Colin Smith is the Industry Chair of the Aerospace Growth Partnership.
Colin retired as Group President Rolls-Royce in May 2017. He was a member of the Board of Rolls-Royce as Director of Engineering and Technology from 2005 to 2016. Prior to this role, he was the Director of Research & Technology for the company, building on his previous experience as Director of Engineering & Technology for Civil Aerospace.
Colin joined the company as an undergraduate apprentice before graduating from Southampton university.
In June 2012 Colin was awarded a CBE for services to UK engineering.
Colin is a Fellow of The Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, The Royal Aeronautical Society and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was the recipient of a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2002.
Colin has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of Derby, Loughborough, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and Strathclyde. Colin is a Pro-Chancellor of University of Southampton.
Colin is also a former member of the UK Council for Science and Technology and former President of ADS (the Industry trade body for Aerospace, Defence and Security).
The AGP is co-chaired by a Minister from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The Department’s close participation in the working of the AGP, demonstrates the Government’s commitment of Government to the collaborative relationship of the partnership.
Balaji was appointed Programme Director of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) in November 2018. Balaji is responsible for the day to day operations of the AGP. In his role, Balaji works closely with the AGP Board, the AGP working groups and the UK Government to support the delivery of AGP’s strategy and its objectives. Balaji also manages the programme managers in secondment from industry to the AGP.
Previously, Balaji was Strategy Manager for the Aerospace Technology Institute, where he led the development of the ATI’s market and supply chain capability, and contributed to the development of the ATI technology strategy. Prior to this, Balaji has worked in various senior consulting roles with IHS Janes and Frost & Sullivan during which he advised clients which included Fortune 500 companies, global aerospace and defence majors, and governments.
Prior to his consulting roles, Balaji was an aerospace engineer and worked for both airlines and design and engineering firms. Balaji is an MBA in Aviation Management from RMIT University, Australia and an Aircraft Engineer.
Executive Vice President, Strategy, Rolls-Royce plc
John joined Rolls-Royce in 2012 as Business Strategy Director, Civil Aerospace and became SVP, Strategy and Future Programmes for the Aerospace Division in 2013. He was appointed to his current role in 2016, with responsibility for leadership of the group strategy team and integration of the group’s strategic planning activities. He took on the Chair of the Strategy Working group of the Aerospace Growth Partnership in September 2018.
John has thirty years’ experience in the aerospace and defence industry. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, he spent the first twelve years of his career in the UK Ministry of Defence, in a variety of roles including, private secretary to the Minister for Defence Procurement and a secondment to the French Defence Procurement Agency in Paris. He spent the next ten years with Thales, initially in the corporate strategy team in their Paris headquarters. He returned to the UK initially as Strategy Director for Thales UK, followed by general management roles as Managing Director of Thales Missile Electronics, and Vice President for Thales’ global business line for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. John then spent three years as Chief Executive of Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, the regional aerospace alliance for the south east of England, before joining Rolls-Royce.
Senior Vice President Operations – GKN Aerostructures & Systems Europe and Asia | GKN Aerospace.
Stephen joined GKN in January 2017, having completed almost 30 years at Bombardier Aerospace in various Engineering, Operational and Supply Chain roles.
Stephen is responsible for driving Operational Excellence and Best Practice into all of the GKN sites as well as Industry 4.0, H&S & Environment, Gold Operating System & Industrial Strategy to ensure that GKN exceeds both its customer’s and shareholder’s expectations.
Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Ulster and is an active member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) and Chair of the Manufacturing Supply Chain Working Group. Stephen is also a member of the MBA Association of Ireland and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (FCIPS.)
Outside of work Stephen is a keen Cyclist and Squash player.
HR Director Actuation Systems, Collins Aerospace
Nicola Mann is Human Resources Director, Actuation Systems, the Collins Aerospace strategic business segment which specialises in actuation systems for aerospace and defence. Based in the Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, headquarters Nicola is responsible for the strategic and operational development of Human Resources for the business which has more than 3,000 employees located in the UK, France, Italy and the United States.
Prior to her current position, which became effective in April 2017, Nicola was employed at Delphi Diesel Systems for nearly 20 years where she held various positions of increasing responsibility spanning Commercial Vehicles and Operations, ultimately resulting in her heading up the UK division as HR Director.
Nicola is a Chartered Institute of Personal Development Fellow and also holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Humberside University.
Head of UK Public Affairs – Helicopters and Civil, Airbus
Katie joined Airbus in August 2019 and is responsible for the delivery of the public affairs strategy for its helicopter and civil air transport businesses.
Prior to joining Airbus Katie worked for Rolls-Royce in the Government Relations function since 2011, based in the corporate headquarters in London. In her role she managed Rolls-Royce’s engagement with officials and Parliamentarians in Whitehall and Westminster and lead on aerospace, industrial strategy, energy and environment and skills policy areas. She was the Government Relations lead for Rolls-Royce’s relationship with several Government departments including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport.
She is a member of a number of industry groups and is the current Chair of the Aerospace Growth Partnership Engagement Working Group and former Chair of the Sustainable Aviation Communications Group. Katie is also supporting the work of the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter.
Katie also previously headed up a Parliamentary monitoring team of consultants, worked in the public sector at the Skills Funding Agency and for a multi-national corporation in corporate affairs. She has a Bachelors degree from the University of Warwick and a Masters degree in Legal and Political Theory from UCL.