Founded in 2003 as MGI, Vertical Advanced Engineering today delivers cutting-edge technology solutions to businesses. We leverage our unique set of skills in the aerospace and aviation, automotive and transport, and motorsport and marine industries. 

The technical team in our Oxfordshire campus are focused on delivering innovative solutions to meet our client’s specific requirements. Our DNA is rooted in extensive R&D, fast-paced development, on-time within-budget delivery and reliance on a trusted international network. We believe in sustainable and reusable energy technology across all our supported sectors. 

We are among the few companies outside Formula 1 to have launched an F1 team from scratch. We also managed an entry into the 24 Hours of LE Mans, sports car collaboration with Renault Alpine, and Class 40 sailing project ‘Caterham Challenge’.

Team

Vertical Advanced Engineering has a team of highly skilled experts covering a breadth of engineering capabilities and sectors. Our hard-working staff have gained a proven track record for success through their combined knowledge, insights and passion in their areas.

Mike Gascoyne

Chief Technology Officer

Since graduating from Cambridge University with a Ph.D. in fluid dynamics, Mike has continued to present exceptional industry knowledge in international motorsport for over two decades.

  • Extensive experience in Motorsport and sports car engineering
  • International top level management experience

Chris Harris

Head of Stress Analysis

Chris has an extensive career in advanced stress engineering and has acquired a broad level of expert knowledge in motorsport and the defence and aerospace industries.

  • Vast experience in motorsport and as an F1 stress engineer for five years
  • Worked on international vehicle platform programs
  • A wise skillset ranging from advanced very low volume composites to high volume metallic structures.

Sean Briscall

Head of Mechanical Design

Sean has a wealth of experience in mechanical design and has developed valuable skills through senior roles in both the F1 and the defence industry.

  • Started in Formula 1 at Tyrrell
  • Worked for McLaren and Toyota F1
  • 10 years of experience in the defence industry

James East

Head of Systems Integration

James has developed specialist knowledge in the areas of composite design and systems integration throughout his career in F1 motorsport.

  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Worked with Williams F1, Manor and Toro Rosso.

Matt Rodgers

Head of Composite Design

Matt has worked on a wide range of concept and design work and has gained invaluable experience through leading improvements in design and production standards.

  • Expert in composites, surfacing and mechanical engineering for motorsport

Martin Weeks

Head of Technical Management

Martin has more than twenty five years working within Design and Systems Engineering in all aspects of the project life cycle, including technical specialisation, Engineering Management and Project Management. His principal focus is to manage technical teams delivering technical projects; Requirements analysis, designs, development (software, hardware and systems), Testing and verification, Implementation and support.


Vertical Advanced Engineering implemented an effective quality management system to improve customer satisfaction and provide consistent structure to design projects. We received AS9100D certification from BSI; which is a significant milestone in our business development. BSI is an independent certification body which will conduct on-site audits to ensure we meet customer requirements and comply with AS9100 (requirements specific to aerospace).

We are a proud member of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA); the world’s leading trade association for the motorsport, high performance engineering, services and tuning sectors. The MIA is a prestigious association which our team of highly skilled professionals are honoured to be a part of.