Katherine Bennett

OBE, Senior Vice President of Airbus

Katherine is a Senior Vice President of Airbus and has been with the company for 13 years.   She leads the company’s external engagement and strategy in the UK and reports directly to the Global CEO, Tom Enders.  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 the British Empire 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 has just become Vice President, Aerospace on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association) and of ASD (European aero association).  A year ago she became Chair of the Engagement Group of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy).

Based out of London and Bristol, she has specific responsibility for UK Government Relations for all parts of the Airbus company which employs 15,000 people in the UK.

In December 2015 she became a Board Member of the International Aviation Womens’ Association and in March 2016 she was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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.

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