Barry Rowe

Head of Airbus Program Engineering

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Barry Rowe, BSc (Hons), MEng, PG(Dip), MRAeS is Head of Airbus Program Engineering and Executive Champion DE&I at Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd.

“Thank you for your difference and the innovation you make… Start with a difference”.

In today’s world, we hear a lot of talk about the ‘new normal’ for the post-pandemic era and the juxtaposition of the importance of embracing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Is the “new normal” actually all-inclusive, all-seeing, all-embracing? Thinking about it, are these ideas even compatible? If we reset back to any ‘normal’, how do we actually continue to evolve, grow, and ‘break the mold’? We have a once in a generation opportunity to reset the clocks and do anything but the ‘old normal’ which can also lead to a more sustainable future for our children to enjoy. The big question is are we really ready to take the leap and enable an all-inclusive and diverse approach? Is it possible that true innovation and technology development relies on being different, accepting differences, thinking differently, and making a difference?

#startwithadifference #startwithsomethingnew #thankyouforyourdifference #innovation #technology

As part of Barry’s international remit, he leads a team accountable for the engineering of Airbus products, such as the best-selling A320 aircraft, A220, and A350. This also includes the newly launched state-of-the-art automated RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) composite Spoiler line. As engineering leader at Spirit Prestwick, Barry is a member of the Senior Leadership Council, responsible for operating one of Scotland’s biggest aerospace engineering companies. He is an advocate of technology and innovation, and recognizes the importance of our sustainable future, and represents Spirit on the ATI FlyZero Governance Advisory Board. Rowe joined Spirit directly from Airbus in Toulouse, where he previously worked as Head of Engineering for their Fuselage and Wing Products. Also serving for three years as a Senior Auditor at Airbus Group Corporate Headquarters, he has a rich history of Operations, Corporate, and Engineering management. Barry is a keen traveler and sport lover, he is married with twin daughters and lives in Ayr, Scotland, UK.