Aerospace Response Group


The aerospace sector in Scotland, and globally, has experienced significant reductions in demand for manufacturing components for new aircraft as well as for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities as a result of the collapse in demand for air travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The scale of the disruption is unprecedented in the history of the industry.

The Aerospace Response Group will bring together a collective group from across industry, trade unions and central and local government with the aim of preserving Scotland’s aerospace manufacturing and R&D capability and safeguarding jobs.


The Group will:

  • be composed of appropriate representation from across industry, trade bodies, trade unions, local and central government and partner agencies with the aim of preserving Scotland’s aerospace manufacturing and R&D capability and safeguarding jobs
  • develop a response to the Covid-19 pandemic for the aerospace sector, support the safeguarding jobs and, where appropriate, explore capacity and capability on new markets and opportunities
  • seek to develop an action plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the aerospace sector in Scotland by the Autumn 2020
  • meet on a fortnightly basis
  • be chaired by the Minister for Business Fair Work and Skills


  • Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, MSP (Chair)
  • Richard Rollison, Deputy Director, Scottish Government
  • Linda Hanna, Managing Director, Scottish Enterprise
  • Gordon McGuiness, Director, Skills Development Scotland
  • Nicola Spence, Program Director, Spirit AeroSystems
  • Iain Rodger, Managing Director, GE Caledonian
  • Andy Marshall, Site Manager, Woodward
  • Anthony Dimmer, Managing Director, Wyman Gordon
  • Steve Kilpatrick, Programme Director, Belcan Engineering Services
  • Nigel Amphlett, Government Business Executive, StandardAero
  • Jamie Mincher, Group CEO, Glenalmond Group
  • Andy Hodge, General Manager, Collins Aerospace
  • Neil Morris, Managing Director, Chevron
  • Gordon Hutchieson, Manufacturing Executive, Rolls-Royce
  • Paul Sheerin, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Engineering
  • Warrick Malcolm, Director, ADS Scotland
  • Stuart Gallacher, Chairman, ADS Scotland
  • Scott MacQueen, Industrial Officer, PCS
  • Kenny Jordan, Regional Officer, Unite
  • David Avery, Prospect
  • Alan Ritchie, GMB
  • Matt Maynard, Director Strategic Projects, University of Strathclyde
  • Sarah Jardine, Chief Operating Officer, NMIS
  • Theo Leijser, Service Lead for Economy and Regeneration, South Ayrshire Council
  • Sandra Black, Chief Executive, Renfrewshire Council


Theme 1 – Pan-UK level activity

Theme 2 – People & Skills

Theme 3 – R&D and Innovation

Theme 4 – Stronger Supply Chains

Theme 5 – New Market Opportunities & Diversification

Sub-group membership consists of Group members and additional representatives from member organisations and subject matter specialists


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