Leadership Team

Key People

CIMComp Leadership Team

Professor Andrew Long

Picture of Professor Andrew LongProfessor Andy Long is the Centre’s Director. He has worked for nearly 25 years on manufacturing and design of composite components and structures, and has an international reputation for his own work on automated manufacturing technologies, textile composites and process modelling. He has led a number of collaborative EPSRC, TSB and industry funded projects on polymer composites, collaborating with many leading companies and universities, with a career portfolio as Principal Investigator valued at around £18million. Professor Long was Principal Investigator (PI) for the EPSRC Platform Grant on Textile Composites (EP/F02911X) and led the Lightweight Structures theme within the Nottingham IMRC (EP/E001904/1).As chairman of SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter he has organised a number of conferences and CPD events on composites manufacture, is Scientific Committee member for several international conference series and member of four journal editorial boards. Professor Long has supervised over 20 successful PhD students, and has published three textbooks and around 300 papers. He has received the IoMMM Composites Award for best published work twice. In 2006 he was awarded the Rosenhain Medal for his distinguished contribution to materials science and in 2014  was elected a SAMPE Fellow. Professor Long represents the academic community on the UK Composites Leadership Forum, responsible for delivery and development of the UK Composites Strategy, reporting to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Currently he serves as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Nottingham.

Professor Kevin Potter

Professor Kevin PotterKevin Potter is Professor of Composites Manufacturing at the University of Bristol and has over 36 years of research experience into advanced composites manufacturing processes and product development, the majority of it outside the academic environment. Since joining the University of Bristol in 1995 he has published widely (2 books, 4 book chapters, >150 papers) and is recognised worldwide for work on composites manufacturing, particularly on reinforcement deformation, dimensional variability and defect generation.He is PI on the current High Performance Cellulose Fibres and G8 Materials Efficiency grants, EP/L017679/1 & EP/K025023/1, and a CoI on the HiperDuct programme grant EP/I02946X/1. He is the only academic recipient of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Peter Allard Silver Medal for contributions to the practical applications of composites in aerospace. He has developed course material on composites design and manufacture, aimed at high level professional industrial training and as a Masters level option. He has extensive experience of supervising and examining both PhD and EngD candidates and of working closely and effectively with industrial partners, including his current NCC-UoB liaison role. He is the Deputy Director of CIMComp and the present Deputy Director of the IDC.

Professor Ivana Partridge

Picture of Professor Ivana PartridgeProfessor Ivana Partridge is Postgraduate Development Committee Chair for the Centre. She is Professor in Composites Processing within the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation & Science (ACCIS) group at the University of Bristol. She directs the £7M multi-partner EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Manufacture, with particularly close links to the National Composites Centre and the industry sector. Her long-term research interests include thermoset resin and composite toughening, through-thickness reinforcement of composites, composite process control and polymer-metal-fibre hybridization. Her past research has been funded mainly by EPSRC grants, but also by EU and direct industry programmes.Professor Partridge is Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) and the current Vice-Chair of the British Composites Society, whom she represents in the national Composites Leadership Forum. She is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.

Dr Peter Schubel

Picture of Dr Peter SchubelDr Schubel is the National Centre Manager of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp) and Associate Professor in Composites Manufacturing at The University of Nottingham. He has worked for over 13 years on design and processing of composite components and structures, focusing in particular on automated manufacturing, process development, cost modelling  and biocomposites for the automotive, aerospace and wind energy sectors. Over the last 8 years an estimated £6.7 million has been obtained in research grants and gaining special recognition at the Engineering Technology and Innovation Awards 2010 and JEC Innovation Awards (biocomposites) 2011/2013. This work has involved collaboration with major industry partners including Gamesa, Vestas, Moog, GE, Rolls-Royce, Aircelle, BAE Systems, Hexcel, Fives, Ford and Aston Martin. Dr Schubel has over 70 publications. He is regularly invited and chair/keynote speaker at leading national and international meetings and is on the review board for Horizon 2020 and Cleansky as well as several journals including Renewable Energy, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal ‘Energy Science and Technology’, ‘Advances in material science and engineering’ and ‘International Conference on Manufacturing of Advanced Composites’.

Professor Peter Chivers

Professor Peter ChiversPeter has extensive experience in composites and technology leadership, having held a number of senior engineering and business leadership positions in large multinational companies and SMEs in the aerospace industry. He has been involved in composite technology and capability development for over 20 years and is a passionate believer in using new technology to bring value.  He is committed to supporting UK composite manufacturing industry’s growth and increasing its contribution to the economy. Peter was Executive Director of the National Composite Centre from May 2010, leading the setup of the centre, and from June 2011 took up the permanent position as Chief Executive.

