in Defence

Jonathan Lyle marks retirement from Dstl with charity walk

Posted 21 July 2017 · Add Comment

Jonathan Lyle, Chief Executive of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down, will be marking his retirement after seven years at the organisation with a walk for charity.

Above: Jonathan Lyle preparing for his Macmillan Way walk.
Crown copyright

Later this month Jonathan - who is Salisbury born - will be walking part of the Macmillan Way – 297 miles of coastal path which runs from Boston to Abbotsbury.

Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Jonathan saw the walk as a fitting tribute to his colleagues at Dstl who have been affected by the disease.

He said: “As I reflect on my seven years in Dstl, the saddest reflection is of the number of colleagues and partners and relatives of colleagues, that we have lost to cancer. 
“In every case there has been a real sense of loss, not just for the colleagues’ immediate family but to our Dstl family - of careers cut short, of great expertise, friendship and professional contribution lost to all of us by this insidious disease.”

Jonathan also lost his sister Vanessa to cancer last October, when she was aged just 54.

The route will take in landmarks from the engineer and civil servant’s childhood.

Cancer is very common and can touch many of us indirectly or directly, it is important to be aware of how you can help, as well as sponsorship, one other way is to be armed with knowledge of the common signs of cancer via the Macmillian website

If you would like to make a donation to Macmillan for the walk, please visit

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Air Malta launches routes to Malta, Sardinia and Sicily from Southend Airport

Today Air Malta introduced four new routes; Malta to London Southend, Malta to Cagliari and flights between London Southend, Catania and Cagliari.

Airbus delivers its first A350-1000 to launch customer Qatar Airways

Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France.

UK Power Networks Services to transform Manchester Airport's power infrastructure

Today UK Power Networks Services signed a contract to provide vital power infrastructure services for Manchester Airport, the UK’s third busiest airport, a key project to help deliver its £1 billion transformation programme.

Students thrust magnesium into the spotlight

Students in Birmingham, UK, are being challenged to showcase the potential uses of magnesium within the aerospace sector as part of a competition being set by Birmingham City University and the world’s largest producer of magnesium

Norwegian launches UK’s first low-cost route to South America

Norwegian has launched the UK’s first low fare route to South America, with a non-stop service from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires.

Smiths Detection awarded AAI security contract

Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for multiple CTX 9800 DSiTM systems, at a combined value of over US$50 million (£35.7m).

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
SMI HelicopterTBT1402240518SMI FAVWSBT1402060618SMI FAVSABT2411120418S&P BT281117080318FIL18 BT111017220718Aviation Africa BT18418