New post for aerospace expert at Swaffham

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An aerospace expert with a wealth of experience in the industry has joined aircraft cabin lighting specialists, STG Aerospace, which is based at Swaffham. Richard Ilett has joined the company in the new role of Chief Operating Officer.

Since undertaking a mechanical engineering graduate apprenticeship with British Aircraft Corporation and Leicester University, Richard has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry.

During his 17 years with British Aerospace, he worked initially in plant engineering and site development and, as sub contract manager, was responsible for the sourcing and delivery of £25m worth of aircraft components in the international supply chain annually.

This was followed by a period of three years in charge of the fitting and hydraulic operating centre, managing 230 operators and 50 indirect staff involved in manufacturing engineering, production control and quality inspection.

In 1997, Richard joined Labinal as general manager of the electrical wiring harness plant in Nottinghamshire. Customers included Rolls Royce (Trent Engines), Airbus (A320) and GEC Alstom (Virgin West Coast mainline trains).

In 2003 he started the Labinal (later Safran) Engineering Services subsidiary in Bristol, where he was general manager until 2012.

In the last two years, he has undertaken projects with Fokker Elmo in The Netherlands, and with Jaguar Land Rover, working on the Jaguar XJ model Year Update for 2015/16.

Nigel Duncan, CEO of STG Aerospace, said: “We are delighted Richard has joined STG Aerospace. With his aerospace background and operational experience, we believe his qualifications are ideal for the new COO position. Richard has joined us at an exciting time as we continue to drive and deliver as a key player in the aircraft lighting market.”