17th & 18th May

British Science Museum, London

Speed up the third revolution in aviation

From net zero commercial flights to air taxis connecting us like never before.

Today, the UK is competing on a global stage to achieve net zero aviation. At the same time, new modes of flight – from drones to flying taxis – are in advanced stages of testing. The race to create a new age in aviation is on and innovation is at the heart of it. 

Aviation and air mobility leaders will shape the today and tomorrow of aviation at the new Connected Skies Summit – a neutral platform bringing together the whole innovation ecosystem.   

The race to net zero and future of air mobility is a huge opportunity for UK innovators. But they need the right policies, investments and collaboration. Over two days, attendees will explore the today and tomorrow of aviation. How to achieve green aviation and how to transform our urban ​and rural environments through air mobility. The race is on to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the global aviation industry.

Are you an SME? Do you need investment and new connections?  
  • Meet senior decision makers and investors
  • Refine your vision and mission
  • Speed up innovation through new partnerships.
Are you a policymaker, place leader, or industry decision maker? 
  • Influence ideas for new policy frameworks
  • Transform places through new forms of air mobility
  • Understand the roadmap for zero emission flight infrastructure. 

Speakers

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Robert Courts MP Minster for Aviation, Maritime and Security Department for Transport

Robert Courts MP is the Minister for Aviation, Maritime and Security at the Department for Transport. He has been the Member of Parliament for Witney and West Oxfordshire in October 2016. Read more…

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Michael Cervenka President Vertical Aerospace

President and board director at one of the world’s leading eVTOL start-ups and a pioneer in sustainable aviation. Read more…

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Nicola Yates OBE CEO Connected Places Catapult

Nicola is the CEO at Connected Places Catapult. She was previously Chief Executive at Bristol City Council. Hull City Council and North Stropshire District Council amongst multiple successes in delivering local economic prosperity. Read more…

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Rachel Gardner-Poole Chief Operating Officer Connected Places Catapult

Rachel has a wealth of experience delivering complex programmes and improving operational effectiveness through people, process and technology. Read more…

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Prof Julia Sutcliffe Chief Technologist BAE Systems – Air

Julia is Chief Technologist for BAE Systems Air sector and has been at the forefront of research and development in autonomous systems and networked information systems in the defence sector throughout her career. Read more…

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Rick Newson Head of Rapid Capabilities Office UK Civil Aviation Authority

Captain Rick Newson is Head of the UK Civil Aviation Authority ‘Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO)’ but was up until March 21 the Flight Operations Manager (Helicopters) for the UK CAA with responsibility for the global safety oversight of all UK helicopter commercial and public service air operations. Read more…

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Corinne Matthews Aerospace/Aviation Sector Lead Heart of the SouthWest

Corinne Matthews is the Aerospace/ Aviation Sector Lead for the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership which encompasses Somerset and Devon. Read more…

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Brad Miller Managing Director UK & EMEA Ferrovial Vertiports

Brad is responsible for delivering Ferrovial’s vision to design, develop, build and operate a modern network of Vertiports in the UK and across Europe, providing much needed clean, quiet and seamless connectivity for a more sustainable society. Read more…

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Liam McKay Director of Corporate Affairs City London Airport

Liam has over ten years’ experience in campaigning and communications, and has delivered significant city wide programmes in his career to date.   Read more…

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Dr. Ruth Mallors-Ray OBE Associate Connected Places Catapult

Ruth has worked across multiple sectors to shape and frame proposals that seek to accelerate innovation through collaboration between industry, government and academia.  Read more…

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Andrew Chadwick Aviation Technology Innovation Lead Connected Places Catapult

Andrew Chadwick is a Chartered Engineer and is the Connected Places Catapult Aviation Technology Innovation Lead. Read more…

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Andrew Rae Professor of Engineering University of the Highlands and Islands

Andrew is responsible for the University’s engineering research, and one of the architects of the Future Flight Challenge. Read more…

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Sunil Budhdeo Transport Innovation Manager Coventry City Council

His role as the Transport Innovation Manager at Coventry City has helped in development of new technology for transportation. Read more…

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Julia Jiggins Head of Strategic Marketing – Aviation & Space Thales UK

Julia is responsible for developing Thales UK’s marketing opportunities for future Aviation and Space products. Read more…

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Robbie Bourke Partner Oliver Wyman

Robbie is a Partner at Oliver Wyman and leads the Oliver Wyman CAVOK division across EMEA. He has over 20 years experience as an Aviation professional and has held leadership positions at international airlines and OEM’s. Read more…

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Prof. Fern Elsdon-Baker Research Director Social Sciences UKRI

Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker is the UKRI Future Flight Challenge Social Science Research Director. Read more…

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Hammad Jeilani Director of Co-Founder Apian

He founded Apian, a medical drone logistics startup delivering faster, smarter and greener healthcare. Read more…

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Dr. Yoge Patel CEO Blue Bear Systems Research

Dr. Yoge Patel is a renowned innovator and visionary in the field of autonomous and AI enabled systems. Read more…

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Andy Clarke Director for Integrated Transport Costain

Andy has extensive experience of partnering with client organisations throughout the project lifecycle.  Read more…

