From: The IET Viscount Nuffield/Mensforth Lecture 2014, 27 March 2014, Glasgow
27 March 2014 News
Advanced manufacturing in the defence industry
In this lecture Nigel Whitehead will give his perspective on Advanced Manufacturing in the Defence Industry and describe how BAE Systems harnesses the skills of its people, as well as the latest engineering techniques and processes to design and deliver defence equipment and services.
In an ever-changing environment, and with its customers under financial pressures, the Company continually adapts and flexes to meet the needs of armed forces at sea, in the air, and on land.
Nigel will outline the importance of working effectively with a supply chain of 9,000 UK companies, universities and other organisations in maintaining a technological edge.
Group Managing Director, Programmes and Support, BAE Systems
Appointed Group Managing Director of Programmes and Support in 2008, Nigel has responsibility for some of the UK's largest engineering, manufacturing and support services programmes.
Previously Nigel was Group Managing Director of the Military Air Solutions business, during which time he was also a Supervisory Board Member of Eurofighter GmbH. Nigel has been active in the defence and security sectors for 27 years, including design, development, production and support programmes in the UK, Sweden and Australia.
Before joining the Company as an aerodynamicist, Nigel worked for Rolls-Royce for four years as a production engineering apprentice and graduated in mechanical engineering.
Nigel is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.