Professor Andrew Long

Professor Andrew Long, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Hub Director, University of Nottingham

Professor Andy Long is the Director of the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub and currently serves as the Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Nottingham.

He has worked for over 25 years on manufacturing and design of composite components and structures, and has an international reputation for his work on automated manufacturing technologies, textile composites and process modelling. As chairman of SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter he has organised a number of conferences and CPD events on composites manufacture, is Scientific Committee member for several international conference series and member of four journal editorial boards.

Professor Long has supervised over 20 successful PhD students, and has published three textbooks and around 300 papers. He has received the IoMMM Composites Award for best published work twice. In 2006 he was awarded the Rosenhain Medal for his distinguished contribution to materials science and in 2014 was elected a SAMPE Fellow. Professor Long represents the academic community on the UK Composites Leadership Forum, responsible for delivery and development of the UK Composites Strategy, reporting to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Dr Tom Turner

Dr Tom Turner, Associate Professor in Composites Manufacturing and Hub Deputy Director

Dr Tom Turner is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham where he teaches Aerospace Design. He is Deputy Director of the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub and Chair of the Strategic Development Committee. Tom He has wide-ranging understanding of all stages of composites design, manufacture & assembly predominantly in the aerospace and automotive fields.

His research interests are in process modelling and process automation development for composites manufacturing and assembly, methods for whole life cycle cost assessment covering design, manufacturing and assembly stages and the recovery and re-use of carbon fibres. He has acted as Co-Investigator on a multi-million dollar strategic collaboration in composites recycling with Boeing and is also actively involved with the UK ATI backed Validation and Integration of Manufacturing Enablers for Future Wing Structures (VIEWS) programme and the CS2 ASTRAL Fast Rotorcraft IADP.

Professor Prasad Potluri

Professor Prasad Potluri, Professor of Robotics and Textile Composites

Professor Prasad Potluri is a Professor of Robotics and Textile Composites at the University of Manchester, and holds an EPSRC High Value Manufacturing Catapult Fellowship at the National Composites Centre. Prasad is a Principal Investigator for the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub and leads the core research on 3D preforming and automated manufacturing. He was a Senior Design Engineer at Suzuki Motor Company (Maruti-Suzuki) before moving to academia.

Prof Potluri is an internationally recognised expert on technical textiles, especially in the area of 3D textile preforming. He has developed a number of novel machines for 3D weaving, braiding, robotic fibre placement and complex winding; some of these technologies are being adopted by the HVM sector. Prof Potluri has published over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings in the area of textile composites and mechanics of fibre assemblies. He is a member of the Materials Technical Committee (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), EPSRC Peer Review College and serves on the Editorial Boards of Textile Research Journal, Journal of Industrial Textiles and Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer and Composites Science.

Professor Ivana Partridge

Professor Ivana Partridge, Director of EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture

In October 2012 Professor Ivana Partridge became the Academic Director of the University’s EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacturing following 33 years at Cranfield University.  Initially much of her role encompassed setting out the taught element of the doctorate programme, and finalising contractual agreements as the Centre involves industrial partners and the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester and Cranfield.

Ivana is also responsible for sourcing funding and projects from partners, recruiting Research Engineers for this four year study scheme, and then providing them with industrial and academic supervisors. The aim is to have at least 30 research engineers graduating with an EngD degree in the new discipline of composites manufacturing and gaining their Chartered Engineer status by 2018.

Dr Rob Backhouse

Dr Rob Backhouse, Engineering Specialist and Global Process Owner (Polymer Composites), Rolls Royce Plc

Dr Rob Backhouse is a polymer composite engineering specialist with 15+ years experience serving McLaren Automotive and Rolls-Royce plc. He is responsible for advanced composite materials and manufacturing process technology strategies and is accountable for design data, specifications and standards for composite applications across multiple industry sectors including gas turbine, marine, energy and nuclear businesses, following gated ‘TRL’ processes.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), participating in the Executive Committee of the IOMMM British Composites Society and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Materials and Structures Committee and UK National Composites Centre (NCC) Research Committee, in which Rolls-Royce plc are Tier 1 Partners. He is also a member of SAMPE UK Chapter.

Martin Macourek

Martin Macourek, Director, CzechTrade UK

A professional in trade for more than 10 years. Originally dealing with trade policies and carrying out free trade agreement negotiations on behalf of Czech Republic, he has progressively moved to microeconomics, dealing with B2B sales whilst holding different positions.

