We are Evolito.

We have an experienced first-class team of forward thinking, passionate aerospace engineers, working for a new era of urban air mobility.

Dr. Chris Harris

Director

Chris has over 25 years’ experience building and leading high-tech, high-growth businesses in the UK, Europe and US. Chris is passionate about building world-class British manufacturing companies, the transition to electric vehicles and growing a diverse pipeline of UK engineering talent. He joined YASA when it was a nascent company focused on the motorsports sector, revising the business plan, restructuring the Senior Management Team and commercialising the technology. To date, Chris has secured £31m of equity financing across four funding rounds, building a portfolio of world-leading investors and consistently meeting or exceeding key financial metrics for the business.

Chris has negotiated long term development and supply agreements with customers including Google, Parker Hannifin and multiple automotive OEMs including Ferrari. Prior to joining YASA, Chris held senior roles in companies including VG Elemental, Perkin Elmer, PA Consulting and was President of Plasmon, a $100m turn-over provider of data storage solutions. Chris has been interviewed by The Financial Times, BBC, Channel 4 News and Reuters on topics ranging from UK manufacturing policy, developing engineering talent and trends in electrification.

Dr. Tim Woolmer

Advisor

A few weeks into his PhD, Tim had a eureka moment – realising there was a much better way to build an electric machine called a torus axial flux motor. The insight Tim had was that by removing the motor’s stator yoke and splitting it into segments, he would be able to open up some very significant reductions in the motor’s weight – while at the same time improving its torque, power density, efficiency and manufacturability, making it transformative within the then-nascent electrification industry.
On completing his PhD in 2009, Tim founded YASA to develop and commercialise his new approach to the axial flux motor. As CTO, Tim leads the development of YASA’s technology to exhibit best-in-class efficiency and power densities for automotive and aerospace electric powertrain applications. Tim has also led the development of a new class of motor controllers with novel cooling techniques. He has over 20 patent applications, with more than 50 patents granted to date in the area of drives and electrical machines. In addition, Tim has authored 4 papers related to the thermal and magnetic design of the YASA machine and presented YASA’s technology at technical conferences and industry symposia around the world.

Gareth Morris

Managing Director

Gareth has over 35 years’ of engineering, programme and general management experience working for large tier 1 global aerospace companies. Most of his career has centred around the development and industrialisation of more-electric aircraft systems, and from 2012 to 2020 he led the creation of a specialist Centre of Excellence for electric motor drive systems and power electronics at Collins Aerospace. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College.

Ajay Lukha

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

For the last nine years, Ajay has led YASA’s marketing, global customer development and revenue growth in the automotive and aerospace sectors, managing the Sales and Account Team and scaling the company’s revenues. Ajay has deep commercial awareness, twinned with technical concept-level problem solving, strong communication skills and a proven ability to quickly build networks of influencers within customer organisations from C-suite through to engineering, design and procurement.
In his career, Ajay has serially established novel technologies as mainstream in industrial, consumer and cleantech markets, identifying and matching technology with customers. At YASA, Ajay established YASA’s speciality products revenue, initiating and driving key OEM customer wins and developing a powerful new business pipeline across automotive and aerospace. Prior to joining YASA, Ajay held senior roles at Kingston Technology Company, Intel Corporation and Duerr Group.

Mukesh Patel

Chief Engineer

Over 22 years experience in design, development and NPI of advanced electrical machines and electrical systems for aerospace applications. A versatile, influential and results-driven Chief Engineer with hands-on technical expertise, global multi-site operations experience and an exceptional track record leading/developing high-performing teams in a matrix structure.
He has experience of driving efficiencies, optimising processes and maximising performance for world leaders in aeronautical power and electrical systems.
Mukesh is a great communicator and presenter with first-class people management and customer relation skills and the ability to plan, lead and deliver complex engineering projects end to end and to exacting requirements, budgets and deadlines.
Previously worked at Safran Electrical & Power at divisional and site levels leading large teams within a matrix environment across different continents.
Mukesh began his career at Lucas Aerospace in 1999 and since worked in Airbus, and progressed through Goodrich Power Systems, UTC and Safran with increasing technical, managerial and leadership responsibility.

Dr. Richard Shepherd

Head of Airworthiness

Richard is an engineering technical leader with 31 years’ experience in an Aerospace design organisation in technical specialist, product certification and safety management system roles. He is passionate about safety in aviation, as a project manager addressing in-service issues and as an Airworthiness Specialist. Previously contributed as the Rolls-Royce representative to the European Commission OPTICS 1 programme, helping the Commission assess current and previous aviation safety research and identifying gaps and bottlenecks to make research programmes more effective in achieving the Commission’s Flightpath 2050 goals.
Richard began his career in Rolls Royce on their Graduate Training Scheme in 1988, leaving in 2019. During his time with Rolls he held various positions, moving into the Airworthiness Specialist role in 2012 where he became the Lead Airworthiness Engineer for Trent 700 (2012-2015), Trent XWB (2015-2018) and Trent 1000 (2018 & 2019). Richard was also the secretary of Rolls-Royce Aerospace Safety Assurance Board. More recently Richard has been working as Quality Assurance Manager at Altran UK, creating a Quality Management System for the Test Execution activity in support of ISO9001.

