Around one year on from when we first published a profile of Ann, we caught up with her to see what developments the last 12 months have brought.
What is your current job role and has this changed since your profile was last published? If so how?
As the ATI’s Project Manager I am responsible for planning, organising and managing projects for the Institute; this can range from planning and overseeing office refurbishment; introducing new IT equipment into the business; leading on the stand design, architecture and build for our presence at the Farnborough Air Show; planning, managing and executing the ATI’s events programme. My role itself has not really changed much over the past 12 months, however, the ATI is extending its events programme to ensure we continue to successfully convene the sector and to broaden its presence at non-ATI events. My role is also responsible for looking after our IT Security and Infrastructure.
Have there been any significant developments over the last 12 months in your area of work?
The ATI is holding its inaugural conference on 28th & 29th November at the NEC, in Birmingham. This will mark the first of which will become a bi-annual event for the Institute. The aim of the conference is for the ATI to convene the UK aerospace sector to provide an update on the ATI strategy and the £3.9bn investment programme for aerospace R&T, to hear directly from industry leaders on key topics, and to provide an opportunity for the aerospace community to network and connect with a diverse group of stakeholders from across the sector.
How do you see your role and work developing in the next 6 to 12 months?
Over the next 6-12 months much of my time will be spent developing and expanding the ATI events calendar; involving researching, planning, organising our programme of events including the ATI conference and our presence at the Farnborough International Airshow. This is what really excites me and gets my adrenaline pumping, taking something from a concept and turning it into a full scale deliverable!
Ann Dysiewicz, ATI’s Project Manager (Events & Operations), has been with the Institute since it was established. Ann’s primary role is to plan, manage and organise ATI events, although she also has a pivotal role in a number of key areas in the Institute’s operations – including managing the Institute’s IT and telecoms infrastructure. Her ‘can do attitude’ and problem solving skills add value to multiple functions across the business.
As a Major’s daughter, Ann grew up within a military lifestyle. Living in Osnabrück, Berlin, Singapore and Aberdeen, Ann has experienced life in lots of different ways, went to more schools than most and met lots of different people along the way.
Ann’s experiences have made her determined and resilient; like all good project managers she will always find a way to make things work. As a young girl Ann owned and broke in her own horse; this was quite an achievement and a time when Ann’s resilience really kicked in! But there’s no hesitation when asked to consider her proudest achievement: her three sons.
After leaving school Ann studied HND Business Studies and was accepted to attend university to pursue a career in teaching. However, an attractive proposition of working in the oil industry led Ann towards a career in project management, and also the experience of working offshore.
Prior to joining the Institute, Ann worked for a test pilot school, where she was responsible for developing and managing a facilities project – taking the company from a porta-cabin to fully functioning permanent offices. After which Ann went on to work for a Federation School, project managing performance arts and physical education festivals and residential trips (at home and abroad), as well as organizing regional competitions.