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Stephen Ball Appointed Non-Executive Chair

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) has announced the appointment of Stephen Ball as Non-Executive Chair.

By ATI Comms

15 November 2019 12:00:PM
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The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) has announced the appointment of Stephen Ball as Non-Executive Chair, effective from 23rd January 2020.  The appointment will follow the stepping down of Stephen Henwood CBE, who has been Chair since the Institute was established in 2014.

Stephen Ball brings 40 years’ experience in engineering, strategy and management in both UK industry and government. His most recent executive position was as CEO of Lockheed Martin UK, where he grew the business to deliver sales of more than £1 billion with 3,300 people in 20 sites across the country.

Gary Elliott, Chief Executive of the Aerospace Technology Institute, said:

Stephen will join the ATI at a critical time. The global aerospace sector is facing a series of challenges – from environmental imperatives to autonomous flight and new forms of urban air mobility – and these can only be addressed by increasing the pace of research and innovation. The Institute has a central role to play in this, and we are helping UK aerospace to seize the global opportunities through our technology strategy and the funding programmes we lead. Stephen has established his credibility through his senior leadership roles in Government and industry, centred on collaborative relationships and with a UK focus in a global context. Stephen will be able to bring this experience to his leadership of our Board and help the ATI to continue to deliver value to the UK sector and economy.

Stephen Ball said:

The need for the ATI has never been greater. The aerospace sector is set to undergo some significant changes in the coming years, and for the UK to maintain its leading position will require Government, industry and academia to work together with a shared vision. I see the ATI as leading that effort – encouraging collaboration, facilitating research programmes and convening the whole sector – and I look forward to working with the Board and the rest of the Institute to help make it happen.

Commenting on the tenure of Stephen Henwood CBE, Gary Elliott said:

We owe a huge thanks to Stephen Henwood for his counsel and his leadership over the last five years. Stephen was instrumental in the creation of the ATI, establishing strong relationships across Government and industry and helping to shape the strategic direction of the Institute. Under the Chairmanship of Stephen, the ATI has invested more than £2 billion in research & technology projects to keep the UK aerospace sector competitive and return value to the UK economy. Stephen Henwood leaves with the thanks and best wishes of the Board, the Executive Management Team and all who work at the ATI.

Note To Editors

Stephen Ball began his career as an apprentice, alternating between Plymouth Polytechnic and training in industry. From starting on the shop floor, he worked his way up to become a practicing engineer. After a brief stint contract researching at Cranfield University, in 1979 Stephen joined HM Government Communications Centre (HMGCC), initially as a scientific officer in the mechanical engineering laboratory before taking on progressively more senior roles. Stephen reached CEO of HMGCC, leading the £20m organisation and 360 people, in 1999.

In 2001 he left HMGCC to join the MBO of Hunting Engineering, INSYS Ltd, in strategy and business support before moving to Operations Director in 2003.  INSYS Ltd was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2005, and Stephen led the integration of INSYS into Lockheed as VP & MD of Lockheed Ampthill. In 2009 Stephen was appointed CEO of Lockheed Martin UK (LM UK) to create a Lockheed Martin operating business in the UK. Major programmes won included the £35 billion F-35 programme and Stephen was personally responsible for leading the £1 billion Warrior programme.

In 2016, following seven successful years at the helm of LM UK, Stephen decided to step back and has since been developing his non-executive career. He holds two independent non-executive board roles in two cyber security businesses: The Shearwater Group and Reliance ACSN Ltd.