The Company

RCV Engines Limited have been developing and manufacturing their patented Rotary Valve internal combustion engines since 1997.

Based in the United Kingdom RCV has exported engines to over 50 countries, provided development and production engines to international customers and established licencing agreements. RCV’s innovative technology provides unique advantages in many small engine application areas including Unmanned Vehicles (UV’s), handheld garden tools and portable generators. The valve design is technically proven in service, engines are available from RCV or through RCV partner companies.


RCV employs highly qualified engineers and has an in-house prototype manufacturing facility. RCV utilise CAE computer software inclding PTC Creo and Ricardo WAVE, and have access to leading engine analytical techniques inclding CFD and FEA through an established supply base.


The Directors of RCV are a team of progressive and commercially experienced managers whose strategic skills have led to RCV’s growth and current success.

Sid Gould, Non-executive Chairman

Sid joined the Board in 2000 as one of the original investors. Sid Gould jointly led the management buy-out of Tibbett & Britten Group plc in 1994 subsequently becoming it’s Vice Chairman. Prior to this he held various senior financial positions with Unilever plc. Over the last twenty years he has been non-executive Chairman of a number of companies, inclding Tuffnells Parcels Express Ltd.

Eric Hill, Chief Executive

Chief Executive and co-founder of RCV in 1997. He is an experienced design and manufacturing engineer who formed his own engineering company in 1967. This specialised in the design, development and manufacture of specific product for aerospace, telecommunications and the scientific industry and successfully bought to market a range of high tech products inclding linear displacement transducers, vacuum deposition equipment, polarising microscopes and optical fibre splicers and cleavers.

Keith Lawes, Director

Co-founder of the company and the inventor of RCV technology. Keith, a graduate of Cambridge University in Natural Sciences, has extensive experience in the design of electronic engine management and fuel injector systems. Keith machined and developed the first few RCV prototypes in his garage, and when the idea showed promise teamed up with Eric Hill to put the engine into production. Keith is responsible for technical innovation and technology development.

Lawrence Gould, Director

Lawrence joined the board in 2002 as the financial director. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of Getty Images and its predecessor (1990-1999). These businesses were involved in the worldwide licensing of photographic rights. More recently Lawrence has undertaken a number of part time director and interim management roles for growth and start up companies.

John Adkins, Non-executive Director

John joined the board in 2000 as one of the original investors. He is an engineering and business graduate with a background as CEO/MD/GM of high-tech design, manufacturing and distribution businesses, from start-ups to £250m turnovers, with extensive experience of the aerospace and defence equipment industry. He now works as an independent CEO/NED for major corporations in many sectors focusing on business improvement, development and turnaround situations.