The Welding Institute President, Steve Dearden

The Welding Institute President, Steve Dearden

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Dave Holmes The Welding Institute President 2019
Dave Holmes

Dave started his career with British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) in 1984 as an apprentice and has been with the Company for  35 years. In 1994 he completed the Fellowship In Aerospace Management at Cranfield University. In his time with the company, he has undertaken a variety of roles (technical and operational) across a number of the Air Sector sites in the United Kingdom (UK) and worked with international partners’, suppliers and customers around the world.

Currently, Dave is the Manufacturing Director for the Air Sector within BAE Systems. The role covers functional responsibility for all the manufacturing activities within the Air sector spanning people, process, systems capability development along with governance for the non-recurring and recurring manufacturing activities. In addition, he also leads the Air Sector UK Productin activities and is responsible for the operational delivery of  the Hawk Training Aircraft and the Typhoon Fast Jet products.

Along with the manufacturing activities within the Air Sector,  Dave is also responsible for the facilities and infrastructure services for  the UK Air Sector locations as well as providing functional governance and assurance for the overseas facilities. Latterly, Dave has led the establishment of an Industrialisation Team which is charged with developing capability insertion programmes in conjunction with the Companies overseas partners and customers, leading to the establisment and transfer of capability to a number of International locations.

Working with Lockheed Martin in the late 1990’s, Dave played a key role in supporting the down select of the F35 Lightning II for the companys partner’s and the subsequent development and implementation of  UK  Air’s Manufacturing 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 support of the F35 Advanced Manufacturing Solution.

In 2017 Dave was recognised for his contribution to manufacturing within the UK  by The Manufacturer publication, within the prestigious Top 100 Exemplar awards.

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.

Dave also represents BAE Systems on a number of external forums including the local Chamber of Commerce and Lancashire Economic Partnership Board, as well as being the President of  The Welding Institute.