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David Holmes

David Holmes

David Holmes

Manager, BAE Systems

Dave started his career with British Aerospace in 1984 as a Craft Apprentice and has been with the Company for over 30 years and has undertaken a variety of roles across a number of sites in the United Kingdom (UK) and worked with international partners’, suppliers and customers across the globe. 
Currently, Dave is the Manufacturing Director – Air within BAE Systems. The role covers functional responsibility for all the manufacturing activities within the air sector spanning people, process, systems, governance and physical activities as well as operational responsibility for the manufacture of the Hawk and Typhoon products. In addition Dave is also responsible for the facilities and infrastructure services for all the Air Sector locations within the UK operations as well as providing governance to the overseas facilities. Dave also leads the SHE activities for Air ensuring that exemplar standards are attained through effective Policy deployment, People development and Governance.

Working with Lockheed Martin, Dave played a key role in supporting the down select of F35 for the partner’s and the subsequent development and implementation of UK Air’s Manufacturing Operations strategy.
In 2010 Dave received the Be Inspired Business Award (BIBA) Business person of the Year award, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North West award for Design & Innovation and the North West Regional Development Agency award for Best Practice, the latter two being for the site master plan and developments at BAE Systems Samlesbury site.
In conjunction with academic institutes and Government bodies, Dave continues to lead the businesses undertaking in transitioning Air Sector technology and people in the Manufacturing business for the next generation of BAE Systems air vehicles and services.
In addition, Dave represents the business on a number of external forums including the local Chamber of Commerce and Economic Partnership Board, as well as being the President of  The Welding Institute and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology


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