In the last two years, Martin has been representing the Czech Government business body CzechTrade for UK and Irish markets. Under his leadership, automotive has moved to a core sector with focus on Tier 2 and 1s to OEM´s, production and non production and most recently innovation including advanced composites.  He did also organise Czech Republic pavilions on a number of trade show in the UK such as Advanced Engineering, Subcon or Automechanika. In parallel, he did organize supplier days with UK based OEMS such as Aston Martin, JLR, Nissan or Komatsu.


Tomas Loubal

Tomas Loubal, Business Development Director, Spolchemie

Mr. Tomas Loubal is an experienced and respected specialist in synthetic resins, green epoxy resins and product lifecycle analysis. After master degree in Prague Institute of Chemical Technology he was involved in Research & Development of chlorine chemistry, synthetic resins production and process development for more than twenty years.
Nowadays he is engaged as Business Development Director for special epoxy systems in Spolchemie, leading European producer of epoxy resins, and he is a member of board of directors of Synpo institute in Pardubice, the Czech Republic.
He is also member of various professional committees and boards, such as Steering Committee of Plastics Europe, Epoxy Resins Committee and Polymer Resins Group, a member of board of directors of Czech Society of Industrial Chemists and many others. 

Alex Aucken

Alex Aucken, Chair, Composites Leadership Forum

Alex is the  Chair of the Compsoties Leadership Forum and also Global Automotive Director, at Solvay responsible for coordinating Cytec/Solvay's rapidly developing technical and commercial activities for serial automotive composites.

With 26 years of industry experience, including 15 years in the composites sector, he has held strategic business and engineering roles across the Automotive, Defence and Aerospace industries, including OEMs (Ford, British Aerospace), Tier 1s (Visteon) Tier 2s (Solvay, Cytec, ACG, GE Plastics).

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson, Assistant Director, Steel and Materials at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Kate  leads on supporting advanced materials industries for the BEIS Steel and Materials sector team. Her aim is to increase the UK’s ability to compete internationally in advanced materials by commercialising our R&D, building strong UK supply chains and making it easier for businesses to start using advanced materials such as carbon fibre reinforced plastics where this would provide benefits including reduced fuel usage, easier installation or reduced maintenance. She has developed expertise in the workings of government in a range of roles, including developing policy for how business can better collaborate with local government to achieve economic growth.

Dr Faye Smith

Dr Faye Smith, Director, Avalon Consultancy Services Ltd

Dr Faye Smith is a Director of Avalon Consultancy Services, providing expert knowledge and support for activities such as foreign direct investment, national and company strategy development and R&D activity, in the area of advanced engineering, specialising in composites.

For the past ten years this has included working as a Specialist for UK Government (Dept for International Trade, formerly UKTI), working with overseas-owned companies to facilitate investment in UK-based facilities (e.g. McLaren’s Sheffield facility, Solvay’s Application Centre in Heanor and the MHI Vestas Blade facility on the Isle of WIght).

Faye is a member of the Composites Leadership Forum and has been involved in the development of both the 2009 and 2016 UK Composite Strategies, which led to the establishment of the National Composites Centre and the Composites Leadership Forum itself. She is also currently involved in developing the Composites Sector Deal to help deliver the current UK strategy.

Faye has been on the Board of Composites UK, the UK trade association for the composites sector, for four years and, for 2017/18, has the role of Chairman.

Previously Faye has been Business Development Director at the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Senior Project Leader at TWI, Materials Manager at Thermion Systems Europe and has a background in composites engineering research and project management.

Faye has a Ph.D. in Composite Materials from Imperial College, London, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Ajay Kapadia

Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Advanced Composites, KTN

Ajay Kapadia is a Mechanical Engineer by training and has a post graduate qualification in Manufacturing. Ajay has been in the composites industry for about 25 years. He has worked in a number of sectors including aerospace, oil and gas, marine, defence, … He has mainly been involved in Manufacturing Engineering using new composite materials and processes in new applications. Ajay is a specialist in out of autoclave processes including resin infusion, RTM and resin film infusion. Ajay has held a number of senior positions within the composites industry setting up TWI’s Adhesives and Composites contract R&D Department as well as being Programme Director for the UK’s National Composite Network.

Ajay’s current role within the Knowledge Transfer Network allows him to assist UK firms to innovate through networking. As such, Ajay sets up and facilitates Workshops and Events in Composites and other Materials. In this role, he also sits on the Board of Composites bodies such as the Composites Leadership Forum and the British Composites Society as well as a number of University Steering Boards.

