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Mark Thomas


Chief Executive Officer

Mark is driving the growth of the Company and setting the future direction of the business. He leads the Executive Leadership Team.

Mark Thomas has been Chief Executive Officer of Reaction Engines Limited since May 2015. In this role he is leading development of the SABRE engine concept, a new class of aerospace propulsion system for hypersonic and space access applications.

During his first 18 months Mark has grown the Company from around 65 to 110 employees, successfully led the team that achieved a strategic investment from BAE Systems and also secured the UK Government’s £60m grant.

Before joining us, Mark graduated from Cambridge University with an Engineering degree and spent 25 years working in the Defence and Civil Aerospace businesses of Rolls-Royce plc. During this time he led a number of key programmes for Rolls-Royce, working closely with Customers and Partners worldwide.

Notable roles included Chief Development Engineer for the EJ200 (Typhoon) engine, Chief Engineer of the EJ200, RB199 (Tornado), Adour (Hawk/Jaguar) & Trent 900 (Airbus A380) programmes, Technical Director of the Eurojet Turbo GmbH consortium based in Munich, and Chief Engineer, Civil Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes. MA (Cantab), CEng, FRAeS.