VP Land and Air Systems, Thales UK
Technology Category Winner 2014
I am absolutely delighted to selected as Technology Category Winner 2014. I feel very strongly that we need to be attracting more bright young women into the technology and engineering sector. In order to do this, we need more role models and ambassadors to step forward and be visible
I’ve enjoyed a fantastic career, starting out on the company graduate scheme and working my way up through a variety of roles and responsibilities.
I am continually amazed at the commitment and enthusiasm of our Thales female engineers. I have seen recent examples of graduates who are willing to put in extra time to support STEM activities in their local community to try and raise the profile that engineering companies are not just a workplace for men.
In July, I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at a lecture at the Farnborough Air Show at an event to inspire young women to consider a career in aerospace and I was absolutely amazed at the numbers there and the passion for the subject.
I studied physics and electronics at the University of Kent and I remember there were about eight female undergraduates on the course and about 100 male students. We have to work hard to change those ratios.
Since April 2013, Marion Broughton has been the Vice President of Thales UK, Land & Air Systems responsible for £300M turnover and over 1000 employees Optronics, Weapon Systems, Air Traffic Management and Operations.
After gaining a degree in Physics/Electronics Marion joined Racal Avionics in 1984 on their Graduate Programme. Marion started her career in Industrial management before moving into IT implementing business systems. She initiated a Product Support Organisation in Racal Defence. When Thales acquired Racal she took the position of Customer Support Director building a product support business and developing and running innovative customer support solutions. Since then she has worked in civil and military customer services and in 2004 she was appointed Customer Services VP for the Aerospace Division, with responsibility for Military Customer Services in France and the UK, supporting all Thales Aerospace products.
Marion became Managing Director of the Thales Training and Simulation business in the UK in June 2008. The UK Business provides civil and military fixed wing simulations and training suites to customers worldwide and is directly responsible for UK RAF fixed and rotary training services on 10 RAF and Army bases in the UK.
Marion spent 6 months running Thales Air Systems Division in the UK before returning to Training and Simulation in March 2010 with the added responsibility for Thales Avionics in the UK. She has responsibility for the Thales business in the South East – 2400 people and a state of the art new facility in Crawley. She supervised the sale of Thales civil simulation business.
In 2010 became VP for Thales Avionics Limited, Thales ATM Limited and Thales Air Operations to the portfolio. These businesses develop, manufacture and support Thales offering on avionics comms and navigation, ATM systems and networked mission management systems for air operations.
Marion is married with 3 daughters and enjoys keeping fit.