Lucas Morgan

Lucas Morgan, Principal Engineer, Manufacturing Technologies, Meggitt Polymers & Composites

Lucas has been working within the composites industry since 2005 in both applied research and production environments.
Lucas began working as a development engineer for NetComposites where his research focussed on Self Reinforced Polymer Composites and later Graphene filled thermoplastics for use in ALM processes.
Moving specifically to an Aerospace manufacturing facility Lucas lead the manufacturing engineering team working with multiple processing techniques such as Compression moulding,  pre-preg moulding, filament winding and CNC machining and a wide array of materials.  Lucas now holds the position of Principal Engineer, Manufacturing Technologies at Meggitt Polymers & Composites working across the UK business developing new manufacturing processes.
Lucas holds a masters degree in mechanical engineering from University of Leicester

Luke McEwen

Luke McEwen, Senior Engineer, Gurit Composite Engineering

Luke has 20 years experience in the design of FRP composite structures, including buildings, bridges, roofs, cladding panels, domes, masts and architectural sculptures.

Having started his engineering career designing America’s Cup racing yachts and other highly-loaded marine structures, he moved on to wind and tidal turbine blades, buses and cars, all in glass fibre or carbon fibre reinforced plastic. He now leads Gurit’s civil and  architectural composite engineering team, and specialises in advising designers on how to achieve ambitious structures with light weight materials. Luke is a Chartered Engineer with a masters in engineering from Cambridge University.

James Henderson

James Henderson, Technical Authority for Composites in Construction, Atkins Ltd

James has over 20 years’ experience working as an Engineering Consultant in both the Rail and Highway sectors. In recent years has focussed on technical delivery of bridges and civil infrastructure specialising in BIM, Asset Management and more notably Advanced Materials where James is a leading figure in the Composites Sector. He chairs Composites UK Construction Group and is also active is developing the industry through his involvement with the Composites Leadership Forum.

Recent work has included advising East West Rail on the provision of FRP Footbridges and he is also updating the ‘Guidance for Designers for FRP Bridges’ which is an industry authored best practise guidance document. James is also actively involved in a leadership role for the delivery of BIM and also plays a leading role in delivering national structures asset management biased work working with national and local authority clients and has recently completed the re-drafting of the Highway Structures Code of Practise for the UK Roads Liaison Group.

Richard Brine

Richard Brine, Manager - GRP Business Unit, Lionweld Kennedy

Richard Brine started has working life at ICI Wilton as one of “Maggie’s millions” before joining H M Forces where he spent 5 years in the Army serving in West Germany, Denmark, West Berlin, Greece, Northern Ireland and Catterick from where he left and joined British Steel in 1989.

British Steel (also known as Corus and Tata Steel) employed Richard in Technical function on shifts for several years of “proper work”, before moving into Commercial roles selling steel to Asia. Thereafter, he became European Area Sales Manager working in Teesside and Scunthorpe before running the Extra Processing dept. on Teesside. This dept. supplied fabrication components clients for such projects as Canary Wharf, Wembley stadium, Principality (formerly Millennium) stadium and the Bullring.

After leaving British Steel in 2010 after more than 20 years’ service, Richard has worked in Business Development and Head of Sales at Lionweld Kennedy in Middlesbrough offering a market leading secondary metalwork and GRP product range and now heads up Lionweld Kennedy’s GRP Business Unit offering Flooring, Handrail, Platforms and other Structures into the Rail & Infrastructure, Construction, Oil & Gas and Renewable market sectors.

Richard Brine is a graduate of Durham University for 2:1 (Hons) in European Studies with German language and a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) from Teesside University.

Clive Chitiz

Clive Chitiz, Vice President EMEA Region, Plataine

Clive joined PLATAINE almost five5 years ago in the capacity of VP Business Development.

His position has evolved to that of responsibility for Plataine’s operations in the EMEA Region, with emphasis on the UK Composite Industry, primarily in Aerospace and Automotive.

Clive specializes in managing key corporate accounts as well as identifying and developing the next generation of Plataine customers.

To this end, Clive and the Plataine team are frequent speakers at Composite Conferences and Seminars and he looks forward to meeting participants at Advanced Engineering, Birmingham, 2017.

Clive holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Economics) from Wits University in South Africa.

Ben Morgan

Ben Morgan, Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group and Factory 2050, AMRC

Ben Morgan is the Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group and Factory 2050 at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). He is responsible for a large team of multidisciplinary engineers solving problems for UK manufacturing in aerospace, automotive and construction industries.

Ben graduated from the University of Leeds with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering and joined the AMRC with Boeing in 2008, gaining experience in robotics, assembly and large volume metrology. In 2011 Ben moved into a technical lead/project management role with responsibility for all robotics projects at the AMRC with Boeing.

As Head of IMG for the last 4 years, Ben is leading the development of Factory 2050, the world’s first industrial research facility dedicated to reconfigurable assembly and digitally driven component manufacturing. Since it’s opening at the start of 2016 Factory 2050 has accelerated IMG’s ability to impact UK manufacturing with transformational research. IMG develop innovative solutions with robotics, augmented reality and digital SMART factory technologies for some of the world’s leading aerospace and automotive manufacturing companies both large and small.

Ben has recently become a fellow of the Institute for Mechanical Engineers and when not working, he can usually be found running or road biking around sunny Yorkshire.

For more information about the AMRC with Boeing or Factory 2050 please visit


Matthew Frost

Matthew Frost, Technical Sales Manager, Coriolis

Matthew Frost is a composite materials and process engineer at heart. He has worked with Coriolis Composites for over 5 years with the objective of industrialising composite production using Automated Fibre Placement in both automotive and aerospace fields. He represents Coriolis Composites in Britain and internationally.

Previously he worked in Germany with a carbon fibre manufacturer and in Britain with a small automotive parts manufacturer. Matthew started his career in composites as a research engineer at Cranfield University after graduating from the University of Sheffield in materials science and engineering.


Henry Sarel-Cooke

Henry Sarel-Cooke, Business Development Manager, GKN Autostructures

Develop current Structures business (chassis and bolt-on components), markets including; Automotive; Off-Highway and Defence, in steel and aluminium. Programme lead and key developer of light weight strategy into high volume automotive, concentrating on exploiting this technology on next vehicle platforms 2020/21 and beyond.
Member of the GKN Composite strategy team.
As Deputy Chair Auto Composite Group actively involved in developing the group’s ongoing strategy of helping to develop the UK supply chain of composite components.

Shanta Desai

Dr Shanta Desai, Composites Development Lead, Nissan

Dr Desai completed her MSc in Physics (Hons) in Goa (India) and MSc in Nanoscale Science and Technology and PhD in Materials (Composites) from University of Leeds. Upon completion of her PhD, she joined Cranfield University as a PostDoc and in 2008 joined Tata Steel (South Wales) where she took up various positions (knowledge management co-ordinator, process Technologist, Business Improvement Champion) within her tenure there.
Dr Desai moved her career from steel industry to get back to composites and started working on natural fibres at Composites Evolution Ltd and later took up Technical Project Manager’s position at Cytec (now Solvay Group). While at Cytec, Dr Desai managed Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) R2 program which consisted of 14 projects and 28 partners (industry and academic) and internal capital expenditure (CapEx) project. The CapEx project included buying of equipment and setting up of processing/automation facility at the Application Centre to achieve the aims of AMSCI projects lead by Cytec.
In 2015, Dr Desai started her own consultancy (4th Dimension Composites Ltd) and started providing service to Nissan. Dr Desai supports Nissan with REACh substance management and management of technical aspects of composites based internal and collaborative research projects. 
Dr Desai is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals. She is a member of IOM membership Committee and represents Nissan in Automotive Composite Group and Advisory board of Composite Large Scale Project.

Paul Fannon

Paul Fannon, Head of Programmes, Penso

Paul has a B.Eng(Hons) in Engineering. 37 years engineering and project management experience in both aerospace and automotive industries, previously working for Dunlop/Meggitt, GE, HAV & JLR. Initially specialising in the areas of stress analysis, fatigue analysis and composite materials technology with 25+ years in-depth use of CAE. Currently leads project delivery, and NPI processes across the Penso organisation.

Najib Baig

Najib Baig, Product Manager, Granta Design

Najib Baig is responsible for product management and strategic product direction at Granta Design – the materials information technology company. Specific responsibilities include the Product Management of Granta’s Materials Innovation products, including Additive Manufacturing, Simulation and Composites. He has worked with dozens of leading engineering organizations – in aerospace, automotive and other industries – to solve challenges related to materials information management and material selection.

Richard Freemantle

Richard Freemantle, BINDT/Wavelength NDT

Richard Freemantle has worked in the field of non-destructive testing for over 25 years and is an experienced and certified NDT practitioner and engineer in acoustic and ultrasonic composite test methods. His unique and comprehensive background in both industrial and research environments has made him widely sought after as an NDT inspector and technical consultant providing services to a diverse range of industries including Aerospace, Automotive, Marine, Oil and Gas, Rail and Wind Energy.

