NATS Chief Executive, Richard Deakin, takes passengers on board a flight of the future for a journey into the world of air traffic control.
Richard Deakin was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NATS, the UK’s leading provider of Air Traffic Management services, on 1 March 2010. Richard is responsible for the 24/7 service operation employing around 5000 staff and providing an air navigation service in UK and North Atlantic airspace for 2.2m flights per year.
Previously, he was Senior Vice President of the Air Systems Division for Thales and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Based in Paris, his division recorded a turnover of €1.8billion and employed 7,000 staff across the world.
Richard has over 30 years’ experience of major programmes in the aerospace and defence industry sector. Richard’s career started as an engineering apprentice at BAE Systems, where he spent 17 years in a number of roles, latterly as Vice-President Commercial Aerospace, based at Farnborough.