Episode 1 

Joe entered the composites industry in 1999 when he joined Gurit, or SP systems as it was then. After 4 years, he moved into business manager for the automotive section. Since then he has been involved in setting up a new factory in China and covered various roles from Business Development, to Head of Engineering, Programme Management to Managing Director.

Since 2017, Joe has been the Managing Director for Airbourne UK and became Commercial Director for the Airbourne Group in 2020. He has also been a director of Composites UK since July 2020.


Find out what makes Joe tick, what has kept his interest in this exciting industry, and how things work at Airborne in the first of our podcasts.

Episode 2

Dr Andrew Limmack is Deputy Chief Engineer in the Aerospace and Defence team at the NCC with a specialism in the more unusual applications of composites, advanced materials and non-conventional testing. Having studied for a Masters degree in Aeronautical engineering from the University of Bristol he went on to undertake a PhD in the development and testing of nanocomposite materials for the protection of composite rotor blades in extreme environments. Following further research and teaching activities, Dr Limmack provided consultancy in reduction of defects and increasing the sustainability in composite manufacturing and assembly of civil aerospace and large wind turbine structures with a Bristol-based SME, in addition to playing an active role in European research council and UK Defence funded materials development programs including high rate, low cost composite manufacturing technology, multifunctional materials, testing and sustainable manufacturing processes. Alongside a lifelong passion for materials technology and propulsion systems, environmental responsibility and sustainability has become a fundamental driver behind his work.

Episode 3

To celebrate Women in Engineering Day 2021, we were joined by 4 inspiring women:

  • Kelly Ellis, General Manager at Composite Integration

  • Claire Baker, Segment Manager, Space & Communications, EMEA, Toray Advanced Composites and British Composites Society Board Member

  • Gemma Christian, Technical Director at Alvant

  • Olivia Wilding, Composite Materials Engineer at ARRIVAL.

Talking influences, role models and what inspired them to be part of the industry, this podcast probes what it takes to be a female engineer and how to encourage the future generation.