The National Composites Centre (NCC), South Gloucestershire’s world-leading institution for composites research and development, has appointed GKN Aerospace senior vice president Rich Oldfield as its new chief executive.
Owned by the University of Bristol and based on the Bristol & Bath Science Park, the NCC is the UK’s foremost centre for composites and forms part of the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
Mr Oldfield, who is currently senior vice president (SVP) for business development and strategy at GKN, will succeed NCC chief executive Peter Chivers from September 1. He joined GKN from Airbus where he spent six years in various leadership roles on the design and manufacture of the A380 wings before being appointed deputy head of engineering in the wing centre of excellence, responsible for technical integration topics across all Airbus programmes, he then joined the Strategy and Future Programmes organisation.part of the Airbus Strategy and Future Programmes organisation.
The £50m NCC supports UK industry to rapidly deploy innovative and cost-effective composites, working with academics, engineers and training providers in industrial-scale research, technology and manufacturing facilities.
Rich Oldfield said: “This is an exciting time to be joining the NCC and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. Composites are crucial to Britain’s aerospace, automotive, renewable energy, construction, and rail industries and the NCC is leading the way on their development.
This article was first published on Bristol Business’ site, here.