We have been a CAA licensed drone operator since 2013. Our drone journey began with very large and primitive self build drones which were a blend of multiple supplier components. Consequently they took a lot a time, care and nurturing to keep them flying in the way we wanted. Since then, we’ve loved riding the wave of drone innovation and are constantly amazed by the speed at which the technology develops. We now operate fully integrated platforms which take much less time to maintain and deliver results, and levels of safety, we could only dream of in 2013.
We hold both accidental damage cover for our equipment and £5m public liability insurance insurance for all our drone operations. Additionally, when working on the ground we are covered by our production company insurance.
Our drone operations are carried out using our operations manual risk assessment which cover all areas of operation. Additionally each location is assessed for risk before any flight takes place. Ideally this will be done on location in advance but it can be done through consultation with landowners and other interested parties and online resources such as google maps. All identified risks are mitigated prior to flights taking place.
Meet the Team
Office 01845 538 021
Mobile 07801 198462
Richard Critchlow is chief pilot and aerial imaging director. In his former life, he produced special events and was responsible for aerial filming at BBC News for many years before setting up Dependable. He became fascinated by the capabilities of drones when they were in their infancy. He quickly gained the CAA Permission for Commercial Operations and has carried out drone operations throughout the UK
Harry Proctor is our in-house aerial camera operator
Camera Operator & Pilot
Camera Operator & Pilot
Office 01845 538027
Mobile 07540 799223
He’s been operating aerial cameras for almost 2 years built on his experience of operating conventional broadcast quality cameras. He also gained the CAA Permission for Commercial Operations in 2016.
Lucy manages client relationships to ensure you get what you need, when you need it...
Office 01845 538022
Mobile 07764 335965
Lucy Critchlow is business development director and your primary point of contact for all non-flight related issues such as logistical planning and budgeting.
Mike is one of our fully trained and trusted freelance camera operators. He has a great deal of experience in operatoring drone cameras, built on decades of TV camera work. Among his credits are the opening shot of the Rugby World Cup coverage featuring Prince Harry and Happy Valley for BBC1. He’s also been responsible for many of our drone shoots.
Office 01845 538026
Victoria has the most important job in the office. She pays the bills and gets the bills paid!
Victoria is a fully qualified ICB bookkeeper with 25 years experience. She is currently working towards getting her full accountantcy qualifications.
She’s part time at Dependable on Tuesdays.