The Drone Wars Team

Drone Wars UK staff (left to right): Chris Cole, Peter Burt  and Tim Street, RAF Waddington, Aug 2021

Chris Cole, Director,  full-time

Chris Cole, 57, is the founder of Drone UK and the author of a number of reports on the use of armed drones.  He has submitted evidence to various Parliamentary Committees on the use of drones, including the Defence Select Committee, the Joint Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Arms Export Controls and is regularly invited to speak to conferences, public meetings and the media on drones, targeted killing and remote warfare. He is a trustee of the Trust for Research and Education on Arms Trade (TREAT) and former Vice-Chair of the international Catholic organisation, Pax Christi.

Dr Peter Burt, Researcher, 3 days per week

Before moving to Drone Wars UK Peter was Director for the Nuclear Information Service for six years, undertaking research into the costs and risks of the UK’s nuclear weapons service.  At Nuclear Information Service he authored the influential reports ‘AWE: Britain’s nuclear weapons factory’ and ‘Playing with fire: Nuclear weapons incidents and accidents in the United Kingdom’ and is considered to be a leading expert on the UK’s nuclear accident history.  At Drone Wars UK he works on issues relating to artificial intelligence and autonomy and their role in the future development of drones.  Peter is also a Trustee the Nuclear Education Trust.

Dr Tim Street, Advocacy and Communications, 3 days per week

Tim recently completed his PhD exploring the politics of nuclear disarmament at Warwick University as part of a collaborative studentship with the British American Security Information Council, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Tim has been working on peace and disarmament issues since 2005. He has variously conducted advocacy, campaign and research work with groups including Nuclear Information Service (who he is also a Director of), Campaign Against Arms Trade, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Oxford Research Group and Conscience. His work at Drone Wars UK focuses on the redeployment of the UK’s Reaper UAV and the development of the next generation Protector UAV.

 

Drone Wars UK Steering Committee

There are currently seven members of the Steering Committee, which meets 3 times per year. All act in a personal capacity

  • Ann Feltham, Former Parliamentary Co-ordinator of Campaign Against Arms Trade
  • Pat Gaffney, Former General Secretary, Pax Christi
  • Dave Webb, Chair, CND
  • Dr Max Brookman-Byrne, Lecturer in International Law, Lincoln University
  • Haifa Zangana, author and activist.
  • Helen Close, Omega Research Foundation
  • Zeenat Sabur, PhD candidate, University of Manchester