Nigel Gifford OBE – Founder, Ozoneering
Nigel was brought up in Dorking, Surrey UK. His father was a chef, restaurateur and owner of the Watermill restaurant, still a popular venue today.
After school he studied at the College of Aeronautical Engineering, Chelsea in the 1960s followed by an apprenticeship with an international airline specialising in aircraft management and logistics.
Unable to fly, due to colour blindness, 11 years in HM Forces followed where joined his father’s lead into army catering. He built a reputation for feeding soldiers in hostile environments and on expeditions. His service culminated in 1976 as a member of the successful Army Expedition to Mt Everest (29,028ft). Elite adventure projects and expeditions have been a constant theme of his life to date.
On leaving the Services, he has specialised in the management of niche SME businesses in a variety of markets, including innovative design work in specialist UK Special Forces equipment as well as the military and adventure aviation sectors.
He received a UK Design Council award for innovation.
Nigel has brought various high altitude projects to market, including the first ever civilian HALO parachuting programme from 29,500ft in the Himalayas. From 2011 he was managing director of the Ascenta™ HALE platform project acquired by Facebook in March 2014.
He was awarded the OBE in 1996 for services to British interests overseas, is a Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust and an honorary member of WEAF.