Our Team

John McClelland

Chairman & Company Secretary

Financial and strategic guidance. Active in the field of engine design throughout his career.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Graduate apprenticeship/project designer, Ruston & Hornsby
  • Group Director/design director, Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Managing Director, AVL Powertrain Engineering
  • Chief Engineer (under contract), Lotus Engineering
  • Director (under contract), SouthWest Research Institute

Ian Gilbert

Managing Director

Responsible for all company operations. Wide experience as a design manager and project leader.

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Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Designer GEC Energy Systems
  • Principal Engineer, Design, Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Executive Design Engineer (contract), Lotus Engineering
  • Design Supervisor, AVL Powertrain
  • Senior Manager, Engine Design, SouthWest Research Institute
Publications & Awards
  • SAE Technical Paper 2017-01-2414, 2017: Contributor to – “The New BAIC High Efficiency Turbocharged Engine with LPL-EGR”
  • 2014: Contributor to the “Base Engine Development” of the Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering, John Wiley & Sons
  • SAE 2011-01-0403: Scuderi Split Cycle Research Engine: Overview, Architecture and Operation
  • SAE 2005-01-0769: Latchcam: A Camshaft Integrated 2-Mode Variable Valve Actuation System
  • IMechE 1992 “Multivalve High-Speed DI Diesel Engines”
  • FISITA 1992 “Gasoline Engine Efficiency – Design Solutions”
Patents
  • US-8534250 – Valve lash adjustment system for a split-cycle engine
  • US-8539920 – Valve lash adjustment system for a split-cycle engine
  • US-8763571 – Air supply for components of a split-cycle engine
  • US-8590497 – Split-cycle air-hybrid engine with expander deactivation
  • US-8677953 – Split-cycle air-hybrid engine with air expander and firing mode
  • US-8689745 – Split-cycle air-hybrid engine having a threshold minimum tank pressure

Riccardo Meldolesi

Technical Director

Responsible for R&D activities. Supervisor for all analysis and simulation work.

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Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Engineer, Maserati Automobili
  • Principal Engineer, Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Analysis Manager (under contract), SouthWest Research Institute
Publications & Awards
  • SAE 2012-01-1013: Scuderi Split Cycle Engine: Air Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain Simulation Study
  • SAE 2011-01-0404: Scuderi Split Cycle Fast Acting Valvetrain: Architecture and Development
  • SAE 2005-01-0769: Latchcam: A Camshaft Integrated 2-Mode Variable Valve Actuation System
  • Leeds University course SI engine emissions, Nov 2003: Overview Of Future Trends In Gasoline Engine Technology For Low CO2 Emissions
  • Leeds University course SI engine emissions, Nov 2003: HCCI/CAI Engines: Future Combustion Systems For Ultra-Low Nox Emissions
  • Ricardo Software International User Conference, Detroit, 1999: The Use Of Valdyn In The Design Of The Valvetrain And Timing Drive Of The New Ferrari V8 Engine
Patents
  • US-9309765 – Rotary machine
  • US-7963259 – Hydro-mechanical valve actuation system for split-cycle engine
  • US-8151691 – Variable compression ratio piston with rate-sensitive response
  • US-8899207 – Cylinder head for an engine
  • US-8210138 – Split-cycle engine with pilot crossover valve
  • US-8763571 – Air supply for components of a split-cycle engine
  • US-8534250 – Valve lash adjustment system for a split-cycle engine
  • US-8539920 – Valve lash adjustment system for a split-cycle engine
  • US-8590497 – Split-cycle air-hybrid engine with expander deactivation
  • US-8677953 – Split-cycle air-hybrid engine with air expander and firing mode
  • US-8689745 – Split-cycle air-hybrid engine having a threshold minimum tank pressure
  • US-8813695 – Split-cycle engine with crossover passage combustion
  • US-8360019 – Pressure balanced engine valves
  • US-8707916 – Lost-motion variable valve actuation system with valve deactivation
  • US-8776740 – Lost-motion variable valve actuation system with cam phaser
  • GB 2428274 – I.C. engine valve actuation mechanism with independently variable timing and lift
  • GB 2428451 – Improvements to the adjustment of variable valve timing mechanisms of internal combustion engines
  • GB 2427897 – I.C. engine camshaft with fixed and slideable cams switchable between high-lift and low-lift modes
  • GB 2442813 – Camshaft assembly with moveable cam lobe

Mark Clements

Support Services Manager

Responsible for co-ordination of business activities not directly related to Design & Analysis.

