Aerospace Careers Networking Event
Aerospace Careers Networking Event
Want to know more about aerospace career development paths?
The Aerospace Young Professionals Group are repeating their successful Aerospace Careers Networking event held in 2017, with another event at University of Hertfordshire.
This event offers the opportunity to learn about different career paths in the aerospace industry, with a panel of professionals providing an overview of their differing career paths.
This will be followed by a Q&A session where you can get feedback concerning careers and opportunities in the Aerospace sector.
This promises to be an excellent event for understanding an exciting industry and growing contacts and connections amongst peers.
If you’re a student contemplating a career in Aerospace and are keen to get a perspective from someone working in the industry, or are thinking of a change in career, here’s your opportunity to find out more information.
Pizza and soft drinks from 6pm.
Our panel of speakers will be:
David M. Lindley MSc MIET MRAeS is currently the Head of Flight Safety, Quality and Safety Assurance at Hybrid Air Vehicles the world leaders in hybrid aircraft that combines lighter-than-air technology with the best of airplanes and helicopters to bring brand new capabilities to aviation.
David is a Mechanical Engineer who’s aerospace career started as an apprentice in the Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy) reaching the level of Chief Technician before joining BAE SYSTEMS as a Senior Airworthiness Engineer on Fixed Wing Combat Aircraft. Whilst at BAE SYSTEMS David undertook postgraduate Masters in Systems Safety Engineering (Aerospace) at Lancaster University. David’s specialty is Aviation Safety whose work has taken him all over the world as the Flight Safety Lead in the USA for the F35 program up to First Flight and the aircrafts integration into the new Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carrier. David has also been a Senior Engineering Manager for BAE SYSTEMS in Australia, Chief Engineer for Thales on Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles. Recently David has been instrumental in the development of Safety Cases for the development and integration of Precision Guided Low Collateral Air to Surface Missiles and the implementation of an Independent Safety Assurance capability within the MoDs Defence Procurement & Support Agency. Moreover, David is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and is the current Chairman of the Aerospace Technical Professional Network Executive and a standing member of the IETs Transport Policy Committee.
Paul Iliffe is a spacecraft engineer with 14 years’ combined industrial, research, and study experience spread across the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, and France. He currently works as a Spacecraft Analyst at Inmarsat, where he is part of the team, which is responsible for the operation of Inmarsat’s GEO telecoms satellite fleet. Prior to his current position, Paul worked in the engineering division of British Airways, where he was firstly on the engineering graduate programme and then in the Flight Data Recording group. Paul sits on the IET’s Satellite Systems and Applications committee, is the chairman of the British Association of MEXT Scholars, and recently became the UK coordinator of the Moon Village Association
Ray Smith enjoyed a career spanning 32 years in the Royal Air Force. Managing teams of up to 200 , supporting fast-jet, large ISTAR and heritage aircraft. He served in Germany and the United States and led engineering detachments to Europe, North and South America and to Saudi Arabia in the late 1990s.
With the MoD Procurement Executive, Defence Logistics Organisation and Defence Equipment & Support organisations, he managed acquisition projects worth up to £300M and running cost budgets of up to £60M per year. Over 20 years, in various MoD jobs, he gained experience in change, risk and safety management as well as holding senior engineering posts. He is a Graduate of the Joint Service Defence College, Greenwich. A Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET and the RAeS, he has held both UK and US Private Pilot's Licences.
After retiring from the RAF, he spent 6 years as an aviation safety and logistic support consultant with MoD aircraft project teams, rising to a position as company Operations Director. For the last 8 years. he has volunteered for the IET as a Professional Registration Adviser, Professional Review Interviewer and Fellow Assessor and is Deputy Chairman of the Aerospace Technical and Professional Network.
Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB