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Jonathan Lee Recruitment present at MAA Annual Conference

Posted by: Katherine Garratt 30 Mar 15 - 4:13PM  | Aerospace
Matthew Heath, Aerospace, Defence and Aviation Lead Consultant presenting at the Midland Aerospace Alliance (MAA) Annual Conference 2015Jonathan Lee Recruitment proudly sponsored the Midland Aerospace Alliance (MAA) Annual Conference that look place on the 26th March 2015 at the GTG Training Centre, Wolverhampton. Members of our Aerospace team attended the conference with Aerospace, Defence and Aviation Managing Consultant, Matthew Heath, presenting at the prestigious event.

View the Aerospace team video that was presented to delegates.

Matthew Heath explains: “The MAA Annual Conference was an invaluable event to attend, continuing to provide an outlet to share knowledge and future opportunities.

"The conference also highlighted the importance of the sector working collaboratively in order to meet the growing needs of both the UK and international Aerospace customers.

“With the continually expanding Aerospace sector being put under increased pressure to support build rates and aircraft development, events like this are key to inform and inspire our region’s world leading local aerospace cluster and promote continuous improvement within the sector.”


Five industry keynote speakers presented thought-provoking speeches, complemented by perspectives from SMEs, to an audience of 160.

Geoff Hunt
from UTC Aerospace Systems discussed how one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced Aerospace and Defence products analyses long-term global changes and demographic trends to design and build more electric, intelligent, integrated and efficient products.

Tony Wood from Rolls-Royce explored some of the ‘mega trends’ impacting the global Aerospace industry, and discussed how Rolls-Royce is adapting to the opportunities and challenges facing both the company and its supply chain.

Andy Moran
from Airbus provided a perspective on the coming ramp-up of production rates in the aircraft industry and how the complete supply chain, from Tier 1 to Tier 3 must prepare for the challenges and demanding requirements regarding delivery reliability, quality and costs.

Neil McManus from GKN Aerospace, explained how many suppliers need to make big changes to their businesses to stay ahead in global markets: better readiness to export, investment in new technology, rate of improvement to productivity as well as new skills. Neil also questioned how the supply chain can work together to ensure that smaller suppliers do what is necessary.

Clive Lewis from Achieving the Difference discussed where Aerospace primes and Tier 1s thought the real business opportunities of the future lie and how UK Aerospace suppliers get hold of this vital knowledge to make sure their own business plans are based on the most accurate information.

Neil Wyke, Managing Director from Heinrich Georg UK and Craig Fullwood, Sales Manager and Steve Cresswell, Commercial Manager from MJ Sections also gave delegates their own thought-provoking presentations based on their experience of managing small companies.


“The Midlands focus and involvement on the Global aerospace stage is as important as ever, especially in this continuing arena of growth. It is not without it challenges, but is an important part of the UK’s manufacturing pedigree” summarised Matthew Heath.
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