RAeS Membership Services Board
The Membership Services Board (MSB) is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the development and implementation of the membership growth strategy, through growth of a global divisions and branches as well as other schemes and networks to promote the Society's services.
Phil Spiers (Chairman)
Phil Spiers FRAeS
Alessandra Badino Dott. Ing. CEng, MRAeS, FRGS Head of Wing Leading Edge Aerostructures Procurement, Airbus. Completing her Masters with Honors in Aerospace Engineering in Italy, Belgium and Switzerland, Alessandra brings a truly international understanding to the Aerospace industry. She joined Airbus in 2001 and initially developed her career in the Engineering department working on several technical roles spanning from Aerodynamics Design to Wing Performance and Wind Tunnel Testing (winning an Airbus Innovation Award in 2010 for GE/NASA Open Rotor test programme). She then transitioned to the commercial department with the role of Research and Technology (R&T) Business Manager, responsible for establishing collaborative research programmes that attract EU/UK Government funding and managing a yearly funding target of circa 16M€. Alessandra has subsequently joined Airbus Wing Aerostructures Procurement, as head of the Wing Leading Edge purchasing team, with overall responsibility for 640M€ yearly spend, and Wing Procurement focal point for R&T. Alessandra is a Chartered Engineer and a passionate advocate for innovation in the Aerospace Industry.
Mike Elston FRAeS. Mike Elston is a senior lawyer at BAE Systems. He joined the Company in 2001 after a period in private legal practice. He has occupied a number of legal roles within BAE Systems across the civil, land, maritime and air domains.
Luke Hamnett MRAeS. Luke joined MBDA UK Ltd in 2011 after graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Luke has held a number of lead systems engineering and project management roles since joining including innovation, research and business change activities. In addition, he has been involved in various STEM activities over the years including returning to his university to support degree development advice and course work assessment. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Stevenage Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society and has served as Secretary for two years between 2015-17. To further support the Society, in 2017 Luke joined the RAeS Council and in 2018 he joined the Membership Services Board. He also is the Chair and a founding member of the ADS New Professionals Forum, intended to support new starters to aerospace, defence, security and space industries. Luke is a Chartered Engineer with RAeS and was previously an Air Cadet for six years and a Civilian Instructor for a further seven years at a number of Squadrons across the country.
Gp Capt Mike Hawkins BSc CEng FRAeS. Mike began his 36-year career as a professional aeronautical engineering officer in the Royal Air Force in 1959 which included operational tours on Britannias, Comets, Whirlwinds, Vulcans and Hawks in the UK as well as East Africa and the Far East. He also undertook weapons R&D at RAE Farnborough, instructed post-graduate engineering officers at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and completed an exchange tour with the USAF at HQSAC on the GD FB-111A. His staff tours have included aeroengine policy, RAF Hawk fleet engineering manager, Tornado weapons system configuration control manager and Saudi Air Force Project director of engineering and weapons. He completed his RAF career as a strategic planner reconfiguring the RAF’s support organisation at the end of the Cold War. Following RAF retirement he was employed as a consultant in the Cabinet Office working on the Modernising Government initiative. Mike joined the Society in 1964, became a chartered engineer in 1969 and a Fellow in 1986. He has been a Cambridge Branch Committee member for 23 years, eight of these as its chair. He joined the Branches Committee in 2005, becoming its vice-chair in 2012 and chair in 2018 with ex-officio membership of Council. He has also served on the Corporate Grading and Heritage Awards committees.
Laura Hoang ARAeS
Sarah Minett FRAeS. Sarah is the Managing Director of Rockwell Collins, UK and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Sarah achieved BA (Hons) Business Studies and immediately joined SEOS Displays – a small, privately owned company supplying innovative display solutions for Simulation and Training. The company was awarded Queens Awards for Technology and Export. Sarah’s role covered many responsibilities but ultimately was Sales Director, and she played a pivotal part in the company’s rapid, global growth by securing key international programs. In 2008 SEOS was acquired by Rockwell Collins and subsequently Sarah took on responsibility for the EuMEA Simulation and Training business based in Sussex UK. Overseeing consolidation of businesses and launching a EuMEA centre of excellence for Simulation and Training, Sarah was responsible for significant business transformation. July 2015 Sarah became Managing Director of Rockwell Collins UK. The company provides products and capabilities aimed at both the Defence and Commercial market. Sarah’s responsibility is to develop and implement strategies to grow the UK business across all portfolios, involving close interaction with the UK MOD, Defence, and Aerospace organisations, with a consideration for broader export opportunities of these capabilities. Sarah is passionate about encouraging more women into the industry, and from January 2017 took on the Chair of the Royal Aeronautical Society Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee.
Grahame Nix OBE BSc FRAeS. Grahame joined Marshall of Cambridge (Engineering) Ltd under the companies Graduate Management Trainee Scheme in 1980. During his time with the company he worked across the range of aerospace business including civil, military, corporate and manufacturing. He held roles as General Manager of the Manufacturing Division, Production Director, Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. He oversaw the company’s international businesses was also Chairman of Aeropeople Ltd. After leaving Marshall he was Chairman and Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership and has been a board member of the Engineering Employers Federation and the TWI where he still sits on the Executive Board. He is currently Executive Chairman of a Non Aerospace company. Grahame was awarded an OBE in the 2009 New Years Honours List for Services to the Defense Industry
Ken Quinn FRAeS
Andy Rankine FRAeS joined the Civil Aviation Authority (Later NATS) in 1980, initially attending the College of Air Traffic Control before moving into operational ATC at the London Air Traffic Control Centre, West Drayton. After 12 years his career then transitioned through a number of ATC, Engineering and Management roles having accountabilities for the development and deployment of new and updated ATC systems for Swanwick, Prestwick and UK Airports until retiring from NATS in 2016. Serving RAeS Heathrow and later Solent Branch committees for over 35 years Andy has been a member of the Membership Services Board since 2014 and continues to support Aerospace and other sectors through mentoring and consultancy.
Robert Winn FRAeS. Dr. Winn is a Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineer, the Chairman of the Board, a Principal of the Firm, and the Director of Aviation for Engineering Systems Inc. (ESi). He has been a Consulting Engineer since he retired in 1991 from the U.S. Air Force after a 22-year career. He has been with ESi since 1994. Dr. Winn was an instructor pilot in four different Air Force aircraft and served as Chief Scientist of the USAF European Office of Aerospace Research and Development in London, England. He spent over 15 years teaching Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering at the USAF Academy and Colorado Technical University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). Dr. Winn has reconstructed and analyzed hundreds of airplane and helicopter accidents.