World’s leading provider of drone-based inspection and data services to the industrial inspection market

Our Story

Since 2009, Sky-Futures has established itself as the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services to the global industrial markets. This expertise, operational knowledge and experience have been employed to develop ground-breaking software, sensor and technology solutions for the drone-based industrial inspection market. Our leading technology is being used today by clients looking to harness the power of drone-driven data collection and analysis.

Sky-Futures enables Enterprise to perform safe and cost-effective drone inspections of a variety of vertical infrastructures, including but not limited to the following industries: Oil and Gas; Renewables; Utilities; Telecoms; Bridges; and Engineering.

Meet The Leadership Team

Chris Blackford

Chris Blackford

CEO

Chris works with the Sky-Futures management team to implement the company’s strategic plan and ensure there is consistent, year-on-year growth. Chris combines extensive drone experience with a strong understanding of the technical and operational complexities that enables Sky-Futures to provide a market leading solution across the global industrial markets. He is excited and passionate about the opportunities in the market to further develop the role of drones in support of inspections and surveys and places a strong emphasis on the relationships and partnerships that Sky-Futures has established with many leading organisations and companies across a range of sectors.
Nick Rogers

Nick Rogers

COO

Nick brings significant commercial aviation operations and regulatory expertise to Sky-Futures. One of his first roles at the company was to design and implement the Sky-Futures end-to-end drone operational framework that supports our global training, VLOS and BVLOS operations. He has a background in commercial aviation as a Captain on the Airbus A320 having previously flown the Boeing 747 for British Airways. Nick is passionate about aviation and being involved in shaping the future of the unmanned sector through VLOS and BVLOS drone operations. Nick’s combined manned and unmanned aviation experience has been instrumental in establishing a culture of safety and operational excellence that has helped Sky-Futures be recognised as a leading, global brand in this sector.
Nick Beattie

Nick Beattie

Head of Sales

Nick is responsible for the development and success of Sky-Futures global business development and sales pipeline.  As Head of Sales, Nick leads the company’s engagement with Sky-Futures client base to understand their specific needs and show how Sky-Futures can support them. In this role, Nick is able to harness his previous experience as Sky-Futures Operations Manager in which he delivered projects in 31 countries around the world. Nick uses his collective experience to not only understand the requirements of our clients  but also tailor Sky-Futures response accordingly in close coordination with the Sky-Futures Operations Team. Nick manages and fosters the relationships across Sky-Futures existing client base as well as owning responsibility for the expansion of new business relationships across all sectors in which Sky-Futures operate.
Frankie Suarez

Frankie Suarez

Head of Operations

Frankie leads the Sky-Futures Operations team delivering our managed service across more than 31 countries. In addition to safety critical inspection and survey tasks, the team also deliver drone pilot training and drone test programmes at the Sky-Futures Training Academy.  Frankie started his career with Sky-Futures as a Remote Pilot in 2014 and brings significant experience and understanding of the daily operations cycle, having personally delivered operations across 6 continents.   Frankie has developed the standards that Sky-Futures operate under today and brings a wealth of military and commercial drone experience to the company. As Head of Operations, Frankie’s remit covers the managed service, regulations, training, our partner network and all health and safety associated with drone operations.

Careers

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