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Nigel Whitehead

Nigel Whitehead
Chief Technology Officer

Nigel was appointed Chief Technology Officer on 1st January 2018.  In this role he has responsibility for coordinating technology investment, collaboration and exploitation across the Group’s products, services and operations. Nigel also leads the functions of Engineering, Manufacturing, Support, IM&T, Project Management and Strategy.

Nigel undertakes a number of additional roles:
  • Chairman, Team Defence Information
  • Member of Productivity Leadership Group
  • Co-Chair, Defence Suppliers Forum – Executive Group

Nigel was previously Group Managing Director of the company's UK defence businesses, delivering over £7bn turnover in the UK and international markets, and has been active in defence programmes for 33 years, working in the UK, Sweden and Australia. Nigel is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was appointed CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to vocational education and skills.
Career highlights: Being able to see a number of major defence products through development and delivery phases and then seeing them operate well in the hands of the armed forces.
When not at work: Nigel is a keen DIY home improver and gardener and is married with two daughters.