Our client, SkyLifter Ltd, is creating a vertical lifting electric air-crane solution in the 2-25 tonne payload category. The company is looking to strengthen their current Board with the appointment of investing Non-Executive Directors or Advisors to contribute to their rapid growth. 

Their pitch is simple; For Construction and Logistics customers, SkyLifter aircranes are their new hook-in-the-sky that will out-perform any land crane (higher hook and longer reach) and out-lift any helicopter (beyond their 20 tonne limit), and all for less cost. SkyLifter’s IP comes from combining the proven technologies of aerostat buoyancy with drone precision control. This IP is being patented, and the new method of control stability, new concept of operations, and new design will open the skies to a green and genuinely sustainable access to anyone who needs a floating air platform. 

Product USP:

SkyLifter Ltd was formed to exploit the unique omni-directional design capabilities developed by leading experts from the Lighter Than Air industry. Early prototypes have shown that the 100% aerostatic design, with a low centre of gravity (for additional stability) provides major handling and robust flight advantages over traditional airships or balloons. Next steps are to build upto a 2-tonne payload capability demonstrator aircraft and commercialise them in partnerships with early adopting customers. 

Market & Opportunity: 

These aircranes will disrupt the £40BN global lifting market because they will work radically faster, be GREENER and more economical than large cranes and helicopters. 

SkyLifter Ltd is working with Tier-1 operators and end-users who are attracted by reduced operating costs and increased capability that enables them to transform the way they build things, especially in challenging urban and rural locations. 

SkyLifter’s primary target market is the Renewable Wind Industry, who admit there are not enough cranes for all their planned projects and maintenance on existing farms, and the costs are too high to produce competitively priced energy. Step-in, SkyLifters.

The Energy sectors are big, but SkyLifter also has conversations with Construction, Security and more recently H2 distribution and storage, with companies like Linde and Air Products.

Funding Strategy

The funds introduced by investing NED’s will be used to provide working capital to action the first milestone of the building of the SkyLifter capability demonstrator, an upto 2 tonne payload, free-flying version of the 500kg prototype. 

Non-Exec Director Role/Requirements/Expertise:

The company is growing fast and interested to talk with candidates who have a strong interest in this sector and feel they can add technical/engineering/compliance value or contribute to the commercial and corporate structuring objectives.

You should have business experience in one or more of the following sectors: aerospace, engineering, shipping, cranes, wind turbines, sustainable energy, oil and gas, construction, logistics or related field.

  • In particular they are seeking a Chief Designer (to make engineering decisions) with an entrepreneurial approach and track record. Likely to have come from a fast-paced aerospace, automotive or maritime background (e.g. racing yachts or Formula racing in automotive), within a regulated environment.
  • They also seek a CFO / FD Non-Exec, with broad experience to include early stage fast growing businesses and exposure to fund raising, from the investor risk perspective. 
  • You will have a strong conviction to a greener future and a desire to leave an impactful legacy.
  • You will have experience in a growth company (plc not necessary).
  • It is expected that the role will require approximately 3 days per month time commitment – more in the early stages.


The Non-Executive Directors are encouraged to become shareholders with an investment above £25k to align their interest with that of the existing Directors who are all shareholders. The company is registered for the EIS scheme which provides 30% tax relief and up to 100% capital gains relief subject to status.

Applying for the role:

Candidates who feel they meet the above criteria are invited to apply having first registered their CV with First Flight Non-Executive Directors (if they have not already done so – there is no charge) by using our “Apply for Role” tab for role no: 1214 and completing the application form explaining how they match the key criteria we have set out for the role. Applicants that go forward to interview stage will be asked to sign a self-certification form as either a sophisticated investor or high net worth individual.

Closing date for applications:  22nd April 2024


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