Katherine Bennett OBE – Senior Vice President, Airbus

Katherine has been with Airbus for 12 years and is Senior Vice President in the Public Affairs Division.   She has held roles in Communications and spent over 2 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.  Her time with GM included several months based in the USA.

Katherine was awarded the Order of the British Empire 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 and serves on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association) and of ASD (European aero association).

Based out of London, she is the Director General of the Airbus Intergovernmental Committee across 4 nations in Europe and has specific responsibility for UK Government Relations for all parts of the Airbus company.

In December 2015 she became a Board Member of the International Aviation Womens’ Association.

In March 2016 she was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Katherine is active in her local community in the West of England, is a church organist and a member of the UK Parliament Choir.