Ian Cole began his MOD career at RAF St Athan in engineering development in 1989 following 12 years as a Mechanical Engineer in the Coal Mining Industry.
Ian was responsible for introducing in house engineering and calibration support tasks for the aircraft, aerostructures and engines maintenance facility at RAF St Athan, including the Project Management of the development programme for Pegasus Aero engine support, and latterly the Tornado ADV Mid-Life Fatigue Programme. Following a move and a term in the Fixed-wing Commercial arena, interfacing with both Support and Front Line Commands he was appointed Head of Business Development for the Fixed Wing Aircraft Unit at the Defence Aviation Repair Agency. Upon cessation of Fixed wing Aircraft Operations at DARA Ian transferred and assumed the role of Head of Business Development at the Electronic and Components Business Unit, successfully establishing, new tasks at Sealand site and also introducing in country solutions for Base Protection ISTAR and Counter Improvised Explosive Device support to deployed operations. This led to Ian being responsible for managing the highly successful Equipment Support Sustainability UK Support Team for deployed operations in Afghanistan.
Ian has a Masters Degree in Business and Administration.
Business Development Director
The Business Development Director:
- is primarily responsible for identifying and exploiting opportunities to grow DECA in line with MOD’s aspiration to sustain and grow DECA, both for current products and services and new services and capabilities
- visibly leads business development, establishing a footprint and valued presence at customer locations
- works closely with customers to understand needs, and develop and offer solutions to their support requirements
- recommends investment in technology, capital equipment or resource