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MAA Annual Conference 2024

Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre, Derby

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Conference themes

What’s happening in aerospace markets?

Stay abreast of:

  • what current global and economic political forces will most affect Midlands aerospace manufacturers
  • predictions of short-term aircraft demand and passenger growth and their likely impact on the Midlands
  • the latest thinking on future aircraft technology trends, hydrogen, electric, SAF and what they could mean for the future of your company.
Where are the opportunities in other industries?

You will learn:

  • business growth opportunities in a range of industries markets that could be attractive to your company -- defence, space, nuclear . . .
  • do’s and don’ts from the experts: what aerospace companies need to do to succeed in these diverse markets.
Get right up to date with how Rolls-Royce
  • anticipates rapid growth in its civil aerospace business with a slate of recent new orders
  • is reorganising its global operations to make them simpler and more efficient
  • is strengthening its financial position
  • and what this means for procurement and supply chain.
Best practice environmental sustainability for aerospace manufacturers

Learn how you can accelerate your company’s journey to environmental sustainability by getting involved in the brand new government-funded project the MAA is leading with ITP Aero, Collins Aerospace and four representative SME members on “Decarbonising the Midlands Aerospace Cluster.”

And there's more! Latest updates
  • about the brand new (2024) SME funding scheme from the Aerospace Technology Institute for your R&D project
  • how you can apply for funding from MoD/DASA for your novel idea that has defence applications
  • what future aerospace business networking opportunities the MAA has planned
  • how to make the most of July’s Farnborough Airshow – even if you aren’t exhibiting
  • what a new report by the Midlands Engine and the MAA says about the positive economic impact the aerospace industry has on jobs and the Midlands economy -- and the need to support manufacturers to invest in R&D to increase that impact
  • what’s at stake for aerospace in this year’s local and general elections.

Final agenda

08:00 Registration, refreshments, networking

09:00 Session 1 - Forecasting Opportunities: where are aerospace and aviation going and what does it means for us in the Midlands?

              • Alan Dunbar, Chairman, Midlands Aerospace Alliance and President, Darchem Engineering
              • Andrew Mair, Chief Executive, Midlands Aerospace Alliance
              • Klaus Mueller, Senior Advisor, AeroDynamic Advisory
              • Nick Barton, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport
              • Jacqueline Castle, Chief Technology Officer, Aerospace Technology Institute
              • Simon Wheelton, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Unipart Logistics
              • Discussion

10:40 Break, refreshments, networking and time to visit the Rolls-Royce Heritage Museum

11:05 Session 2 - Diversifying markets: wider opportunities for aerospace suppliers

              • Matt Eagle, Senior Supply Chain Manager (Fixed Wing Aircraft), Boeing Defence UK
              • Mark Dumville, Chief Executive, GMV-UK
              • Liz Griffiths, Technology Manager, Midlands Aerospace Alliance
              • Dr Rob Wilson, Head of Market Development, AWE
              • Professor Angela Dean, Head of Apprenticeships and Quality, College of Engineering and Technology, University of Derby
              • Discussion

12:45 Lunch, networking and time to visit the Rolls-Royce Heritage Museum

13:45 Session 3 - Executing and delivering: manufacturing, supply chains, performance

              • Craig Askew, Director, Global Operations, Rolls-Royce
              • Chris Weir, Technology Manager, Midlands Aerospace Alliance, Jason Aldridge, Managing Director, ASG Arrowsmith Engineering & Brendan Kelly, ITP Aero UK
              • Jane Brogan, Operations Manager (Ansty Park) & Stephen Pilling, Lean Lead, Ansty Park Coventry, Braking Systems Division, Parker-Meggitt
              • Ian Adams, Environment, Health and Safety Manager & Luca Garza, Strategy Operations Manager, Collins Aerospace
              • Tim Holmes, Technology Manager, Midlands Aerospace Alliance
              • Discussion
              • Klaus Mueller, Senior Advisor, AeroDynamic Advisory

16:00 Conference closes

Keynote speakers

Aeroadvisory logo

ATI logo

AWE logo

Birmingham Airport logo

Boeing logo

Collins logo

Parker Meggitt logo

Rolls Royce logo


Ian Adams Collins Aerospace

Ian Adams

Environment, Health and Safety Manager

Collins Aerospace

Craig Askew Rolls Royce

Craig Askew

Director Global Operations


Nick Barton

Nick Barton

Chief Executive

Birmingham Airport


Jane Brogan Parker Meggitt

Jane Brogan

Operations Manager

Parker Meggitt

Jacqueline Castle

Jacqueline Castle

Chief Technology Officer

Aerospace Technology Institute

Mark Dumville

Mark Dumville


Major European space prime GMV


Matt Eagle

Matt Eagle

Senior Supply Chain Manager

Boeing Defence UK

Luca Garza Collins Aerospace

Luca Garza

Strategy Operations Manager

Collins Aerospace

Klaus Mueller

Klaus Mueller

Senior Advisor

AeroDynamic Advisory


Stephen Pilling Parker Meggitt

Stephen Pilling

Lean Lead

Parker Meggitt

Dr Rob Wilson

Dr Rob Wilson

Head of Market Development

AWE Supply Chain Management

Gold partner:

Rolls Royce logo

Silver partners: 

Unipart Logistics logo

University of Derby logo

Bronze partners:

Conference 2024 bronze partners 

Exhibiting company:

IUK Business Growth


Registration rates for 2024

  First participant Additional participants
MAA member company £330 £240
Member of partner organisation (ADS, AWF, FAC, NWAA, WEAF) £390 £300
Non-member organisation £450 £450

 All prices are subject to VAT at the current rate.

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Bookings have now closed for this event, please call us if you have any queries - 024 7643 0250.