Martin Aston is a Chartered Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the aerospace industry. Having graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, he began his career in the Wind Tunnel department at the Filton facility near Bristol. Over the next 15 years Martin carried out a number of engineering and project management roles within BAE Systems Airbus division, culminating in accountability for all test capability within the Filton organisation. When the Airbus single company was formed in the early 2000’s, Martin took on responsibility for delivering UK wind tunnel testing within the wider Airbus business.
His career took another turn in 2005 when he was asked to lead a large research programme investigating the digitalisation of engineering. This led to the formation of the CFMS organisation and Martin was seconded from Airbus to set up and lead that new business. During that time he sat on several UK and European Commission strategy committees, defining the future of digitalisation within engineering.
Since 2018 he has led the Brunel Challenge, an ambitious UK-based initiative, aimed at delivering transformational change in engineering capability across a range of industrial sectors through the adoption of advanced digital technologies. Having left Airbus at the end of 2020, he now provides specialist support to organisations seeking to develop and exploit innovative, digitally-enabled engineering processes.