Delphine Ryan

She is an aeronautical engineer working within the Ministry of Defence. Aeronautical engineering was her childhood ambition, but she thought she missed her chance by the time she reached her mid-30s. She spent nearly 15 years homeschooling her children and holding down part-time jobs at the same time.

After taking a foundation degree, she went on to get a first in aircraft maintenance engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University and Macclesfield College. She worked with the Flybe engineering team at Manchester airport during her studies. She graduated in 2013, and afterwards she secured a place on a graduate scheme with the Ministry of Defence.

She now works on aviation-related projects and continues to develop as an engineer, which she finds highly satisfying. Her passions lie in aircraft maintenance engineering and airworthiness. She feels that her life experiences and raising her children before she took on this role gave her invaluable strength to achieve what she has and she also comments that colleges can provide routes into the industry when university seems daunting.

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