Who we are

The Aerospace, Aviation & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (AAD KTN) is a single overarching network spanning Government, Industry and Academia with the principal aim of promoting and enabling innovation in the UK.

Fully funded by the Technology Strategy Board, all services are FREE and available to anyone with an interest in Research and Technology development relevant to the Aerospace, Aviation & Defence sectors.

As the custodian of the National Aerospace Technology Strategy (NATS), the AAD KTN enables its delivery by ensuring maximum awareness, engagement and alignment within the AAD sectors.

The Aerospace, Aviation & Defence KTN is also host to the Space Special Interest Group as well as the Defence Special Interest Group

The Aerospace, Aviation & Defence KTN Team

Ruth Mallors, Director


Ruth brings with her a wealth of experience in providing guidance, strategic input and facilitation to improve Knowledge Transfer and Knowledge Management in businesses across multiple sectors. Before joining the KTN, Ruth was Senior Manager of Knowledge Transfer Coordination at Ernst & Young. Ruth holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in addition to her first degree from University College London. Ruth is responsible for developing and broadening the strategic agenda of the KTN, which includes maintaining and creating relationships with senior stakeholders from Industry, Academia and Government, across multiple Departments and Sectors as appropriate.

Richard Pitman, Project Manager


Richard will be working on the development of the emerging strategic AAD KTN themes of Aviation Security, Aviation & the Environment, Biofuels and Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO). The work will seek to establish emerging networks of organisations seeking to leverage technology and research developments to greater effect. Richard also will be offering his expertise as a funding proposal proof reader to businesses or organisations who are submitting proposals for funded technology programmes. Starting his career in aerospace at Westland Helicopters Limited, Richard went on to complete a BEng in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Southampton University in 1990. He then joined the Royal Aerospace Establishment (now known as DSTL/QinetiQ) on experimental and computational research on configuration aerodynamics. Richard moved to the Department of Trade and Industry, now known as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in 2000 where he worked in the Aerospace, Marine and Defence unit on Launch Investment, industrial assessments of large defence procurement programmes and promotion of UK aerospace technology/R&D. Richard is a chartered engineer and a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. During his time at BIS, Richard completed an MSc in Systems Engineering Management at University College London.

Steve Gale, Defence Special Interest Group Leader


Steve has 30 years' experience working in defence research, since obtaining a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. In his early career he undertook research into flight control strategies for the next generation vectored-thrust fast jet aircraft. He subsequently led research into simulation/synthetic environments technology before focusing on its exploitation, primarily for military aircrew mission training. Prior to starting with the Defence SIG, he was the MOD scientific lead in Niteworks (a MOD/Industry collaboration providing industry-informed decision support to MOD). Steve has extensive experience of working with UK industry and he has been the UK lead on government-to-government collaborative research projects involving Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the US. Steve is currently on secondment from the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory.

Kelly Botham, Defence & Space SIG Facilitator


Kelly Botham performs a dual role within the AAD KTN as the facilitator for both the Defence and Space Special Interest Groups. Prior to joining the team she was working in the Middle East where she first worked as the Events Administrator at the Bahrain International Circuit Formula One Race Track. She then moved on to become a Trade & Investment Officer with UKTI at the British Embassy in Bahrain where she worked with many UK companies across a wide range of sectors, including leading on the organisation of a UK delegation to visit as part of an Airport Trade Mission to Bahrain. Having received a degree in Communication Studies from Seattle University in the United States, Kelly is very pleased to be in a diverse role where she can help cultivate better communication between Government, Academia and Industry in order to help promote the best of the UK in the global economy.

Bettina Rigg, Operations Manager


Bettina is responsible for overseeing the operations of the KTN activities and programmes; reporting effectively on KTN performance and providing secretariat to the KTN Steering Committee and Aerospace Technology Strategy Group. In addition to her role in the KTN, Bettina is also Infrastructure Manager at A|D|S and Membership Manager for the British Aviation Group. Prior to this she worked in the publishing and exhibition industries in Germany and as a technical translator at aerospace companies in the UK, having earlier studied International Management.

Daniel Jones, Network & Communications Manager

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Daniel leads the networking and communications for the Aerospace, Aviation & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network. He is responsible for the formulation, publication and management of the KTN's internal and external-facing communciations strategy, creating and implementing key messages that are to be relayed to the KTN's stakeholders in the UK's aerospace engineering community.

He also manages the AAD KTN's engagement with international programmes and matters of international R&D collaboration, with particular focus upon the CANNAPE programme.

Daniel graduated with Distinction with an MA in Literature at the University of Essex in 2004, and started his career with private training company EYS Ltd, before moving to the newly-formed Aerospace & Defence KTN in February 2008.

Pete Murray, Researcher & NTC Connector


Pete achieved his Master's Degree in 2008 in Mathematical Biology following his Physics BSc, both from University of Bath, before working briefly as a computer programmer at Barclays Wealth. Pete's cross-cutting role as Researcher underpins the delivery of all aspect of the KTN programme including: mapping the complex National and European funding mechanisms available to UK stakeholder; analysing issues and identifying opportunities that impact the sector; and delivering high-value bespoke research projects that enable the knowledge transfer across sectors. The other facet of Pete's role as National Technical Committee (NTC) Connector allows him to enable knowledge transfer between the NTCs, other KTNs and a wider audience, to ensure all opportunities for the UK to compete are recognised and exploited.

Craig Cook, Web & Events Administrator


Craig's key responsibilities are to publish content of note and value on the _connect portal for the AAD KTN and also related Special Interest Groups. He also delivers all newsletters for the KTN and SIGs and supports the team by searching of communities for articles and information. Craig assists in building online networks based around the KTN's topics and themes and is responsible that registration and administration for all KTN events are run smoothly.

The Aerospace, Aviation & Defence KTN is also host to the Space Special Interest Group as well as the Defence Special Interest Group

Contact Us

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Aerospace Technology Institute
Martell House
University Way
MK43 0TR

Tel: 01234 758587
Email: info@ati.org.uk

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