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.