NCC welcomes Richard Oldfield as new Chief Executive

7 September 2018

This week Richard Oldfield joins the team at the National Composites Centre in Bristol.

Richard is no stranger to the National Composites Centre, having been one of its founding steering board members, he says:

"I have seen how the facilities, capabilities and reputation of the National Composites Centre have developed over the past 7 years and am confident this gives us a tremendous platform to build on for the next phase of our development. I am really excited about the opportunities we have in front of us, not least, extending the NCC to install even more new and cutting edge capabilities to deliver composite solutions across a breadth of sectors."

The National Composites Centre is one of seven innovation and technology centres that make up the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Richard joined the NCC following his role as Senior Vice President (SVP) for Business Development and Strategy at GKN. Richard joined GKN Aerospace in July 2009 as Technical Director and in 2010 became SVP for Engineering and Technology, before assuming the role of SVP Advanced Metallic Technologies in December 2014.

Prior to this, Richard was at Airbus where he was part of the Strategy and Future Programmes organisation. He joined Airbus as an undergraduate apprentice in 1993 and subsequently he spent six years in various leadership roles on the design and manufacture of the A380 wings. He was then appointed Deputy Head of Engineering in the Wing Centre of Excellence, responsible for technical integration topics across all Airbus programmes before joining the Strategy and Future Programmes organisation. Richard holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering.

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