Specialist aerospace & defence conferences & exhibitions

In 2003 Tangent Link set out to transform the way events and conferences were delivered putting our client at the centre of what we deliver and putting their needs first.

The company has spent years understanding the countries and regions we operate in.

Our operating promise is simple: To use our knowledge to help our clients understand their markets of interest quickly and cost effectively and provide a platform for each client to secure meaningful revenue generating opportunities.



Delivering quality and unparalleled levels of service


Working with urgency, passion and determination


Being open and transparent maintaining the highest levels of integrity


Taking ownership and being held accountable for service delivery

John Longhurst

John Longhurst

Executive Chairman

John has 30+ years experience analysing, advising and investing in global manufacturing, with defence, aerospace and security industries as a core competence. His network of industrial, military, financial and political contacts is global. He is an acknowledged thought leader on Key global geo-strategic/economic and cyber issues.

Phil Guy


Phil founded the company in 2003 and has grown Tangent into a formidable global events and market development company in the aerospace and defence industry.

Sophie Spence

Head of Defence Portfolio

Sophie has over 8 years’ experience working in the defence industry and is responsible for directing the defence portfolio at Tangent Link - most notably the renowned Electronic Warfare series.

Lauran Allen

Head of Aerospace Portfolio

Lauran has over 10 years’ experience and is responsible for directing the Aerospace Portfolio at Tangent Link. The portfolio includes the world-leading Aerial Firefighting and Search & Rescue events.

Diane Carty

Finance Manager

Having joined Tangent Link in 2013, Diane is responsible for the financial and HR management of the company.

Carl Piercy

Carl Piercy

Business Development Manager

An experienced sales person with excellent relationship and rapport skills. Having mainly focused on the TL defence portfolio Carl is now enjoying the additional challenge of leading the sales across the aerospace portfolio.

Olga Andreyeva

Marketing Manager

With many years event marketing experience, Olga diligently manages the marketing of the company and the global event portfolio for Tangent Link.

Julia Guy

Head of International Relations

Julia is responsible for making sure that delegations of the highest quality attend Tangent Link events.

Syed Ahmed Ali

Sales Executive

Ahmed has plenty of international sales experience and is responsible for developing relationships with new clients.

Latisha Daure

Latisha Daure

Operations Executive

Tish, alongside Poppy looks after the logistics and set up of all of our international events. Tish is highly motivated and committed to delivering service excellence.

Poppy Clark-Brymner

Poppy Clark-Brymner

Operations Executive

Poppy works alongside Tish looks after the logistics and set up of our international events. Poppy is highly organised and drives for successful service delivery.

Kate Niven

Programme and Office Executive

Our longest serving team member, Kate provides the operational support required so that the events run smoothly.

Natalie Webb

HR Executive

Natalie motivates the team and takes care of employee wellbeing.

Northrop Grumman benefited greatly from Tangent Link’s professional approach to the conference, and attention to the all-important details of how we were able to engage with the customer at the conference. Well done. Let’s do this again…


US Navy awards Lockheed Martin $184M EW contract

The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $184 million firm-fixed-price modification to exercise options for full rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 systems.  These will be implemented on the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and warships. “We are honored to continue to provide this critical fleet defense capability that […]

Columbia Helicopters acquisition by Bristow Group called off

Bristow Group has announced they have mutually agreed with Columbia Helicopters to terminate Bristow’s agreement to acquire Columbia.  In connection with the termination, Bristow has paid $20 million to Columbia.  Bristow, Columbia and Columbia’s shareholders have agreed to release each other from all claims in connection with the purchase agreement and the related transactions. Since the announcement […]

US Navy creates cyber warfare development group unit

Navy Reserve leaders formally inaugurated a new Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (NCWDG) Reserve unit during a ceremony at Fort George G Meade in Maryland.  “We at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command are determine to increase our competitive advantages over our nation’s adversaries by focusing on our capabilities, processes, and mostly importantly, our people” said Butler. “This […]

(L) Capt. James Lee and (R) Rear Adm. James Butler

European Maritime Safety Agency adds unmanned capability with various suppliers

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has signed a contract with CEIIA-Centro de Engenharia e Desenvolvimento for long range-long endurance maritime surveillance. CEIIA will provide services based on the Hermes 900 RPAS subcontracted from Elbit. This RPAS has advanced capabilities in terms of operational flight duration (more than 12 hours) and payload configuration. It carries […]

Schiebel S-100 Camcopter

CalFire releases image of their Sikorsky S70i

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has released images of their first Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk, including the one seen here.  The helicopter has been built at the manufacturer’s plant at Mielec in Poland, and has been transferred to the United Rotorcraft facility for conversion to Firehawk standard.  This primarily requires the […]

Sikorsky S70i of CalFire