Professor Andy Long is the Director of the Hub. He has worked for over 25 years on manufacturing and design of composite components and structures, and has an international reputation for his 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 Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Nottingham.