Watch back the engaging 1st part of a 3-part webinar series from the New Professionals Forum (NPF) that delves into the realm of sustainability in defence, examining it from three distinct perspectives: policy, company, and individual. These sessions are being delivered in collaboration with the External Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) to offer valuable insights into how sustainability is becoming integral to defence capabilities and how you can be part of this exciting transformation. 

In this first session we explored the vital role the defence industry plays in the UK's security, prosperity and stability while committing to a sustainable future.

We focused on the UK Defence ESG Charter, a collaborative effort within the sector. Launched earlier this year, the Charter is designed to drive ambition and action on sustainability. We are thrilled to be joined by ADS Chief Economist, Aimie Stone, who will be discussing the objectives of the Charter. We are also pleased to welcome Dr Deborah Allen, Group Director of Climate, Environment & Infrastructure at BAE Systems, to outline why BAE Systems are a signatory of the Charter and how they are improving capability whilst becoming more sustainable. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the intersection of capability and sustainability in the UK defence sector. 


Aimie Stone - ADS Chief Economist

Aimie is ADS Group’s Chief Economist and has been at ADS for five years. Aimie leads on all ADS procurement, production and dissemination of industry and economic data.

In a cross-sector role, Aimie leads on providing evidence to policy issues, including tax, supply chain impacts and the cost of doing business. A significant part of Aimie’s work over the last 12 months has been working closely with ADS Policy to evidence the needs for greater support for the UK’s industrial base, particularly those sectors represented by ADS, which are essential to securing the UK’s future advantage.

Aimie is also secretariat to the UK Aerospace Industry Customs Group (UKAICG) an influential group within ADS membership who focus on a range of issues facing customs and tax professionals including customs compliance, and the general effectiveness of operating a UK border to help facilitate UK Trade and Exports.

Dr Deborah Allen - BAE Systems Plc. Group Director Climate, Environment & Infrastructure

Dr Deborah Allen is a chemical engineer by background and has more than 30 years’ sustainability experience across both consultancy and industry. She led the development of the sustainability agenda within BAE Systems and currently leads the BAE Systems global programme on climate resilience, environment and infrastructure. 

Deborah chairs the Climate & Defence Task Force for the European Aerospace, Defence & Security (ASD) group of companies and is also a Non-Executive Director of the UK National Composite Centre.

Deborah is the project sponsor for the ESWG and has actively supported the growth of the group and providing her time and knowledge as a mentor.

The New Professionals Forum

The New Professionals Forum (NPF) is an ADS member networking and professional development forum for industry professionals new to the aerospace, defence security & space sectors.

The goal is to create a supportive and helpful community by generating connections between people, groups, information and experiences in our sectors. The core group is made up of early career professionals including engineers, HR advisors, consultants, finance controllers, project managers and business developers. Why not join us?

The External Sustainability Working Group (ESWG)

The External Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) strives towards a sustainable defence industry by creating a community of early career professionals. The ESWG launched in January 2024 and has been gaining traction with members doubling each month.

This network is for, and organised by, young professionals in the defence sector with an interest in sustainability. Creating opportunities to communicate sustainable practices (through virtual sessions and a private LinkedIn group), access personal development activities (such as Career Conversations, peer-to-peer support and cross-company mentoring) and tackle issues relating to sustainability across the industry through collaboration of UK Defence companies. 

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