CIMComp Key People

(in alphabetical order)

Dr Louise Brown

Dr Louise BrownDr Louise Brown is a Research Fellow in the Polymer Composites Group at the University of Nottingham and Chair of the Researchers Event Committee for CIMComp . Following a PhD in robotic filament winding of composites she pursued a career in the software industry, covering a range of topics from textile CAD systems to automatic processing of ID documents.  She now maintains and develops the TexGen open source software package for the 3D geometrical modelling of textiles and textile composites.  She is active within BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and is secretary of the BCS specialist group BCSWomen.

Professor Peter Foote

Picture of Professor Peter FooteProfessor Peter Foote is Head of the Composites Centre at Cranfield University. He recently joined the University as an EPSRC Manufacturing Fellow after spending 25 years in industry at BAE Systems. During that time he spearheaded pioneering work on structural health monitoring and management concepts combining high value composite structures with a range of in-situ sensor technologies including embedded optical fibres. His research interests are in verification and validation of health monitoring sensors and their use in enhancing the capabilities of composite structures from design, through manufacture and through life. He is also active in development of ideas for Integrated Vehicle Health Management. Peter Foote chairs the SAE International standards committee on structural health monitoring (G-11 SHM), is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a former Royal Society Industrial Fellow.

Professor Stephen Hallett

Professor Stephen HallettProf Stephen Hallett is an Investigator for the Centre and Professor in Composite Structures at the University of Bristol. He has over 12 years of experience in working with composite materials and developed an international reputation for the quality of his work. His research is focussed on numerical modelling of composites, both for prediction of mechanical properties and also the manufacturing processes to capture deformations and defects, which ultimately lead to failure. This has also included work on 3D woven and textile composites. He also has extensive experience of carrying out experimental programmes to characterise material behaviour, necessary for development of high quality, physically based models.

Dr Warren Hepples

Picture of Warren HepplesDr Warren Hepples joined Alcan International Ltd in 1985 and worked as a Research Officer before transferring to Luxfer Gas Cylinders in 1995. In his time at Luxfer he has held various technical positions, including: R&D Manager and Director of Technology and Innovation Europe.He is presently Director of Scientific Affairs (Europe), at Luxfer Gas Cylinders, Nottingham, and his responsibilities include: Research and Development, Intellectual Property, and providing support to the gases industry with respect to Standards and Regulations. He is Chair of ISO TC 58 SC3: Gas Cylinders, Cylinder Design, as well as other committees including: ECMA TG (European Cylinder Makers Association – Technical Group); PVE3/3: Cylinder Design (UK National Committee) and BCGA (British Compressed Gases Association) TSC2: Gas Cylinders.Warren is a Materials Scientist and a graduate and post graduate of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He continues his research activities and is a member of both the Management Group and Advisory Board for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites.

Mr Andrew Mills

Picture of Andrew MillsAndrew Mills is a Principal Investigator for the Centre. He leads the development of technology for the cost effective manufacturing of lightweight composite structures in close partnership with industry. Over his thirty years’ experience in composites manufacturing research, he has developed a strong track record in knowledge exchange and economic impacting activities. One of the most significant was leading the Airbus UK/Cranfield  project ‘AMCAPS, which investigated novel materials and process technology for large composite wing manufacture, some techniques from which have now been qualified for manufacturing the Airbus A380.
Recent grants include: EPSRC/BAES funded FLAVIIR,GR/S71552/01 (Flapless Unmanned Aircraft – Composites Manufacturing), which developed low cost manufacturing technology for unmanned aircraft airframes.  These were demonstrated through manufacture of a wing-box and an all carbon fibre composite airframe for a flight demonstrator aircraft, DEMON. The Flaviir project was awarded a BAE SYSTEMS Chairman’s Silver award and The Engineer Magazine’s Aerospace Award.  Also,  ETI/EPSRC/Industry funded NOVA (Offshore novel wind turbine composite structures) and EU funded PRECARBI (Preforming for aerospace liquid resin moulding).  Currently, alongside CIMComp projects he is leading two AMSCI projects which are developing knowledge tools for carbon fibre composites design for manufacture.  As vice-Chairman of SAMPE UK, he co-organises annual UK and European conferences on high performance composites technology.

