Gary Aitkenhead was appointed Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in January 2018. He leads an organisation of over 3,800 staff providing specialist, and in many cases world-leading expertise, across a wide range of disciplines.
He has a broad background in research and development, and commercial leadership, with a track record of revenue growth and business transformation.
After achieving a first-class honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Gary spent his career in the development and supply of mission-critical wireless communications solutions to public safety, industrial and transportation sectors.
Prior to joining MOD, Gary held senior global positions at Sepura and at Motorola Solutions for more than 20 years, covering sales, services, operations and product management.
Married with three daughters, Gary lives in Hampshire. His interests include cooking, the outdoors and mountain biking.