Anthony Croxford

Anthony Croxford, Inductosense

Anthony Croxford is a reader in Ultrasonics and Dynamics at the University of Bristol, Chief Scientific Officer of Inductosense and an EPSRC Research fellow. His research is focussed on how to improve the detectability of changes in material through high resolution and nonlinear ultrasonic array approaches and permanently installed passive sensors.

Peter Chivers

Peter Chivers, Chief Executive, CLF TWG and NCC

Peter is Chief Executive of the National Composites Centre in Bristol, which he has developed   from early concept through to a fully functioning and continually expanding centre of excellence in composites technology development. The Centre has grown rapidly, now employing more than 230 (January 2017) expert staff supporting industry across more than 15 sectors to capitalise on the benefits of this rapidly developing field of high value manufacturing.  An internationally recognised centre in the field of composite innovation and technology development, the NCC works closely with industrial partners and is a partner of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Peter is a passionate believer in using new technology to bring value. He is committed to supporting the UK composite manufacturing industry’s growth and increasing its contribution to the economy.
Peter has extensive experience in composites and technology leadership, having held a number of senior engineering and business leadership positions in large multinational companies and SMEs in the aerospace industry. He has been involved in composite technology and capability development for over twenty years.
Peter is a Board Director of the trade association Composites UK, a visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, Chair of the Technology Working Group of the Composites Leadership Forum and a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Minerals, Mining, and Materials.

Katerina Busuttil

Katerina Busuttil, Standards Publishing Manager, BSI

Katerina has been working at The British Standards Institution (BSI) since 2015, supporting key aspects of the manufacturing sector. Her main areas of focus include advanced materials such as composites and graphene, the automotive industry, pressure vessels, coatings, and the welding and steel industry. Katerina represents BSI on the Composites Leadership Forum.

Stella Job

Stella Job, Composites UK

Chair - Sustainability (recycling) Forum

Denzil J. Lawrence

Paul McMullan, Global Commercial Manager, Sigmatex

Andrew Page

Andrew Page, Business Development Manager, Toyota Tsusho

Andrew has worked in the plastics sector since graduating in 1977 with a  Degree in Chemistry working  mainly with engineering polymers for GE, BASF and Bayer specialising in application development. More recently he has been involved in R & D projects with Smithers  Rapra Technology and De Montfort university.  Andrew has considerable experience in injection moulding and a wide range of materials including compostable biopolymers.

Hom Dhakal

Hom Dhakal, Reader in Composite Materials, University of Portsmouth

Dr Hom Dhakal is a Reader and the Course Leader for BEng. (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Distance Learning (DL) at the School of Engineering, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom. His principal research interest lies on the design and manufacturing of composites, nanocomposites, natural fibre composites and bio-composites, cleaner production and lean manufacturing. Dr Dhakal is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow (FIET) of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) (FIMMM) and a member of the American Society for Composites (ASC).
Dr Dhakal has many years of experience in teaching and research.  His research focuses on the development of light weight composites from renewable resources, implementation of lean manufacturing tools which reduces wastes and offer environmental, social, and economic benefits. He is the author/co-author of over 100 publications in the area of light weight sustainable composite materials, design and manufacturing.
Dr Dhakal has well over 1560 citations with an h-index of 16; i10-index of 30; ResearchGate score is 30.51, higher than 87.5% of ResearchGate members. He has successfully supervised over 7 PhDs as a Director of Studies; been an external examiner for many PhDs locally and internationally. He is a member of global scientific research committees; established national/international industrial professional and academic networks and have held several leadership roles.


Robert Smith

Robert Smith, Professor of NDT and High Value Manufacturing, BINDT/University of Bristol

Robert Smith is Professor of NDT and High Value Manufacturing at the University of Bristol. He studied Physics at the University of Cambridge, Applied Acoustics at Kings College, London, and gained a PhD at the University of Nottingham. After 6 years at the National Physical Laboratory he moved to the NDE Group at RAE Farnborough (later DERA and QinetiQ) in 1989, and then to the University of Bristol in 2013 to commence an EPSRC Fellowship in Manufacturing. He has authored over 110 publications, five of which were awarded medals by the British Institute of NDT of which he is a Fellow and Past President.

Stuart Ratcliff

Stuart Ratcliff, CAA Nominated NDT Level 3, GKN Aerospace

Stuart Ratcliff is the CAA Nominated NDT Level 3 at GKN Aerospace Western Approach where the A350 and A400m wing spars are manufactured.  Stuart has spent over 30 years in the aerospace sector.  Having initially trained and worked as a propulsion technician in the Royal Air Force, he subsequently retrained as a multi method NDT technician supporting RAF Squadrons worldwide.  After leaving the forces, Stuart further developed his NDT knowledge and progressed by holding positions at an MRO facility, a foundry producing aerospace quality castings, and two composite manufacturing companies, before moving to his current position at GKN Aerospace.

