Conor Chaplin

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Aviation

I lead Innovate UK Business Connect’s aerospace and aviation activities, working primarily on the Future Flight Challenge, the Jet Zero Council, and the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Innovation Programme. I also lead our Accessible & Inclusive Transport work programme.

I’ve worked across the aerospace, defence, and transport sectors with experience of leading a variety of transport innovation projects ranging from concept development and systems design to live trials and policy development. I’ve worked on numerous projects supported by the Department for Transport, Innovate UK, and Horizon 2020, and have previously held roles in both the public and private sector, including at the UK Ministry of Defence and Transport for Greater Manchester.

I work closely with partners across the aviation and aerospace sector, including other UK Research and Innovation councils, central government departments, local authorities, industry bodies, SMEs, and large OEMs. If you’re looking for support with navigating the UK’s aviation and aerospace sector, applying for grant funding, or sector-specific expertise, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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