Gareth Richards

Gardner Aerospace - Broughton
A versatile and enthusiastic business development director with 24 years’ experience in the aerospace sector, working directly with Aerospace giants, such as Airbus, GKN, Spirit, and Cobham. All 24 years’ experience have been gained through working for RD Precision / Gardner Aerospace, working from an apprentice precision engineer, to eventually being promoted to Speed Shop engineer and shift leader back in 2006. In 2010 Gardner acquired RD Precision, at this time, I was appointed to Airbus Programmes manager for Gardner Broughton, and effectively was the main conduit for the site for all Speed Shop / Tactical sales that were required for the new A350 production line, and also legacy platforms, such as A380 / A330 / A400m, and A320. Daily duties included customer communication, and focus on delivering tight time scale product into Airbus, working closely with their design engineers to find solutions to their NPI issues. Being able to discuss engineering at both a commercial level, and very much at a technical level has been enormously helpful in being able to support our customers through their challenging needs. During 2015, I was appointed Bus Dev Director for the Broughton facility, focus was needed to develop new customer base and increase Tactical Sales market share to deliver continual growth to the Broughton site. Since this time we have widened our network and regularly deliver Tactical Sales into Europe, and also stretch as far as the USA.
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