After three years of leading Dstl (the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory), Gary Aitkenhead, Chief Executive, will be stepping down to take up a role with a global technology company. While at Dstl, Gary has overseen the organisation’s response to the Novichok incident, its support to combat COVID and its wider work to deliver the science inside defence and security.
Dstl’s Chief Operating Officer, Doug Umbers is stepping into the Chief Executive role while a successor is sought. “Gary has led and overseen a number of high-profile activities during his time at Dstl,” Doug said. “We wish him well in his next venture. I am looking forward to leading Dstl’s world-class experts to deliver cutting-edge science and technology.”