John Wheal

Platform Service Designer at NATS

John Wheal

John is the Platform Service Designer at NATS, the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services and he specialises in the design of large-scale distributed systems. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious IET Technician of the Year Award.

John founded two startups whilst at the University of Portsmouth studying MEng Computer Engineering.

John starred in the
Born to Engineer
series of films

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John holds a variety of technical certifications including:

John Wheal Certifications


John has a particular interest in equity crowdfunding and has invested in over 25 companies, ranging from startups to established companies. A selection of his portfolio is shown below.

John Wheal Investments


Judge at Debating Matters

Organised IET Great Egg Race

Presented the IET award at the University of Portsmouth graduation ceremony

Founded Wheal Media Limited whilst at University

Participated in Dynamo Business Challenge

Visited Cambridge University with the University of Portsmouth Enterprise Society

Represented NATS at the Royal International Air Tattoo

Attended Town Hall Meeting with John Kerry

Awarded Highly Commended in the Young Startup Talent competition 2016

Attended Startup Disruptors Award Ceremony

Founded Group Hub Limited whilst at University

Awarded IET Technician of the Year Award 2017

Student speaker at graduation ceremony

Attended Town Hall Meeting with President Barrack Obama

Attended IET Annual Dinner

Bored during lockdown

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