THE senior vice president of Airbus in the UK, Katherine Bennett from Malmesbury, has been awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to the aerospace and aviation sectors.

Mrs Bennett, who joined Airbus in 2004, was made head of political affairs in 2010 before being promoted to her current role in 2017. She has led the company's drive to champion diversity in the industry and was also recognized for her voluntary work.

She said: "Aerospace is one of the gems of Britain’s manufacturing industry. It boasts an enduring legacy of innovation born more than a century ago, but which continues to resonate today. It is an absolute privilege to help guide one of the UK’s most influential companies in this leading edge sector. Aviation touches every part of people’s lives, whether bringing vital supplies and medicines into the UK or transporting holidaymakers abroad for a well-earned rest. Our aircraft make this possible. And at Airbus we have made great strides to open up this incredible industry to a more diverse range of workers, no matter their backgrounds. I’m humbled to be awarded this honour."

Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, said: "We are tremendously grateful to Katherine for her contribution to Airbus and to the industry at large as well as for the key role she plays in furthering diversity in our business."