implementation.

Graham is committed to delivering world class, next-generation equipment, solutions, and services.

He imparts his expertise on the strong leadership team at OpenWorks and values furthering world-class technology development at the highest of industry standards.