Shipyard boss set to leave BAE Systems in Barrow
Last updated at 17:58, Wednesday, 25 September 2013
BAE Systems submarines boss John Hudson is set to leave Barrow it has been announced.
Mr Hudson, who has worked at the Barrow shipyard for 24 years, has been promoted to the position of managing director of BAE Systems Maritime, taking over from Andrew Davies.
The promotion will see him move from being managing director of BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines, to being responsible for the entire Maritime operation, including Naval Ships and Maritime Services.
Mr Hudson will take the helm of an operation with a £2bn turnover and 14,000 staff.
The 53-year-old said: “It has been a great privilege to serve as the managing director of the Barrow shipyard, a business that continues to deliver vital submarine capability to the Royal Navy.
“Having overcome a number of challenges, the business now finds itself in a positive position with an exciting future. Delivery of the Astute programme is gathering pace and, alongside, the programme to design a replacement for the Vanguard class is building momentum.
"I now look forward to the next challenge in my career as Managing Director, BAE Systems Maritime, a role in which I will continue to have a close association with the Submarines business.
"I would like to wish Tony Johns every success in his new role. He is the ideal person to replace me and I look forward to working with him in the future.
Mr Hudson, who is expected to move to Portsmouth, will be replaced by Tony Johns, Successor programme director, from October.
Mr Johns, 51, held a number of positions within the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence before joining BAE Systems three years ago and has been described by his predecessor as “the ideal person” to take charge.
Mr Johns said: “I am both delighted and honoured to have been asked to become the Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines. As a submariner for many years, I can pay testament to the outstanding skills and fantastic products that we have delivered over many years.
"I'm looking forward to the many challenges ahead and working with our thousands of skilled employees, industry colleagues and supply chain partners in the years to come as we deliver the remaining Astute class submarines and transition into building the Successor submarine."
Mr Hudson has been praised for the “huge contribution” he has made to the shipyard and the wider Cumbrian economy.
Harry Knowles, chief executive of Furness Enterprise, said Mr Hudson would be missed.
“I have the highest regard for John, I think he has done a superb job in leading the shipyard in a very challenging environment,” he said.
“He has made a huge contribution to the area and I personally will be very sorry to see him go, even though I applaud the fact he has got promotion.”
TONY JOHNS: FACTFILE
Tony Johns was born in 1962 and grew up in Fishponds, Bristol attending the local comprehensive school, Whitefield Fishponds.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1980 as a Submarine Marine Engineering Officer and served in HM Submarines SPLENDID, TRENCHANT and was the first Marine Engineer Officer of the Trident submarine HMS VENGEANCE from 1996 to 1998, then being built in Barrow-in- Furness, a role that he thoroughly enjoyed and which left on him a lasting impression of the outstanding capabilities and committed people who design and build submarines.
In addition to his time in Submarines, he served in the MoD’s nuclear submarine procurement organisation, the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, as well as being the Programme Manager for the 12 attack submarines then in service with the Royal Navy.
His final appointment was as Director Nuclear Propulsion in the rank of Commodore, during which time he initiated the design and development of the new PWR3 reactor design which will be installed in the Vanguard Successor Submarine.
He left the Navy in 2007 to pursue new opportunities and simultaneously advised the private equity company, Star Capital Partners, in areas as diverse as renewable energy and civil nuclear, and was an associate with Deloitte Management Consulting, advising both the MoD and the wider Defence Industry, all of which broadened his horizons.
Having found he missed his daily interaction with all things to do with nuclear submarines, he was fortunate enough to be appointed as the Trident Successor Submarine Programme Director at BAE Systems Maritime Submarines in September 2010.
He takes up his appointment of Managing Director, Maritime - Submarines in October 2013. A Chartered Engineer, he is married to Clare, has three grown up children and lives in the Lake District.
JOHN HUDSON: CAREER PATH
John Hudson, who was born in Liverpool, began his career as a junior naval architect at the Clelands shipyard in Newcastle upon Tyne.
He then joined Lloyd’s Register and worked on the development of ship structural design.
He moved to Cumbria 24 years ago to take up a job as an engineer at Barrow then in 2003 he became engineering director.
Just five years later he was recognised as one of the UK’s most dist-inguished naval arch-itects and engineers by the Royal Academy of Engineers.
The following year, in March 2009, he took over from Murray Easton as managing director of the shipyard.
First published at 08:10, Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Congratulations to John on his promotion, I worked with John at my time at the shipyard, he is a fantastix person, and I wish him well for the future.