Robert Garbett is one of the world’s foremost experts in drone technology and Founder and Chief Executive of Drone Major Group Limited, the world’s leading global Drone and Counter Drone consultancy. He is an ex-army entrepreneur who ended his military career in 2007 as the head of airworthiness for the Defence Logistics Organisation, responsible for airworthiness for all aircraft platforms across all services (Army, Navy and Airforce).
He subsequently founded Drone Major Group which advises on the adoption and application of drone technology across every environment (surface, underwater, air and space), developing tailored strategies to help companies and organisations around the world to realise the economics and other benefits of what drones can achieve for them, and how to deliver it.
Robert Garbett is also Founder of the Drone Delivery Group, a unique group of senior drone industry stakeholders to accelerate and facilitate adoption of drone technology in the UK. The Group’s membership includes senior representatives of the aviation industry and related organisations and institutions including the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and over 300 others.
His work with the Drone Delivery Group, including in the development of an industry white paper for the UK government on the commercialisation of the UK civil drone industry, led to the formation, by Drone Major Group, of the Phoenix Programme – a series of interconnected projects to deliver commercially viable, scalable and environmentally advanced services using drone technology across land, maritime, air and space. These include, for example, logistics, carbon verification, forestry and agriculture, offshore energy, healthcare, advanced air mobility, traffic management and plastics reclamation.
Robert Garbett is Chairman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) committee on drone and counter drone standards (ACE20), as well as Head of the UK delegation of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Committee responsible for developing the global drone safety standards for the operation of unmanned air systems (UAS). He is the only authority to be advising on standards in Britain, Europe and worldwide and is recognised as a leading authority and advocate for the global drone industry and its potential to transform economies.