Bristol Distinguished Address: Katherine Bennett CBE, Senior Vice President of Airbus and Chair of Western Gateway at UWE Bristol
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Katherine Bennett CBE, Senior Vice President of Airbus and Chair of Western Gateway, will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series titled 'What does internationalisation mean in C21st for global corporations?'
The lecture will focus on her company's approach to internationalisation. Topics to be touched on includes internationalisation versus the role of continents from an economic perspective, a summary of Airbus current issues and ambitions, reflections 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 business large and small.
18:00 - Registration and refreshments
18:30 - Lecture
19:30 - Networking.
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
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Time: 12th February 2020 Wednesday at 6pm-9pm
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