Phil Harper

Phil Harper, CEO, Tribosonics

Phil Harper is founder and CEO of Tribosonics Ltd, a technology company based in Sheffield. Tribosonics develops novel measurement technologies for a wide range of engineering applications in markets such as Formula1, Aerospace, Offshore Wind, Rail and Process Industries. Phil completed a MEng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield before going on to obtain a PhD in Ultrasonics and Tribology, also from the University of Sheffield. Phil is passionate about creating tangible value in today's market place through creating new measurement technologies to solve customer problems.

Ben Hargreaves

Ben Hargreaves, Coventive Composites

Ben joined NetComposites in 2009, initially working on the development of halogen-free fire retardant unsaturated polyester nanocomposites. He is currently responsible for the management of NetComposites’ commercial consultancy business, having previously led NetComposites’ research and development activities in the field of nanocomposites.

Prior to joining NetComposites, he worked for Mettler Toledo Ltd, specialising in process analytical instrumentation for the chemical, pharmaceutical, semi-conductor and brewery sectors.He holds a degree and PhD in chemistry, both obtained at the University of Sheffield with the latter being sponsored by Sealed Air Ltd. He also holds an MBA from The Open University.


Jon-Paul Griffiths, Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, Oxford Advanced Surfaces

Jon-Paul has a background in organic synthesis and materials design and was a co-founder of Oxford Advanced Surfaces Limited with Professor Mark Moloney. Their research into synthesis of highly reactive chemistry that could modify surfaces was used to create the intellectual property and technology now branded as Onto™. Jon-Paul was awarded the Young Industrialist of the Year award in 2010 by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his dedication and tenacity in researching novel applications of carbene chemistry.

Mark P

Mark Pharaoh, Pyramid Cycle Design

Mark Pharaoh spent many years at WMG before setting up on his own. Using his many years of composite experience and his triathlon and cycling skills he has created PCD and a suit of cutting edge products. We have worked with Dame Sarah Storey, the Australian Nation Track team and the current British Track Pursuit Champions, not bad for a micro enterprise from Coventry.

Antoine Battin

Antoine Battin, Technical Support Sales Engineer, SHD Composites

Graduated from the European school of engineering and material science (EEIGM), in Nancy, France, I specialised in composite materials. During this masters degree, I also worked briefly with graphene (research project) and to follow up with this technology during my career is a real plus for me. I joined SHD in 2015 and work as a technical sales support engineer, working closely with customers to offer them high quality prepreg materials. My job also includes the development of the range of  graphene material prepregs at SHD.

Terence W

Terence Warmbier, Business Development Executive, Oxford Advanced Surfaces

Having worked for more than 20 years helping companies bring new technology to market, Terence has a track record of successfully leading business growth in both in the UK and internationally.  He has a design engineering background, with an in-depth knowledge of high-technology and engineering sectors. He has worked in Europe, USA and Asia with major corporations to introduce new technologies that are today commonplace.


Gregor Kammler, Key Account Manager Europe, SAERTEX

Gregor started his career in the textile industry in 1989 and changed from classic textiles to technical textiles in 2008, to work now in the composite industry for almost 10 years.

Matthew Chalk

Matthew Chalk, Managing Director, Solent Composites

Matthew Chalk is Managing Director of Solent Composite Systems Ltd. based on the Isle of Wight.
Matthew has an MSc in Engineering Project Management and is a member of the Association for
Project Management with over 20 years project management experience delivering structural
composite products to the Oil and Gas industry worldwide.

His background is in the development, testing and certification of advanced composite technology
and its application to a wide variety of products including the ProTek® Jet Fire and Blast Protection
for personnel, equipment, piping and flanges. Matthew has responsibility for the delivery of these
projects to major oil and gas customers worldwide.

John Darlington

John Darlington, Global Director Product and Market Strategy, TenCate Advanced Composites

With over 20 years in the thermoplastic and thermoset composite industry from raw materials to final components, John has a background in Mechanical Engineering and obtained his PhD in “Concurrent Process Modelling” from Durham University. John currently leads the product management department at TenCate Advanced Composites, launching innovative composite material solutions for aerospace and industrial markets.

