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…


Air rescue company Northern HeliCopter sold

German air rescue operator Northern HeliCopter (NHC) has been sold to DRF Luftrettung, the onshore EMS operator with 31 bases across Germany and Austria, including 10 operated on a 24×7 basis. The transaction has been completed retrospectively and officially took effect on 1st January NHC will continue to be a separate operation, but will leverage […]

Leonardo adds firefighting capability to C-27J Spartan

Leonardo used our Aerial Firefighting Europe event in Nimes recently to launch their C-27J in firefighting configuration. The aircraft will features a roll-on/roll-off Fire Attack System (FAS) made by Simplex Aerospace to provide a flexible solution, in keeping with the “multi mission” approach taken in the design of the C-27J. This provides a financially advantageous […]

Colorado Army National Guard host wildland fire event

Colorado Army National Guard’s 2nd Brigade 135th General Support Aviation Battalion, based at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, have recently hosted a wildland fire training conference in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and local and state partners in preparation for wildfire season. Emergency Management Assistance Compact partners Nebraska National Guard and Kansas National […]

Viking Air launches Avionics Upgrade Program for Canadair CL-215T and CL-415

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has launched an Avionics Upgrade Program (AUP) for the Canadair CL-215T and CL-415 fleet of aerial firefighting aircraft. The program will incorporate modernized technologies in communications, navigation, surveillance, and air-traffic management functionality in an integrated platform featuring the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. To face challenges […]