“Airbus gives its employees the opportunity to speak up and share their experiences. We are lucky to be able to count on the support of individuals and the right network.”
Anne started her career at Airbus seven years ago, joining the Airbus Defence and Space division in Portsmouth as Contract Manager within the Commercial Team for the Space System. She has now moved to the position of Project Supply Manager, leading the UK team for Secure Communications Procurement.
Anne’s passion for work is nurtured by the fact of being in a team that gives the opportunity to develop the right culture of inclusion and respect. “When you feel comfortable in your working environment, it is easier to believe in yourself, whatever the circumstances of your life. You automatically have the strength to persist, win and exceed challenges – both at work and in your personal life.”
In 2018 Anne was diagnosed with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and her life changed. “There are situations you cannot control in life, but with the right people around you, everything is easier to accomplish.” Airbus supported Anne in her recovery process by providing a dedicated therapist that helped her learning how to manage the symptoms. “Initially, everything seemed illogical to me and it was difficult to understand what I was going through. Thanks to the medical and professional help I received, I was able to understand why my body and my brain were reacting in certain ways. And from that moment onwards, I was able to express my needs to the people around me, both at work and home. The whole process I went through improved my daily life by making the most of my potential and play a full part in my relationships at work and within the Airbus community.”
Anne developed a passion for mental health awareness and since then she has decided to act and use her experience to improve her working environment at Airbus. “I feel extremely rewarded in my passion for developing a better culture for inclusion and diversity. I organize conferences and lead dedicated events to familiarize people with mental health diseases and Airbus has always shown great encouragement – from financial point of view to occupational health support and setting up of Airbus live conferences to reach a wider audience within the company.”
The best advice from Anne? “First, finding a way to identify what is needed to manage the symptoms is the initial step to improve your day-to-day. Secondly, to overcome the fear of prejudices and speak up with your colleagues because working on improving your mental health demonstrates adaptability, resilience and bravery. There is no such a thing as unashamed conversation, shared values and finding the bright side in every difficulty.”