Developing the right skills for the future of the UK aerospace industry: Mark Stewart, GM and HR Director, Airbus

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Date: 21 September 2016
Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, BS34 8QZ
Time: Reception: 18:00 - Lecture: 18:30 - Networking: 19:30

Developing the right skills for the future of the UK aerospace industry

With 17 per cent share of the market, the UK is Europe's largest aerospace manufacturing sector and is second only to the United States globally. Airbus' plants in Filton, near Bristol, and Broughton, North Wales, play a vital role in the design and production of some of the world's most popular and technologically advanced aircraft and make a significant contribution to the success of the UK's aerospace sector which supports around 128,000 high value, highly skilled jobs. In this address Mark Stewart, General Manager and Human Resources Director, Airbus Operations Ltd and HR Director Airbus Group UK, will set out how the UK aerospace industry is meeting the challenge to get the best people with the right skills to design and manufacture the next generations of civil aircraft in the UK.


  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking


Mark Stewart was born in 1962, in Glasgow and became Human Resources Director of Airbus UK in April 2001, after having previously been Head of HR for Airbus UK Manufacturing and the Wing and Pylon Centre of Excellence in France and Germany.

After completing his Honours Degree in Industrial Relations and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management in 1985 from the University of Strathclyde, Mark joined British Aerospace's Commercial Aircraft business at Prestwick as a Personnel Officer. Mark is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

During his time at Prestwick, Mark held a variety of roles including Employee Relations Manager, before being appointed as Head of HR in 1995 for the newly created Aerostructures Division. Following this Mark joined Royal Ordnance and held a number of roles before joining Airbus in 1999.

In November 2007 and in addition to his current role as HR Director for Airbus and EADS (now Airbus Group) in the UK Mark was appointed General Manager with additional responsibilities for compliance with all national regulations such as environment, alignment of the business' goals in the UK for health and safety and data protection obligations.

Mark is married with one daughter and one son and is a keen football supporter, golfer and collects CDs with a passion.

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