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neilpennycookhovertravelCross-Solent operator Hovertravel has announced the appointment of a new Engineering Manager, Neil Pennycook, who joined the company this month, completing the management team.

Neil is a professional engineer and has been providing engineering consultancy expertise to the public sector recently.  Following an initial spell in the banking sector after leaving school, his career in engineering started in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, where he spent over 20 years rising from junior rank to senior management positions.  He has been involved in diverse equipment ranging from airfield fire engines to main battle tanks.  He left the Army in 2005 to take on the role of engineering manager in a company providing bespoke solutions to military operations worldwide with projects ranging from field kitchens to complete engineering workshops.

The last nine years has seen Neil develop his managerial experience in a number of roles working alongside both private industry and government departments.

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Neil Chapman, Managing Director of Hovertravel, said:

“Over the past three months we have been looking for an engineering manager to add to our management team so we can focus on the transition to our new craft which are scheduled to be in service during winter 2015/2016. Neil’s expertise and experience will be invaluable as we enter the sixth decade of operations at Hovertravel”.

Neil Pennycook commented:

“To be able to join the team which operates the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in Europe is a thrilling opportunity. The challenge of introducing new craft which comply with highly complex regulations is exciting and I am looking forward to be a part of the next phase of Hovertravel’s long and unique history”.

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