New directions for aerospace, MAA annual conference

“How do we grow the UK aerospace supply chain?" was the theme of this year’s MAA annual conference.

“How do we grow the UK aerospace supply chain? – identifying the barriers, investing in solutions” was the theme of this year’s MAA annual conference held on March 17th. The event drew a record 175 participants, with the solid support of gold sponsor UTC Aerospace Systems.

The venue was the splendid new Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre (AMTC) at Ansty Park, in the heart of the major local aerospace cluster in Coventry and Warwickshire.  

AMTC Ansty Coventry


At each of our previous three conferences, we asked leading figures from the industry to present their analysis of the current state of the aerospace sector in the UK and globally, and to share their insights into what the future may hold for the MAA’s 300 member companies. This year was no exception, with prestigious keynote speakers presenting the same standard of excellent cutting edge information.

We were very pleased indeed to have as one of our keynote speakers the president of Airbus in the UK, Paul Kahn. Other presenters shared knowledge and perspectives from leading UK and global companies including GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and UTC Aerospace Systems. Participants were treated to complementary viewpoints ranging from two small companies working on NATEP technology projects -- Heraeus Noblelight and Teer Coatings -- through to Marcus Bryson, chairman of the national Aerospace Growth Partnership as well as fascinating perspectives of two finance organisations involved in the merger and acquisition of aerospace suppliers on how companies are valued by the finance community. The day was topped off by a superb slide and video show presented by the 2015 RAF Eurofighter Typhoon display pilot, Flt Lt Jonny Dowen.


The programme

Download the conference programme:

Conference 2016 programme


Our keynote speakers were:

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

Oliver Towers, Business Leader Mechanical Systems, GE Aviation

Jim Godman, Head of Global Engineering Integration, GKN Aerospace

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

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

Jeegar Kakkad, Chief Economist and Director of Policy, ADS 

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

David Bailey, Professor of Industrial Strategy, Aston Business School

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

Flt Lt Jonny Dowen, Typhoon Display Manager, 29(R) Squadron RAF Coningsby 



Clive Snowdon

Clive Snowdon, MAA Chairman - Welcome


Conference audience 


Networking in the exhibition

Oliver Towers

Keynote speaker Oliver Towers, GE Aviation

Flt Lt Jonny Dowen, Typhoon Display Manager, 29(R) Squadron RAF Coningsby

Keynote speaker Flt Lt Jonny Dowen, Typhoon Display Manager, 29(R) Squadron RAF Coningsby

UTC Aerospace apprentices

UTC Aerospace apprentices support the MAA team thoughout the day


Craig Fullwood, MJ Sections, conference sponsor

Rupert Boddington

Rupert Boddington, NatWest, conference sponsor


What the delegates thought . . .

Here is a sample of feedback from participants at the conference:

Thank you very much - very useful

First conference attended - will definitely be back for the next one

Good balance of speakers and networking

Great venue - use it again

Very good structure to event

Very interesting - very recent member of the MAA

Jonny's finishing presentation was excellent

A well organised networking event

Good selection of speakers - excellent idea to finish with fighter pilot

Excellent conference

Excellent location and organisation

A well organised networking event


Our sponsors

Our sponsors helped us organise a superb day. 


Gold Sponsor

Utc aerospace logo


Silver Sponsors 

MJ Sections

NatWest BRANDLogo RedandPurple RGB


Bronze Sponsors 

Consult logo
Daher logo sep 2015
FBCMB with Solicitors


Oerlikon balzars
Uni of birmingham logo
WMG logo RGB 2015

Thank you to all involved in making this a successful event.