John Entwhistle

Quality Capability Manager

BAE Systems – Air

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John Entwhistle

What are your roles and responsibilities at work?

My role is to ensure that the capability of the quality professional resource supports the company’s business / quality strategies and that quality certification continues to meet multiple customer requirements.

I’m responsible for the quality competency development framework and the business certification requirements. I lead a team to manage the interests of approximately 300 quality personnel across the business that underpins the development, delivery and support of all our products and services.

What is your background and how did you get into quality?

My education and qualifications are in mechanical engineering, control systems and metrology, so I naturally pursued a career within an engineering organisation. I was offered a role in the quality organisation of BAE Systems and have been fortunate to perform a variety of roles since my original appointment.

I didn’t plan to make a career out of quality but the opportunities I’ve encountered have ensured I continue to be challenged and developed, and I want to publicise quality as a ‘career of choice’. Since joining the defence sector in 1997, I have undertaken duties that have brought me into contact with all types of individuals within the core business streams and supply chain. I believe this experience has provided me with a firm understanding of the company and

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