MAA annual black tie dinner

The Council House, Birmingham

Join the Board of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance at the MAA's second annual black-tie business networking dinner!

This year’s premier black-tie dinner in the Midlands will see members of the aerospace and defence industry gather for an evening of business networking. With leading companies well represented it is an opportunity not to be missed.

  • Renew acquaintances with old friends and enjoy new networking opportunities in a convivial setting!
  • Enjoy a VIP keynote speaker and VIP after-dinner speaker! See below. . .
  • Have you considered hosting some of your customers at this important networking event?
Sir John Peace Our VIP keynote speaker - Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine

Sir John has a long and distinguished business career at the highest levels covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors. Formerly Chairman, Chief Executive and Founder of Experian plc, Chief Executive of GUS plc, Chairman of Standard Chartered plc, Chairman of Burberry plc - all FTSE 100 companies operating globally. He was also Chairman of the Work Foundation, a visionary think-tank and is currently Chairman of Octo Telematics.

He is committed to supporting the Midlands region as Chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership and Midlands Connect. These Government backed initiatives are aimed at driving economic growth throughout the Midlands region, creating new jobs and generally helping people live their lives better.

Sir John is the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and former East Midlands Ambassador for Business in the Community. He has a long-standing interest in education; he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University for 10 years, and in 2017 became Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

He was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nottingham, as well as being an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University.

Sean Maffett Our VIP after-dinner speaker - Seán Maffett, aviation broadcaster and commentator

Seán has been involved in aviation all his adult life, and in broadcast communication for about half of it. He tries to use his communication skills to bring an understanding of aeroplanes and flying to people who have not had the experience that he has been lucky enough to have had in the world of aviation. 

A former Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force, Seán may be familiar to you as the award-winning voice of more than 200 air show displays over the years, including RIAT, Farnborough and Dubai. He was also the official commentator for the world's only flying Vulcan bomber. Seán continues to work for BBC radio and tv, as well as various other broadcasters. Amongst his broadcasting highlights have been reading the shipping forecast as a Radio 4 Announcer, broadcasting live from the Lancaster as it flew over Buckingham Palace, and flying with the Red Arrows for his own Radio 4 documentary.  

What happens at an MAA dinner? Here is a snapshort of 2017

MAA dinner 2017 5Guests networked at the reception before dinner

MAA dinner 2017 2West Midlands Mayor Andy Street addressed the guests on the importance of our industry to the region

MAA dinner 2017 4Guests made new contacts over dinner


MAA dinner 2017 14Rolls-Royce chatted with Arrowsmith Engineering 

MAA dinner 2017 3Charity raffle prizes were won!

MAA dinner 2017 8Anthony Barlow cut the birthday cake after being thanked for his contribution to the MAA over many years


MAA dinner 2017 11Dinner sponsor Nasmyth Group's senior management team enjoyed an excellent evening together

MAA dinner 2017 13Business acquintances were made and renewed

MAA dinner 2017 12After dinner speaker, the BBC's Nick Owen, mingled with the guests

For a full report on 2017's excellent dinner with West Midlands Mayor Andy Street click here.

Promote your organisation by sponsoring the dinner

For how you can promote your organisation to the Midlands aerospace industry at the MAA dinner, click here or contact Anne Esterson directly on 02476 430250.

The venue

This year's dinner is being held in Birmingham's fabulous Council House.

Birmingham Council House at night bThe entrance to the Second City's Council House, built in the 1870s

Birmingham Council House staircase bMake your way up the magnificent staircase


Birmingham Council House ceiling bStop and admire the fabulous domed ceiling

Birmingham Council House tables for dinner 1bThe dining room awaits you

Raffle prizes kindly donated by -

AE Aero Logo    Columbia Logo (Large)       Jonathan Lee        Moog logo trans       OptimaLogo Final


Book your places today!

Delegate rates 

Members of the MAA    £140
Non members      £160


Special offer - book a table of 10 and pay for only 9!  Please contact Anne Esterson directly.