It’s not every day you get a royal visitor to your business so staff at Collins Aerospace were naturally ‘honoured and very excited’ to welcome Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal to their purpose-built facility in Worcestershire.
Malvern’s Managing Director Jim Pawson was on hand to greet the royal and she was given a demonstration of the company’s latest intelligence networking system as well as hearing about the history on the UK RAF RAPTOR reconnaissance system. She was also given a tour of the facility and met with many of the employees before unveiling a special plaque made to commemorate her visit.
“We were honoured and very excited by her visit” said Mr Pawson.
“When we moved into our newly constructed facility in 2016, we sent an invitation to the Princess Royal’s Household requesting she visits to celebrate the success and growth of the company within the Malvern Hills Science Park. Late last year we received a call stating the Princess Royal had accepted and we were naturally delighted.”
He said the Princess Royal seemed impressed by what she saw. “She recognized that we do very important work that often goes unnoticed. She also thanked the team for their continued commitment and innovation,” he said.
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The 80-member Malvern team is part of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and space solutions business within Mission Systems, Collins Aerospace. It designs, builds and supports operational level systems and software for multi-source data acquisition, management and exploitation. The Malvern office was formed in 2003 and has been a resident of the Malvern Hills Science Park throughout its 15 years.