Our Members

WOF is a movement focused on collaboration and kindness in the workplace, galvanising a community of women to work together as a new generation of talent across multiple sectors and industries. Learn more about the inspiring and high-achieving women who are part of our community.

Kelly Cole
Regional Director, Commercial Field Service, GE Aviation
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is working directly with our airline customers. I love learning about their business and helping them solve their challenges. I am fortunate to work with customers from different regions in the world. Helping them solve tough technical and commercial challenges.
The GE Aviation products power regional, narrow body and wide body aircraft. The variation in product type, countries and culture and different airline business models means every day is unique. In addition, as advanced technology is introduced into the engines, we face new challenges. The data from the new technology is changing the way in which we work and managing the aircraft engines on-wing. This makes aviation a very interesting industry to be part of as it is continuously evolving.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself at the start of your career what would it be?
My one piece of advice would be to make my view of the world bigger. I grew up in Caerphilly, South Wales where my knowledge of the world and career opportunities was limited. I believe having a wider view of the world would have broadened my early career opportunities.
What is an act of kindness that you will remember forever?
Time is very precious, it is one of the relatively few things in the world you are unable to buy. I have been very fortunate during my career and through the Women Of the Future Awards to have a couple of individuals give me their time and advice. Their advice has been invaluable, along with their belief in my abilities.
What is your favourite quote?
I’m a big believer in the saying “The harder I work, the more luck I have”. We all come from different backgrounds and face different challenges in life. In the UK we are all very fortunate to have opportunities available to us. This gives us the opportunity to work hard and make our own luck. Whether it is in sports, education or in your professional career. The harder you work, the luckier you’ll become.
If you could invite two people to dinner (dead or alive!) who would they be and why?
The first-person would-be Dwayne Johnson, also know as the Rock. He has excelled in his sporting career as a WFF wrestler and an established actor. I admire his principles and work ethic behind his success in wrestling and acting. In a recent interview he commented “The key to my success has been hard work and determination. It’s really about working hard for what I want, and to constantly grow and get to new levels in the business,”
Richard Branson has always been someone I have admired. He has managed to build several successful businesses, starting from ground zero. His businesses have looked to disrupt the industries he entered through offering improved services for the customers. I have grown in admiration for Richard since working with Virgin Atlantic Airlines where his values shine through. In a prior role, I had the opportunity to work with Virgin Atlantic Airlines on an alternative fuel product. Virgin Atlantic Airlines lead the project, at Richard’s direction. The Virgin Atlantic Airlines team working on the project were extremely passionate about the project and the benefits it could have on the environment. The project in question will help advance the development of alternative fuels in the commercial aviation business from waste products.
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