Chief Executive, Dstl

Jonathan Lyle

Jonathan  Lyle



Jonathan Lyle became Chief Executive of Dstl on 5 March 2012. His civil service career includes:

  • Director, Helicopters in Defence Equipment & Support, MOD
  • Director, College of Management and Technology
  • Operations Director, Defence Procurement Agency

He’s also worked in the Cabinet Office and the Department for Trade and Industry implementing cross-government science and technology strategy. He is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Chief Executive, Dstl

With direct line responsibility for members of the Executive team, the CE leads Dstl as a Trading Fund, delivering value-for-money science and technology-based support and advice to customers. This includes getting the best out of suppliers and partners, and balancing short-term delivery with long-term capability.

The CE role is ultimately responsible for ensuring:

  • the financial viability of Dstl
  • that customers are satisfied
  • that Dstl’s staff are suitably engaged and rewarded for their contributions