Programme Director

 South West

Reference #107


A highly motivated MSP practitioner and chartered engineer with a strong reputation for developing and leading complex defence programme teams. Key skills include airworthiness, financial programming for portfolios and multi-disciplinary projects for Defence Equipment & Support (DES) covering RAF and ISS.

Career Highlights:

  • C130J Project Team Leader (Group Captain (OF 5): fulfilling Chief Engineer, Chief Executive, Contracting lead and Financial Officer combined) for the Royal Air Force
  • Chartered Engineer Interviewer for Institute of Mechanical Engineers

  • Executive committee member and chair elect for 7-nation C-130J Hercules government consortium (C130J Joint User Group)

  • Type Airworthiness Authority (TAA) for C-130J & K model Hercules and Tri-Star (L1011) and previously TAA for UK military parachutes and aerial delivery equipment

  • Former Inspector of Explosives for Royal Air Force (RAF), responsible for weapon safety, licensing and regulation compliance (Ordnance Board Member for RAF)

  • Formerly Certification Regulator for Royal Canadian Air Force and Commander of 901 Expeditionary Air Wing - RAF operational unit in the Middle East

  • Managing Director RAF Sailing Association Board of Trustees and supported the prime provider for the 2012 Paralympics Sailing

Experience: Over 30 years of experience in defence, managing teams in excess of 100, direct budgets of £256m and programmes to the value of £1.7bn.

Expertise to direct, plan and analyse complex engineering activities with particular emphasis on airworthiness: continuing, certification (MAA & FAA) & qualification, safety critical software, capability, development & delivery, aero-engineering support (including critical component lifing), aerial delivery & military parachuting, and explosives safety. Accomplished logistician with strong track record on delivery. Used to operating at the Programme level with significant experience of internal (DES) and external board (UK and US industry) level interactions.


  • Defence
  • Security

Will Work In

  • UK and Overseas


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