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

Smiths Detection to enhnce security at Japan's Narita Airport

Smiths Detection has been selected to supply innovative solutions for people screening and search functions in Tokyo's Narita International Airport.

Air Mauritius takes delivery of its first A350 XWB

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, opening a new chapter for the Indian Ocean carrier. The aircraft, leased from AerCap, was delivered during a ceremony held in Mauritius today.

Maycast-Nokes wins National Apprenticeship Award

Maycast-Nokes has won the Medium Employer Of The Year 2017 (East of England) at the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

Global airport industry climate action surpasses 200 airports

At this year's ACI World & Africa Annual General Assembly (WAGA) hosted by Airports of Mauritius Co, the global airport industry issued an update on the progress it has been making in addressing its CO2 emissions, through the

Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powers A330neo first test flight

The Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 has successfully powered the new Airbus A330neo into the skies for its first test flight today.

Crawley Borough Council approves Boeing Gatwick hangar

Boeing's proposed plan with Gatwick Airport to build a new aircraft hangar has been granted permission to go ahead by Crawley Borough Council, with full works scheduled to commence later this year.

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
SMI FAV BT1007161117SMI MilSat BT2907101117Aviation Africa BT18418SMI AirMissBT0305251017FIL18 BT111017220718Advanced Engineering BT1007021117