EVENT CLOSED Bristol Distinguished Address:Katherine Bennett CBE, Senior Vice President, Airbus & Chair, Western Gateway

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Date: 12 February 2020
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS16 1ZG
Venue Location: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/campusmapsandinformation/frenchaycampus/frenchaycampusmaps.aspx
Time: 18:00-21:00


This event is now closed - If you have not registered and would still like to attend you are welcome to come along. If the lecture theatre is full, we will live stream the talk in another lecture theatre in the Business School and, subject to no technical difficulties, you will be able to watch from there

What does internationalisation mean in C21st for global corporations?

Katherine will deliver a lecture on Airbus' approach to internationalisation. She will touch on internationalisation versus the role of continents from an economic perspective; she will provide a summary of current issues and ambitions within Airbus; she will reflect on the Brexit debate and finally, in light of her new role as Chair of Western Gateway, she will also reflect how a nation's regional strategies can best be aligned to the future evolution of businesses, both large and small.

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Programme

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

Registration

This event is now closed - If you have not registered and would still like to attend you are welcome to come along. If the lecture theatre is full, we will live stream the talk in another lecture theatre in the Business School and, subject to no technical difficulties, you will be able to watch from there.

Event Entry and Live Stream

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those that have registered. Not everyone who has registered will turn up, so to ensure we have a full house, we allow more registrations than there are places. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the lecture to avoid disappointment. If you arrive late and the lecture theatre is full, you may be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room.

Biography

Katherine is a Senior Vice President of Airbus and has been with the company for 14 years. She leads the company's external engagement and strategy in the UK and works closely with Global CEO, Guillaume Faury. Based out of London and Bristol, she has specific responsibility for Public Affairs for all parts of the Airbus company which employs 14,000 people in the UK.

Katherine has held roles in Communications and spent several years based at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France running the global public affairs function.

Katherine's previous employment was with General Motors UK where she headed up their government affairs function and prior to that worked for Hill and Knowlton Public Relations in London.

Katherine was awarded the Order of Commander of the British Empire in January 2019 for services to the aerospace and aviation sector. This followed her Order of the British Empire award in June 2004 for services to industry and charity. She has served on various boards of public/private enterprises focused on economic development in UK regions including the West of England LEP and is Vice President, Aerospace on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association). She serves on the Board of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (part of the UK Government's Industrial Strategy), the Board of the French Chamber of Great Britain and Wales Government Science and Innovation Council. In November 2019 Katherine was appointed as Chair of the new Western Gateway, a cross government and local authority initiative which will aim to promote and maximise economic growth across south Wales and the West of England.

In July 2018 she founded and co-chairs the UK's Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which is committed to building a fair and balanced industry for women in this sector. She has also been instrumental in Women in Defence activity. She serves on the Board of the International Aviation Womens' Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Katherine has an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University, one of the world's leading aerospace universities

Katherine is active in her local community in Wiltshire, is a church organist, a member of the UK Parliament Choir and founder of the Airbus Filton Choir.

About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Law Society, Bristol Media, Business Leader, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CIPFA, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.

Continual Professional Development

UWE Bristol is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) member and we are pleased to announce that this lecture series has been certified in principle by the CPD Certification Service.

For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, please register your details with a member of the events team after each lecture. Please note that we will not be able to administer any retrospective certificate requests.

Subject to each lecture being certified, you will receive a personalised CPD certificate direct from CPD up to 28 days after the event.

If you have any queries relating to CPD please contact events@uwe.ac.uk.

Podcasting

We will aim to make all addresses available as a podcast one week after the lecture, subject to approval of the speaker and no technical difficulties with the recording. Podcasts can be viewed on our previous address archive.

Media queries

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Accessibility

If you are planning to attend this event and have any access requirements or would like details on venue accessibility, please email the Events Team at events@uwe.ac.uk or ring us on the number below.

UWE Bristol aims to ensure, as much as possible, that all our public events are fully accessible. Early notice of access requirements is much appreciated.

Cost: Free
Contact: Events Team
Telephone: +44(0)117 32 84517
E-mail: events@uwe.ac.uk

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