Steve (Wilkie) Wilkinson is the founder and CEO of the independent consultancy HALCYON Training Solutions. Before founding HALCYON, Steve had a 38 year career at BAE Systems, the last 25 years of which was spent in the training and simulation businesses.
Steve gained a Masters degree at Cambridge University (Part 1 in Engineering, Part 2 in Business Studies). During his subsequent career at BAE Systems, he built a broad foundation of military aviation experience before concentrating on his training vocation.
His main achievements in the fields of Aviation and Defence Training include:
In 1987; instrumental in the creation of new BAe subsidiary, BAe Simulation Limited (BAeSL)
Led the technical team for due diligence in BAe’s acquisition of Reflectone Inc., the US simulator manufacturer
Developed the trans-Atlantic technical solutions and business strategy for BAeSL and Reflectone jointly to address fast jet simulator markets
In 1994-5; led training proposals for UK Attack Helicopter bid
Between 1990 and 2001; led the training business development activities into Kazakhstan (ab-initio pilot training), Singapore (Military Flying Training System), Slovakia (‘PFI’ Flying Training Academy) and Saudi Arabia (Minehunter Naval training)
From 1995 to 2001; managed teams of trainers designing and delivering technician training for Eurofighter and Nimrod (c. 200 persons)
From 2002 to 2004; developed the concept for, implemented and directed, a Company-wide Customer Training Function responsible for Training Governance (people, processes and technology)
In 2005; developed Corporate strategy for International Customer Training business
In 2006 and 2007; headed the Customer Training programmes for the export of Typhoon to Saudi Arabia
From 2008 to 2009; directed the identification and management of manpower requirements for the Saudi Typhoon Project (Customer, supplier and Company personnel).
In his spare time Steve enjoys acrylic & watercolour painting, photography, fishing and American sports (spectating only!).