Chris Hare

Chris Hare, Technology Manager, Coventive Composites, Part of the NetComposites Group

Chris is Coventive Composites’ R and T Manager and has 16 years of direct composites manufacturing experience working in the design and supply of innovative composite components to mass transit, heavy vehicles, medical and construction sectors. This has involved guiding products from concept, through design, manufacture and testing, and finally through to product supply and support to customers. Chris has for the past decade been working in collaborative R and D with thermoset and thermoplastic materials across a wide range of processes and products.

Grant Andrews

Dr Grant Andrews, Product Group Manager, SGL Carbon Fibres

Grant Andrews is a member of the Business Unit Composites – Fibers & Materials of SGL Group. He is both a Product Group Manager and Technology Manager at the SGL Carbon Fibers Ltd manufacturing site near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. Having left University with a PhD in Polymer Science, Grant has over 30 years experience in the UK Manufacturing sector. During his 16 years with SGL he has held roles in Technology, Quality Management and Production in the manufacture and downstream processing of carbon fibres. As Product Group Manager he provides the interface between SGL’s worldwide customer and Sales network and its core Technology and Operational activities.

Peter Clusky

Peter Clusky, Head of UK Stakeholder Relations & James Luter, Director of Production, MHI Vestas

Peter is Director UK Stakeholder Relations for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind based in London. He works on both upstream and downstream business development projects and has delivered projects including MHI Vestas’ Industrial Strategy revision, manufacturing & sourcing projects to execute MHI Vestas’ UK industrial footprint, stakeholder relations, and market development.

From 2008 Peter worked for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in their Power Systems business before transferring to the new MHI Vestas JV business in early 2014. Whilst at MHI Peter was responsible for the development of strategic partnerships with customers, securing investment into MHI’s offshore wind R&D programme, and marketing and communications. Peter’s previous roles include five years at UK Trade and Investment in South West England, Singapore, and London.  

James is Director of Production for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MVOW) Blades UK manufacturing, which is based on the Isle of Wight (I.O.W.). Before transferring to the new MVOW JV business in early 2014 James worked since 2000 for Vestas blades business.  He is responsible for blade production on the I.O.W, and has currently 330 people who produce the 80m blades for the V164-9.5MW turbine, the world’s most powerful wind turbine.

Whilst at Vestas Blades, James was most recently responsible for the development and prototyping of new products and processes, including working with the V164 blades through the prototyping phase. Prior to that James held various roles including 10 years in blade production and manufacturing.

Graham Harrison

Graham Harrison, Head of Government Affairs & Strategic Partnerships, Strategy & Business Development, National Composites

Graham been involved with the NCC since its inception in 2009 when, as Director of International Business at the South West RDA, he established there was support to mount an industry-led bid for the £25m needed to establish the Centre. Having prepared the bids for various pots of public funding, Graham was the first chair of the Steering Board until this role passed to the University of Bristol as the owners of the NCC.

Graham works for the NCC as Head of Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships and was involved in the efforts to secure the further £28m to more than double the size of the Centre. Graham is also looking at future European funding opportunities.


Colin Jackson, Divisional Manager, RTS International



Joe Carruthers, Managing Director, Coventive Composites, Part of the NetComposites Group


Elena Benedetti, Product Application Specialist, AEP Polymers

Elena graduated in 1999 from the University of Trieste and worked in the molecular pathology field at the  International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Trieste.  She then moved to the materials science focusing on polymer formulations for coatings and composite materials, managing specific product lines, publicly funded R&D projects and consultancy activities. Elena was appointed Technical Director and Business Unit Manager for the biobased materials business in companies in Europe and US. Since September 2013, Elena is Director of Product Application at AEP Polymers.


Maria Konstantakopoulou, Development Engineer, Coventive Composites, Part of the NetComposites Group

Maria is a Development Engineer at NetComposites, Chesterfield, UK. Maria has been involved in composite material research for nearly 7 years.
Her research areas include the use of nanomaterials in composites, the joining of dissimilar materials and most recently the development of carbon fibre from lignin. Maria has an in-depth knowledge of composite material testing, as well as significant experience of the manufacture of nano reinforced composites.


Graham Ormondroyd, Head of Materials Research, Biocomposites Centre, University of Bangor

Graham completed his PhD (Wood Science) at Bangor University, UK and hasbeen the Head of Materials Research at the BioComposites Centre for 7 years and in that time has written many proposals, papers and undertaken commercial works in all aspects of wood and biomaterials science. He has over 70 publications including peer reviewed papers, conference proceedings, book chapters and edited books, and he continues to publish regularly.


Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Advanced Composites, KTN

Ajay Kapadia is a Mechanical Engineer by training and has a post graduate qualification in Manufacturing. Ajay has been in the composites industry for about 25 years. He has worked in a number of sectors including aerospace, oil and gas, marine, defence, … He has mainly been involved in Manufacturing Engineering using new composite materials and processes in new applications. Ajay is a specialist in out of autoclave processes including resin infusion, RTM and resin film infusion. Ajay has held a number of senior positions within the composites industry setting up TWI’s Adhesives and Composites contract R&D Department as well as being Programme Director for the UK’s National Composite Network.

Ajay’s current role within the Knowledge Transfer Network allows him to assist UK firms to innovate through networking. As such, Ajay sets up and facilitates Workshops and Events in Composites and other Materials. In this role, he also sits on the Board of Composites bodies such as the Composites Leadership Forum and the British Composites Society as well as a number of University Steering Boards.


Matthew Thornton, Senior Manager – Composites and Nanocomposites, Haydale Composite Solutions

Matthew has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Following his studies Matthew has worked as a KTP Associate at the University of Reading, researching novel materials for the removal of mercury from crematoria flue gases, for 7 years at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining as a Materials Advisor and the Polymer Sector Leader for the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network, at NetComposites as a Project Manager and he joined Haydale Composite Solutions in April 2016 as a Senior Manager for Composites & Nanocomposites.


Sajad Haq, Chief Scientist, QinetiQ

Prof. Sajad Haq is currently Chief Scientist in the Advanced Services and Products Division of QinetiQ, whose remit is to incubate novel technology concepts,  develop emerging materials based technologies and transition into product through a collaborative and open innovation approach. Sajad is involved in the development and exploitation of various technologies based upon novel materials and devices for  applications  spanning RF/microwave, electro-optic, acoustic,  advanced battery and power sources, and smart materials.


Ben Hargreaves, Consultancy Manager, Coventive Composites, Part of the NetComposites Group

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Peter Frewer, Chief Engineer, Frewer Engineering

Peter Frewer is the Chief Engineer at Frewer Engineering who specialise in advanced composite structures design and analysis.

His background is designing extremely light weight but highly loaded structures for the defence, aerospace and marine industries for 25 years.

The company provides a design and structural analysis consultancy across wide range of industries that require high integrity composite structures.

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Sam Ashton, Managing Director, CompoSIDE

Sam has obtained an array of practical and theoretical abilities whilst working within a material characterisation laboratory and also from a range of material based research projects at university. These include research in the early stage fatigue damage fundamental to all composites and the application of biocomposites in a performance car design.
Sam has a passion for motorsport and volunteers as a motorsport track marshal. He was also part of the university Formula Student team where the students design, manufacture and race a prototype single seat race car in the annual competition at Silverstone.
Sam has obtained a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Surrey.


James Lightfoot, Senior Technology Project Lead for Emerging Markets & SMEs, National Composites Centre

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Heiko Simonis, Business Development & Iain Young, Managing Director, MAKA Machinery UK

Iain Young: improvements in 5-axis CNC machining technology, specifically for composites, and how new developments in Maka technology and Cutting tool technology is releasing benefits to their customers processes and costs.

Heiko Simonis will demonstrate examples of various tool types developed for composites, with example of successsful applications -all in all: 2 specialists in FRP machining!

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Peter Marshall, R&D Engineer, Ceramicx

Dr Peter Marshall is an R&D Engineer at Ceramicx specialising in applied radiative heat transfer for carbon composites. Peter has developed successful process heating technologies for major global clients in a wide variety of sectors. He has extensive experience in heat transfer having completed his PhD in the optimisation of process cooling systems for polymer processing. His broad experience in nanomaterials, polymers and processing gives him a unique insight into thermal processes and recommend optimisations for energy efficiency and process yield.

Ceramicx is a specialist infrared radiation heating company based in South West Ireland. The company produces short, medium and longwave IR emitters which differentiate it from many other IR companies. Ceramicx produces a variety of products including bespoke turnkey composite processing systems for the aerospace, automotive and defence sectors.

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Dr Jasmin Stein, Senior Project Leader, TWI

Dr Jasmin Stein is a senior project leader at TWI Ltd. She has ten years’ experience in composite processing, mechanical testing, non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring. She received her PhD in Advanced Composite Materials from The University of Manchester in 2013. Jasmin has technically managed and coordinated many UK (EPSRC, Innovate UK) and EU funded research projects (FP7 and H2020), involving composite development, structural health monitoring and process monitoring.