Industrial Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board meets at least annually with the School’s senior staff members to provide strategic advice for the development of student education, research and knowledge transfer activities.

The Board members provide a broad-based industry perspective and updates of developments within the industrial and education community to assist the School with the formulation of its teaching and research strategies. The Board also advises on the technical expertise and professional skills that employers expect from graduates, ensuring that our students get the best employment opportunities throughout the course of their study, including placements and internships, and employment upon graduation.

Industry members

Mr M Cunningham (Chair) - Value Stream Director, Nacelles Actuation Systems, Collins Aerospace

Professor I Pollock - Consultant, Visiting Professor, University of Leeds

Professor S J Abbott - Consultant, TCNF Ltd 

Mr S Cox - Regional Engineering Delivery Manager, Balfour Beatty Rail Projects

Mr D Healy - Business Development Manager, IMechE

Dr S Hu - Intecsea

Professor S Shrestha - VP-Applications Development & Quality Systems, Keronite International Ltd

Professor Roger Cracknell - Shell

Mr Richard Baker - Chief of Engineering Supplier Quality, Rolls Royce

Professor Ben Beake - Director of Materials Research, Micro Materials Ltd

Professor Philip Threlfall-Holmes - Consultant

Eleanor Merson - R&D Specialist, Sandvik

Hannah England - Space & Fine Assembly Team Leader, Reliance Precision Limited

Aeronautical Industrial Advisory Board

The Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board was established as part of the accreditation requirements set by the Royal Aeronautical Society and Institution of Mechanical Engineers for aerospace specific taught degree programmes in the School of Mechanical Engineering. The board meets twice annually with the School's aerospace specific staff members to develop student education, transfer knowledge, and participate in research activities. 

Board members provide an aerospace industry specific focus and updates on developments within their sector which may impact on Higher Education Institutions. This feeds into the School's formulation of teaching and research strategies as well as providing students with a voice to communicate concerns with their degree programme. Student projects are co-supervised by Board Members who provide valuable formative feedback at these meetings. This also generates other ongoing opportunities for students including placements, internships, and exposure graduate employers.

Industry members

Dr Rory Clarkson - Rolls-Royce

Dr John Dobson – ABSL-EnerSys

Mr Ben Hare – Babcock International Group

Mr Benjamin Hinchliffe – MBDA

Ms Esme Loweth - British Airways

Mr Doug McNeil – Craft Prospect

Mr Anthony Mosquera – Applied Computing & Engineering Ltd

Mr Andrew Norwood – Manufacturing Technology Centre

Dr Martin Muir – Airbus Group

Dr Shahrokh Shahpar – Rolls-Royce

Mr Andy Russell – BAE Systems