Katherine Bennett CBE FRAeS


Senior Vice President
Airbus

Katherine is a Senior Vice President of Airbus and has been with the company for 14 years. She leads the company’s external engagement and strategy in the UK and reports directly to the Global CEO, Tom Enders. Katherine has held roles in Communications and spent several 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.

Katherine was awarded Commander of the British Empire in January 2019 for services to the aerospace and aviation sector. This follows her Order of the British Empire award 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 including the West of England LEP and is Vice President, Aerospace on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association). She serves as Chair of the Engagement Group of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy) and is Chair of the CBI International Trade Committee. In addition, Katherine is on the Board of the French Chamber of Great Britain, UK Made Smarter Commission and Wales Government Science and Innovation Council.

Based out of London and Bristol, she has specific responsibility for Public Affairs for all parts of the Airbus company which employs 14,000 people in the UK.

In July 2018 she founded and co-chairs the UK’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter which is committed to building a fair and balanced industry for women in this sector. Since 2015 she has been a Board Member of the International Aviation Womens’ Association and in March 2016 was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Katherine is active in her local community in Wiltshire, is a church organist, a member of the UK Parliament Choir and founder of the Airbus Filton Choir.