Aerospace Wales Team
Rachael has an enviable list of contacts with the key players in the sector, with which she has built strong working relationships. Rachael also works closely with the other regional Aerospace forums, Welsh Government, UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.
John has 50 years’ experience in the aerospace, space and defence industries. As part of his current portfolio he has been Chief Executive of the Aerospace Wales Forum (an Industry Wales company) since its foundation in 2002.
Aerospace Wales Ambassadors
Aerospace Wales Forum is supported by the following Aerospace Wales Ambassadors:
Ben Lee is the Commercial Director of Caerdav, the St. Athan-based independent MRO and training centre. Starting out as an apprentice with Britannia Airways, Ben has more than 20 years’ experience in aerospace engineering honed at some of the biggest names in aviation, including British Airways, Thomson Airways and DHL Air.
We combine 50 years of technology heritage, a comprehensive product portfolio and expertise in design materials and process engineering to deliver innovative customer solutions that maximize technology capability and simplify manufacturing.
Aerospace & Defence, Information Technology, Services, and Research sectors.
A versatile and enthusiastic business development director with 24 years’ experience in the aerospace sector, working directly with Aerospace giants, such as Airbus, GKN, Spirit, and Cobham.
Various operational business units, along with the Corporate Support Services across the Defence Support Group, and latterly joined the Executive Board as Chief Operating Officer to June 2014 which included all UK operations and support areas
Airbus’ Research, Technology & Innovation Portfolio across Airbus Commercial Aircraft, Defence and Space & Helicopters divisions.
Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft, as well as helicopters and space applications.
James joined AerFin in July 2016 as a senior member of the management team. He has a career spanning nearly 20 years in the aviation industry including senior commercial and sales and marketing positions within a leading engine consultancy services business, a rapidly growing aerospace and electronics parts manufacturer and Chromalloy, the worldwide manufacturing and repair services provider of gas turbine engine parts.
With 35 years in Aviation, his career to date has provided the opportunity to become familiar with the Business, Civil & Military Aerospace markets as an established Senior Manager within the aircraft maintenance, production, repair and modification business sectors.
Spectrum Technologies is a world leader in the design and manufacture of specialised state-of-the-art industrial laser systems.
Mark Hughes was previously a senior Airbus Executive who co-founded Agile Business Solutions in 2007. Agile provide a range of services (such as strategic business planning, supply chain development and leadership development) to the Advanced Engineering sector and are a strategic service provider to the SC21 Competitiveness and Growth programme.
Organisation with an Industry acknowledged reputation to provide and perform aircraft nacelle, thrust reverser and exhaust component maintenance, repair and overhaul services