Our Board

Stephen Henwood CBE

Stephen worked for BAE Systems from 1992 to 2006 in financial and general management roles. He was Group Director of Financial Control and Accountancy at the time of the merger with Marconi Electronic Systems. From 2002 to 2006, he was the Group Managing Director of International Partnerships, responsible for a portfolio of European defence systems joint ventures. These included MBDA...

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Gary Elliott
Chief Executive Officer

Gary was appointed Chief Executive of the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) in April 2014, assuming responsibility for the strategic direction of the institute and its operational performance. Prior to this, Gary was the Chief Executive of Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd a private equity backed aerospace OEM. During his tenure Gary led the business from its start-up phase into a mature business, winning and delivering a $600m contract for the US Army.

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Gavin Campbell
Director Design Engineering & Technology Development

Gavin Campbell is Director Engineering & Technology Development at Bombardier in Belfast, he has worked at Short Brothers PLC and Bombardier Aerospace since graduating with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ulster in 1985. He has studied in Europe and was assigned to Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal from 1997-1999 as Director Engineering.

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Simon Edmonds
Director Catapult Programme

Simon Edmonds joined Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) in January 2013 from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Simon was the Departments Director Innovation which included sponsorship of Innovate UK as well as other bodies within the UK innovation ecosystem; Design Council, Nesta, National Measurement System, BSI, UKAS. Previously Simon was responsible for Business Sectors within DTI, BERR and BIS covering all industrial sectors. He was responsible for many Innovation and Growth reviews and Manufacturing Strategies in 2004 and 2008. As Director Innovation he initiated the Hauser Review and worked closely with Hermann Hauser to deliver the review and subsequent funding by Ministers.

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Chris Gear
VP Global Engineering and Senior Technical

Chris is the current VP Global Engineering for GKN Aerospace and holds an MSc Degree in Aircraft Design from Cranfield College of Aeronautics, is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. With 36 years experience in the aerospace industry, Chris specialises in the design of aircraft components and ensuring products meet the customer’s technical specifications and airworthiness authorities certification requirements. He has extensive knowledge on composite and metallic materials and an in-depth knowledge of aircraft product design and manufacturing processes.

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Michael Harper (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Michael Harper has been a member of the Aerospace Technology Institute's board since September 2014. He was born in 1945 and educated in his native Barrow-in-Furness and then at Kings College and Imperial College, London University where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering and Management Studies.

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Deborah Keith (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Dr Deborah Keith, recently Global Head of R&D Partnerships at Syngenta, where she focussed on External Collaboration and Adjacent Technologies. Her focus over the last sixteen years focussed on the commercialisation of research at Syngenta.

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David Nutton
RLC Engineering Group

David is currently responsible for the future growth and development of RLC Engineering where he currently holds the position of CEO. He has over 18 years experience in the industry, working within Engineering Operations, Programme Management and Business Development. David joined RLC in 2008, following on from 3 years in management consultancy and 10 years with Lucas Aerospace, TRW and...

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Professor Philip Nelson
Chief Executive

Professor Philip Nelson served from 2005-2013 as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, with particular responsibility for Research and Enterprise. He previously served as Director of the University's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and as Director of the Roll-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Noise. He holds the post of Professor of Acoustics and has personal research interests in the fields of acoustics, vibrations, signal processing, control systems and fluid dynamics.

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Graham Trevarthen

Graham retired from Rolls-Royce as Director of Corporate Strategy in June 2014. He read mechanical engineering at Loughborough and attended the Oxford University Business Economics and Tuck Business School senior management programmes and has worked in the USA and China. Graham's career has centred on civil aerospace at Rolls-Royce – becoming Director of Marketing and Business Strategy for the civil engine business before moving to corporate roles.

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Dr Gareth Williams
Vice President, Research and Technology Business Development and Partnerships

Gareth Williams is distinguished for his achievements in advanced aerospace manufacturing, including key contributions to the establishment of a world-class Airbus A380 aircraft wing manufacturing plant in Broughton, North Wales.He has undertaken roles in research, product development, manufacturing engineering and programme management. Gareth is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology.

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