Innovation Uk 1024X576 Cropped

Ramping up Franco-British cooperation in the aerospace supply chain.

The UK and French aerospace sectors are highly integrated and interdependent with the UK exporting over £5 billion worth of aircraft parts and components to France every year*, thereby enabling France to generate its largest trade surplus in the global marketplace.

As leading manufacturers significantly ramp up production to meet demand, join us to discuss how British and French suppliers can take steps to tackle common challenges and seize new growth opportunities. Discussions will look at areas where UK and French suppliers can work together to cope with accelerating production requirements, while leveraging new technologies and ensuring supply chain agility and robustness.

This event is organized by the Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

*Source: Aircraft, Engine & Parts Manufacturing in the UK, IBISWorld, May 2017





 Registration and Breakfast

















































16:00 / 17:00


Welcome from Lord Ed Llewellyn

British Ambassador to France

Keynote speech from Pierre Cardin

Head Procurement Strategy & Services, Airbus Group

Panel Discussions

Panel 1 – Industry crosscheck: assessing opportunities for French and UK industry post Brexit in an increasingly competitive global marketplace

Paul Griffiths – Head of Aerospace, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Jeegar Kakkad – Chief Economist & Director of Policy, ADS Group

Pierre Cardin – Head of Procurement Strategy & Services, Airbus Group

Moderator: Oriel Petry – Minister Counsellor, International Trade and Investment, British Embassy Paris

Panel 2 – R&D as a ‘force’ for collaboration: propelling cutting edge technologies in the Franco-British aerospace supply chain

Dr. Simon Weeks – Chief Technology Officer, Aerospace Technology Institute

Ian Collier – Director of Operations, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Steve Murray – Director of Strategy and board member, Thales UK

Pr. Bertrand Girard – Scientific Director, Institut de Recherches Technologiques Saint Exupéry

Moderator: Andy Ryan – Regional Manager, Foreign and Commonwealth Science and Innovation Network, British Embassy Paris

Panel 3 – Elevating Franco-British cooperation in the supply chain to meet common challenges and seize new growth opportunities

Andrew Brady – Head of Supply Chain Policy, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Serge Bérenger – Vice President Innovation & R&T, Latécoère

Yan Tiefenbrun – Managing Director, Castle Precision Engineering and participant in the Sharing in Growth programme

Moderator: Roland Sonnenberg – Partner, Aerospace and Defence Lead, PwC UK

(40 minutes each with an interval for coffee)

Company Pitches

In light of panel discussions, British and French suppliers will present their initiatives to tackle perceived challenges and capitalize on new growth opportunities.

Declan Byrne – Commercial Director, DDK Business Solutions

Christophe Not – Director of Operations, Protec Group

David Owen – Senior Director Business Development, Kaman Aerosystems

Erwan L’hermitte – Managing Director, Spherea UK

Networking Lunch


B to B matchmaking session – Register here

End of day fizz

RSVP By: 1st February 2018 to:

Click here to sign upto the B to B platform

Price: Free

Our Partners: