HVMC names Katherine Bennett CBE as new CEO

Posted on 6 Jan 2021 by Tom Lane

The HVM Catapult has announced that Katherine Bennett CBE will succeed Dick Elsy CBE as CEO.

The Board of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult) has announced today that Katherine Bennett, currently Senior Vice President, Airbus in the UK , will succeed Dick Elsy when he retires as CEO of the Catapult later in 2021. The announcement follows a formal recruitment process led by the Chair of the HVM Catapult, Allan Cook CBE.

Announcing Katherine’s appointment, Allan Cook said: “Katherine will bring a wealth of industrial experience combined with real passion for the vital role the HVM Catapult has to play in assisting the UKs post-COVID recovery and supporting the innovation that will boost the UKs position in global markets. Katherine is indeed a worthy successor to Dick Elsy and will undoubtedly build on his outstanding legacy for the HVM Catapult.”

Welcoming the news, Dick Elsy said: The announcement of Katherines appointment is very good news not just for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, but for the whole of UK engineering and manufacturing.  Her experience in a senior leadership role with Airbus in the UK means she brings a depth of understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by UK manufacturers as they innovate to grow their market share and address shared challenges such as reducing carbon emissions. I will be pleased to leave the organisation in her extremely capable hands.

Katherine Bennett
The HVM Catapult has announced that Katherine Bennett CBE will succeed Dick Elsy CBE as CEO.

Katherine Bennett said: I am honoured to have been asked to lead the next phase of the High Value Manufacturing Catapults development, building on the strong foundations which have been created over the past eight years.  The HVM Catapult has the wide-ranging relationships and understanding needed to be part of the Industrial Strategy refresh process and to contribute to building the UKs status as a scientific superpower. The Catapults country-wide network of centres provides the ideal platform from which to diffuse the latest capabilities to the thousands of manufacturing businesses that are the bedrock of our economy, boosting their performance, preparing them to be part of the Prime Ministers Green Industrial Revolution and growing their contribution to our national prosperity.

Katherine said that she would join the HVM Catapult later in 2021.