Ed Preston

Technology Leader - Advanced Assembly and Automation, GKN Aerospace

Ed is the founder Chair of GKNA Global Assembly and Automation Forum. Consulted as Technology Leader for Global Assembly and Automation on current and future aircraft programmes.

Responsible for Assembly and Automation technology collaboration with OEMs, industrial partners, technology providers, CATAPULTS, academics and Technology Strategy Board.

Accountable for £2000k annual research funding within UK (multiple sites). Team manager with responsibility for personal and professional development of 6 direct report staff including, project managers, technology project engineers, graduates and interns.

Extensive experience working with senior management stakeholders delivering high value projects against tight timelines working with Multi-Functional Teams.

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