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David Hyde Aerospace and Drones World Economic Forum

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Darrell Swanson Director Swanson Aviation Consultancy Ltd

Darrell has over 20 years’ experience as an aviation consultant on airport masterplanning projects thru to airport acquisition advisory services. Read more…

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Kata Cserep Managing Director, Aviation, Travel and Tourism ICF

Kata Cserep leads ICF’s global aviation team of close to 100 expert consultants, serving clients in government, private sector, the investment community and industry associations. Read more…

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Max Fenkell Policy and Government Affairs Lead Joby Aviation

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Gary Cutts Director Future Flight Challenge

Gary leads the UK government’s Future Flight Innovation programme working across government and industry to create innovative aviation systems. Read more…

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Emma Gilthorpe CEO JetZero

Emma was appointed CEO of the UK’s Jet Zero Council in March 2021, by the Secretaries of State for Transport and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more…

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Dr. Andy Jefferson Programme Director, Sustainable Aviation A&G Jefferson Ltd

Andy is an independent consultant and a Director of A&G Jefferson Limited, the consultancy he jointly set up in 2012. Read more…

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Gary Elliott Chief Executive Officer Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)

Gary Elliott was appointed Chief Executive of the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) in April 2014, assuming responsibility for the strategic direction of the Institute and its operational performance. Read more…

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Matthew Gorman MBE Director of Sustainability Heathrow Airport

Matthew is Carbon Strategy Director for Heathrow in the newly formed Carbon, Communications and Communities department. He has been Sustainability Director at the airport for the last decade, leading the team that developed “Heathrow 2.0”, the airport’s leadership plan for sustainable growth launched in 2017. Read more…

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Rachael Everard Head of Sustainability Rolls-Royce

Rachael leads sustainability and ESG-related strategy for the Rolls-Royce Group and has been described as the driving force for the company’s action on climate change and decarbonisation. A chartered environmentalist, Rachael is a fellow of IEMA, and sits on the advisory board for We Mean Business. Read more…

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Simon Earles Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Director Bristol Airport

Simon brings over 16 years of experience in the aviation sector, having also worked for Luton Airport, and is a qualified transport planner.  Read more…

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Captain David Morgan Operations Flight Director Easyjet

Captain David Morgan is responsible for safe, efficient and sustainable operation of aircraft across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Read more…

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Ricky Sandhu CEO Urban Air Port

Ricky founded Urban-Air Port© Ltd (UAP) after a distinguished twenty-year career in architecture, including sixteen years as equity Partner with award-winning architecture and design practice Foster + Partners. Read more…

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Hazel Dempsey Innovation Programme Manager NHS Grampian

Hazel liaises and collaborates with a wide range of clinical and management staff in our organisation and other NHS regions, academics, industry representatives, and innovation bodies.  Read more…

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Andy Smith Head of Sustainability Strategy Logan Air

Andy specialises in airline network planning, fleet evaluations and revenue management. Read more…

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Matthew Sattler Infrastructure and Ecosystems Partnerships Supernal

Matthew Sattler is a transportation and startup problem solver focused on fixing hard tech problems. Matthew currently leads Infrastructure & Ecosystem Partnerships for Supernal and is responsible for creating partnerships that will enable a future mobility ecosystem Read more…

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Jenny Ward Deputy Director Aviation Strategy Department of Transport

Jenny Ward is the Deputy Director of Aviation Strategy, Consumers and Innovation in the Department of Transport. Read more…

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Jason Fowler Chair British Aviation Group

Jason is also a member of the Aviation Export Board, bringing industry and government together on development matters. Read more…

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Fiona Smith Group Head of Aerodrome Strategy AGS

She is an experienced senior leader with expertise and strategy specialism gained across 7 airports internationally and also for the UK CAA. Read more…

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Tom Grundy Chief Executive Officer Hybrid Air Vehicles

Tom’s experience cover a range of senior engineering and programme leadership roles in the development and delivery of new products and services. Read more…

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Prof. Mark Westwood Head of Centre and Professor of Aeronautics Cranfield University

The Centre for Aeronautics at Cranfield University is one of the world’s largest centres for postgraduate education and research in aircraft design, aerodynamics, advanced modelling and simulation tools and methods. Read more…

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Henry Tse Director New Mobility Technologies Connected Places Catapult

He has over 15 years’ experience in the industry with extensive project portfolios at different stages of the lifecycle as well as experience managing complex collaboration and innovation projects. Read more…

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Exhibitors

Agenda

  • Day 1 – 17th May
  • Day 2 – 18th May

Rachel Gardner-Poole, Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult

This keynote session explores the ambition of air mobility and forward-thinking aviation with a place-maker lens on.

11:25 – 11:55 Robert Courts, Minister for Aviation, HMG

11:55 – 12:15 Michael Cervenka, President, Vertical Aerospace

12:15 – 12:25 Nicola Yates OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Connected Places Catapult

Chair: Rachel Gardner-Poole, Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult

Prof Julia Sutcliffe, Chief Technologist for BAE Systems

Speakers will explore the key challenges and measures needed for the UK to realise its ambition and maintain its role as a leading innovator in the global race to transform the future of aviation and air mobility.

