4 JULY 2011


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Article from BTNews 4 JULY 2011

NATS chief at the Aviation Club next Thursday

Richard Deakin, Chief Executive of NATS (National Air Traffic Systems), is the guest speaker at the Aviation Club on Thursday (7 July).  Following the controversial appearance of Phillip Hammond, UK Secretary of State for Transport, it should prove to be an equally enthralling appearance.  NATS shareholders are the British government (49%); The Airline Group (42%) – BA, BMI, easyJet, Monarch, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic; BAA (4%); and employees (5%).  No doubt Mr Deakin will speak of the PPP’s future, mention volcanoes and perhaps cover Heathrow and air traffic, a subject that is much in the news.  Profits went up last year by 35% to £106.1m.

Mr Deakin joined NATS in April 2010 and was previously Senior Vice President Air Systems Division Thales.   Graduating from Kingston University he spent 17 years at BAE Systems, his final post Vice-President Commercial Aerospace. He has held senior positions at TRW Aeronautical Systems and GKN Aerospace Services .

A Chartered Engineer, Richard holds a first-class honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Kingston University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Kingston University in January 2006. www.nats.co.uk

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