Didunoluwa Obilanade (Didun) joins the AGP team as Programme Manager for the Board. Didun holds an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, having read General Engineering at Grey College, Durham University. Didun was a recipient of the AGP created MSc Bursary Award, and obtained a Joint UK Space Agency and ESA scholarship to attend the International Space University hosted by NASA Glenn Research Centre in Athens Ohio. He joins us from working as an advanced design research engineer at GKN Aerospace specialising in Additive Manufacturing for aerospace components. Through his interest in space engineering he has been a delegate of the UK at the UN Space Generation Congress for the past 2 years. Outside of work Didun enjoys playing rugby, lacrosse, classical double bass playing and volunteering as a STEM ambassador.
Luke joins the AGP as a programme manager for the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Working Group. Luke recently finished his technical apprenticeship with GKN Aerospace and now works at the Western Approach site as a Manufacturing Systems Engineer. Luke’s role sees him manage a range of projects that include rate enablement, cost saving and quality improvement through machine optimisation and tool development. Outside of his working life, Luke likes to travel and plays 5 aside football.
Samuel Smallwood joins the AGP team as a Programme Manager for the Skills Working Group. Samuel is a second-year apprentice working in the department of Materials Management at Collins Aerospace. Samuel is currently finishing off his BTEC Level 3 Advanced Diploma and has applied for a university placement at Wolverhampton University based in Telford where he will be studying Manufacturing Engineering Degree course. Samuel likes to snowboard in Switzerland and also plays 5 a side football.
Ryan Winnett joins the AGP team as Programme Manager for the Skills Working Group. Ryan has a plethora of exposure between civil and military aerospace in a variety of roles within Collins Aerospace between Business Development & Strategy, and Contracts & Commercial. Ryan is a real advocate for promoting STEM, particularly within the aerospace industry, to uprising future talent. He has a BA (Hons) in Business and Management, and enjoys spending his downtime socialising and country walks with his dog.
Kayleigh Bentley joins the AGP team on secondment from Nasmyth Group as a program manager for the Skills Working Group. Kayleigh has been in the Aerospace industry sector for the last 11 years, having joined Nasmyth Group as an apprentice in 2008. From then on, she has gained further experience through varied roles, inclusive of engineering, supply chain, commercial/contract management and managing an overseas business. Kayleigh is also working towards her BA Hons in Business management.
Amrita KUMAR joins AGP on secondment into the Strategy Working Group. Amrita works as Analysis Engineer for Safran Landing systems and has 8 years’ experience with project teams such as Airbus A350, A320 EV and Global Safran Methods teams. Amrita has a Master’s degree in Aerospace Vehicle Design and a Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering. Having worked on Finite Element analysis and hand calculations of various landing gear mechanical parts, she brings key technical skills to the team. Amrita is a passionate Aerospace Engineer and promotes training younger people into Engineering. She also volunteers as a STEM ambassador for a local school. Outside work life, she enjoys running and is a half marathoner.
Edward Raggett joins the AGP team as Programme Manager for the Engagement Working Group. Edward has been in the Defence Aerospace Sector for 9 Years and joins us on secondment from his role as Assistant Campaign Manager for Leonardo Helicopters, based out of Yeovil. His primary role is to develop Campaign Strategies and take them from understanding the customer’s early requirements through to contract award. He has a particular focus upon Research, Technology and Innovation opportunities which includes the development and introduction of new capabilities onto existing platforms, to the development of future Unmanned Air Systems and associated technologies.
Edward is also the founder of Leonardo Helicopter’s New Professional Network, one of the company’s internal networks which is focused upon delivering personal and professional development opportunities and creating networks for its members.