The West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) is a membership trade organisation that is passionate about all aspects of aerospace and defence. Our member and partner base represent a very wide spectrum – from SMEs to global corporations.

As one of the largest aerospace and defence associations in Europe, we are able to provide a strong voice for our members, as well as representation and access to prominent regional, national and international decision makers in industry and government.

By providing support and new opportunities for our members, we strive to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the supply chain, and bring stakeholders together to create one cohesive community.

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Meet the team

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Simon Young

Chief Executive

From his days as a fast-jet pilot in the RAF to leading the WEAF team, Simon’s involvement in the aerospace industry spans over 35 years. His drive and passion, ensures that WEAF supports its members to learn, grow and thrive in the regional, national and global marketplace.

Simon relishes in the opportunity to try new culinary experiences and describes himself as a rugby union fanatic – from the comfort and safety of his armchair.

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Pauline Kelly

WEAF Operations Manager and SW NATEP Coordinator

Pauline’s role is the heartbeat of the organisation. She is involved in all aspects of WEAF’s operations – from managing office activity, overseeing design, marketing and digital projects, to handling all account functions.

As an avid problem solver and crafter, Pauline has built many successful databases and also designs bespoke wedding and party stationery to order.

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Adrian Harding

Supply Chain Business Development

Combining his extensive experience in the international aerospace business with the interests and capabilities of WEAF members, Adrian is able to make effective introductions and advise on the best ways to achieve specific aims and objectives.

Intent on helping others both professionally and personally, Adrian is also the local school governor and treasurer of Sherbourne Air Cadets.

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Cathy Williams

Events Manager

With a wealth of B2B events and exhibition experience, Cathy develops, plans, markets and delivers the WEAF events calendar. She has introduced a series of new events to create a unique, exciting and rewarding offering for WEAF members, including the annual Gala Dinner.

A keen interest in hockey and horse riding, Cathy also enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

From his days as a fast-jet pilot in the RAF to leading the WEAF team, Simon’s involvement in the aerospace industry spans over 35 years. His drive and passion, ensures that WEAF supports its members to learn, grow and thrive in the regional, national and global marketplace.

Simon relishes in the opportunity to try new culinary experiences and describes himself as a rugby union fanatic – from the comfort and safety of his armchair.

Pauline’s role is the heartbeat of the organisation. She is involved in all aspects of WEAF’s operations – from managing office activity, overseeing design, marketing and digital projects, to handling all account functions.

As an avid problem solver and crafter, Pauline has built many successful databases and also designs bespoke wedding and party stationery to order.

Combining his extensive experience in the international aerospace business with the interests and capabilities of WEAF members, Adrian is able to make effective introductions and advise on the best ways to achieve specific aims and objectives.

Intent on helping others both professionally and personally, Adrian is also the local school governor and treasurer of Sherbourne Air Cadets.

With a wealth of B2B events and exhibition experience, Cathy develops, plans, markets and delivers the WEAF events calendar. She has introduced a series of new events to create a unique, exciting and rewarding offering for WEAF members, including the annual Gala Dinner.

A keen interest in hockey and horse riding, Cathy also enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

Board members

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Chris Wilson

Managing Director and WEAF Chairman of the Board

Safran Landing Systems UK Limited


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Steve Hudson

Director of Operations, Defence

Rolls-Royce plc


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Jackie Jacobs

Finance Director

South West Metal Finishing Limited


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Mathew Favell

Customer Solutions Manager

Renishaw plc


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Rob Loveday

UK Aerospace Growth Partnership Director

GE Aviation


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Peter Marchbank

Managing Director

Rotary Precision Instruments Pty


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Mike Platt

General Manager

GKN Filton


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Alison Starr

Executive Director – Strategy & Business

National Composites Centre


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Chris Steel

Chairman

Avon Valley Precision Engineering Limited


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Neil Tolson

Financial Controller

SKF (UK) Limited - Aerospace Division


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Russell Gallon

A350XWB Landing Gear – Project Manager

Airbus


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Andrew Hopcraft

Managing Director

Helipebs Controls Ltd


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Ben Holt

Partner and WEAF Company Secretary

Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP


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Colin Turner

Technology Exploitation Manager

Leonardo Helicopters (formerly AgustaWestland)


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Jonathan Murday

Director of Business Development and Programmes

MOOG Controls


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Steve Forster

General Manager - Machining

Beagle Technology Group


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AEROSPACE AND DEFENCE FEDERATION

The Aerospace and Defence Federation consists of the national representative body, ADS, and the five independent Regional Aerospace Alliances. Together, we act to provide a single ‘voice’ for aerospace and defence industry members, but also allows for autonomy to work at a regional level where this is most appropriate.
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The aim of the Federation is therefore to enhance the opportunities open to all member organisations through collaboration, whether at international airshows, on funded programmes or through a “single voice” when engaging with government.

Below are details of each of the organisations that make up the Federation, with a link to the member companies associated with each. It also provides a point of contact, should you have a query.

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Supported Charities

At the WEAF annual gala dinner, we proudly support a nominated charity each year as part of our ongoing commitment to the community. Previous beneficiaries include Children’s Hospice South West, Help for Heroes and Pancreatic Cancer UK.

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Join us

A membership with WEAF means becoming part of one of the largest aerospace and defence associations in Europe. Joining us will bring exclusive and valuable benefits in all areas of this fast growing industry.

Membership provides greater networking opportunities, deeper knowledge of the latest industry news and practises, as well as support in marketing your company on a wider scale. It also offers savings on many industry events and exhibitions, providing exposure to potential new customers and suppliers.

Other benefits include:

  • Insurance scheme
  • Buying group services
  • Debt recovery service
  • Access to employment law support
  • Training
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Unit C St David’s Court
Windmill Road
Kenn
Clevedon
North Somerset
BS21 6UP
Tel: 01275 872353

Contact

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