John Lilley – Project Lead
John’s day job as a Project Director of the largest contract foodservice and support service business in the world means he is a specialist in getting things done and growing businesses through sound process, leadership and fostering good relationships. Above all he has the responsibility to ensure the right product and the right person are in place to get the job done. All vital attributes when applied to warbird restoration!
Currently John is tasked with supporting the building of his company’s business in China, so is based in Shanghai for much of the year. This has not stopped him from being heavily involved in The People’s Mosquito though. The project was born of the internet and social media, and the use of the iPad, the Blackberry, Skype other new communication tools has meant that John and the rest of The People’s Mosquito team have been able to keep in close touch. This has allowed them to achieve a great deal without actually meeting. You see we are different! John ensures he gets home to the UK every 8-12 weeks.
In terms of the ‘warbird’ community John has been a volunteer restorer for the IWM for ten years; working on aircraft restoration and static maintenance. In addition John had shared ownership in Fw190-A4 until the project was sold to the White 1 Foundation in the USA. John then joined forces with good friends and colleagues he had met in the aviation game and formed the ‘Classic Flying Machine Collection’ several years ago. The team restored to airworthy status a Fairchild Cornell PT-19A (the only airworthy example in the UK) and currently the organisation has a number of other projects under way. Please visit the website www.cfmc-gb.com for further information.
John’s involvement at IWM has given him hands-on experience with:
Short Sunderland MR.V
De Havilland Mosquito TT.35
Avro Lancaster B.X
Avro Vulcan B.1
Handley Page Victor
Supermarine Spitfire F.24
De Havilland Sea Vixen
Hawker Sea Hawk
Plus many others…
John does not confess to being a skilled aero engineer, a craftsman in sheet metal working or a Merlin engine specialist, but he has got his hands ‘dirty’ and can deliver a project!
To get in touch with John you can tweet him at @spitfireprxix or email him via the Contact page.