29th April 2024
BRITISH AIRWAYS’ EMERGING TALENT LEADER, MELISSA RICHARDSON AWARDED AN MBE Melissa Richardson, 30, from Staplehurst in Kent, awarded prestigious accolade for Services to Early Careers in Aviation. Mel has inspired more than 175,000 young people from all backgrounds of life to consider a career in the aviation industry
Melissa Richardson (née Kose), Senior Emerging Talent Manager in the Strategic Resourcing team at British Airways has been awarded an MBE in The King’s New Years Honours List for 2024 for Services to Early Careers in Aviation. This prestigious award recognises her outstanding efforts in supercharging British Airways’ award-winning emerging talent programmes, which provide work experience and employment opportunities for young people across the UK.

Mel, who studied at Wrotham Secondary School in Sevenoaks, joined the airline in 2012 as an apprentice and has worked tirelessly to drive forward and promote British Airways’ emerging talent vision. She is responsible for engaging with and inspiring more than 175,000 young people to consider a career in aviation, enabling them to realise their potential and raise the profile of the airlines award-winning graduate, apprentice, business placement and work experience programmes. Mel has worked closely with teams from across the airline to address the skills gap and implement new early career opportunities, such as specialist graduate and apprenticeship programmes and launch a series of campaigns designed to inspire and attract future talent to the airline.

As part of British Airways’ ongoing commitment to recruiting future talent and providing equal opportunities to people from all backgrounds, Mel played a significant role in launching the airlines partnership with The Prince’s Trust earlier this year to deliver its flagship “Get into Aviation with British Airways” programme. The initiative supports young people from across London who are looking to secure a career in the industry through work experience opportunities or on one of British Airways apprenticeship programmes.