Allan Webb Ltd has appointed Katie Renton to head up its Land division, looking after the capability delivery to land defence.
Katie proudly served in the Royal Air Force for 10 years, starting her working life as an RAF Avionics Engineer. Her career in the RAF gave her an excellent grounding and opportunities for further study in the subjects that came to really fascinate her: business and logistics. She went on to study Business, Project and Programme Management and strategic supportability management, accruing a great deal of experience in the fields of logistics, obsolescence management and through life support. Moving to the MoD, she worked her way up to Chief of Through Life Support on the Operational Support Programme, overseeing three programmes that looked after all land vehicles and deployed infrastructure.
She left the MoD to work as a Principal Consultant for BMT Asset Performance consultancy in Bath, delivering a number of projects, acting as the lead for Land key account management and as capability head for support and supply chain.
When the opportunity arose to work for Allan Webb she jumped at it: “I like their ethics and they’re a nice group of people to work with. There’s quite a ‘family’ feel to working here which is very appealing – that said, I’m still looking forward to helping the company to grow!”
Trained on supportability engineering by Allan Webb’s Stephen Hunt, 10 years ago, she credits him with starting her off on her second career as the subject interested her so much. She was also the capability head for obsolescence at BMT, so has skills in some of the services that Allan Webb already offer but is interested in taking a more strategic view in order to increase efficiencies and reduce some of the ‘hidden’ costs for customers: “If we can get involved at an early stage, we can ensure plans are in place and enacted for the long term, spares will continue to be made and costs will not escalate unexpectedly. Some of the MOD’s vehicles have an expected life of 25 years and keeping them running for that long can get expensive if essential parts become difficult to source.”
Inspired by her ‘phenomenal’ mother, who overcame a number of obstacles to forge a career and run a busy and demanding household, Katie is a fierce advocate for women in engineering and for good quality apprenticeships in general.
She very interested in getting children inspired by engineering and STEM subjects and encouraging diversity into engineering, a sector which she feels presents so many opportunities and is far broader than many people appreciate.by