Boeing appoints Matthew Knowles to lead comms in UK and Ireland

US aerospace giant Boeing has appointed Matthew Knowles as comms director for the UK and Ireland.

Matthew Knowles: joining Boeing
Matthew Knowles: joining Boeing

Knowles joins from ADS, where he headed comms for the trade body of the UK’s aerospace, defence and security industries.  

At Boeing, Knowles will take responsibility for the company’s comms strategies, comma partnerships with suppliers and customers and engagement with other stakeholders.  

He will also support the company’s community outreach programmes and sponsorships, including the Boeing Build a Plane challenge for schools and the British Military Tournament  

Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing UK and Ireland commented: ‘The UK is a crucial market for Boeing, from supporting the UK’s Armed Forces with equipment such as the CH-47 Chinook helicopter to working with valued airline customers.  

‘We are delighted to welcome Matthew to lead communications in this important area for the company. He will work closely with Boeing Defence UK, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the international teams to enhance the company’s reputation and help grow our business here.’  

Knowles replaces Nick West who had headed Boeing’s UK and Ireland comms for almost eight years, before joining UK-based defence tech company Raytheon in May this year.  

Formerly, Knowles led the policy and comms team at the British Chambers of Commerce and held similar senior roles in other UK trade associations and local government before heading up PR for the Federation of Small Businesses.  

Boeing employs more than 1,000 people across the UK and has worked with British industry, the Armed Forces and the air transport industry for over 70 years.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

Max Clifford trial jury to reconvene tomorrow after majority verdicts direction

Max Clifford trial jury to reconvene tomorrow after majority verdicts direction

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford on 11 charges of indecent assault has been sent home for the day after being told by the judge earlier this afternoon that he will now accept majority verdicts.

Labour "fooling themselves" over plans to combat attacks on Miliband

Labour "fooling themselves" over plans to combat attacks on Miliband

Conservative-leaning public affairs experts have questioned the value of Labour's adoption of US-style campaigning tactics in the wake of the opposition hiring election strategist David Axelrod.

PLMR appoints Professor Tim Morris as non-executive director

The vet who helped establish the British Horseracing Authority's anti-doping and animal welfare programme has joined PLMR as a non-executive director.