WEAF Annual Gala Dinner 2018

28th November 2018, Bristol



This year’s premier black tie networking event for the South West will see members of the aerospace and defence industry congregate for an evening of business networking. With in excess of 320 delegates in attendance from the industry it is an opportunity not to be missed.

Ticket Price includes prosecco and Canapés reception, three course meal including wine and after dinner coffee and mints. 


Please note that vegetarian options must be pre ordered and any dietary requirements must be notified in advance by 2 weeks.


Severn & Wye Smoked Salmon, Pickle Cream, Dill, Toasts 

Main Course

Chicken Supreme, leeks, pancetta, roast shallots  , roast potatoes, thyme & sea salt carrots, honey & butter tender stem broccoli 


Caramelised Onion Tart, Goat’s Cheese, Fig, Cress with Creamed Mashed Potato, Carrots, Honey & Butter and Tender Stem Broccoli, Garlic, Capers and Shallots (V)


Clementine Tart, Crème Fraiche  

The house wines are as follows:


Ayrum Verdejo – Valdepeñas, Spain -  

Aromas of pineapple, peaches and citrus peel combined with floral notes and fennel seed. 


Ayrum Tempranillo – Valdepeñas, Spain -   

Aromas of black cherries, spices, violets and cassis with flavours of blackberry, vanilla and oak. 

2 Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD


Please note that the agenda is subject to change at any time.

  • 18:45

    Prosecco and canapé reception

  • 19:30

    Call to dinner

  • 19:45

    Welcome and introduction - WEAF CEO Colin Turner, Industry Speaker - Andrew Cowdery, Director - Government Affairs, Leonardo

  • 20:10


  • 21:45

    Guest Speaker – Amy Williams MBE, British Olympic Gold Medallist, Charity Raffle

  • 22:45

    End of formal proceedings

  • 23:30



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

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Amy Williams

Amy is probably best known as Britain’s gold medal heroine at the Winter Olympic Games in 2010 in Vancouver. Her accomplishment in the Skeleton Bobsleigh led her to become Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics Champion in 30 years and the first female individual Gold Medallist in 58 years.

As well as being obviously talented at Winter Sports, Amy decided to turn her hand to rally driving in 2013, where she was co-driver for Sky Sports News F1 analyst Tony Jardine, qualifying for her international co-driving licence. In November of that year they competed in the international Wales GB rally, placing an impressive 1st in their class and 26th overall, showing that Amy really has the grit and determination to take her wherever she wants to go. Amy re-joined Tony in the rally car in 2016, finishing 39th overall after no preparatory races beforehand, and raising awareness for the 2018 Winter Olympics as she did so.

In 2014 she headed to the Winter Olympics in Sochi as part of the BBC coverage team, covering the Gold Medal win of Lizzy Yarnold with the particular enthusiasm and fervour we have come to know and love from Amy. 2018 will see her at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Being a regular on BBC’s Ski Sunday, 2014 saw Amy take on ‘The Jump’, coaching the skeleton event, while also being the new host of ‘the Gadget Show’ taking over from Rachel Riley in the same year. Showing that not only can she juggle many roles at once, but that she takes on everything with an eagerness that stems from her competitive nature.

She has a very loving and caring side, from her passion for animals and nature, to her young son Oscar, this mixed with her story of determination to come from nowhere and gain the country such a standing at the Winter Olympics, she has proven her mettle to be a name we will hear for many years to come.

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Andrew J Cowdery - Director Government Affairs at Leonardo in UK

Andrew Cowdery is Director Government Affairs at Leonardo in UK. Andrew has over 35 years of experience in Aerospace, Defence and Space, having held senior positions with GEC, Marconi, Ferranti, Astrium, BAE Systems, and most recently Leonardo. Leonardo has 6 main sites across the UK, with 7000 employees and annual revenues of over £2 Billion.

Andrew has extensive international experience in collaborative and high value capital projects in Europe, Middle East and the Far East, working with Governments and local industrial partners.

Andrew is currently Chairman of Euroradar and EuroDASS Boards of Management, these European consortiums design, build and support the Typhoon Captor Radar and Praetorian Defensive Aids Suite.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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Charity Raffle

This year’s charity raffle is in aid of The Children’s Hospice South West and Prostate Cancer UK.

Please give generously (cash), the proceeds will be split between the two charities.


Marriott Hotel Bristol

2 Lower Castle Street,
Old Market

We have a corporate agreement rate at the Marriott Hotel for the Gala Dinner 2018, which is available for booking until 3rd October 2018. To book your group rate, please click here.

TEL: +44 117 929 4281

FAX: +44 117 927 6377

Future inn Hotel Bristol

Bond Street South

We also have a corporate agreement rate at the Future Inn hotel for the date of Gala Dinner, to use this rate, quote 'West of England Aerospace Forum' whilst making your booking over the phone.

TEL: +44 (0)117 304 1010

FAX: +44 (0)117 304 1011

EMAIL: sales.bristol@futureinns.co.uk

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