Richard Evans (businessman)

Sir Richard Harry Evans, CBE, DL, FRAeS (born in Blackpool in 1942)[1] less formally known as Dick Evans, was formerly chairman of BAE Systems.

In 2001 he became Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire. Evans was awarded a CBE in the 1986 Birthday Honours for services to export and was knighted in the 1996 Birthday Honours.


Evans was educated at the Royal Masonic School in Bushey, Hertfordshire. In 1960, he joined the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation and was soon moved into the then newly formed Ministry of Technology.

In 1967, Evans was appointed as Government Contracts Officer at Ferranti in Manchester and two years later joined British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) at Warton, Lancashire. He was promoted to Commercial Director of what had then become the Warton Division of British Aerospace (BAe) in 1978. Following BAe Aircraft Group managerial changes in January 1983, Evans was appointed Deputy Managing Director for BAe Warton and a member of the Aircraft Group Board. Evans was appointed Chief Executive of the Company in 1990. In June 1992 he was elected for a one-year term as President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies.

On 1 May 1998, Evans was appointed Chairman of British Aerospace plc. In 1997 he joined the Board of United Utilities plc as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed Chairman on 1 January 2001. In 1998 he became a Non Executive Director of NatWest plc and resigned in February 2000. In 2001 Evans was installed as the second Chancellor of The University of Central Lancashire.

He stepped down as Chairman of BAE Systems in 2004.

In October 2006 Evans was appointed as Chairman of The Board of Directors of State Holding Company Samruk, Kazakhstan.

In October 2008 Evans was elected to the Board of Directors of «Samruk-Kazyna» as an independent director. In January 2014 he was again elected as an Independent Director of the Board of Directors of «Samruk-Kazyna» JSC.[2]

Other interests

Evans has also been elected an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council. During his chairmanship of BAE Systems he was the most senior supporter of the BAE Systems Charity Challenge, a body which co-ordinates and supports charitable activities of its employees. He is married with three daughters and is a keen golfer and classic car enthusiast.

See also


  1. Who's Who
  2. "Portal of «SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUND «SAMRUK-KAZYNA» JSC". Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Francis Kennedy
Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire
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