Paul Hutton & Jenny Kavanagh

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions

Jul 30, 2021

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Paul Hutton is chief executive of Cranfield Aerospace Solutions. Jenny Kavanagh is their chief strategy officer. Appointed as chief executive in 2015, Paul has extensive experience in executive roles across the aerospace, technology and service industries.

Jenny, Cranfield’s chief strategy officer, has been a Chartered Engineer for two decades; she has been leading aerospace product development programmes for 16 years. Founded over 30 years ago, Cranfield is a market-leading company that provides prototypes of new concepts and modifications to aerospace platforms.

Their client base includes businesses such as; Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, and Raytheon. Currently, they are at work on a new project that aims to make hydrogen-powered flight commercially available by 2025.

In this in-depth conversation, Jenny and Paul delve into the story behind ‘Project Fresson,’ and the quest to deliver the first truly green passenger airline service, using hydrogen fuel cell technology; discuss why they are certain hydrogen is the future, and how it holds the key to helping us globally achieve our climate goals; and reveal the surprisingly positive role the pandemic has played in accelerating an industry shift towards climate-consciousness, with airlines looking for a viable fuel alternative.

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