Dick Evans was born in Blackpool in 1942 and educated at the Royal Masonic School, Hertfordshire. In 1960, he joined the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation and, shortly afterwards, moved into the then newly-formed Ministry of Technology.
In 1969, Dick Evans joined the Military Aircraft Division of British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) at Warton, Lancashire. He was appointed Commercial Director of what had then become the Warton Division of British Aerospace (BAe) in 1978. A year later, he was also appointed a Director of Sepecat - the programme management company for the Anglo/French Jaguar strike aircraft, incorporating BAe and Dassault Breguet of France.
In July 1981, Dick became the Assistant Managing Director of the Warton Division of BAe, while maintaining responsibility for the Division's activities in Saudi Arabia. In September of that year he was appointed a Director of Panavia Aircraft GmbH - the programme management company for the Anglo/German/Italian Tornado combat aircraft programme, for which BAe Warton holds UK responsibility.
Following BAe Aircraft Group managerial changes in January 1983, he was appointed Deputy Managing Director for BAe Warton and a member of the Aircraft Group Board.
Appointed Deputy Managing Director (and Managing Director Designate) of the newly-formed British Aerospace Military Aircraft Division in 1986, he was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 'Services to Export'. In January 1987 he was appointed to the Board of British Aerospace plc as Marketing Director and the following year he became the Chairman of the British Aerospace Defence companies.
Dick was appointed Chief Executive of British Aerospace plc in 1990 and also became a member of the Supervisory Board of Airbus Industries in 1992. In June 1992 he was elected for a one year term as President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies. He was knighted in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours. On 1 May 1998, Dick was appointed Chairman of British Aerospace plc and continued to Chair the company when it became BAE Systems following the merger with Marconi Electronic Systems.
He became Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire in 2001 and has recently agreed to remain as Chancellor until 30th November 2015.
In July 2004 he retired from the Board and the Chairmanship of BAE Systems, though he continues to support the company in an advisory capacity.
In 1997 Dick joined the Board of United Utilities plc as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed Chairman on 1st January 2001 and relinquished this role in July 2008. In 1998 he became a Non-Executive Director of NatWest plc and resigned from that Board in February 2000. He is currently an Independent Director of SWF Samruk-Kazyna JSC based in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Dick has also been elected an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council. He is married with three daughters.