Is the skills gap the common ground between aerospace and engineering?
‘When it comes to the aerospace of tomorrow there is common ground across engineering, especially the digital aspects. There is complexity in the systems we’ll be developing and manufacturing. Competition for smart people with the right skills will be a problem.’ – Sir Brian Burridge
About the speaker
Sir Brian Burridge is Chief Executive of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the world’s only professional body representing the entire aviation and aerospace community. Previously, Sir Brian spent 10 years with Leonardo, a top ten global high-tech manufacturer in the aerospace, defence and technology sectors, rising to the position of Senior Vice President. During that time, he chaired two of the Group’s businesses and held board positions in the trade association, ADS, and the Defence Growth Partnership where he also chaired its innovation hub.
Earlier, Sir Brian spent a full career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force holding a frontline command at every level in the Service, including the national joint command in the 2003 Iraq war. He also spent a number of years in the UK Ministry of Defence in policy posts and left the RAF in 2006 as Commander-in-Chief Strike Command.