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South West Aerospace winners celebrated at awards evening

Stars of the South West aerospace and defence sector were honoured at the WEAF Aerospace Ambassadors Awards celebration dinner at Bristol Museum this week.

Organised by West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), the inaugural awards celebrate the sector’s unsung heroes and shine a spotlight on their outstanding achievements. 

The cream of the South West aerospace sector joined forces to honour the winners, with a key note speech given by Peaches Golding OBE, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol.

Backed by headline sponsors Artemis Optical, Osborne Clarke and SKF Aerospace, the awards attracted scores of entries, with tight competition for the judging panel of independent recognised experts from across the region’s aerospace and defence industry.

The South West has one of the largest concentrations of aerospace and defence capabilities in Europe, and is the biggest aerospace cluster in the UK worth more than £7 billion.

The  winners were:  

Award & sponsor


Best Aerospace Design Engineer (sponsored by Castlemead Insurance)

Jon Moore

Rolls Royce – Filton, Bristol

Best representative of Diversity (sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP)

Eleanor Clarke

Rolls Royce – Filton, Bristol

Best Young Aerospace Entrant (sponsored by Bridgwater & Taunton College)

Mattia Di Francesco

National Composites Centre – Bristol

Ed Strongman Legacy Award (sponsored by Airbus)

The late Ian Chatting

GKN, Filton, Bristol and Vestas, Isle of Wight

Best Aerospace Customer Service (sponsored by Smith & Williamson)

Jon Morley

Rolls-Royce, Filton, Bristol

Best Aerospace Media Ambassador (Short film)

(sponsored by Aro PR and Marketing)

Ben Gay

Yeovil College

Simon Young, Chief Executive of WEAF, the leading membership trade organisation for aerospace and defence companies in the South West, said: “Congratulations to all the winners – the brightest and best in the South West’s aerospace sector!  And hats off to all the individuals who were shortlisted – the selection process was really tough as we had some outstanding nominations which illustrates the enormous amount of aerospace talent in the region.”

Individual award sponsors are Airbus, Castlemead Insurance, Bridgwater & Taunton College, Smith & Williamson, Trowers and Hamlins LLP and Aro PR and Marketing.

For more information on WEAF Tel: 01275 872353 or visit