Tim James, Managing Director

Tim was appointed Ascent Managing Director in November 2018 and has over 20 years experience in the Aerospace and Defence sector, including senior industry and military roles. Currently leading Ascent Flight Training on secondment from Lockheed Martin, Ascent is a young, fast growing and innovative UK aerospace company specialising in flying training. As Ascent Managing Director, Tim has direct responsibility for the 350+ direct employees and operations involving 100+ aircraft across six UK sites.

Tim has held numerous previous roles with Lockheed Martin, most recently the UK Strategy and Business Development Director for Rotary and Mission Systems, covering a broad portfolio of commercial and government programmes. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin Tim enjoyed a 16 year UK Royal Air Force career as a pilot which involved UK operations on the Tornado F3 and exchange operations on the F-16 with the United States Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman.