Leigh joins us as a helicopter simulator technical support expert, and will be providing technical support on our mission training devices.
Leigh grew up in Hampshire where she began her studies in aeronautical engineering in 2005.
Whilst studying in 2006, Leigh was approached by Aviation Training International Limited - a joint venture set up by Westlands Helicopters and Boeing to provide the training service for the Apache AH Mk 1 aircraft - who were seeking out new helicopter simulator engineers. Leigh landed one of the available apprentice-style courses, and continued her studies in Farnborough alongside training for her new role.
Initially Leigh trained at the company’s Arborfield site situated in the Reading area, until the summer of 2007 when she was invited to spend her summer break at the Middle Wallop site training on the Apache AH full mission simulator.
On completion of her studies in 2008, Leigh was offered a full-time position at the Wattisham training centre in Suffolk. Alongside this role, Leigh continued learning and completed an NVQ level 3 in engineering maintenance as well an electronics course which she studied one day a week through the Colchester Institute. She graduated in October 2010.
Leigh continued working at Wattisham for the next 10 years. ATIL became a solely Boeing venture in May 2019, and as Boeing provide technical support at the RAF's Air Battlespace Training Centre Leigh has also stepped in to provide exercise assistance at the facillity.
Leigh lives in Needham Market, Suffolk. She enjoys being outdoors, and loves to ski when she gets the opportunitiy. Hiking and cycling in the Suffolk countryside, and playing basketball are a few of her favourite activities when at home. She also enjoys cooking and baking, particularly occasion cakes.
Welcome to the team, Leigh. We are delighted to have you on the team and look forward to sampling some of your baking when we are all able to meet!
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