Richard Evans (businessman)
Sir Richard Harry Evans, CBE
Order of the British Empire
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, Hon FRAeS
Royal Aeronautical Society
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 (born in Blackpool
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 in 1942) less formally known as Dick Evans, was formerly chairman of BAE Systems
BAE Systems
BAE Systems plc is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company headquartered in London, United Kingdom, that has global interests, particularly in North America through its subsidiary BAE Systems Inc. BAE is among the world's largest military contractors; in 2009 it was the...


In 2001 he became Chancellor
Chancellor (education)
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 of the University of Central Lancashire
University of Central Lancashire
The University of Central Lancashire is a university based in Preston, Lancashire, England.The university has its roots in The Institution For The Diffusion Of Useful Knowledge which was founded in 1828. In 1992 it was granted University status by the Privy Council...

. Evans was awarded a CBE
Order of the British Empire
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 in the Queen's Birthday Honours
Queen's Birthday Honours
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 List of 1987 for services to export and was knighted
Knight Bachelor
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 in the 1996 birthday honours.


Evans was educated at the Royal Masonic School
Royal Masonic School for Boys
The Royal Masonic School for Boys was an independent school for boys in England.From 1798 charities were set up for clothing and educating sons of needy Freemasons. They originally provided education by sending them to schools near to their homes...

 in Bushey
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, Hertfordshire
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. In 1960, he joined the Ministry of Transport
Department for Transport
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 and Civil Aviation and was soon moved into the then newly-formed Ministry of Technology.

In 1967, Evans was appointed as Government Contracts Officer at Ferranti
Ferranti or Ferranti International plc was a UK electrical engineering and equipment firm that operated for over a century from 1885 until it went bankrupt in 1993. Known primarily for defence electronics, the Company was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index but ceased trading in 1993.The...

 in Manchester
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 and two years later joined British Aircraft Corporation
British Aircraft Corporation
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 (BAC) at Warton
Warton, Fylde
Warton is a village on the Fylde in Lancashire, England.The village is about six miles from Preston and eight miles from Blackpool. It is located on the banks of the River Ribble, close to its entry into the Irish Sea. It is best known for its airfield, BAE Warton and its associated aircraft works...

, Lancashire. He was promoted to Commercial Director of what had then become the Warton Division of British Aerospace (BAe) in 1978. Following BAe Aircraft Group managerial changes in January 1983, Evans was appointed Deputy Managing Director for BAe Warton and a member of the Aircraft Group Board. Evans was appointed Chief Executive of the Company in 1990. In June 1992 he was elected for a one-year term as President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies.

On May 1, 1998, Evans was appointed Chairman of British Aerospace plc. In 1997 he joined the Board of United Utilities plc as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed Chairman on January 1, 2001. In 1998 he became a Non Executive Director of NatWest plc and resigned in February 2000. In 2001 Evans was installed as the second Chancellor of The University of Central Lancashire.

He stepped down as Chairman of BAE Systems in 2004.

In October 2006 Evans was appointed as Chairman of The Board of Directors of State Holding Company Samruk, Kazakhstan
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Other interests

Evans has also been elected an Honorary Member of the NSPCC
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a United Kingdom charity campaigning and working in child protection.-History:...

Council. During his chairmanship of BAE Systems he was the most senior supporter of the BAE Systems Charity Challenge, a body which co-ordinates and supports charitable activities of its employees. He is married with three daughters and is a keen golfer and classic car enthusiast.

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