Jeff Lewis vows to use extensive experience to better represent small business in the defence and aerospace sector while championing diversity and inclusion
London (05 January 2022) Raytheon UK’s Chief Executive & Managing Director, Jeff Lewis, has been elected to the position of Vice President, Defence on the ADS Board following the recent member elections.
ADS, which represents and supports more than 1100 UK businesses operating in the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, has elected six members to join its board in 2022.
As an engineer by background and a keen champion of a diverse supply chain ecosystem, Lewis offers extensive experience across the defence and wider critical national infrastructure sectors.
Jeff Lewis, Chief Executive & Managing Director at Raytheon UK: “It is an honour tohave joined the ADS Board as Vice President, Defence with such strong backing from its members. I am committed to representing the domestic and international aspirations of the wider ADS membership – and focus on the challenges facing our sector, such as access to skills, barriers to expansion and supply chain diversity and resilience.
“I am particularly keen to show that we, as an industry, can be truly representative of all sections of society and that we are building a sector that is ready for future growth and attracts talent from across the UK.
“As Chair of the Defence Sector Board, I will work closely with the ADS Defence Team to deliver an engaging, varied and relevant programme of member meetings and events. I am committed to being accessible to ADS members of all sizes, and I am very keen to hear suggestions from across our membership on how the organisation could evolve to better align to their interests.”
Lewis is also member of the Defence Suppliers Forum (DSF) Executive Group, sits on the Defence Growth Partnership’s Steering Group, chairs the DSF Mid-Tier Group, and works collaboratively across industry and with Government via the UK Defence Solutions Centre and the Defence Industry Liaison Board to support UK industry and exports.
At Raytheon UK, Lewis has responsibility for Raytheon UK business activities and its operational performance. He serves as a member of the board of directors for Raytheon U.K. and leads a business of 2,500 employees across the United Kingdom and Canada.
Lewis joined Raytheon UK in 2019 as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for manufacturing, programme leadership, quality, facilities, Environmental Health & Safety, IT and the Raytheon UK transformation programme.
Lewis holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering and in 2016 completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
With facilities in Broughton, Waddington, Glenrothes, Harlow, Gloucester and Manchester, Raytheon UK is invested in the British workforce and the development of UK technology. Across the country the company employs 2,000 people. As a prime contractor and major supplier to the Ministry of Defence, Raytheon UK continues to invest in research and development, supporting innovation and technological advances across the country. Raytheon UK is a landed company, part of the Raytheon Technologies organisation and sits within the Raytheon Intelligence & Space business.
Raytheon Technologies in the UK
Raytheon Technologies is an aerospace and defence company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. Raytheon Technologies boosts jobs and enhances skills across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where it supports over 35,000 jobs, including its 7,000 highly skilled employees. Engaging with over 4,000 UK suppliers, the company believes in the power of economic ripples and bolstering local communities through Collins Aerospace, Raytheon UK and Pratt & Whitney.
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