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Home Office Security and Policing 2017

The OpenWorks team will be presenting the SkyWall100 drone defence system at the Home Office Security and Policing event 2017.

SkyWall is a system that enables any security authority the ability to protect assets from the threats posed by drones. SkyWall100 is a man-portable, cost effective system that captures a drone in a net and then brings it to the ground under a parachute. It is a brand new product that OpenWorks have been developing since 2015.

Please visit us on stand F4, by the government briefing zone, to meet with our team.


OpenWorks Appoints Non-Executive Directors

The management team at OpenWorks has formally appointed three non-executive directors.  Each brings their experience and skill sets from impressive and lucrative careers, providing the management team with invaluable advice and insight; creating a broad and balanced board.  The three non-execs had been regularly providing support to OWE since mid-2016 and had become regular attendees at board meetings – it was decided to formalise their roles in recognition of their contribution.

Tony Trapp MBE

Dr Tony Trapp MBE (Non-executive Chairman)

Dr Trapp MBE has been instrumental in the formation and success of the subsea technology industry in North East England having been a co-founder of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), the founder of IHC Engineering Business and more recently Osbit Ltd.  Dr Trapp’s experience of growing entrepreneurial start-ups into valuable businesses brings real value to OpenWorks.  He is also a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Andrew Scaife

Andrew Scaife (Non-Executive Director)

Having left his position as head of corporate finance at KPMG, Andrew joined Quantum Pharmaceutical as Finance Director.  Following a management buyout, he became the CEO and led the region’s largest ever IPO on AIM.  Since stepping down from his CEO position Andrew has decided to apply his finance, strategic and managerial skills across a broad range of companies through a series of non-executive roles.  In addition to his work at OWE, Andrew is the Non-Executive Chairman at Realsafe Technologies Ltd and Honcho Market Ltd.

Terry Courtney

Terry Courtney (Non-executive Director)

During Terry Courtney’s time as the Finance Director at Pearson Engineering Ltd, Terry oversaw the growth of Pearson’s turnover from £4m to £220m.  Following the successful completion of a £250m export contract to the US Government (for which Pearson was awarded the Queen’s award for enterprise), Terry took early retirement.  Terry now supports a number of charities through his pro bono work as a director.  As well as his charitable work, Terry is a non-executive director at Osbit Ltd.

OpenWorks Expands into a New Office


Following the successfully launch of the SkyWall100 counter drone product, OpenWorks has kept up an energetic pace of new product development.  This has meant growing the team to support the ongoing SkyWall100 activities alongside the innovation of new and exciting products.

This rapid growth has necessitated moving to a larger office – on the 20th February, OWE moved to its new headquarters at Stocksfield Hall.  The new facilities not only provide room for continuing growth but also a secure workshop space as the team start work on larger engineering projects such as the automated counter drone system, SkyWall300.


Over the next few months, OpenWorks is expected to secure a number of government contracts in Europe and North America, cementing SkyWall100’s position as the world’s leading physical C-UAS system.  These will also support further growth and allow the company to continue to build on the incredible success since the foundation of OpenWorks in 2015.