ADS drafts in defence MD

Posted on 2 Dec 2010 by The Manufacturer

UK AeroSpace, Defence and Security trade organisation ADS has hired a former Royal Engineer Gordon Lane to the newly created position of Managing Director for Defence.

Gordon served in Germany, Northern Ireland, USA and the Far East and commanded 78 Engineer Regiment. He was in Strike HQ for the first Gulf War. He then moved into the Joint Warfare, Military Operations and Equipment Capability department of the MoD before becoming Engineer Systems IPT Leader in the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) department – a role which utilized his experiemce and expertise in procurement.

On leaving the military he founded a business and defence consultancy firm.

The brief for managing director of defence was formerly served by ADS chief Rees Ward. He now stops back from the responsibility which Lane will take on as a full time resource.

“Gordon takes the helm at a crucial time as the future of the UK’s Defence industry is being shaped through the Defence and Security Industry Technology Policy,” says Ward. “With the support of the growing A|D|S membership he is ideally placed to ensure that the policy and its implementation provide the right outcomes for our industry and the Armed Forces that it supports, and continues to add value to the wealth of the nation.”

Together with its regional partners, ADS represents over 2,600 UK companies and is the owner of Farnborough International Limited which runs the Farnborough International Airshow. It was founded in 2009 by the merger of the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) and the Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA).