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Meet The Team

Lyndon Sanders

Director & General Manager

 

As Director and General Manager at Far-UK, Lyndon sees his primary responsibility as overseeing the development of the Far-UK team and relationships with actual and prospective customers. He draws on... see more

Lyndon Sanders

Director & General Manager

As Director and General Manager at Far-UK, Lyndon sees his primary responsibility as overseeing the development of the Far-UK team and relationships with actual and prospective customers. He draws on his own experience of improving operational processes to teach others innovative methods of problem solving. He has overcome manufacturing challenges throughout his career by researching, pitching and delivering improvement projects to a variety of service and manufacturing organisations.

Lyndon has a comprehensive understanding of lean principles and practices, having implemented lean thinking to increase the bottom lines for several first-tier suppliers in the automobile industry. As an example, for a large international OEM, Lyndon helped set up a process plant in Mississippi and was responsible for running the site along with a site in the UK. During this time Lyndon achieved a 25% cut in labour costs per unit and cut customer rejects by 97%.

As a first tier supplier he has been trained by Honda and Toyota master engineers. He holds an MBA from Aston University and has studied international leadership at INSEAD University. With the skills he has acquired on these courses and his substantial experience leading organisations undergoing transformational change, Lyndon aspires to deliver value for our customers through his proven knowledge of lean methodology.

Dr Kevin Lindsey

Technical Director

 

Kevin is Far-UK’s Technical Director and brought together our team of engineering experts, who are ready to make our clients ideas a reality. Kevin understands how to combine complex designs and... see more

Dr Kevin Lindsey

Technical Director

Kevin is Far-UK’s Technical Director and brought together our team of engineering experts, who are ready to make our clients ideas a reality. Kevin understands how to combine complex designs and advanced technology to meet customer expectations. He has previous experience starting several engineering consultancies, with clients ranging from Aston Martin and Lotus to start-ups in advanced technology areas. He has also led a number of vehicle projects, creating truly unique vehicles from concept to completion.

In his first engineering position after achieving a PhD in Composite Materials, Kevin applied his knowledge of technology and manufacturing capabilities to reduce the weight of Land Rover vehicles by 650kg with no on-cost for production. 

Kevin has twice led a team designing a vehicle from a clean sheet of paper through to the road ready product. At both Axon Automotive and Gibbs Aquada Kevin saw his design ideas through to road going reality.

His experience of designing and developing new structures, component parts and technologies, highlights Kevin’s capabilities as a forward thinking leader. Throughout his career he has overcome technical challenges with ground breaking ideas and strives to replicate his success at Far-UK, leading through inspiration and developing new solutions to any problems our customers may face.

 

Chris Taylor

Director

 

Chris is one of Far-UK’s Directors. As the MD of Axon Automotive he has the responsibility for the delivery of major projects there. There are several new programmes of work that require an... see more

Chris Taylor

Director

Chris is one of Far-UK’s Directors. As the MD of Axon Automotive he has the responsibility for the delivery of major projects there. There are several new programmes of work that require an increase in the manufacturing capacity for Axon's AxontexTM carbon fibre process.

He is an experienced leader in technology driven businesses and has delivered cost effective solutions for clients in both the telecommunications and vehicle industries. He has worked as part of the engineering team in a major Blue Chip company, but feels he is better suited employing his talents in Far-UK’s small medium enterprise environment, where he can directly offer his expertise to the customer.

Chris previously set-up a small engineering company that specialised in the build and modification of racing cars and low volume road vehicles. The experience of starting and running a business has given Chris an awareness of the best practices available to satisfy customer expectations without compromising project viability. Incorporating his knowledge of composite vehicle structure and chassis development, he helped clients achieve higher competition results with lighter sports cars. He enabled the development of carbon fibre sandwich structures that met crash test standards, and successfully obtained SVA and IVA for several vehicles.

He later moved on to assist in building environmentally friendly vehicles for Axon Automotive. While Chris was at Axon Automotive, the company won the 2012 Innovation Award for its use of composites at the JEC Paris conference.

Wole Farotimi

Analysis Engineer

 

Wole joined Far Composites from an aerospace background. After completing an MSc course in Composite Materials in 2005, he moved straight into the aviation sector as a stress engineer.In his 11 years... see more

Wole Farotimi

Analysis Engineer

Wole joined Far Composites from an aerospace background. After completing an MSc course in Composite Materials in 2005, he moved straight into the aviation sector as a stress engineer.

In his 11 years of experience so far, he has worked on various types of aircraft. He worked on projects like the Airbus A380 and A350, Bombardier Lear jets and Embraer 500. He worked within a team of stress engineers and also worked on solo projects, and recently spent almost a year in Austria working on the A350 composite thrust reversers.

While working through project maturity stages, he has experience in using hand calculations to validate finite element analyses (FEA) for optimisation purposes for both metallic and composite materials.

He also has experience in various types of composite moulding techniques and non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques from the theoretical level to the practical application. 

He likes the opportunity to engage in other disciplines of engineering where his skill sets can be transferable.

Greg Hope

Development Engineer

 

As a development engineer, Greg is responsible for taking concepts & ideas and bringing them into reality. His purpose is to use the knowledge he has gained throughout his experience to develop... see more

Greg Hope

Development Engineer

As a development engineer, Greg is responsible for taking concepts & ideas and bringing them into reality. His purpose is to use the knowledge he has gained throughout his experience to develop processes, components and systems for the company and their customers. Whether this involves working with CAD design, FEA analysis, machine specification, tool making or various production techniques, Greg has the skills necessary to complete the task.

While studying, Greg undertook a two week placement at NASA, where he worked alongside engineers and astronauts. This gave him invaluable knowledge of working in an industry where design and engineering are paramount. Greg also took part in the IMechE Formula student program as part of his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

Luke O'Donnell

Development Engineer

 

Luke joined Far-UK as a Development Engineer. In this role, he is responsible for developing new components and processes. Drawing on his experience, he works as part of a team to turn new concepts... see more

Luke O'Donnell

Development Engineer

Luke joined Far-UK as a Development Engineer. In this role, he is responsible for developing new components and processes. Drawing on his experience, he works as part of a team to turn new concepts into tangible products for the company and their clients.

Luke graduated from the University of Nottingham in December 2015 with an MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his time as a student, he completed a 10-week research placement within the polymer composites group. His work was focused on the production and characterisation of unidirectional carbon fibre matting from recycled discontinuous carbon fibres.

As a student, he also completed a 9-month group project in collaboration with an external sponsor. Operating as part of a design consultancy, he was involved in the redesign of an existing aluminium aircraft translating arm using carbon fibre composites. Through this he gained skills in FEA of composite structures, CNC manufacturing, hand layup and autoclave curing techniques.

After graduating, Luke spent 10 months working within the polymer composites group at the University of Nottingham on a research project investigating the fluidised bed process to recycle carbon fibre composite material.

Tim Moxon

Finance Manager

 

Tim is responsible for the management and integrity of Far UK’s financial systems, ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies, and production of financial reporting and management accounting... see more

Tim Moxon

Finance Manager

Tim is responsible for the management and integrity of Far UK’s financial systems, ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies, and production of financial reporting and management accounting information required by the Board.

Tim has recently joined Far-UK from Retail Assist Limited where he held the position of Finance Director for just over 10 years.  This followed a 7 year spell during which Tim ran his own commercial property company business providing advice to a number of clients relating to all aspects of commercial property and the project management of several significant property acquisitions and disposals.

Tim gained a BA Honours degree in Economics at Nottingham University and joined The Boots Company immediately after graduating.  His early career spanned a number of finance positions within Boots. 

 

Jack Lemm

Materials Development Engineer

 

As a development engineer, Jack is responsible for developing new materials and processes for the company’s portfolio and for the customers’ products. In this role Jack takes on material concepts... see more

Jack Lemm

Materials Development Engineer

As a development engineer, Jack is responsible for developing new materials and processes for the company’s portfolio and for the customers’ products. In this role Jack takes on material concepts or process ideas and works as part of a team to transform the new ideas into reality.

