Richard Berthon is Director, Future Combat Air Programmes, Ministry of Defence (UK).

Richard took up post as Director of Future Combat Air Programmes in the UK Ministry of Defence in January 2020. He is the MOD’s lead for Future Combat Air strategy and programme delivery.

As Senior Responsible Owner for the Future Combat Air Portfolio he is responsible for the MOD’s acquisition programmes and investment plans for future Combat Air capabilities. This includes establishing the future Combat Air Acquisition Programme, delivering the £2Bn Technology Initiative, Team Tempest partnering with industry, and leading international partnering.

Since joining the UK Ministry of Defence in 1998, he has served in a wide range of Defence policy, programme delivery and operational postings for the MOD and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.