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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 problems are:

Andrew Walker

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.

Christine Bowling

Your first point of contact will be Christine who is the secretary at NATEC. She will help direct your enquiry to one of the staff who manage the projects and resources.

Mark Hull
Finance Officer

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.

Tracy Amass
Coordinator (West)

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 Stanley
Training and Skills Manager

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.

Jill Horsman
Assistant Project Manager

Jill 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 aerospace industry.

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.

Robert Tomlins
Project Manager

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 skills.

Iain Bentley
Project Manager

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 Coxon
Project Manager

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.

His 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.

Raj Singh
Design Engineer

Raj is on secondment from Hyde Group Limited as a Design Engineer heading NATEC's composites initiative for low cost manufacture of carbon structures. 

Raj has developed unique concrete tooling jigs for application with Airbus new A400M composite wing and Boeing's 7E7 composite airframes.

Raj 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 DARWIN).

Sean Kelly
Coordinator (East)

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.

 In 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, London.