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Factory of the Future - New ways of manufacturing

The IET Viscount Nuffield / Mensforth Lecture 2017

15 March 2017 | Coventry University, UK


About the speaker

Tom Williams (photo) Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Airbus Commercial Aircraft

Tom Williams has been the Airbus Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 1 January, 2015. In this role he has been responsible for the overall operations of Airbus including Engineering, Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

Previously Mr. Williams was Airbus Executive Vice President Programmes, a position he has held from July 2005.

In this role he was in charge of ensuring the profitability of the civil programmes, leading the product policy and the development of new products, as well as ensuring proper delivery to the customers.

In November 2000, Williams became Managing Director and General Manager of Airbus UK, a position he held until he became Airbus’ Executive Vice President Procurement in 2004.

Williams joined British Aerospace (now merged with Marconi Electronic Systems to form BAE Systems) in 1997 as Site Director and General Manager at the Prestwick site of the company’s Aerostructures division.

Two years later he was appointed Operations Director – Internal Supply within the company’s Military Aircraft and Aerostructures Division, then Eurofighter Operations Director with responsibilities that included manufacturing and other business functions at the Warton and Salmesbury sites of BAE Systems.

IET Awards Mensforth Gold Medal (photo)  IET Awards - Mensforth Manufacturing Gold Medal

Tom Williams CBE, Chief Operating Officer at Airbus was presented with his Medal at the 2016 IET Achievement Awards Ceremony on 16 November 2016 in London.

This prestigious Achievement Award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to engineering and electronics.

According to the IET Awards Committee “His in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry helps him fulfil his commitment to invest in manufacturing. He is a trusted figurehead for this generation of engineers and an inspiration for the next.”


18:00 - Registration

18:30 - Lecture commences

20:00 - Networking drinks

21:00 - Close