Chris Earnshaw, Chairman, in thanking David for his leadership over nearly 16 years, commented
“Under David’s leadership the Company has earned worldwide respect for delivering innovative solutions to a wide variety of challenges in both the civil and defence aerospace sectors. Paul will bring to the Company valuable experience from a range of industries, including defence, commercial aerospace and IT services. He has worked in companies ranging in size from UK SMEs to global enterprises and fulfilled leadership roles covering: operational delivery, sales and marketing. His background is well suited to the exciting challenges and opportunities for the Company as we embark on our next stage of business growth”.

Paul Hutton commented “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Cranfield Aerospace at a time of innovative new product and service developments. The depth of aerospace expertise in the Company and strong links to Cranfield University make the role of Chief Executive a unique and exciting opportunity. David Gardner has done a tremendous job, establishing a successful and thriving business. I see my role now, to use my skills and experience, to maximise the opportunities for further growth of the business.”