Farnborough Friday
Welcome to Farnborough Friday
09:15  to  09:35 v Welcome to Farnborough Friday

One of the biggest challenges facing the future of the aerospace industry is attracting, but also retaining, the right skills needed to maintain the pace of growth and fulfill the sustainability agenda.

Farnborough Friday provides a platform for inspired and engaged students, graduates and young professionals to meet with companies from across aviation, to discover the wide range of careers and skills that are needed to make the industry fly.

Paul Everitt, CEO of ADS, welcomes you to join Farnborough Friday to discover, experience and explore the world of aerospace.

Paul Everitt. Chief Executive Officer. ADS Group.
Dame Deirdre Hutton. Chair of Civil Aviation Authority. Civil Aviation Authority.
Dr Alice Bunn. International Director. UK Space Agency.
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How cool is it working in space?
09:40  to  10:00 v How cool is it working in space?

Join the inspirational Paolo Nespoli from ESA, answering questions around what it’s like working in Space and what you need to do to get there.

Paolo Nespoli. European Space Agency ret. Astronaut.
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Inspirational Women in Aviation
10:15  to  10:50 v Inspirational Women in Aviation

Dream of being in the Aviation Industry? Is it still the right thing to do? Come and hear how our exceptional female speakers have achieved their dreams and how you can get involved.

Kirsty Murphy. Pilot. The Blades.
Patricia Mawuli Porter. Director. Metal Seagulls.
Ellie Carter. Youngest Female Solo Pilot.
Nick West. Chief Executive. The Air League.
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Black & Minority Ethnic Engineers Perspectives on Aerospace and Aviation: Shaping the Future
11:00  to  11:30 v Black & Minority Ethnic Engineers Perspectives on Aerospace and Aviation: Shaping the Future

This Royal Aeronautical Society webinar brings together expert panellists from BAME communities working in aerospace, space and aviation to discuss the future of the industry; embedding diversity and inclusion in recovery and innovation, and exploring solutions that industry can identify to create a more inclusive workforce.


Halimatu Abubakar.
Sheila Souza.
Shahida Barick.
Rachna Reiter.
Elvis Tinago.
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ACCEL: All-Electric Record Breaking Flight
11:40  to  12:00 v ACCEL: All-Electric Record Breaking Flight

Flying on an all-electric plane. It sounds like a dream – but aviation is truly the start of a new era – and we’re leading the charge. Later this year, our ‘Spirit of Innovation’ all-electric racer will soar to speeds beyond 300mph+. We will be setting records and developing technologies to build a cleaner future for aviation.  Sustainability is the destination and we want you to join us on the journey.  

In this session you will hear about the skills you need to make this highly specialised challenge a reality and build the world’s fastest all-electric ‘zero-emissions’ aircraft.


Follow our progress on ACCEL at www.rolls-royce.com/ACCEL

More Rolls-Royce STEM resources at www.rolls-royce.com/STEM


Laura Wood. Electrical Engineer. Rolls-Royce Plc.
Phill O'Dell. Director of Flight Operations. Rolls-Royce Plc.
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Future Cabin VR: A virtual reality experience of the aircraft cabin of the future
12:50  to  13:00 v Future Cabin VR: A virtual reality experience of the aircraft cabin of the future

Step onboard and experience for yourself the cutting-edge technologies and capabilities of the future aircraft cabin. Brought to you by the teams at the Passenger Experience Laboratory (DARTeC) and Einsight, be guided through a conceptual design of the future aircraft cabin; including innovations in passenger comfort and wellbeing, bio-safety, inflight entertainment (IFE), as well as enhanced connectivity and personalisation. 

For more information please email [email protected]



Dr Thomas Budd. Cranfield University.
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Careers in Digital Aviation
13:10  to  13:35 v Careers in Digital Aviation

This panel discussion will inspire, advise and give confidence to anyone interested in a career in the aviation industry and in particular digital aviation. There are so many different roles within aviation and now is a particularly exciting time to explore how your interest could contribute towards the developments taking place across the industry.The Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) will open at Cranfield University in 2021. We have brought together industry professionals from two of our DARTeC  partner companies, Boeing and Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd, to talk with our Career Development Manager and the Head of our Transport Systems theme. They will give an insight into life within different digital aviation job roles and to talk openly about career paths, education and development opportunities.

