Ken Wilkinson - Engineering Information Coordinator at BAE Systems

Communications Operations Consultant at BAE Systems



Current location

United Kingdom

Work category




Profile Activity

Start in Engineering - progressed from Junior PCB Designer to Senior PCB Designer leading teams (designed myself, not just manage), responsible for cost / schedule adherence. Included legacy, and using new technologies.

After being team lead working towards IiP (in less time than consultant planned). Invited to join HR, role included IiP Champion support to external groups, Young People - obtained IEE scheme accreditation. Degree in Management at Anglia Ruskin University. Links with local community - Job Fairs, Educational links (Work Experience, Teacher Shadowing etc), + Cambridge / Loughborough University (Systems Engineering).

Also aided evaluation and roll out of Computer Based Training across Division, included ongoing user support.

Looked after Young People - recruitment and management of Apprentices, & Graduates (inc Loughborough SEIC and Cambridge link). Organised and ran annual 3 day Women Into Science and Engineering (WISE) for Business - for up to sixty 14 year old girls per year, giving them insight in careerr opporunities within Science and Engineering.

Moved to Communications Manager within Customer Support Division, inluding our Training Colleges in Wales and OMAN. Role altered to branding across UK locations, Charity support - 12 UK locations. Budget control, guidance and support to diverse charity team. Link with local and national charity and community groups. Now ensuring Learning & Development covered across team, ensuring compliance with Corporate Governance, Business Continuity (involved in pilot development prior to roll out across whole UK business) etc

School Governor at a local special needs establishment for a number of years, chair Health, Safety & Premises Committee for a number of years in addition to being active member of others.

Involved with Union/Business discussions at a number of levels on a number of subjects (inc Redundancies, Pay and conditions, down sizing) for many years

Ken Wilkinson's Professional Experience

2000 - 2010

Columbus School & College - Governor

Chair Health, Safety & Premises Cttee.
Member of Finance Cttee.

Enjoyed the hard work associated with Columbus going through Building Schools for the Future (BSF) bid, and now during the building phases.

Key Skills
1998 - 2010
1973 - 2010

BAE Systems - charity

Always been a level of charity support from earliest time within the Business

1998 - 2000

Alenia Marconi Systems - Communications Manager

Within Customer Support Division, Chelmsford and Cwmbran locations.

Key Skills
customer support
1997 - 2000

AMS - Young People Manager

Responsisble for selection and management of Apprentices (directly) and Graduates (indirect). Setting goals, and reviewing progrees, salary bands and annual award using appraisal process.

Organised and ran 3-day WISE event

1973 - 2000

Marconi Radar Systems and Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS) - communications

Always been a level of use of internal and external communications channel use

1973 - 1997

Marconi Radar Systems - Senior PCB Designer

Variety of styles - single side to complex multi-layer designs. Dealt with legacy designs. Manual and CAD design capability.

Key Skills

Ken Wilkinson's Education and Qualifications


Bachelor/Degree - ,

Sandon School


Bachelor/Degree - Management,

Anglia Ruskin University

Ken Wilkinson's Additional Information


Large ex BR diesel locomotives - part own 3, Reading - wide range of authors and styles, Music - Madness to Deep Purple and much more, Visiting friends in South of France, being a School Governor at a Special Needs establishment.


Deltic Preservation Society, RAF Air Defence Radar Museum (RAF Neatishead), Mid Essex MRC