Chief Executive, National Composites Centre
Richard joins 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. He assumed the role of SVP Advanced Metallic Technologies in December 2014, before taking on his current role as SVP for Business Development and Strategy in March 2017.
He came to GKN from Airbus where he was part of the Airbus 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. Rich holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering.