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Composites UK appoint new board directors and chairman

News International-French

20 May 2014

At its Annual General Meeting Composites UK - the trade association for the UK composites industry – elected six Directors onto its Board for a two-year period and announced a new Chairman.

Re-elected onto the Board and chosen by the Association’s Directors to lead the organisation for the next two years was Andrew Dugmore, President of TRB Lightweight Structures. Andrew is a Composites Engineer by background, serving some 17 years on the shop floor for both SMEs and Tier One companies. Now in senior management, he joined the Composites UK Board in 2012 and has been a driving force in guiding the activities of the Association.

Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager said, “Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of Chairman and the office team looks forward to working with him and the rest of the Board over the coming two years.”

Chris Little of Consuta Training, stepped down from the role of Chairman after four years but will continue as Vice Chairman and Training Director for the Association. “The Board would like to formally thank Chris for the work he did whilst he was Chairman.” continued Sue, who worked closely with Chris during this period “Chris took the Association through huge change and transition. During his term we moved to our own independent offices, employed our own staff and the membership more than doubled in numbers. He has helped build a solid foundation from which to move forward.”

Four other Directors were also voted on to the Board by the Association members. Barry Delaney of Menzolit, Mike Hitchen of Sigmatex, John Toner of Teledyne CML Composites and Neil Appleton of Parton Fibreglass join the existing Board Directors.

Prof. Paul Hogg of Royal Holloway University, Dr. Paul Darby of CCP Composites and Matthew Herbert of Broadwater Mouldings retired from their Board positions and were thanked for their many years of service.

The full Board of Directors for the 2014/15 period are as follows.

  • Andrew Dugmore – TRB Lightweight Structures (Chairman)
  • Barry Delaney – Menzolit
  • Chris Little – Consuta Training
  • Faye Smith – Avalon Consultancy
  • Graham Mulholland – epm:technology
  • John Toner – Teledyne CML Composites
  • Mike Hitchen – Sigmatex
  • Neil Appleton – Parton Fibreglass
  • Paul Collier – Combined Composites Technology
  • Peter Chivers – National Composites Centre
  • Steve Austin – RNLI

Claire Whysall, Communications Manager at Composites UK said, “Composites UK has many activities lined up over the next few months and it’s important that we have a strong Board of Directors behind us to support these. We encourage our member companies to engage with the Board in addition to our employees, communicating their needs so we can provide the right guidance and support”.