Please visit www.cranfield.ac.uk/farnboroughairshow for more information

Gin Williams. Software Engineer. Blue Bear Systems Research Limited.
Prof. Graham Braithwaite. Director of Transport Systems. Cranfield University.
Katrina Armstrong. Cranfield University.
Carl Harris. Lead Line & Base Maintenance MRO Engineer. Boeing UK.
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Sustainable Aviation Competition: The Future of Flight supported by the 3D Experience platform
13:45  to  14:10 v Sustainable Aviation Competition: The Future of Flight supported by the 3D Experience platform

Digital skills – in design, engineering, simulation and collaboration – are essential for a future in the Aerospace industry.

The ‘Sustainable Aviation’ competition will be a collaboration between industry experts, software engineers, and the brightest minds of the workforce of the future to experiment with the virtual world in order to improve the real world.
Join us for a sneak peak of the 3DExperience platform’s world-leading set of tools and an introduction of how you can win £100 amazon vouchers, certification and mentoring from Dassault Systèmes’ experts, as well as media coverage & exposure to the global Aerospace industry via the Farnborough International News Network (FINN).
Together, we can answer the question: What is next for the Future of Flight?


Alan Prior. Vice President. Dassault Systèmes.
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Insights from Young Professionals in Defence and Aerospace: JIG-V: Challenging the Status Quo
14:25  to  14:50 v Insights from Young Professionals in Defence and Aerospace: JIG-V: Challenging the Status Quo

Recent graduates and apprentices from some of the biggest defence and aerospace companies will discuss their experiences in landing their first role and starting their careers. The findings of a recent retention survey, aimed at understanding why people join and leave defence, will also be presented along with analysis around what is considered good and bad about a career in the industry.


Luke Tennant. Management Consultant. Atkins.
Ben Eddy. IT Technical Graduate. Boeing Defence UK.
Joe Humphrey. Strategy & Product Management Support. Cobham.
Rachel Hutchison. Business Analyst. MBDA UK.
Sharon Odubade. Graduate Consultant. Atkins.
Jess Woodward. Data Scientist. Rolls-Royce Plc.
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RAF: Meet the Teams Behind the Teams
15:10  to  15:35 v RAF: Meet the Teams Behind the Teams

A career in the Royal Air Force is like no other and there are more roles behind-the-pilots than you may think… 

From the speedy role progression to the unrivalled skills and training you receive; all whilst travelling around the world and making friends for life, the Royal Air Force really is No Ordinary Job. Meet our teams, hear their stories and find out which role inspires you.



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Looking to a Future in Space
15:40  to  16:10 v Looking to a Future in Space

If your looking for a career that’s ‘out there’, looking to work somewhere really different, then don’t miss out on this opportunity to be inspired by the brilliant Professor Suzie Imber as she talks all things Space and beyond. Hear how she was inspired, what led her to work on the Mercury spacecraft, BepiColombo and what top tips she might have for you.

Prof. Suzie Imber. Associate Prof. of Planetary Science. University of Leicester.
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Space Talent: Accessing it & Being it
16:20  to  17:00 v Space Talent: Accessing it & Being it

Looking for a career in the most exciting sector in the universe? The Space sector offers a broad range of roles with companies large and small. But what do you need to know to be able to launch your career in Space? Learn what employers are looking for in potential recruits; hear directly from those who have carved successful careers in the industry, and explore the upcoming opportunities available in this exciting and dynamic sector.


Gareth Preece. Founder. GPC Strategic HR.
Kathie Bowden. Skills and Careers Development. UK Space Agency.
Sarah Carroll. Space Operations Lead. Raytheon Technologies.
Jacob Smith. Chair of UKSEDS. Space Careers.
Melanie Clift. UK & ESA Account Director. ICEYE.
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Farnborough Friday Closing Remarks with guest Richard Hamer, Director of Education, BAE Systems
17:10  to  17:20 v Farnborough Friday Closing Remarks with guest Richard Hamer, Director of Education, BAE Systems

Join Paul Everitt, CEO, ADS, together with guest speaker Richard Hamer, Director of Education for BAE Systems, for discussion and highlights from the day.

Paul Everitt. Chief Executive Officer. ADS Group.
Richard Hamer. Director of Education. BAE Systems.


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