WEAF Annual Gala Dinner

27th November - 28th November 2019, Bristol

1st July - Events Policy

Please note that all WEAF events are non-refundable & member rates are only available if your membership is valid on the date of the event. Additional charges may apply.

9th October - Discount for couples!

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a discounted rate for couples!



Once again WEAF will be hosting their premier black tie networking event for the South West Aerospace, Defence and Engineering industry beneath the wings of the iconic Concorde at Aerospace Bristol. 

The Gala Dinner is an exciting evening that will commence with a prosecco and canape reception, followed by a three course dinner featuring two key note speakers and a charity draw. 

It's the prefect way to network and connect with the rest of the region!

This event is open to both WEAF member's and non-members. 


We have set up preferential rates with the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol North, you can click here to book using our preferential rate. 

Aerospace Bristol , Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5BZ


More speaker details will follow as they become available, so watch this space!

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Eddie the Eagle - Micheal Edwards

Eddie Edwards, also known as Eddie ‘the Eagle’, is a British skier and Olympic speaker who was the first Briton to compete in the Olympic ski jumping challenge at the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary. Born in Gloustershire Edwards made his first attempt to join the British Olympic’ team in 1984, narrowly missing out on a place in the downhill skiing team.

Refusing to be put off by this first failure Eddie Edwards moved to the US and continued training as a downhill skier, however a lack of funding quickly put an end to Eddie’s training and, realizing that there were no other British contestants for Olympic ski jumping Edwards turned his training to jumping making him the only possible GB candidate for the ’88 Games. Edwards first represented Great Britain the 1987 World Championships and ranked 55th in the world, as an Olympic speaker he has notoriously shared the story of where he was when he learnt he has qualified for the next Olympic Games: working as a plasterer and living in a Finnish mental institute because it was cheaper than finding alternative accommodation!

Eddie Edwards quickly caught the attention of the British public, by the end of the Olympic Games in 1988 he was the best ski jumper in the UK, holding the record at 73.5 metres. However, this was the highlight of Edwards’s appearance at Calgary as he was otherwise largely unsuccessful, finishing last in both the 70m and 90m contests.

It was Edwards’ determination and arguably his lack of success that made him so popular amongst audiences however and Edwards has continued to feed off of this success in his work as a sports speaker in the years’ that followed. Edwards’ lack of success at Calgary inspired the instigation of the Eagle Rule at Olympic qualifications, which states that competitors must achieve a certain level of success in international tournaments before they can qualify to represent their country. Edwards did not qualify for the 1992 Games.

Eddie Edwards continued to ride the waves of his public popularity for several years, appearing as an Olympic speaker and media personality at a variety of televised events and also appearing in a number of nationwide advertising campaigns. Remembered as the underdog Eddie Edwards has toured the globe as a sports speaker sharing the story of his determination and failure, both a brilliantly comedic and inspirational Olympic speaker there really is no one else like Eddie the Eagle!

In 2016, the film “Eddie the Eagle” was released, based on Eddie Edwards’ historic career as the first competitor to represent Great Britain in the Olympic ski jumping. Played by leading actor Taron Egerton, “Eddie the Eagle” was nominated for numerous awards including the Empire Award for Best British Film.

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Michael Cervenka - COO OF Vertical Aerospace

Michael is responsible for operations and development at Vertical Aerospace, leading a team of more than 50 engineers and technical experts.

He brings two decades of aerospace engineering expertise to the role of COO, having held a number of leadership positions at Rolls-Royce, including as Chief Functional Engineer, Chief Performance Engineer and Chief Development Engineer for company’s Trent 900 and Trent 1000 engines which power the world’s largest and most advanced civil aircraft.

Most recently, as Head of Future Technologies, he led the global multidisciplinary team responsible for identifying, developing and applying disruptive technologies across the Rolls-Royce businesses. The group’s objective was to apply breakthrough concepts and technologies including AI, computer vision systems, IoT, AR and VR, robotics and high performance computing to enhance the Rolls-Royce’s Civil Aerospace, Defence and Power Systems businesses. Michael also led the team which created company’s eVTOL concept and worked in partnership with Aston Martin on its Volante Vision eVTOL concept, both of which were unveiled at Farnborough.

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Charity Raffle

This year's charity draw is in aid of the Freewheelers and the Women's Engineering Society!

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