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Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Apprentice Machinist to Project Planning Engineer, Thomas Hatchard & Sons Ltd.
  • Manufacturing Engineer & Company Director, Advanced Machining Techniques Ltd.

John Eaton

Business Manager

Roving role for promotion of PTL. Global sourcing specialist for prototype & mass production.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Engine design and development experience, Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Manager Test Facilities Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Manager Support Services AVL Powertrain
  • Purchasing Manager Lotus Engineering
  • Manager Support Services (under contract), SouthWest Research Institute

Tony Perkins

Design Manager

Responsible for engineering design projects from concept to production. Extensive design experience of gasoline & diesel engines.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Graduate Engineer, Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Principal Engineer – Design, Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Manager, Engine Design (under contract) Southwest Research Institute
Publications & Awards
  • Design options & performance characteristics for 0.25-0.3 L per cyl HSDI Diesel engines. Euro IV Challenge – Future Technologies & Systems, Seminar, I.Mech.E. Dec 1997
Patents
  • US-8534250 – Valve lash adjustment system for a split-cycle engine
  • US-8539920 – Valve lash adjustment system for a split-cycle engine
  • US-8763571 – Air supply for components of a split-cycle engine

Clive Lacy

Principal Design Analyst

Wide experience and expertise in mechanical analysis applied to engines and other machinery. Development of new analysis processes, software & simulation techniques.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Research Scientist, Southbank University
  • Design Analyst, AVL Powertrain Ltd
  • Design Analyst (under contract), Lotus Engineering
  • Senior Design Analyst (under contract), SouthWest Research Institute
  • PhD Chemical Engineering
Publications & Awards
  • SAE 2011-01-0404: Scuderi Split Cycle Fast Acting Valvetrain: Architecture and Development
  • SAE 2005-01-0769: Latchcam: A Camshaft Integrated 2-Mode Variable Valve Actuation System
Patents
  • US-9309765 – Rotary machine
  • US-7963259 – Hydro-mechanical valve actuation system for split-cycle engine
  • US-8534250 – Valve lash adjustment system for a split-cycle engine
  • US-8539920 – Valve lash adjustment system for a split-cycle engine

Nicholas Badain

Principal Performance Analyst

Wide experience in performance simulation, thermodynamic, fluid and acoustic analysis applied to engines, CHP and other machinery.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Graduate Engineer, NVH, Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Section Leader, Performance Simulation Group, Ricardo Inc, USA
  • Senior Engineer, Bastra Engineering, Italy
  • Senior Design Analyst (under contract), SouthWest Research Institute
Publications & Awards
  • SAE 2015-01-2775: Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fuel Saving Technology Analysis to Support Phase 2 Regulations
  • SAE 2012-01-1013: Scuderi Split Cycle Engine: Air Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain Simulation Study
Patents
  • US-8590497 – Split-cycle air-hybrid engine with expander deactivation
  • US-8677953 – Split-cycle air-hybrid engine with air expander and firing mode
  • US-8689745 – Split-cycle air-hybrid engine having a threshold minimum tank pressure

Daniel Eastwood

Principal Design Analyst

Responsible for mechanical and hydraulic analysis. Development of new analysis processes, software & simulation techniques.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Postgraduate Researcher, University of Sussex, Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre
  • Design Analyst (under contract), SouthWest Research Institute
Publications & Awards
  • PhD Thesis 2014 – “Investigation of Rim Seal Exchange & Coolant Re-Ingestion in Rotor Stator Cavities Using Gas Concentration Techniques”
  • Lead Author – “Experimental Investigation of Turbine Stator Well Rim Seal, Re-Ingestion and Interstage Seal Flows Using Gas Concentration Techniques and Displacement Measurements” ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
  • Co-Author – “An Investigation Into Numerical Analysis Alternatives For Predicting Re-Ingestion In Turbine Disc Rim Cavities” ASME Turbo Expo 2012 GT2012-68592
  • “Main Annulus Gas Path Interactions – Turbine Stator Well Heat Transfer” – ASME Turbo Expo 2012 GT2012-68588
  • “The Influence Of Turbine Stator Well Coolant Flow Rate And Passage Configuration On Cooling Effectiveness” – ASME Turbo Expo 2011 GT2011-46448
  • “Heat Transfer In Turbine Hub Cavities Adjacent To The Main Gas Path Including FE-CFD Coupled Thermal Analysis” – ASME Turbo Expo 2011 GT2011-45695

