MAA conference 2016: new directions for our industry, how do we grow the supply chain?

AMTC, Ansty Park, Coventry

The 4th Midlands Aerospace Alliance conference takes place at the prestigious new Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry on 17 March 2016. 

This year's conference has two main themes.

What direction is the industry going in over the next few years?

When you come to an MAA conference you expect to hear the latest updates and insights from the UK’s aerospace industry leaders, with key data about growth prospects, valuable opportunities and useful initiatives for your organisation. This year will be no exception with industry leaders from Airbus, GE Aviation, GKN, Rolls-Royce and UTC sharing their expert views.


How do we grow the UK aerospace supply chain? – identifying the barriers, investing in solutions

At an MAA conference you also expect to participate in debate and discussion on key issues facing the industry. This year’s focus for all our speakers will be on how we grow the UK aerospace supply chain, the barriers and the solutions.


Prestigious keynote speakers

Paul Kahn

Paul Kahn, President, Airbus Group UK and President, ADS

Oliver Towers

Oliver Towers, Business Leader Mechanical Systems, GE Aviation

Jim Godman

Jim Godman, Head of Global Engineering Integration, GKN Aerospace

Rosie toogood conf 2016

Rosie Toogood, Executive Vice President, Compressor Components, Rolls-Royce 

David Danger

David Danger, Managing Director, UTC Aerospace Systems - Marston Aerospace and Director, MAA

Jeegar Kakkad

Jeegar KakkadChief Economist and Director of Policy, ADS  

Marcus Bryson Marcus Bryson, CBE, Chairman, Aerospace Growth Partnership and Chairman for Aerospace UKTI-BIS

David Bailey David Bailey, Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School 


Andy PageAndy Page, Chief Executive, Sharing in Growth and Chairman, NATEP National Steering Board

Group Captain Jez Attridge OBE MSc RAF, Officer Commanding Royal Air Force ConingsbyNew! Group Captain Jez Attridge OBE MSc RAF, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Coningsby


Full agenda announced

08:00 Registration, refreshments and networking     


Clive Snowdon, Chairman, Midlands Aerospace Alliance - Welcome

Jeegar Kakkad, Chief Economist and Director of Policy, ADS - Aerospace prospects in a global economic context and global aerospace outlook

Oliver Towers, President, GE Aviation Dowty Propellers and Chairman, AGP Strategy Working Group - Trends in aerospace: global and UK perspectives

Andy Page, Chief Executive, Sharing in Growth and Chairman, NATEP National Steering Board - What aerospace suppliers need to do and how SiG can help them do it

Dr. David Williams, Composites Consultant, Heraeus Noblelight - NATEP project: Xenon flashlamp heating for composites manufacture – initial concept to full technology demonstrator

Rosie Toogood, Executive Vice President, Compressor Components, Rolls-Royce - Working together to deliver a competitive supply chain

11:00 Refreshments and networking     


David Bailey, Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School - The Midlands manufacturing economy and its supply chains

Marcus Bryson CBE, Chairman for Aerospace, UKTI-BIS and Chairman, Aerospace Growth Partnership - How we can all play our parts in growing the supply chain

Finance workshop, sponsored by NatWest - Merger and acquisition in the aerospace supply chain:

Glynn Bellamy, Partner, Deal Advisory - Transaction Services, KPMG    

Brian Murphy, Managing Director, Meridian Capital  

13:00 Lunch and networking     


Paul Kahn, President, Airbus Group UK and President, ADS - Trends in global and UK aerospace: an Airbus perspective

Jim Godman, Vice President Engineering Function, GKN Aerospace and Chairman, NATEP South West Regional Advisory Panel - How large and small companies can compete on technology

Kevin Cooke, Senior Manager – Research & Technology, External Technical Affairs, Miba Coating Group. Teer Coatings Ltd - NATEP lubricates new routes to dry drilling

David Danger, Managing Director, UTC Aerospace Systems - Marston Aerospace and Director, MAA – Responding to the global competitive environment

Group Captain Jez Attridge OBE MSc RAF, Officer Commanding RAF Coningsby – Flying frontline fighter aircraft.

16:15 Refreshments and networking


Building on success

This is the fourth annual MAA conference following successful events held in Derby and Wolverhampton.

MAA conference video

For a report on the 2015 conference click here.

For a report on the 2014 conference click here.

For a report on the 2013 conference click here.



Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors


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Bronze Sponsors



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FBCMB with Solicitors



Oerlikon balzars

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WMG logo RGB 2015


Great sponsorship opportunities are still available - for further details please contact 024 7643 0250.


Registration rates for 2016


First participant

Additional participants

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Member of partner organisation (ADS, AWF, FAC, NWAA, WEAF)






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