The West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) has launched its first-ever Aerospace Ambassadors Awards designed to celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the aerospace and defence industry in the South West.

The South West has one of the largest concentrations of aerospace and defence capabilities in Europe, and is the biggest aerospace cluster in the UK worth more than £7 billion.

The awards are free to enter and are open to everyone working in the sector. The six award categories are:

  • Best Aerospace Design Engineer
  • Best Young Aerospace Entrant
  • Best representative of Diversity
  • Ed Strongman Legacy Award
  • Best Aerospace Customer Service
  • Best Aerospace Media Ambassador (Short film)

The winners will be selected by an independent panel of recognised experts from across the region’s aerospace and defence industry.

Simon Young, Chief Executive of WEAF, the leading membership trade organisation for aerospace and defence companies in the South West, said: “We’re delighted to launch our brand-new Aerospace Ambassadors Awards.

“We decided to start these awards as we believe the South West aerospace sector contains some of the brightest and most talented individuals in engineering today, whose creativity, integrity, ingenuity, performance and dedication is something of which we should be justifiably proud.  There are no limits to the number of nominations you can make, so good luck to everyone and get nominating!”

Headline sponsors include Clevedon-based SKF – which specialises in the design and manufacture of high technology self-lubricated plain bearings for aerospace and industrial applications.

Individual award sponsors include Castlemead Insurance which is sponsoring the Best Aerospace Design Engineer award and Bridgwater & Taunton College which is sponsoring Best Young Aerospace Entrant.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the Aerospace Ambassadors Awards ceremony and gala dinner on 28 June.

For more information on the awards, visit the WEAF website http://www.weaf.co.uk/news/weaf-ambassador-awards-nominations-now-open/.


Written by Weaf

WEAF are the leading networking association for aerospace and defence companies in the South West of England. Our mission is to strengthen an aerospace and defence community that fosters innovation and collaboration, and provides a platform for growth.


We achieve this by offering critical support services, sharing best practice and enabling businesses of all sizes to understand supply chain needs, creating opportunities to flourish.