2020 Winner Profile


Gareth Hetheridge



Following a short stint as an RAF pilot, Gareth Hetheridge has rapidly flown up the Rolls-Royce ranks to become Global Head of IT for Defence.

His ambitious vision, clearly articulated strategy and tenacious approach to delivery has accelerated the business’s digital capabilities to gain information advantage. In the past year IT has rolled out model-based engineering for faster product development, secure cloud-base collaboration tools and Devops and agile toolsets to enable all users to have the same experience regardless of data classification.

More recently, Gareth has driven a review of the defence strategic suppliers and hosting strategy, to deliver future-proof IT environments for the growing needs of this rapidly-changing market. His passion to shape an industry perspective, and not just a Rolls-Royce view, was commendable especially regarding Diversity and Industry Collaboration via the Team Defence Information trade body.

LOCATION: Bristol, United Kingdom

INDUSTRY: Construction and Engineering Industry