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Amy Johnson CBE was a pioneering English aviator who became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930 and broke a string of aviation records between 1930 and 1936. This annual Amy Johnson event was set up in her honour, but what would she think of the progress we have made with diversity in the aviation industry to date?

You are invited to join the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee (WAAC) for a lunch time panel discussion at the Farnborough Air Show on Thursday 17th July 2014. This event is open to all and will bring a panel of senior figures working in aviation together to discuss diversity in the industry, with a particular focus on the role of women and the challenges they face developing their career.

This event will take place between 12.30 and 14.30, with a light lunch being served and an opportunity to network with your peers and the panellists taking part in the discussion.

It is free to attend and open to all; both members and non-members of the Society are welcome. Places are limited so we would appreciate it if you could pre-register to guarantee your place.

Please note that you will need to be in possession of a Farnborough Air Show ticket to get into the event.  You will need a ticket for the trade show, so to buy this please visit the Show's website here.


Thierry Baril, Chief HR Officer, Airbus Group

Thierry was appointed to his current position in 2012 and has previously held a number of senior HR roles in the aerospace industry.

Jenny Body OBE FRAeS, Past President, Royal Aeronautical Society

Jenny became the Society’s first ever female President in May 2013 after spending many years at Airbus leading large teams of engineers.

Marion Broughton, Vice President, Thales Land and Air Systems

Marion has experience of many areas of aerospace business and took up her current position at Thales’ largest business in the UK in 2013. She has responsibility for a portfolio of businesses across the country.

Louise Donaghey, TotalCare Product Director, Rolls-Royce Plc

Louise has 18 years  experience of working in the aviation industry.  After spending time at the Royal Air Force and BAE Systems Defence, she spent the majority of her career at Rolls-Royce in Marketing and Sales for Civil Large Engines.  She is now responsible for the development of Rolls-Royce's suite of aftermarket service offerings known as TotalCare®.

Rt Hon Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke

Maria was elected to Parliament in 2005 and has since held a number of roles in the Government including Minister for Disabled People, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities.

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The Royal Aeronautical Society’s Women in Aviation & Aerospace Committee (WAAC) was established in 2009 to encourage more youngwomen to consider aviation and aerospace as a worthwhile and exciting career. It also exists to provide support for women already working in all sectors of aviation and aerospace.

This website has been created to allow the WAAC to keep you informed and up to speed on all our activities and events.  Use the tab list on the left to visit our pages of information, press 'Women in Aviation' to return here.

Keep an eye on the Diary Dates page to make a note of upcoming events.  If you have an event you think might interest us please get in contact; details can be found on the Contact Us page.

To join the RAeS Women in Aviation and Aerospace Linkedin Group, please click on the link or e-mail waac@aerosociety.com

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