Head of Project Data Management , Airbus Defence and Space
I started my career as a weapons specialist in the Fleet Air Arm, however, after leaving the service I started a career in Civil Aerospace in the early days of computers in the workplace and having a “Commodore 64” I was considered a bit of an expert! This led to me getting involved various projects to try and enable the transfer of design intent into meaningful, relevant and topical manufacturing data early in the development phase. In particular, how do we get changing Design data to manufacturing in time to meet the long lead times with the customer's late decisions on what they want? My career has spanned Europe either in country or liaising transnationally, within the Space, and Aerospace sectors including Bae Systems, Augusta Westlands, Rolls Royce, Fairchild Dornier, MBDA and now Airbus Defence & Space in their Space Division, as Head of Product Data Management UK.