Dstl Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead Steps Down

Mr Aitkenhead has led the Defence Science And Technology Laboratory for the past three years.

The Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is stepping down.

Gary Aitkenhead is to take up a new role with a global technology company.

Chief Operating Officer Doug Umbers will be acting Chief Executive until a permanent replacement is found.

"Gary has led and overseen a number of high-profile activities during his time at Dstl, and we wish him well in his next venture," Mr Umbers said.

"I am looking forward to leading Dstl's world-class experts to deliver cutting-edge science and technology."

Mr Aitkenhead spent the past three years leading Dstl, overseeing the organisation's response to the 2018 Novichok poisonings and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also oversaw Dstl's wider work to deliver the science inside defence and security.