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Composites UK Appoints 2016 Board Directors

Board Directors and Staff at the 2016 Annual Conference

Composites UK appointed its new Board of Directors at the 2016 Annual General Meeting on 11th May in Manchester.

Five directors were voted on to the Board by Composites UK members to serve a two year term. Chris Little of Consuta Training, Barry Delaney of Menzolit and John Toner of Teledyne CML were current Board Directors who were re-elected. These have been joined by two new additions by way of Chris Taylor of Axon Automotive and Scott Tolson of Sigmatex.

Chris Taylor is the Managing Director of Axon Automotive and Director of Far-UK. He has been involved in the composites industry since 2008 and has experience in training, health and safety, composite design & analysis, finance, planning and manufacture. Chris has experience of both large and small organisations and is passionate about low-cost composites for high-volume applications, particularly for the automotive sector.

Chris commented; “Axon and its parent organisation Far-UK joined Composites UK three years ago concurrently with the launch of the Composites Innovation Cluster supported by AMSCI funding. I look forward to bringing my experience to the organisation and supporting the board with the challenging work needed to achieve the strategic plan.”

Scott Tolson is the Group CEO at Sigmatex where he focusses on the strategic direction of the company, maintaining strong alliances with carbon-fibre manufacturers. He oversees the coordination and control of significant investments in research & development, technologies and expansions in manufacturing capacities. Scott has been working in composites businesses since 1988.

Scott added; “Sigmatex has been a member of Composites UK for two years. Over this time the Association has helped to increase the company’s exposure within the composites industry and has contributed to the growth of its network across the business, from a research & development and commercial perspective. For this reason I nominated myself for a position on the Board to share my skill-set with a non-profit organisation which has been a contributing factor to our success.”

The full Composites UK Board of Directors for 2016 – 2017 stands as follows;

  • Chairman: Andrew Dugmore, TRB Lightweight Structures
  • Vice Chairman & Financial Director: Paul Collier, Hexion CCT
  • Communications Director: Ben Wilson, MPM Ltd
  • Research Director: Peter Chivers, National Composites Centre
  • Training Director: Chris Little, Consuta Ltd
  • Clara Frias, AMRC
  • Faye Smith, Avalon Consultancy Services Ltd
  • Chris Taylor, Axon Automotive
  • Barry Delaney, Menzolit
  • Scott Tolson, Sigmatex
  • John Toner, Teledyne CML

Composites UK would like to thank Neil Appleton of Water Environmental Treatment Limited and Mike Hitchen of Coats PLC who this year retired from their Board Director positions to concentrate on other projects.




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