Our People

Our People

We have 120 people, employed across a range of functions. Our instructor cadre are all ex-military pilots and instructors from all services and flying disciplines. Our large Courseware Development team combines a mixture of military Subject Matter Experts, experienced civilian and military trainers and courseware & graphic designers. Our acquisition team is predominantly staffed by people with commercial backgrounds, and all but two of our finance and commercial teams have been recruited from the civil sector. Between us we have 164, 060 flying hours, 1,194 years in aviation, 1,309 years in the military, 117 years civil service and 212 years in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) programmes. Our trainers have a combined total of 580 years instructing students.

With our Training Hub in Bristol, we are now training at RAF Valley, RAF Cranwell and RNAS Culdrose.

Dave Boden

Dave Boden

Managing Director

Dave Boden has overall responsibility for the delivery of all Ascent UKMFTS elements including committeed, uncommitted and future business...

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Liz Narey

Liz Narey

Deputy Managing Director & Finance Director

Liz Narey joined Ascent in April 2016 as Deputy Managing Director from Babcock International and has overall responsibility for the company’s Finance and Governance elements of the Business....

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Alasdair Shinner

Alasdair Shinner

Operations Director

Alasdair is responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of ground and flying training instruction across all of Ascent’s flying training units . The role provides the key interface with the customer at one-star level...

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Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

Commercial Director

Andy was appointed as Ascent’s Commercial Director in October 2014 and is responsible for supporting the Ascent Managing Director and Executive Team in...

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Stuart Bell

Stuart Bell

Programmes Director

Stuart is responsible for the successful delivery and integration of the committed and uncommitted programmes within Ascent to deliver the capability for UKMFTS ...

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Hayley Vince

Hayley Vince

HR Director

Hayley has overall responsibility for delivering the HR, and Internal Communications elements for the Ascent business. She also heads up and leads the Partnering agenda...

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