Webinar Programme: Surveillance & Radar

Date Wednesday 8 September 2021    
Time 10:00 - 11:30    
Location Virtual on Zoom    
Social Media #RUKAviation21    

The future surveillance environment: How do we see aviation & wind coexisting in 2030, 2040, 2050?

  • OWIC & MOD update on the work of the Joint Task Force
  • Regional composite solutions
  • What are the CAA’s thoughts on the future surveillance strategy?
  • DFT – Aviation Management Board activities

Dujon Goncalves Collins, Senior Strategy Advisor - Aviation, Vattenfall & OWIC

After 27 years RAF service and 5 years at RUK, since 2019, Dujon is lead at Vattenfall for aviation, defence and radar, across their international Wind portfolio. He works with projects and specialist teams internally, and externally with stakeholders. He is Aviation Workstream Lead for Offshore Wind Sector Deal programmes between government and industry stakeholders, including the Joint Air Defence programme. He is Vice-chair of RUK’s Aviation Working Group and Co-chair of WindEurope’s Aviation Task Force.

Dujon Goncalves

Steve Smith,  Windfarm Sector Lead, Thales Land & Air Systems

Following his 16 year’s service in the Royal Navy, Steve has been a consulting engineer in many aspects of energy generation and critical national infrastructure; engaged by governments and utilities around the world including several years each in Russia and the PRC. Since 2006 he has been engaged by Thales as a senior programme manager and is global Windfarm Sector Lead, focusing on the impact of windfarms on civil and military surveillance capability. Along with Dujon, Steve is Co-chair of WindEurope’s Aviation Task Force.

 Steve Smith

Wg Cdr Kevin Walton Senior Programme Manager, RAF, Co-ChairMinistry of Defence/Offshore Wind Industry Council Air Defence Mitigation Task Force

Wing Commander Kevin Walton leads the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) programme to develop windfarm mitigations for Air Defence and ATC Radar.  In this role, he co-chairs the Air Defence and Offshore Wind Windfarm Mitigation Task Force comprising MOD, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, The Crown Estate and the Offshore Wind Industry Council who also provide a co-chair. After 18 years as an Air Traffic Control Officer in the Royal Air Force, Kevin worked in industry for 8 years including leadership roles in 3rd Party Logistics, Airport Operations at Gatwick Airport and Airspace Strategy and Policy at Heathrow Airport before returning to the Royal Air Force to lead the Windfarm Mitigation Programme. 

Kevin Walton

Stuart McKay, Aeronautical Surveillance Policy Specialist, UK CAA 

Stuart joined the UK CAA as the Aeronautical Surveillance Policy Specialist in December 2020. He has over 30 years experience of aeronautical surveillance systems and has been involved with the impact of turbines on surveillance sensors since 2006. He has also been responsible for evaluating and deploying mitigation solutions. Stuart is very excited to look at the future of surveillance services and how they can coexist with the renewable energy solutions.

Stuart McKay

Rebecca Christie, Head of Airspace Modernisation and Resilience, Airports and Infrastructure Directorate DFT – Aviation Management Board

Rebecca is head of the Airspace Modernisation and Resilience teams at the Department for Transport. With over 20 years of experience in the civil service Rebecca has had various roles across a number of departments and policy areas. Her and her team currently work closely with a wide range of stakeholders across Government and industry to ensure that the aviation sector can continue to grow and develop adapting to new technologies and needs of all users of UK airspace, including the growth of renewable energies such as windfarms.


Mark Balsdon, Head of Airline and Airspace Customer Management, NATS

Mark joined NATS in 2008, He has been involved in several complex solution initiatives. In his current role as Head of Customer Services, Airline and Airspace Directorate, Mark and his team act as client relationship managers with the Industry, working proactively with Government Agencies, Renewables, Airlines and Airspace users to facilitate the delivery of data driven information solutions to overcome aviation issues. Mark is also working on a number of UTM Projects and Airspace initiatives, including strategic solution delivery and continues to develop strong working relationships across the Renewable community, various Government Departments and Airspace Collaborators.

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Michael Agergaard Riis, Business Development DirectorSecurity Sales, Terma A/S

 Michael Agergaard Riis has been employed with Terma A/S since 1996 working with radar systems and for the last 10 years, with special focus on wind turbine radar interference mitigation. He has represented Terma in several wind turbine related radar trials in the UK as well as in the US and has been heading a team at Terma to bring a mitigation solution to market.  Prior to his current position, he worked in development of radar systems and has 20+ years of radar system design and analysis experience, including system integration and performance evaluation.

11:30 Event Close





Date Tuesday 15 June 2021 Time 10:00 - 11:15 Location Virtual  Social Media #RUKAviation21