Richard Stephenson

Richard Stephenson became the Chief Executive Officer of AeroTime and in November 2020. Prior to that, he spent six years as a Director of the UK Civil Aviation Authority where he led the multi-award winning strategic communications function and directed the response to some of the biggest crisis situations to face the aviation industry. He now focuses on assisting the aviation industry back to life following the pandemic, on promoting diversity and inclusion, and inspiring, encouraging and supporting the next generation.

He has around 40 hours of supervised flying time, mostly in Cessna aircraft and once landed at and departed from SAN after flying across the rocky mountains. He has flown in a Hawk with the Royal Air Force, on the jump seat of Concorde from LHR to JFK (and back again) and is determined to fly on (and in control of) many other aircraft in the coming years.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2019 for his public and charitable service and was named ‘Communications Professional of the Year’ by CorpComms Magazine in November 2019. He has also held senior roles in a number of high-profile businesses and charities and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Richard has been active in politics, media, charity and business around the world. He has worked on major campaigns in the UK and USA, has advised Cabinet level politicians and served in senior political roles himself. He was nominated to join the US State Department ‘Young European Leaders’ exchange programme in 2004 and has worked with and advised diplomats in various missions.

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