In April 2017, Paul Stein was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team as Chief Technology Officer.

Paul joined Rolls-Royce in 2010 as Chief Scientific Officer and for two years acted as the Engineering and Technology Director for the Company’s Nuclear business in addition to his Chief Scientific Officer responsibilities. His most recent role was Director of Research & Technology, accountable for the company’s global investment in R&T, as well as fostering innovation and promoting and sustaining specialist engineering talent.

Paul was Director General, Science and Technology, at the UK Ministry of Defence immediately prior to joining Rolls-Royce. Before that, he was Managing Director of Roke Manor Research and in 2003 was appointed to the Siemens UK Executive Management Board, leading technology and contributing to business strategy.

Paul holds an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree from King’s College, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.


Never underestimate the ability of technologists to solve difficult problems, especially when they’re not told it’s difficult.


What attracted you to the aerospace sector?

Aerospace propulsion and the conquest of flight is one of mankind’s most interesting challenges. It beats anything else I’ve worked on.


What is your vision for the UK aerospace sector in the next 15 – 20 years?

That the UK aerospace industry will remain competitive on a global scale with existing technologies while rapidly preparing for the future. Whatever tomorrow brings, the industry will be ready for it. The UK has an outstanding aerospace industry and over the next 15 years it will continue to produce more sustainable, more advanced and more impressive technology, and will become the centre for key areas of global research.


If you could change one element of technology, or a particular type of technology in the sector, what would that be?

I think one element that needs to change is to accept we now live in multi-disciplinary world where the solution to any challenge may lie in combinations of traditional and emerging technologies. We need to be less ‘stove piped’ in our outlook on technology.


What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Never underestimate the ability of technologists to solve difficult problems, especially when they’re not told it’s difficult.


What are your key successes to date?

The repositioning of Rolls-Royce from a mechanical engineering company to a company which views engineering and technology on a broader landscape. It makes me very proud to guide the team of incredible and dedicated Rolls-Royce employees that are driving this change.


Describe your ideal day away from work?

A quiet day spent with my Raspberry-Pi projects – finishing off all the projects and ideas that I have started but never quite had the time to complete.


Who inspires you the most?

I draw inspiration from all of the outstanding engineers and scientists that I have worked with. Each one of them has shared or taught me something that is unique, contributing to me a little bit in their own way.


What is your golden rule?

The principle I try to stand by at all times is to always assume positive intent in others.


Paul will be one of our keynote speakers at ATI Conference 2017: Realising Ambition, and will be speaking on Day Two.