ATI appoints Paul Everitt as Non-Executive Chair

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) has announced the appointment of Paul Everitt as non-executive Chair, effective from 1st April 2023. The appointment follows the stepping down of Stephen Ball, who was appointed in November 2019.

Everitt is a well-known figure in aerospace in the UK and internationally. In a former position as Chief Executive Officer of ADS, the trade association, Everitt played a leading role in promoting a strong partnership between UK industry and Government. Everitt was instrumental in the establishment of the Aerospace Growth Partnership, which led to the creation of the ATI. Everitt was also formerly Chairman of Farnborough International Ltd, overseeing the development of a permanent exhibition and conference centre and the diversification of its business. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the ATI in January 2021.

“Paul’s knowledge of the UK aerospace sector, and his contribution to its growth and success, is immense,” said Gary Elliott, CEO of the Aerospace Technology Institute. “He has been a champion for the sector here and abroad, and his insights carry weight in the corridors of Government, in the board rooms of aerospace Primes and across the whole UK manufacturing sector and supply chain. Paul has been a supporter and friend of the ATI since it was created, and we were fortunate to include him on our Board. We are delighted that he has accepted the role of Chair following a competitive recruitment process.”

Paul Everitt said: “The ATI has a vital role in the transition to zero emission flight and ensuring the UK secures the industrial benefits of the rapid technological changes it implies. I have supported and admired the work undertaken by the ATI, as a stakeholder and board member. There are big challenges ahead and I am delighted to have the opportunity of working with the Board, Gary and the whole ATI team to help realise the potential across the UK aerospace industry.”

Commenting on the tenure of Stephen Ball, Elliott said: “I would like to express my thanks, and those of the whole ATI, to Stephen Ball for his leadership over the last 3 years. Stephen was only the second Chair in the history of the ATI, and he guided us through some important and challenging times: the Covid-19 pandemic, the global sector downturn, the creation and delivery of our FlyZero project and the launch of our Destination Zero strategy. He led the Board with a focus on maximising the impact of the ATI Programme and ensuring that our organisation was an effective partner to Government and industry. Stephen steps down with the very good wishes of the ATI.”