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David Bailey Joins Composites UK as CEO

David Bailey, new CEO of Composites UK

Composites UK is excited to announce that Dr David Bailey FRAeS is to join the Association as its new CEO.

David brings with him a wealth of experience of advanced engineering, manufacturing, research & technology, skills planning & development and supply chain improvement, having operated at all levels.

Ben Wilson, Chairman of Composites UK said; “As Composites UK looks to strengthen the value we add for members and take the Association forward, the Board felt it vital to have someone with David’s calibre to harness the Composites UK team’s strengths whilst focusing on further improving our membership proposition and supply chain opportunities across the growing composites sector in the UK. We are really excited to have him on-board”.

David started his engineering apprenticeship with Airbus before gaining his first degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1992 from Loughborough University. He later worked in the Rolls-Royce Technology Centre where he completed a PhD in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics.

He joined ALSTOM in 1995 designing compressors, turbines and combustion systems for both industrial gas turbines and aero-engines. He became Head of Technology in 2000 and led ALSTOM’s Future Technology and European R&T Programmes, across a five-year period, at an interesting time as the industry responded to the effects of climate change.

David joined the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) in 2005 as Director of Operations and led its technology and supply chain development programmes. He was responsible for the development and delivery of over £30million worth of business support programmes which have been instrumental in supporting the members of NWAA to improve their competitiveness and win new work. He has also delivered supply chain improvement programmes internationally working in Boeing’s Canadian supply chain and has supported supply chain development in both Mexico and India.

He was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of NWAA in 2014, where he was responsible for one of the largest aerospace clusters in the world representing 240 aerospace member companies, including organisations such as BAE Systems, AIRBUS, Rolls-Royce, Safran, MBDA Missile Systems, Kaman, Teledyne CML Composites and Sigmatex, with a combined turnover in excess of £8billion and employing 26,000 highly skilled people across the North West of England.

David was appointed to the Board of the Aerospace Growth Partnership in 2015 to represent over 2,000 companies in the UK Aerospace Supply Chain and has contributed to the development and delivery of the UK’s Aerospace Strategy. He has input to the UK’s Supply Chain Strategy and is currently working with the national trade associations for the Aerospace and Automotive Sectors to deliver the new National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme. David was made a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2017 for services to the North West’s Aerospace Industry.

David concludes: “I am hugely excited about this new opportunity to work with the members of Composites UK, helping them to improve their businesses, gain exposure to new customers and markets, and ultimately to do more business. I hope that my addition to the Composites UK team will help lift the capability of the organisation to the next level”.



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