Mike Cranfield

Principal Design Engineer

Diverse experience of gasoline, LDD & HDD engine design and powertrain under bonnet packaging.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • BSc (Hons) Automotive – Brighton University
  • Development Engineer – Paragon Porsche
  • Design Engineer – Ricardo UK Ltd
  • Senior Design Engineer – Ricardo UK Ltd

John Lutwyche

Analyst

Responsible for mechanical and hydraulic analysis. Development of new analysis processes, software & simulation techniques.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University
  • Graduate R&D Engineer, Vax Ltd
  • Junior CFD Engineer, TotalSim UK Ltd

Martin Selway

Principal Design Engineer

Wide experience in automotive engineering design including, gasoline, gas, LD and HD diesel IC engines and novel engine types. Vehicle intake and exhaust systems. Commercial vehicle air brake systems.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Apprentice & Designer – Kidd Farm Machinery – Agricultural Trailed Machinery
  • Senior Designer, Factory Resident Engineer – Knorr Bremse (Automotive Allied – Bendix)
  • Senior Design Engineer – Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Chief Designer (Powertrain) – Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Lead Design Engineer (Intake and Exhaust Systems) – McLaren Automotive
  • Principal Design Engineer (under contract) Southwest Research Institute
Patents
  • US6113369 – Reed valve arrangement and gas compressor employing a reed valve arrangement
  • GB2240579 – Clamped lever and spindle assembly
  • EP0350215 – Gas compressing system
  • US 10,054,083 – 6 Cylinder Engine Dual DEGR Valve Control

Malcolm Hales

Consultant – mCHP & Business Development

Specialist in mCHP, project management and business development.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Consultant – Turbocharged direct injection gasoline engine development, AVL Schrick Gmbh
  • Consultant – Vehicle emissions models in the urban environment, Ove Arup Ltd
  • Consultant – Design and development of a new diesel engine, AVL UK Ltd
  • Consultant – Development of a MCHP system, Whispertech Ltd
  • Consultant – Technical & commercial assessment of test facilities, Roush
  • Consultant – Hybrid powertrain for a city bus, Eneco Ltd
  • Consultant – Business development director, Dr Schrick Gmbh
  • Consultant – Fuel cell powertrains, Fuel Cell Systems Ltd
  • Senior Manager of Business Development, Ricardo Consulting Engineers Ltd
  • Manager of Light Duty Diesel Department, Ricardo Consulting Engineers Ltd

Jean-Pierre Pirault

Technical Specialist

Leading role in technology development. Wide experience of powertrain development in industry and at leading consultancies.

Professional & Academic Achievements
  • Research engineer on engine bearings at Vandervell Products
  • Development engineer at Ricardo Consulting Engineers
  • Manager of Research at Ford, Dunton
  • Chief Engineer powertrains, Jaguar Cars
  • Technical director, AVL Powertrain Engineering
  • Chief Engineer (under contract), Lotus Engineering
  • Technical Director (under contract), SouthWest Research Institute
Publications & Awards
  • SAE 2005-01-0995: Performance predictions for high efficiency stoichiometric spark ignited engines
  • SAE 2005-01-0769: Latchcam: A Camshaft Integrated 2-Mode Variable Valve Actuation System
  • SAE publications on hydrodynamic bearing lubrication analysis, engine strategic cooling, variable valve timing and high compression gasoline engines
  • IMechE papers on lean-burn, bulk detonation phenomena in SI high CR engines, SI injection system optimisation and direct mixture injection system and pressure charging
  • IMechE papers on lean-burn, bulk detonation phenomena in SI high CR engines, SI injection system optimisation and direct mixture injection system and pressure charging
  • Engine technology teaching at Cambridge University
  • UK Smart award to support camless valvetrain research
Patents
  • US-3771503 – Two-stroke internal combustion engines
  • US 8763571 – Air supply for components of a split-cycle engine
  • US 8151691 – Variable compression ratio piston with rate-sensitive response
  • US 7690337 – Spark plug location for split-cycle engine
  • GB 2428451 – Improvements to the adjustment of variable valve timing mechanisms of internal combustion engines
  • GB 2434404 – Camshaft assembly with fixed cams and slideable cam lobes
  • GB 2427897 – I.C. engine camshaft with fixed and slideable cams switchable between high-lift and low-lift modes
  • GB 2385888 – Variable lift I.C. engine camshaft assembly with selectively slideable camlobes
  • GB 2407360 – Six-cylinder four-stroke I.C. engine of boxer configuration
  • GB 2426550 – Four-cylinder four-stroke boxer configuration i.c. engine
  • GB 2428274 – I.C. engine valve actuation mechanism with independently variable timing and lift