Ben Smith

Senior Design Engineer

Highly motivated and driven design engineer with over five years in McLaren F1 team. Ben is a systems thinker who can simultaneously keep in mind the strategic picture, the organisational perspective, and concrete next action. A rapid learner, with good critical thinking, problem solving, technical skills & mental models.

As Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Ben is charged with ensuring that the design that is carried out meets our customer’s expectations and specifications. He also acts as a technical contact point for customers and suppliers. From packaging stages to detailed design stages, he monitors the progress of the design and coordinates it with the CAE analysis, discussions with suppliers, design and manufacturing reviews, and customer request.

Gabriella Crisanti

Lead Engineer

Gabriella joined Evolito in 2021 as a Lead Design Engineer, responsible for the design and development of state-of-the-art electric motors for Aerospace applications.
After receiving her master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Padua, Italy, she worked for major Oil & Gas companies in Italy and in the UK. In 2014 she joined Collins Aerospace, where she successfully led the design and development of innovative electric motors for two key Aerospace programs. She is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Gabriella attributes her success to her ability to positively interact and work within a team and to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation and with customers; to her aptitude to analyse problems and think logically; to her meticulous attention to detail; to her passion for innovation and desire for continuous learning.

John Anthony

Systems Engineer

John’s main role is to enable Evolito to work effectively with customers who integrate our motors/controllers into complex power systems, typically automotive traction and aerospace propulsion. This includes coordination of requirements and management of failure analyses such as DFMEA.

John has a background in aerospace (6 years at Rolls-Royce) and nuclear (3 years at the UKAEA Centre for Fusion Energy Research), where he developed an appreciation for highly innovative yet carefully-managed engineering; mature business processes that ensure reliability and safety; and large-scale collaborative engineering projects spanning multiple organisations and countries. At Rolls-Royce, John also specialised in permanent magnet electric motor design, so has been able to bring those skills and experience to bear on the development of our axial-flux motor technology at YASA.

Mehul Shah

Test & Validation Engineer

Mehul graduated with a Masters in Aerospace Engineering and has 14 years of experience in the test and verification sector. His role as a Test and Verification engineer in the aerospace industry has allowed him to work on both military and civilian equipment. He has worked with several major aerospace companies including, Martin-Baker, UTC, Eaton Aerospace and Cobham Flight Refuelling. His primary responsibility included taking their products from Proof-of-Concept to full qualification by producing the necessary test methodologies, specialised test equipment, test setups and documentation.

Mehuls’ experience will aid in the establishment of a Test and Verification Department. His specific experience and knowledge gained from Environmental and EMC testing allows him to incorporate the best practice into the advancement of the department, allowing him to develop a versatile and innovative Test and Verification Team.

Natalia Narozanska

Magnetics & Simulations Engineer

In her role as Simulations Engineer, Natalia is responsible for the computational development and analysis of preliminary designs, and their refinement in the later stages of the design process. Natalia has a reputation for analytical problem solving, and is quick to research, learn and adapt to new engineering challenges in creative ways.
Natalia uses magnetic FEA software and the in-house modelling capability to simulate the expected performance of our products and later analyse the test data, reporting back to the wider team. She has experience of using LaTeX, MatLab, C++, Python, CAD and CFD. While at university, Natalia was a member of the Body Design division of the Cambridge University Eco Race Team. Natalia’s entrepreneurial potential and engineering creativity have been recognised with numerous awards, including Forbes Poland 25 under 25, Mary Dyson Scholarship from James Dyson Foundation and McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders Award.

Franklin Vijayakumar

Reliability & Safety Engineer

A safety and reliability systems engineer, Franklin is proficient in leading and motivating a team with proven problem solving ability, effective stakeholder communication and cross functional team working skills, successfully demonstrated in Team leader roles.

A380: Involved on A380 Variable Frequency Generator project due to in-service issue. Carried out various safety assessments such as SSA, CMA and FMECA to provide confidence to the customer in the integrity of the product.

Jas39: Worked on Auxiliary Emergency Power System for SAAB JAS39 aircraft.

CH53-K: Responsible for setting up the system test rig and test the newly developed firmware to identify bugs in normal operating conditions.

Smart Motor: Tasked to be the safety lead for the motor of the smart motor project. Franklin’s responsibility involved analysing the motor design to identify the critical parts, single point failures and ensure the safety requirements were met.

Chris Fox

Project Manager

After nine years working within the Civil Aerospace landscape, Chris brings a wealth of experience from previous roles in Operations, Planning and Programme Management to the Evolito team.

Chris began his career as a graduate at Rolls-Royce Controls business unit and quickly took on a Production Manager role to gain experience across both hydromechanical and electronics manufacturing. Since then, Chris has held various management positions at Rolls-Royce and most recently was responsible for the smooth delivery of electronics programmes within the business.

APM accredited, Chris has a proven track record of success in building relationships and delivering complex projects relating to New Product Introduction, In-service Modification and Business Transfer.

In 2020 Chris also adapted his project management role to support the on-time delivery of a portfolio of parts in support of the Ventilator Challenge UK Programme.