Jack recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with a MEng in mechanical engineering. During his time at university he undertook an 8 week research project funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council at the university’s polymer composites group. Whilst there he gained valuable, knowledge working with fibre composites which will be utilised in his current role.

Mauro Ravaioli

Materials Development Engineer

 

Mauro joined Far-UK as a Materials Development Engineer. In his role he has to research, develop and test new materials and processes in order to meet customers' needs, and widen the company's... see more

Mauro Ravaioli

Materials Development Engineer

Mauro joined Far-UK as a Materials Development Engineer. In his role he has to research, develop and test new materials and processes in order to meet customers' needs, and widen the company's portfolio.

Mauro recently graduated from the Politecnico di Milano with a MSc in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology where he specialised his studies in polymers and polymer composites. He carried out his Masters Thesis in Spain studying the carbon composites used in rigging systems for yacht-sailing, such as the masts currently used in Volvo cups yachts.

Connor Scotece

Project Administrator

 

Connor joined Far-UK as a Project Administrator. In this role, he is responsible for supporting the Finance Manager with the day to day financial duties of the company as well as preparing project... see more

Connor Scotece

Project Administrator

Connor joined Far-UK as a Project Administrator. In this role, he is responsible for supporting the Finance Manager with the day to day financial duties of the company as well as preparing project costs, budgets, reports and analysis, required to support the submission of grant claims. 

Connor also supports the engineering team in providing risk management, health & safety, cost control and producing project plans and GANTT charts.

Connor maintains the integrity of the purchase order log and the timesheets. From this the purchase order log keeps an accurate record of how much we are spending on items as this is important for the finance manager. The timesheets show how much time employees are contributing to each project which is important for budgeting against project costs.

Andrea Rivlin

Recruitment Manager

 

As Recruitment Manager at Far-UK, Andrea is responsible for the recruitment process at Far and Axon during the current period of growth.Andrea has recently completed an HR qualification and is using... see more

Andrea Rivlin

Recruitment Manager

As Recruitment Manager at Far-UK, Andrea is responsible for the recruitment process at Far and Axon during the current period of growth.

Andrea has recently completed an HR qualification and is using her new skills to bring an increased professionalism to the recruitment process at Far-UK Ltd.

Previously, Andrea held the position of Communications Manager at the company and her ability to communicate holds her in good stead in her new role.

Andrea specialised in marketing while studying for an MBA and has previously worked in market research in both road safety and the NHS. She has organised many conferences and seminars including the first National Public Health Conference. 

Andrea started her working career investigating crashed cars where people had been seriously and fatally injured, to look at how the vehicles had performed in real accidents, and identify how they could be designed more effectively to minimise the injuries to occupants and pedestrians.

Dr Ras Hashemi

Senior Analysis Engineer

 

Ras Hashemi BSc, MSc, PhD, joined Far-UK Ltd in October 2013 as a Senior Analysis Engineer working on the Finite Element (FE) numerical approach to characterization of composite materials. ... see more

Dr Ras Hashemi

Senior Analysis Engineer

Ras Hashemi BSc, MSc, PhD, joined Far-UK Ltd in October 2013 as a Senior Analysis Engineer working on the Finite Element (FE) numerical approach to characterization of composite materials.  Applications are in automotive vehicles and other engineering fields, such as aeronautics, HGV, coaches etc as primary composite load-bearing members.

Following his graduation from the University College of Swansea - where he researched into the hydrodynamic lubrication of squeeze film bearings using FE methods and was awarded his doctorate in 1988 - he joined Cranfield Impact Centre, Cranfield University, in 1989, where he worked as Senior Project Engineer in the application of FE numerical modelling methods and tests for validation to materials engineering and vehicle and aircraft crashworthiness.  With over fifteen years of project management experience he has worked on over 200 commercial projects in the field of automotive, aeronautic, railway, HGV, coach roll-over and certification with the Department for Transport (DfT, VCA) and other sectors related to transportation industry and safety standards.  This includes a number of EEC-funded projects and extensively projects expanding over a decade, involving aircraft crash safety (i.e. aircraft accidents reconstruction, both rotary and fixed wings, on behalf of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the Federal Aviation Administration).

