Gillian Bullen: Manager – Engineering Project Lead

Role: Seconded as a deputised member of the Engineering Leadership Team, ensuring our Engineering Entry Into Service programme for the Airbus A350 is strategically aligned with our joint venture partner, Delta.

What is the secret of your success? Be open to opportunities outside your comfort zone.

What women have inspired you? My Mum (who following 20 years’ service as company secretary, took a leap and got promoted direct to Transport Manager, after finally realising her star potential!)

How do you think women’s equality has evolved and what needs to happen next? Now: My career in a male-dominated environment has been nurtured by Virgin Atlantic – they understand the benefit of a diverse workforce and have taken positive steps to cultivate an environment to support women and their progression

Next: More needs to be done at early age/school to break down the male/female gender assumptions and stereotypes – science and tech subjects should be more engaging for young girls for example, as often by working age it is too late.

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