Women in Aerospace, Defence and Intelligence was formed as a forum to highlight the impact of pioneering women and rising stars across a variety of disciplines, convening specialists to provoke conversation on the polices, decisions and technology that influence current events in our sector. We are honoured to have the support of our external Steering Committee to ensure that our forum actively focuses on the events and issues affecting our sector:
‘I am delighted to further this cause through promoting the work of Women in Aerospace, Defence & Intelligence and I am interested in developing my own understanding of relevant issues through interaction with colleagues and associates connected to the Women in ADI network’.
Louise was appointed Director General Finance at the Ministry of Defence in March 2015 following a varied career in public sector finance. A qualified accountant, she began her career within local Government, progressing through HM Treasury to become Director Finance and Operations and since 2010, has served within senior management of MOD. She is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and a strong advocate for everyone being given the respect and opportunity to be the best they can be at work.
‘The Women in Aerospace, Defence & Intelligence Forum is a great way of developing stronger and more supportive networks across industry and Government. I am delighted to be involved and keen to contribute to this valuable initiative.’
Paul Everitt joined ADS at the beginning of February 2013 as Chief Executive ADS and Chairman of Farnborough International Ltd. He has more than 20 years’ experience of public policy and media campaigns in the manufacturing and transport sectors. He is a member of the Aerospace Growth Partnership and the Defence Growth Partnership and is well known across Westminster and Whitehall as a champion of UK.
Stephen is a globally recognised diversity, inclusion and leadership expert, teaching inclusive leadership at Harvard Business School and author of numerous books. He serves as an Advisor to the British Government, The White House, the International Paralympic Committee, and is the former head of Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. From 2004-2007, Stephen established and led the workplace team at Stonewall; growing the Diversity Champions programme to the largest of its kind in the world with over 600 members and developing the Workplace Equality Index, which has become a standard across most leading employers.
‘I was delighted to be asked to be part of the Women in Aerospace, Defence and Intelligence Forum. I am passionate about ensuring that we attract the best talent in to the sector and, in particular seeing more women join the sector. The Forum is a brilliant way of understanding how we can do that better’.
Richard Knighton joined the RAF in 1988 as a University Cadet whilst studying Engineering at Clare College Cambridge. In his early career he worked as an engineer officer on Nimrod, Tornado and Harrier aircraft. Since then he has worked in a range of strategy, capability planning and finance roles. He took up his current role as the Assistant Chief of Air Staff in January 2015. He is married to Caitlin, who is a partner in a large law firm in Cambridge, and with two daughters he is keen to promote equality for all across our sector.
Contact us to register for our mailing list and become involved with our forum: ukfmwomeninadi@KPMG.co.uk
Shortly after International Women's Day, the Women in Aerospace, Defence and Intelligence Leadership Forum launched on March 14, 2016.