Mr. Connolly was formerly an Air Vice-Marshal in the UK Royal Air Force. He is now a very experienced and well-respected business leader and senior manager. Mr. Connolly was a senior director in the UK Ministry of Defence engaged in strategic programming and planning for the RAF, which included both operating and procurement responsibilities under a, then, £6billion operating budget. Since leaving the Royal Air Force and Ministry of Defence, Mr. Connolly has built a highly successful career in the private sector as a talented, experienced, and accomplished chief executive, director, and consultant. Mr. Connolly has more than 20 years of senior leadership and management experience in a number of leading organizations and institutions in both the public and private sectors, as well as a host of small and medium enterprises. His work is focused mainly in aerospace, defence and homeland security, and innovative high-tech sectors.