Sir Brian Burridge was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society from 1 October 2018. An independent consultant until 2016, Sir Brian spent 10 years with Leonardo, a top ten global high-tech manufacturer in the aerospace, defence and technology sectors, rising to the position of Senior Vice President. During that time, he chaired two of the Group’s businesses and held board positions in the trade association, ADS, and the Defence Growth Partnership where he also chaired its innovation hub.
Earlier, Sir Brian spent a full career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force holding a frontline command at every level in the Service, including the national joint command in the 2003 Iraq war. He also spent a number of years in the UK Ministry of Defence in policy posts and left the RAF in 2006 as Commander-in-Chief Strike Command.
He was previously a research fellow in political science at King’s College London and is now a visiting professor at the University of Reading.