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Sir Richard Harry Evans, CBE, Hon FRAeS (born in Blackpool in 1942) less formally known as Dick Evans, was formerly chairman of BAE Systems. In 2001 he became Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire. Evans was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 1987 for services to export and was knighted in the 1996 birthday honours. Evans was educated at the Royal Masonic School in Bushey, Hertfordshire. In 1960, he joined the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation and was soon moved into the then newly-formed Ministry of Technology. In 1967, Evans was appointed as Government Contracts Officer at Ferranti in Manchester and two years later joined British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) at Warton, Lancashire. He was promoted to Commercial Director of what had then become the Warton Division of British Aerospace (BAe) in 1978. Following BAe Aircraft Group managerial changes in January 1983, Evans was appointed Deputy Managing Director for BAe Warton and a member of the Aircraft Group Board. Evans was appointed Chief Executive of the Company in 1990. In June 1992 he was elected for a one-year term as President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies.