Aircraft Carrier Alliance Announces Non-Executive Chairman

Wed, 12 February 2014

The members of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) are pleased to announce that Sir Peter Gershon is appointed Non-Executive Chairman, effective 1st February 2014.  Sir Peter, Chairman Tate & Lyle plc and National Grid plc, will oversee the management Board of the ACA and its progress in delivering the two Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, which on entering service will become the United Kingdom's national flagships.

Commenting on the appointment, Secretary of State for Defence, Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP, said: “The Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers will be the biggest ships in the history of the Royal Navy. Now that we have renegotiated the contract between the MoD and industry to ensure proper alignment of interests, it is important this vast project is managed efficiently and governed effectively to ensure the delivery of carrier strike from 2020.

“Sir Peter's appointment will help to increase the coherence and coordination between MoD and industry as the programme reaches key milestones ahead of entering service with the Royal Navy.”

About the Aircraft Carrier Alliance

The ACA is an innovative alliance between industry and the Ministry of Defence that was founded to transform the way in which large scale projects such as the Queen Elizabeth (QE) Aircraft Carriers are produced. In order to ensure that the project delivered the best value for money and the best ships possible to the UK Armed Forces, the Alliance was formed in such a way as to ensure that all partners took collective responsibility and ownership of the project and would ultimately ensure that each would share in both risk and reward.  The ACA comprises Babcock, Thales UK, BAE Systems and the Ministry of Defence. Working together, the ACA's collective culture is one of an uncompromising commitment to trust, collaboration, innovation and mutual support with all decisions taken on a best for project basis.

About Sir Peter Gershon

Sir Peter Gershon has broad business experience gained in large and complex international organisations and has held various leadership roles in the UK private and public sector. He was formerly Chairman of Premier Farnell plc, Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce, Managing Director of Marconi Electronic Systems and a member of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board. Sir Peter is Currently Chairman of National Grid plc and Tate & Lyle plc.  He is a member of HM Government Efficiency and Reform Board; and a member of the advisory board of The Sutton Trust.


For further information please contact:

Gillian Churchill, BAE Systems

Tel: +44 (0) 141 957 2150 Mob: +44 (0) 7921867103

 [email protected]

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