Helitech show organisers form committee

Helitech show organisers form committee

24-Aug-2011 Source: Helitech

Helitech has formed its first Steering Committee to help ensure that the event continues to reflect the needs and aspirations of the rotary-wing industry in future years.

With the event celebrating its 25th year of supporting the rotary wing arena this year, the aim is to continue to shape Helitech to meet the requirements of all parts of the helicopter supply chain during the next quarter of a century.

To create a broad, yet still focused, spread of opinion, the 13-strong panel covers representatives from all areas of the rotary-wing supply chain. The world’s four main OEMs – AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Sikorsky and Bell Helicopter – are all involved, as well as operators such as Bristow Helicopters and Sloane Helicopters. Rolls-Royce will add its engine manufacturing expertise to the mix while other key supply chain players include Specialist Aviation Services, L-3 Wescam and Hayward Aviation Finance. The head of the Helicopter Club of Great Britain is also on board to add in an important pilot and helicopter owner perspective.

The Steering Committee will be chaired by Helitech’s Exhibition Manager, Brandon Ward, with Peter Norton, CEO of the British Helicopter Association (BHA) as the co-chair. Its inaugural meeting will be held on 26 September, the day before Helitech 2011 opens its doors.

Brandon Ward said: “Several of Reed Exhibition’s events already have Steering Committees; these bring great benefits to the exhibitions they advise on. Although we seek regular exhibitor and visitor feedback regarding Helitech, having a Steering Committee means we can track industry trends and opinions far more closely during the entire show cycle; it’s also an excellent way for us to test out new ideas and possible future events on some of the movers and shakers in the rotary wing arena, before introducing them to a wider audience.”

Fiona Macleod, European Commercial Manager at Bristow Helicopters, said: “I am honoured to be representing Bristow Helicopters on the first Helitech Steering Committee. This is a great opportunity for Bristow to be involved in helping shape the future development of Helitech, as well as being able to work closely with some of the industry’s leading figures to share and exchange ideas about the rotary-wing marketplace.”


Editor- the Steering Committee web page seems to provide better information, thus we reproduce it here –

The Helitech Steering Committee has been formed in order to ensure that Reed Exhibitions continues to successfully develop Helitech on behalf of the industry.

We have brought together a panel of senior industry experts to work with us to guide and influence the strategy for Helitech.

In particular the committee will be addressing the following:

  • Provide Reed Exhibitions (Helitech) with greater insight of the market drivers and future trends in the global helicopter industry
  • Influence and challenge the strategic development of Helitech events
  • Provide information and ideas that will ensure Helitech events continue to deliver in the future
  • Act as ambassadors for Helitech
  • Offer a platform for exhibitors and visitors to feedback their views on the show to a known/neutral person

Committee Members
The Committee will be lead by Brandon Ward, Helitech Exhibition Manager, as Chairman with Peter Norton from the BHA as Co-Chairman.

  • AgustaWestland – Representative to be confirmed
  • Bell Helicopter – Representative to be confirmed
  • Bristow Helicopters – Fiona Macleod, Commercial Manager – Europe
  • Eurocopter – Olaf Pitterling, Head of Public Relations, Exhibitions and Events
  • Hayward Aviation Ltd – Matthew Day, Director
  • Helicopter Club of Great Britain – Jeremy James, HCGB Secretary
  • L-3 Wescam – Mike Rogers, Director of Business Development
  • Rolls-Royce – Matthew Haugk, Vice President Sales & Marketing
  • Rotor Blades – Nick Parker, European Operations Manager
  • Sikorsky – Lynn Leach, Senior Manager – Trade Shows & Customer Relations
  • Sloane Helicopters – Jeremy Awenat, Managing Director
  • Specialist Aviation Services – Nigel Lemon, Marketing Director

The inaugural meeting of the Committee will take place at Helitech Duxford 2011.

If you have any comments or suggestions you would like to put to the committee, you can email the Committee at helitechcommittee@reedexpo.co.uk

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