Professor Rob Oliver appointed as Managing Director of IAAPS Ltd

02 May 2024

IAAPS is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Rob Oliver to the role of Managing Director. Rob, who previously served as Engineering Director of IAAPS Ltd, brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having been instrumental in the establishment and technical specification of the £70m state-of-the-art research facility, which is owned by the University of Bath, as well as in driving IAAPS’ reputation as leader in advanced propulsion R&I. He will report to Professor Chris Brace, who in his role as Executive Director oversees both the academic organisation and the commercial arm of the IAAPS Institute. 

With over 35 years’ experience in advanced propulsion engineering, Rob draws on robust international industry expertise which will be key in shaping the future of the business. He assumes full responsibility for the leadership of IAAPS Ltd, spearheading strategic growth initiatives and leading the company into its next phase of expansion and development. 

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said: "I am honoured to take on the role of Managing Director at IAAPS Ltd. It is an exciting time for the sector, with rapid advancements in propulsion technologies shaping the future of transportation and contributing to our journey towards net zero emissions. I look forward to working closely with our talented team to drive innovation, deliver value to our customers and position IAAPS for continued success."

Professor Chris Brace, Executive Director of IAAPS, commented: "We are delighted to appoint Rob as Managing Director of IAAPS. His track record of accomplishments and vast expertise in propulsion systems make him the perfect fit for this role. His leadership will be instrumental in driving IAAPS' strategic priorities and ambitious plans.”

Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Bath, said: "Congratulations to Professor Oliver on this appointment. Rob is an excellent choice and his technical experience paired with an understanding of industry will be a great asset as IAAPS' Managing Director."


02 May 2024