14:00 – 14:10 Presentation: Andrew Chadwick, Aviation Technology Innovation Lead, Connected Places Catapult

14:10 – 14:20 Presentation: Rick Newson, Head of Rapid Capabilities Office, UK Civil Aviation Authority

14:20 – 14:30 Presentation: Corinne Matthews, Nuclear/Aerospace Sector Lead, Heart of the SouthWest

14:30 – 14:40 Demo: Brad Miller, Managing Director, UK & EMEA Ferrovial Vertiports

14:40 – 14:50 Presentation : Liam McKay, Director of Corporate Affairs City London Airport

14:50 – 15:15 Q&A with Audience & Discussion

Corrine Matthews, Nuclear/Aerospace Sector Lead, Heart of the SouthWest

Brad Miller, Managing Director, UK & EMEA Ferrovial Vertiports

Rick Newson, Head of Rapid Capabilities Office, UK Civil Aviation Authority

Liam McKay, Director of Corporate Affairs City London Airport

Andrew Chadwick, Aviation Technology Innovation Lead, Connected Places Catapult

Chair: Dr Ruth Mallors-Ray OBE, Associate, Connected Places Catapult

Air mobility and forward-thinking aviation have the potential to bring enormous economic and societal benefits to the UK, contributing to levelling up and connecting citizens like never before.

Hear and discuss with our speakers how the UK can benefit from investing in these new technologies and integrating them into our transport network.

Panel discussion

Andrew Rae, Professor of Engineering, University of the Highlands and Islands

Prof Fern Elsdon-Baker, Research Director Social Sciences, UKRI (joining virtually)

Sunil Budhdeo, Transport Innovation Manager, Coventry City Council

Julia Jiggins, Head of Strategic Marketing – Aviation & Space, Thales UK

Chair: Robbie Bourke, Partner, Oliver Wyman

In order to realise the ambition of Air Mobility and forward-thinking aviation the whole system of systems requires careful coordination and planning from multiple perspectives.

Hammad Jeilani, Director & Co-Founder, Apian

Yoge Patel, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Bear Systems Research

Andrew Chadwick, Aviation Technology Innovation Lead, Connected Places Catapult

Andy Clarke, Director for Integrated Transport, Costain

David Hyde, Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum (virtual)

Chair: Darrell Swanson, Director, Swanson Aviation Consultancy Ltd

18.00 – 18.15 Kata Cserep, Managing Director, Aviation, Travel and Tourism, ICF

18.15 – 18:30 Max Fenkell, Policy and Government Affairs Lead, Joby Aviation

Rachel Gardner-Poole, Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult

Rachel Gardner-Poole, Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult

Kicking off with keynote speakers who will set the scene for the opportunities in our airports and commercial aviation and then working through three key priority areas for UK Air Mobility and future thinking aviation: Decarbonising Aviation, Future Aviation and Aviation Sustainability.

10:10 – 10:20 Fireside chat with Gary Cutts, Director, Future Flight Challenge, UKRI

10:20 – 10:30 Emma Gilthorpe, Chief Executive Officer, JetZero

10:30 – 10:40 Dr. Andy Jefferson, Programme Director Sustainable Aviation, A&G Jefferson Ltd.

10.40 – 10.50 Gary Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)

 

Hear from the leaders in the decarbonisation of aviation about the progress and challenges faced by the industry

11:30 – 11:35 Matthew Gorman, Director of Sustainability, Heathrow Airport

11:35 – 11:40Rachel Everard, Head of Sustainability, Rolls Royce

11:40 – 11:45 Simon Earles, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Director, Bristol Airport

11:45 – 11:50 Captain David Morgan, Operations Flight Director, EasyJet

11:50 – 12:30 Panel discussion

Matthew Gorman, Director of Sustainability, Heathrow Airport

Rachel Everard, Head of Sustainability, Rolls Royce

Simon Earles, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Director, Bristol Airport

Captain David Morgan, Operations Flight Director, EasyJet

Chair: Rachel Gardner-Poole, Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult

Hear from the end users, investors and actors in the system of systems that will lead to new classes of vehicles being integrated into our skies

Ricky Sandhu, CEO, Urban Air Port

Hazel Dempsey, Innovation Programme Manager, NHS Grampian

Matthew Sattler, Infrastructure and Ecosystems Partnerships, Supernal ( joining virtually)

Jenny Ward, Deputy Director Aviation Strategy, DfT

Andy Smith, Head of Sustainability Strategy, Loganair

Chair: Gary Cutts, Director, Future Flight Challenge UKRI

There is more to sustainability than decarbonisation of tail pipe emissions – hear from our speakers about the opportunities within our airport ecosystems for creating a more economically and environmentally sustainable aviation industry.

Jason Fowler, Chair, British Aviation Group

Fiona Smith, Group Head of Aerodrome Strategy, AGS Airports

Tom Grundy, Chief Executive Officer, Airlander

Prof Mark Westwood, Head of Centre and Professor of Aeronautics at Cranfield University

Chair: Henry Tse, Director New Mobility Technologies, Connected Places Catapult

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