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Employees recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

F-35 landing
Congratulations to our colleagues who have earned recognition within the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, announced today.
Those who have achieved this prestigious recognition are:

Dave Holmes, Director of Operations and Technology for Air, who receives an OBE for services to aerospace manufacturing.

Over the last 20 years, Dave has secured the North West of England’s position as the UK’s home to aerospace manufacturing through the successful development of manufacturing facilities, people and processes.

Dave worked tirelessly to make the Company’s vision for F-35 manufacturing a reality, resulting in £500m of investment in the North West and thousands of jobs sustained in support of the world’s largest defence programme. His innovation has continued with the creation of the Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise Zone’s flagship facility – the Academy for Skills & Knowledge - in Samlesbury, Lancashire, which currently trains more than 250 young people a year for long and rewarding careers.
 
I am proud and deeply humbled to be recognised for work in this industry, which has been the cornerstone of my professional life. I am lucky to have worked with some truly exceptional people who have helped create an industry in Lancashire which I believe rivals anything in the world and will endure for decades to come. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, I see a bright future for aerospace manufacturing, which will continue to deliver the skills, jobs and innovation we need to continue to thrive.

Dave Holmes, Director of Operations and Technology for Air


Richard Hamer, HR Director – Education and Skills, who receives an MBE for services to education, social mobility and young people in the defence industry. Richard has worked with colleagues across the Company to deliver the highest quality apprenticeship training, and to create imaginative and inspiring STEM programmes with schools and charities in the UK.

Richard and his team have also formed partnerships with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy to establish a nationwide engineering roadshow for school-age pupils that’s been watched by 850,000 young people since 2005.
 
I am thoroughly delighted to receive this honour and would like to pay tribute to the entire team of dedicated apprentice training and education experts at BAE Systems. Supporting young people in realising their potential has always been our shared objective. Playing some small part in their success makes my role tremendously satisfying.

Richard Hamer, HR Director – Education and Skills

 
Members of Lightning Team UK, who are commended for extraordinary services to RAF Marham, home of the UK’s F-35 Lightning. Nominated by Air Officer Commanding 1 Group, the Team Commendation recognises Lightning Team UK – a unique collaboration between BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce – for their work with the RAF and Royal Navy in maintaining the F-35 fleet during the pandemic.
 
It is an enormous privilege for Lightning Team UK to receive this AOC Team Commendation. This recognition is testament to the dedication and resilience shown by Lightning Team UK during an unprecedented time and I’m personally proud of the role everyone has played in supporting the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy’s activities as they work towards achieving a UK carrier strike capability.

Edward Sheldon, Head of UK F-35 Sustainment and RAF Marham Site Lead