With a number of publications, he was awarded, in 2002, the IMechE Derek George Astridge Memorial Prize for Aviation Safety.

Dr Andrew Walton

Senior Analysis Engineer

 

Andrew Walton has been interested in vehicles since he was first put into a pram. His background lies in structural impact analysis, occupant injury and associated project management.Andrew graduated... see more

Dr Andrew Walton

Senior Analysis Engineer

Andrew Walton has been interested in vehicles since he was first put into a pram. His background lies in structural impact analysis, occupant injury and associated project management.

Andrew graduated from Loughborough University in Transportation Management and Planning in 1979, followed by two years at Cambridge University where he did a Masters by research in Vehicle Crashworthiness. After a further two year spell at Birmingham University’s Accident Research Unit, he joined the Cranfield University’s Impact Centre to complete his PhD in 1986, where he remained until joining Far-UK in 2013 as a Senior Analysis Engineer.

During his time at Cranfield he worked on several hundred analysis projects for the automotive, aerospace, rail and other transport related sectors. Amongst these was the Air Accident Investigation Tool analysis project (1989-2001) which was co-funded by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch, the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Federal Aviation Administration – this used FE methods to reconstruct air accidents and related occupant injuries. 

More recent projects included the use of mesh-free methods to predict vehicle sand ingestion in desert conditions and a study for the European Space Agency to assess and select injury criteria for potential ESA manned space capsules.

Dr Sophie Cozien-Cazuc

Technical Programme Manager

 

Dr Sophie Cozien-Cazuc joined Far-UK Ltd in November 2013 as a Technical Programme Manager. She manages research projects which are part-funded by the UK and the European Commission.Sophie obtained... see more

Dr Sophie Cozien-Cazuc

Technical Programme Manager

Dr Sophie Cozien-Cazuc joined Far-UK Ltd in November 2013 as a Technical Programme Manager. She manages research projects which are part-funded by the UK and the European Commission.

Sophie obtained her MSc on Advanced Materials in 2002 at Cranfield University and her PhD on Bio-medical Composites in 2007 from the Polymer Composites Group at the University of Nottingham. After holding a Research Fellow position in the same group, she joined Cytec Industrial Materials (formerly Umeco Composites Structural Materials/Advanced Composites Group Ltd) as a Collaborative Research & Technology Project Manager in December 2008. Additionally, she has been part of the committee of the East Midlands Materials Society (EMMS) which is affiliated to The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) since 2006 and part of the Young Members’ Committee of the IoM3 since February 2011.

Through her research and work experience, she has a broad knowledge of polymer composite materials.

 

David Goodwin

Technical Programme Manager

 

David’s role at Far is to understand the needs of our customers and convert these into technical deliverables, ensuring that projects are managed and driven to a successful conclusion.Working in... see more

David Goodwin

Technical Programme Manager

David’s role at Far is to understand the needs of our customers and convert these into technical deliverables, ensuring that projects are managed and driven to a successful conclusion.

Working in R&D and commercial environments, David has several years of experience delivering novel composite material solutions to new vehicle and component designs across automotive, motorsport, aerospace and industrial sectors.

David’s interest in vehicles started in motorsport. He completed a BEng in Motorsport Engineering which included a year in industry and involvement in the IMechE Formula student competition. Following university, David worked on composite bodywork and structural components for the Hillclimb, Euroboss and GT3 disciplines. His passion extends to two-wheeled vehicles and David is a keen mountain biker and motorcyclist.

David has experience with structural thermoplastic composite materials developing new manufacturing methods and associated processing equipment. In the industrial sector David delivered a project to build the world’s first thermoplastic composite HGV semi-trailer. At 13.6m long and 2.5m wide the trailer still stands as one of the largest thermoplastic composite mouldings ever produced.

In the civil aerospace sector David improved his analytical and design skills when working as part of a small team at a Tier 1 supplier to introduce a novel Carbon-PEEK material, mainly for production gas-turbine engine applications. Whilst in this role David gained experience of working in a strict quality environment where use of tools such as D/P FMEA were employed to manage risk.