Sir Brian Burridge

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Sir Brian Burridge is the Vice President Strategic Marketing at Finmeccanica UK. He previously spent a full career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force holding a front-line command at every level in the Service and spent a number of years in MOD in policy posts. He also commanded the UK Joint contingent of 43,000 personnel in the 2003 Iraq War. He left the Royal Air Force in January 2006 as Commander-in-Chief Strike Command.

President of the Air League, he is also the Vice President Defence on the Council of ADS, the aerospace, defence and security sectors’ trade association. With a first degree in physics, he also has an MBA from the Open University where he holds an honorary doctorate. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by Exeter University following his long association with the Business School. Sir Brian was also a research fellow in political science at King’s London and is now a visiting professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading.