New ADS Interim Chief Executive Kevin Craven outlines priorities at ADS Live 2021

Speaking at this year’s ADS Live event ahead of his appointment as ADS Interim Chief Executive, Kevin Craven, Strategic Partnership Director at Serco plc, outlined our priorities in the months ahead as we continue to focus on doing all we can to support a strong recovery in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors:

“I’m delighted to be appointed ADS Interim Chief Executive. Paul Everitt has been a great servant to our industries in his time as Chief Executive and at ADS we all wish him well in his future endeavours, he said.

“This has been a difficult 12 months across our industries. ADS is focussed on doing all we can to support a strong recovery in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors.

“The ADS team are working tirelessly to make sure that we deliver the value you need from your trade association, and that we are helping you to connect with new opportunities and access the information and guidance you need.

“Our influence and connections in Government have never been as important as they are today. We are making the case for long-term investment in R&D, procurement that maximises the power of UK industry to generate prosperity, and to champion exports.

“We will remain focused on making the most of the new relationship with the EU, ensuring the defence & security industrial strategy is implemented in timely manner and make sure the UK captures the industrial benefits on the journey to net zero carbon emissions.

“Government Ministers, Departments and devolved administrations are hearing the voice of our industries clearly and will continue to do so.

“We are looking forward to the coming weeks and months when we can resume our normal programme of events.  In July the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre will be hosting SpaceComm Expo, and in September we expect to host a fantastic UK Pavilion at DSEI 2021. Also in July there will be a second edition of FIA Connect, with an exciting three-day programme of online panels and networking sessions.

“I am looking forward to working for your business success in the months ahead.”