I was one of the four founding members of the Trent XWB Team in Derby, UK.
In November 2005, as Assistant Chief Engineer, I wrote a simple 10-page specification that was the start of the first memorandum of understanding with Airbus. Today, this document has grown to over 2,000 pages of technical detail and is now the basis of our relationship with them.
When I look back, it’s strange to think about how far we’ve come. I always felt that something big was going to happen, but in reality it was a series of small steps, starting with those first few pages. I’m amazed that we now have over 2,500 people working on the programme.
I was involved in setting the overall sense of direction and it seems that it’s happened almost by magic. The impact it has had on the business, as well as our relationship with Airbus, makes this a really successful story.
It’s been a challenge to shape those early ideas into something on an industrial scale, but it’s something I’m very proud to tell my three children about. Together we have an active lifestyle through their love of horse riding and sailing, and that helps me relax and work at my best.