Tim Rowntree completed a 47 year career in the Ministry of Defence in July 2020. Starting as a Craft Apprentice, Tim filled a range of roles as a senior engineer and programme manager and has led many major Defence programmes, both in the UK and Internationally, covering Air, Land and Naval systems. His roles have included safety and aircraft airworthiness management, financial management, organisational leadership and logistic support to operations.
Between 2013 and 2017 Tim was the Director of OCCAR, Europe’s largest international programme management organisation. Between 2007 and 2013, Tim was the first Director General Air Support. In this role he was responsible for the procurement, safety, airworthiness and through-life support of the UK’s military Air Transport, Air to Air Refuelling and Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft fleets, and additional cross-platform systems such as synthetic training and defensive aids.
Earlier roles included Lynx/Wildcat Project Team Leader, several jobs in the UK Tornado programme and in research and development at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough.
Tim Rowntree is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).