Vincent Mifsud has amassed decades of technical and professional expertise across a number of engineering fields in a prestigious career which has led him to a highly-respected consultancy role in aviation and aerospace. He has made notable contributions to the medical, electronics, aerospace and defence sectors in a series of high-profile roles alongside 37-years’ service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Vincent is now at a stage in his career when he wants to pass his knowledge on to ambitious engineers and can offer access to a broad range of contacts and experience to support planned success in various markets. He can advise on both the technical and economic elements of planning a start-up and can be contacted using the form on this page.
Vincent can trace his interest in engineering back to his childhood in Gibraltar, where his father had served as a superintendent of telephones and been responsible for wartime communications which were important in the North African campaign. He studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD where he led advances in projection television.
In the late 1980s, Vincent worked on advanced semiconductors with the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE) in Malvern and specialised in lithography. He spent many years with VG Semicon (since acquired by Sanofi-Avensis) where he worked in a team which laid the foundations for the mobile phone industry. This work led to a prestigious Queen’s Award for Technology and Export Achievement.
Vincent next specialised in the bioelectric signals of nerves at the Vickers Group (now incorporated into Rolls-Royce) and was promoted to Head of Technology for Medical Division and later Group Technical Director where he assisted in the development of the Group to include defence, ship equipment, motor cars and advanced materials.
After the Vickers Group, Vincent joined high-tech start-up SpectraProbe for three years and then spent two years at defence technology giant QinetiQ as Managing Director of the Weapons Division. A successful nine-year spell at manufacturing company Cobham followed, where Vincent took on a number of responsibilities including directing the £500 million avionics and surveillance division as Chief Technology Officer.
Today, Vincent is helping companies innovate and grow as Managing Director of Caleta Technologies. He was involved in the setting up and defining of the Aerospace and Defence Growth Partnerships and is consulting in the preparation of the UK’s strategy for commercial aerospace. “Never be scared of asking the silly question,” he says. “If you do, you learn a lot and as you learn, you can help pull teams together to take the next step.”
Vincent believes the future for the UK is in high technology and says the University of Southampton has a full part to play. He has supported the university as a Visiting Professor for several years and is now helping researchers and students individually through the Future Worlds platform. “I’ve been there, I’ve done it,” he says. “I know some the things that work, some of the things that don’t and some of the things to watch out for. I know the fun of doing it and I know what hard work it is.”