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.

His early career was with Vickers plc where he was responsible for their Hydraulic and Nuclear Energy Business in Swindon and latterly the defense industry supplier BAJ Vickers near Bristol. He joined Kidde Graviner Limited in 1984 and became involved in fire safety equipment for aircraft and military vehicles, and via a series of mergers and acquisitions became responsible for the Kidde division of Williams Holdings plc which supplied fire protection and fire safety equipment to a wide range of industries.

Michael was Chief Executive of Kidde plc – a public company – from 2000 until 2005 when he retired from executive life and has since Chaired BBA Aviation plc (2007 – 2014), Ricardo plc (2003 – 2014), The Vitec Group plc (2004 – 2012) and served on the Boards of Catlin plc (2005 – 2010) and QinetiQ plc (2011 – present). He has been a member of the Aerospace Technology Institute Board since September 2014.

Michael was Master of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters in 2012 – 2013 and also serves as Governor of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

He enjoys travelling, sports, opera and ballet. He is a member of the MCC and The Travellers Club.

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