We’re extremely proud to announce that 2Excel Aviation and its co-founding company director, Captain Chris Norton OBE, have been shortlisted for ‘Employer of the Year’ and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ respectively in the annual British Ex-Forces in Business Award. 

The Ex-Forces in Business Awards are the world’s largest celebration of ex-military people in second careers. They recognise the value veterans add to businesses as well as the employers that support the transition of servicemen and women.  

Business leader Chris spent more than two decades in the Royal Air Force, flying numerous operational tours, and was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross and an OBE for his front-line service. His Service career culminated in two tours in Whitehall, where he developed Ministry of Defence strategic plans, initially for the Royal Air Force and then for all three Services. On leaving the RAF in 2006, Chris used his nascent entrepreneurial skills to set about an ambitious plan to start a company specialising in complex aviation projects that others shied away from. 

Chris, who holds two positions within 2Excel, has predominantly focused his time over the past four years developing and modernising the former ATC Lasham MRO, after it went into administration. Now operating as 2Excel Engineering, the company delivers deep engineering maintenance, modification and repair services to narrow-body Boeing and Airbus owners and operators.

Entrepreneur Chris has held numerous roles in the business. He been one of 2Excel’s pilots, its Operations Director, its Quality Manager, its Business Commercial Director and is its Accountable Manager (responsible for its regulatory compliance, its safety and its viability as a business). As a Board Director, he sets 2Excel’s vision and strategic direction, resources its plans and develops and controls 2Excel’s oversight, operational and supporting processes. Unwilling to let innovation go completely, he still develops some of its more unusual lines of business and, when no-one else is looking, he still flies. He has developed a range of cutting-edge capabilities to deliver innovative contract-air services to Government, the Defence and Security Industrial Base, the Oil and Gas Industry and agriculture. 

Director and Accountable Manager, Chris Norton, said: ‘‘Thirty-percent of our workforce has a military background; from our pilots to our engineers. 2Excel is a company that recognises the talent and expertise that military experience can bring to a business and therefore, the economy.  

‘‘Within our Special Missions business stream, we recently won a contract to deliver a fixedwing Search & Rescue service for the UK Government and actively targeted service leavers and ex-service personnel who were already in industry during the recruitment campaign because we recognised the need for highly-skilled pilots and systems operators to deliver this contract.   

‘‘We’re committed to promoting within and using our people across the business as much as we can, and this has proved a successful strategy as we continue to win contracts against bigger competitors. 

‘‘Personally, I’m very proud to see 2Excel in the shortlist as we’ve worked very hard for a long time and everyone deserves this type of recognition. To be shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award is also an honour. When I started this company with my co-founders, the vision was to launch an innovative aviation company where ex-forces could use their military skills and progress within industry and business. We have achieved this.’’ 

For more information about the awards, visit https://exforcesinbusiness.co.uk/ 

For further information, please contact:

Ben Griffiths

Head of Communications, 2Excel Engineering

ben.griffiths@2excel.uk

+44 (0) 7753 464 637