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#LifeAtTheATI Scott Pendry, International R&D Engagement Manager

Posted by jwarehand

Around one year on from when we first published a profile of Scott, we caught up with him to see what developments the last 12 months have brought.

1. What is your current job role and has this changed since your profile was last published? If so how?

I’m responsible for the ATI’s international engagement, a part of the ATI’s business plan that has been subject to many external events over the last 12 months. Brexit has certainly been keeping us focused (more on that below) but there has been no let-up in the ‘business as usual’ activity associated with European engagement. For instance, colleagues throughout the ATI have been heavily engaged in the update of ACARE’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda which was launched at the Paris Airshow this week and which will guide technological research and associated pan-European collaborative funding opportunities. We’ve also been working on a bilateral basis with many European countries; identifying areas of mutual interest where working bilaterally will accelerate the development of aerospace technology.  

2. Have there been any significant developments over the last 12 months in your area of work?

By far the largest development has, of course, been Brexit. Our aim is to encourage full UK participation in EU R&D initiatives while the UK remains inside the EU and to maintain close ties with European research once we leave the EU.  Working with colleagues in the UK aerospace sector and our colleagues in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy we have been developing models for the UK’s future R&D relationships within the EU. Another priority for us will be to work with Government departments to secure inward investment and maximise overseas opportunities as the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU are negotiated. While it is easy to point to Brexit as a key event, it should not mask the fact that the Institute’s international agenda has also been growing under its own accord. Working with organisations in the UK and other countries, we have been facilitating connections which have enabled UK organisations to gain access to partners with skills and experience not readily available in the UK as well as gaining access to facilities and infrastructure not accessible in the UK.

3. How do you see your role and work developing in the next 6 to 12 months?

Over the next 6-12 months the international team will continue to identify suitable opportunities where the UK aerospace sector could benefit from working with international partners and will be advising colleagues in Government on aerospace considerations as the terms of the UK’s future relationship with the EU are negotiated.

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Scott’s career to date has focused on leading and managing projects involving political or regulatory engagement, which has involved overseeing and coordinating projects aimed at either the formulation of public policy or the refinement and shaping of political or regulatory agendas.

Scott graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in International Relations, specialising in International Political Economy. During his time at university, and as part of his degree, Scott spent a few weeks in the West Bank (Palestine). Other than being one of the most interesting place he’s visited, Scott describes his experience as “an eye-opener and very thought-provoking”.

Before joining the ATI, Scott was honoured to receive the Air League’s Marshall of Cambridge medal from the Duke of Edinburgh for his support to the Air League Trust. But that’s not his only claim to fame: earlier in Scott’s career, while working for the Association of British Insurers, he represented the insurance industry on BBC News, Sky News and ITV’s Good Morning Britain!

Alongside (and not unconnected to) establishing a career in the aerospace industry, Scott has a real passion for flying light aircraft. Scott currently flies the Ikarus C42 ultra-light aircraft and has flown gliders and motor gliders in the past. He aims to continue developing his passion for flying by becoming a part-time flying instructor in the next few years.

Scott is a member of the Advisory Council of the Air League Trust, the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS) and the British Microlight Aircraft Association.