A team of the highest calibre is employed by NATEC.
Their combined expertise and experience mount to years of real
industry understanding and technical knowledge. As such these people
are best equipped to direct and manage this important venture. The team
members you can contact to discuss your ideas, projects, proposals and
Andrew is responsible for strategy and developing ‘super’ projects – consortiums of institutes and businesses.
Andrew previously worked as Chief Manufacturing Engineer, Airbus and
Chief Engineer, Federal Mogul. A specialist in Manufacturing
Technology, he has expert knowledge of airframe assembly and composites.
Controlling the financial management of the £4 million is Mark’s
remit at NATEC. A BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance was
followed by continuing his professional development with the Chartered
Institute Of Management Accountants.
Mark has always worked within the North West region in the
engineering sector including The Cooperative Group , Wormald
Engineering, GEC Alsthom and British Vita.
Coordinating projects and measuring their performance form a key
part of Tracy’s role of Coordinator at NATEC. Tracy was born in
Ipswich, Suffolk. She studied for her BSc followed by her P.G.C.E at
the University of East Anglia, Norwich.
Prior to joining the Northern Aerospace Technology Exploitation
Centre project, Tracy worked as a Business Support Manager within the
Office of Regional Affairs at the University of Manchester, primarily
working with the aerospace and cultural and creative industrial sectors.
At NATEC, as well as managing current projects Tracy is also
responsible for sourcing new projects, fielding new applications,
running a recruitment drive and programme planning. A true multi-tasker
she also acts as the primary liaison for NATEC’s relationships with
other organisations such as the NWDA and DTI.
David graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry from University
College London (1976), followed by an MSc (1977) and DPhil (1980) at
the University of Sussex where he undertook research on chemical models
for the biological fixation of nitrogen. Between 1980 and 1984 he
carried out further research, first on rare earth chemistry at the
University of Chicago and then on small molecule activation by
transition metals at the University of Sussex.
He joined ICI in Runcorn in 1984 to lead teams carrying out R&D
on ceramics and advanced materials, crystal science, and the evaluation
of production technologies for the bulk chemicals businesses. After 11
years with ICI, he started his own consultancy business, collaborating
with academic institutions to deliver technical solutions for companies
in the chemicals and materials businesses. Here he began to learn about
working at the interface between business and HE. In 2000 David joined
Keele University as Business Development Manager, developing the
University’s offering to business and the wider community, in terms of
research collaborations, consultancy, and student placements.
He joined NATEC in June 2003 as Training & Skills Manager. Here
his remit is to assist the Universities in the north of England in the
development and delivery of vehicles which address the training and
educational needs of the aerospace sector. He also supports outreach
activities in schools, designed to stimulate the influx into HE of new
undergraduates to read engineering and aerospace related courses.
joined NATEC in March 2004 to work on the Training and Skills
Superproject, designed to inform students in schools and encourage them
into Science, Engineering, Technology and the Aerospace sector.
Jill also works with HE to promote engineering and aerospace related
courses, and to support the training and educational needs of the
After spending some years in print
production and transport management, Jill graduated with a first class
honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, followed by three years
research into the dynamic behaviour of structures. Jill then
spent three years lecturing in mechanical engineering at Oxford Brookes
University before moving to NATEC.
As one of three Project Managers at NATEC Robert has direct
responsibility for managing and supporting a growing number of business
units. A BEng (Hons) in Naval Architecture and an Msc in Advanced
Manufacturing Technology launched his interest in technical projects.
His career then followed suit with 2 years as a Production Engineer at
Bettis Actuators & Controls, a company manufacturing valve
actuators for the oil and gas industry.
Following that he spent 3 years as a Planning Engineer at Vosper
Thornycroft where he was involved with the planning and project
management of a number of ship building projects. (Offshore Patrol
Vessels, Trimaran Warship Demonstrator, Greek Fast Attack Craft).
Before joining NATEC he spent a year and a half as a Transition
Engineer, responsible for the relocation of machinery and personnel in
a major project to move Vosper Thornycroft's shipyard from
Southampton to Portsmouth. His career path clearly shows why he has now
joined NATEC where he can demonstrate his focused project delivery
As one of three Project Managers at NATEC Iain is responsible for
the management and support of a number of business units. Additionally
he is working to extend NATEC’s work to Yorkshire and Humberside.
His education and skills followed by his career path are all
eminently suited to his role at NATEC. Iain qualified with a B.Eng.
(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. He is also experienced in piloting
and navigating small aircraft.
Before joining NATEC Iain worked for BAE SYSTEMS as a Development
Engineer assessing, developing and introducing various technologies and
processes into the manufacturing environment. At Business Link he was a
Supply Chain Manager working with local companies in generating new
business opportunities and improving their operations to meet market
demands.His latest post was at the Northwest Development Agency
as a Cluster Manager working with regional and national organisations
to develop the long term aspirations of the regional aerospace,
automotive, maritime and construction industries.
Dayne is on secondment from Hyde Group Limited as a Project Manager
where, for the preceding two years, he has been working on the design
of both static jigs and novel automated machine tools.
background, though largely academic has given him a firm engineering
and commercial foundation. He holds a BEng (Hons) in Aeronautical
Engineering and an MSc in Intelligent Machinery from Salford
University. A postgraduate Diploma in Management Sciences (DMS) from
UMIST then followed, culminating in an Engineering Doctorate (EngD)
from Manchester University. The EngD led directly to him ecuring seed
funding and starting up his own engineering business, before being
lured to the Hyde Group.
He is an Associate member of the
IMechE, working towards chartered membership, and takes great pleasure
in boasting that he holds the world record for the largest yo-yo. The
yo-yo in question was designed, built and operated by himself and
several other students and was broadcasted on Record Breakers back in
the early nineties.
is on secondment from Hyde Group Limited as a Design Engineer heading
NATEC's composites initiative for low cost manufacture of carbon
Raj has developed unique concrete tooling jigs for application with
Airbus new A400M composite wing and Boeing's 7E7 composite airframes.
graduated with a B.Eng. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the
University of Birmingham and has been working in the engineering
profession for over 10 years in various industries from transport to
aerospace. Prior to joining NATEC, Raj worked on research
projects in aerospace tooling and automation with Airbus (TANGO and
Sean is responsible for NATECs performance in the Yorkshire and
Humber region. He acts as the regional Project Manager to the NATEC
funded business units and also liaises with NATECs Training &
Skills unit to co-ordinate their activity in the region.
Prior to his current position with NATEC, Sean was employed as
Research Officer at the University of Bradford’s Research Office and at
the University of Sheffield as a Research Development Manager.
addition to his PhD from the University of Sheffield, Sean holds an MA
from the University of London and a BA from the Roehampton Institute,