from BAE SYSTEMS intranet, from Peter Fenton;
picture from PRESTON DIVISION NEWS, MARCH 1970 via Peter Knott -

Frank Roe

Former managing director and the first graduate apprentice to be recruited by the company, Frank Roe, has died.

He joined the English Electric Company in Preston in 1946 and became the head of its Wind Tunnel department in 1950, where he oversaw the rapid expansion of its capabilities, many of which remain today.

Having worked on the aerodynamic design studies of the P1 (Lightning) aircraft and the development of the Wind Tunnel, Frank rose up the ranks of the company.  He was appointed Managing Director of the British Aerospace (BAe) Warton division in 1981 and held the role as Managing Director of the BAe Military Aircraft Division in 1986 until his retirement the following year.

Today’s Managing Director Chris Boardman said: “Frank was one of the many engineering pioneers which have made this company what it is today.  To have worked on projects such as Lightning, the development of the Wind Tunnel facility which continues to serve us today and helped guide the company through decades of development work, Frank is truly one of our greats.  I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions and always found him enlightening and engaging company.  I am sure I speak for everyone when I say our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

In 1957, Frank became Chief Development Engineer for the EE Aircraft Group, rising to Director of Resources, BAC Preston Division in 1968 and Resources Director, BAe Aircraft Group in 1978, before taking on his managing director roles.

He was also a founding member and lifetime member of the Preston branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

from local paper, from Clive Russell -

ROE (Frank)

Frank passed away peacefully at home, on 31st March 2014, aged 89.  Loving relationships as husband to Nell (deceased), father to David, Alan and Michael, with his eight grandchildren, and, latterly, with his partner Pat Chamberlain.  Will be sadly missed by all family, friends and especially the 'Corkers' at Fairhaven Golf Club and old colleagues from British Aerospace.  A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at Church Road Methodist Church, St. Annes, on Wednesday 9th April at 2pm, preceded by a family committal at Lytham Crematorium at 1:30 and followed by a reception for all at the Clifton Arms Hotel in Lytham.  Any donations in lieu of flowers to Prostate Cancer UK, c/o and enquiries to Horsfield & Family Funeral Directors, 1a St. Davids Road North, St. Annes. 01253 781011.