Professor Prasad Potluri

Professor Prasad PotluriProfessor Prasad Potluri is a Principal Investigator for the Centre and leads the core research on 3D preforming and automated manufacturing. He is a Professor of Robotics and Textile Composites at the University of Manchester, and holds an EPSRC High Value Manufacturing Catapult Fellowship at the National Composites Centre.  He was a Senior Design Engineer at Suzuki Motor Company (Maruti-Suzuki) before moving to academics. Prof. Potluri has extensive industrial collaborations and a significant proportion of his funding is for collaborative R&D.  Since 2007, he received funding of over £8 million from a variety of sources including the EPSRC, TSB, EU, BIS, DSTL and the US Air Force.  Prof Potluri is an internationally recognised expert on technical textiles, especially in the area of 3D textile preforming.  Over the years, he developed a number of novel machines for 3D weaving, braiding, robotic fibre placement and complex winding; some of these technologies are being adopted by the HVM sector. Prof  Potluri published over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings in the area of textile composites and mechanics of fibre assemblies.   He a member of the Materials Technical Committee (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), EPSRC Peer Review College and serves on the Editorial Boards of Textile Research Journal, Journal of Industrial Textiles and Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer and Composites Science.

Dr Alex Skordos

Dr Alex SkordosDr Alex Skordos is the Principal Investigator of the EPRSC grant on ‘Robustness-Performance Optimisation for Automated Composites Manufacture’ associated with the Centre. He is a Senior Lecturer in Composites Modelling at Cranfield University. He has been pursuing research in the field of advanced composites for 18 years, with a special interest in manufacturing simulation, material modelling, process monitoring and optimisation. He has participated in a number of National, European and Industrial projects in the field of composites manufacturing. He is author/co-author of over 70 reviewed journal and conference papers, a Chartered Engineer, member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and a Marie Curie Fellow.

Professor Constantinos Soutis

Picture of Professor Constantinos SoutisProfessor Constantinos Soutis is an Investigator for the Centre. He is Chair in Aerospace Engineering, Director of the Aerospace Research Institute and Director of the Northwest Composites Centre at the University of Manchester. He has over 25 years of experience in working with composite structures and has made significant research contributions in modelling the compressive response of composite plates with open or filled holes under uniaxial, bi-axial static and fatigue loading; impact and post-impact compressive strength and crush energy absorption; modelling of damage in orthotropic laminates under multi-axial in-plane loading; structural health monitoring using low frequency Lamb waves and repair techniques. Some of the fracture models he developed have been implemented in commercial computer design packages, used successfully by industry and academia. His industrial research and engineering experience includes work with the Structural Materials Centre of the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency (Visiting Research Fellow, 1995-2001), QinetiQ (Trusted Expert, 2001-2003), Cambridge Consultants, Cytec Materials Engineering and ABB Research in Switzerland. He is the author or co-author of over 350 archived articles, which include more than 180 ISI listed journal papers and some 25 PhD students have qualified under his supervision and guidance. Professor Soutis is a Deputy Editor of the Applied Composite Materials journal, an Associate Editor of the RAeS Aeronautical Journal and the International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring, and a Consultant of the Editorial Committee of the Chinese Journal of Aeronautics.  On 5 August 2014 Professor Soutis was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, FREng. He is distinguished for his major contributions to the science and technology of the mechanics and mechanisms of failure of fibre-composite materials based upon polymeric matrices.

Professor Nick Warrior

Picture of Professor Nick WarriorProfessor Nick Warrior is the Head of the Polymer Composites Group in the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham. He is recognised internationally for his research on  manufacturing processes and design and test methodologies of directed fibre and high performance polymer composites for automotive and aerospace applications. Professor Warrior has acted as PI on a number of EPSRC, TSB and industrial projects (portfolio value of over £3 million) and has published more than 150 papers in composites and solid mechanics.  He has supervised over 30 successful PhD projects.  In his research he has worked with most of the UK automotive manufacturers and collaborated with many leading UK universities.  He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has received the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal Award (2009) for successful industrial exploitation of composite materials.

Professor Michael Wisnom

Picture of Professor Michael WisnomProfessor Michael Wisnom is a Principal Investigator for the Centre. He is a leading authority on mechanics and failure of fibre reinforced composites, with key contributions on fundamental failure mechanisms, residual stresses and distortion during manufacturing, understanding of controlling factors and models to predict response.Professor Wisnom is Editor-in-Chief of Composites Part A, Applied Science and Manufacturing, one of the top journals in the field, past President of the International Committee on Composite Materials, Fellow of the American Society of Composites and recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.