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Meet The Team

Lyndon Sanders

DGM of Far-UK

 

Lyndon has been working in automotive manufacturing since the mid 1980’s. He has run factories for 2 car makers and as a 1st tier manufacturer he has been a supplier for Jaguar, Land Rover, Toyota,... see more

Lyndon Sanders

DGM of Far-UK

Lyndon has been working in automotive manufacturing since the mid 1980’s. He has run factories for 2 car makers and as a 1st tier manufacturer he has been a supplier for Jaguar, Land Rover, Toyota, Honda, GM, BMW plus other 1st tier suppliers.  He has been trained by Honda and Toyota master Lean engineers. He holds a Natural Science degree from Durham University an MBA from Aston University and has studied International Leadership at INSEAD University

Lyndon implemented his first Kan Ban in 1986 since when he has been driving operational improvements, mostly in the automotive industry in a number of high volume applications. He has run manufacturing operations for a number of multinational companies culminating in being Operations Director for a foundry employing 800 people on the shop floor and producing around 200,000 tonnes a year of specialist iron castings.

As a member of the leadership team at Far Composites, Lyndon is focused on the challenges of bringing carbon fibre technology to high volume vehicle assembly and meeting the industry’s demanding challenges of Quality, Cost & Delivery. 

Dr Kevin Lindsey

MD of Far Composites

 

Kevin is Far-UK’s Managing 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

MD of Far Composites

Kevin is Far-UK’s Managing 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.

 

Alex Barker

Development Engineer

 

As a development engineer, Alex works on innovative projects to develop new processes and components to meet customer needs. He does this using the wealth of knowledge and practical experience gained... see more

Alex Barker

Development Engineer

As a development engineer, Alex works on innovative projects to develop new processes and components to meet customer needs. He does this using the wealth of knowledge and practical experience gained in the marine industry.

Alex has wprked on a number of projects including ocean rowing boats which have participated in Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean challenges, and have been featured in BBC Row to the Pole documentary. He also has extensive experience from his work in the construction industry.

 

Alex Ryding

Development Engineer

 

Alex joined Far UK as a Development/Graduate Engineer. His role within the company is to bring concepts and ideas to reality. By utilising the knowledge and experience gained throughout his degree he... see more

Alex Ryding

Development Engineer

Alex joined Far UK as a Development/Graduate Engineer. His role within the company is to bring concepts and ideas to reality. By utilising the knowledge and experience gained throughout his degree he hopes to produce innovative and purposeful solutions to novel engineering materials problems facing the world today.

Alex graduated from the University of Sheffield in July 2018 with a MEng degree in Aerospace Engineering. As part of his degree, Alex spent his third year studying in the USA at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach campus. This gave him invaluable experience in a radically different method of teaching and it has helped give him insight into how he continues learning throughout his career.

His final year project was based on the intrinsic fracture toughness of epoxy resins and how an epoxy may be ‘designed’ to meet certain mechanical properties without adding numerous other elements which can be detrimental to other performance criteria. Alex has also worked with Rolls Royce on a collaborative research project looking into the over aging of a nickel superalloy used extensively in the hot section of their turbofan engines.

Greg Hope

Development Engineer

 

As a development engineer, Greg's main purpose is to use the knowledge he has gained throughout his experience to develop processes, components and systems for the company and their customers.... see more

Greg Hope

Development Engineer

As a development engineer, Greg's main 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 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. He worked on all aspects of the vehicle design and assembly.

Joe Dobson

Development Engineer

 

In his role, Joe works on innovative projects to develop new processes and components to meet customer requirements. Joe graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Physics with... see more

Joe Dobson

Development Engineer

In his role, Joe works on innovative projects to develop new processes and components to meet customer requirements.

 Joe graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics. Following this, he completed a postgraduate degree in MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering from the University of Warwick. For his dissertation, he developed and tested a design process which combined Topological Optimisation and Additive Manufacturing to produce 3D-Printed structural components. 

David Goodwin

Engineering 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

Engineering 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.

Drew Smith

FEA Engineer

 

Drew joined Far Composites from an aerospace background. After completing an MSc course in Aeronautical Engineering in 2007, he moved straight into the helicopter industry as a stress engineer.Over... see more

Drew Smith

FEA Engineer

Drew joined Far Composites from an aerospace background. After completing an MSc course in Aeronautical Engineering in 2007, he moved straight into the helicopter industry as a stress engineer.

Over the course of 11 years, he has worked on various helicopter programmes such as the AW189, AW169 and AW609. He has experience working within a team of stress engineers and also leading the structural design, analysis and test of key components.

While working through project maturity stages, he has gained experience using hand calculations and structural test data for validating finite element analysis (FEA) models, and has developed knowledge and experience using simulation work-flow and optimisation software for understanding and improving design capabilities.

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.

Stefan Hopewell

Finance Manager

 

Stefan 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

Stefan Hopewell

Finance Manager

Stefan 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.

Stefan’s early career spanned various roles at Vision Express and Capital One, before he started up a brand new automotive venture expanding it to 6 sites within its first couple of years, winning Entrepreneur of the Year at the Newark Business Awards in the process.  A young family then took priority and Stefan decided to take a step back but continued to work in the automotive industry as a Finance Manager, before deciding to join Far-UK in 2017

Stefan is fully qualified in Management Accountancy and Corporate Treasury.

Aiden Bradbury

Graduate Engineer

 

Aidan recently joined Far as a Graduate Engineer having graduated from the University of Liverpool with an MEng degree in Aerospace Engineering. During his degree Aidan completed two... see more

Aiden Bradbury

Graduate Engineer

Aidan recently joined Far as a Graduate Engineer having graduated from the University of Liverpool with an MEng degree in Aerospace Engineering. 

During his degree Aidan completed two 3-month internships focusing on FEA impact analysis of a carbon fibre productand a dynamic analysis of a honeycomb paperboard pallet under bending. For his dissertation, he collaborated on developing a novel approach to predict the residual stress within an additive manufactured component using both static and dynamic analysis.

 

Dr Ross Minty

Graduate Engineer

 

Ross joined Far-UK as a graduate engineer in September 2018. In this role he is responsible for contributing to the development of new components and processes to meet the ever-evolving... see more

Dr Ross Minty

Graduate Engineer

Ross joined Far-UK as a graduate engineer in September 2018. In this role he is responsible for contributing to the development of new components and processes to meet the ever-evolving demands/projects defined by Far-UK’s customers.

Ross graduated for the University of Strathclyde with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering in 2014. Following this Ross elected to remain at Strathclyde and complete a PhD with the renowned Advanced Composites group (ACG) under the supervision of Professor James Thomason where he graduated in June 2018. His doctoral studies principally focussed on the fibre-matrix interface of glass fibre-reinforced epoxy composite materials. Specifically, his research investigated the formation of residual stresses at the fibre-matrix interface and how their contribution to the stress transfer capability of the interface could be influenced by basic matrix chemistry. This gave him extensive expertise in complex adhesion measurement techniques, primarily the single-fibre microbond pull-out technique, as well as thermal analysis techniques including DSC, TMA, DMA and rheology.

Jack Lemm

Materials Development Engineer

 

As a Materials 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... see more

Jack Lemm

Materials Development Engineer

As a Materials 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.

Will Chartier

Placement Engineer

 

Will came to Far looking for a Year-long placement inbetween studying his degree. He has a background in automotive aftermarket development and materials engineering.While he is here he will be... see more

Will Chartier

Placement Engineer

Will came to Far looking for a Year-long placement inbetween studying his degree. He has a background in automotive aftermarket development and materials engineering.

While he is here he will be working on research projects alongside the rest of the team.

Will also has fluency in French Spanish and Italian which will be an asset when communicating with European partners. 

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.

Dave Skertchly

Production Engineer

 

Dave is a dedicated and enthusiastic production engineer. He qualified at Southampton Solent University. Moving to the spacecraft industry, his initial work in RF  systems and data processing... see more

Dave Skertchly

Production Engineer

Dave is a dedicated and enthusiastic production engineer. He qualified at Southampton Solent University. Moving to the spacecraft industry, his initial work in RF  systems and data processing evolved into projects involving large antennas and early carbon fibre structures. Dave was responsible for the for the design and production of the first UK produced carbon fibre parts to fly in space. He was head hunted to manage the production of the world’s first carbon fibre road car, the McLaren F1, and eventually became founding Director of McLaren Technologies. Further work on carbon fibre super cars included the McLaren Mercedes SLR bodywork and the Caparo T1 chassis.

In 2008 Dave founded Global Composites Group, later Auxetic Performance Ltd to fund developments in high speed carbon fibre press production and auxetic materials. Dave has been co-inventor of some 30 patents during his career.

Dr Jon Crookston

Project Engineer

 

Jon graduated with MEng. Materials Engineering with Russian from the University of Nottingham and went on to complete his Ph.D within the Polymer Composites Research Group at the same... see more

Dr Jon Crookston

Project Engineer

Jon graduated with MEng. Materials Engineering with Russian from the University of Nottingham and went on to complete his Ph.D within the Polymer Composites Research Group at the same institution.  His doctoral studies were principally concerned with the changes in mechanical behaviour of textile reinforced composites arising from forming/draping during manufacture.  This enabled him to develop expertise in various modelling techniques alongside manufacture, testing and characterisation of both coupons and components.  Following a number of years’ post-doctoral work, primarily working on mechanical properties prediction using FEA of the composite unit cell, he changed direction, starting his own business to carry out property repairs and improvements.  His intention is to marry his knowledge of composites with his practical hands-on skills to enhance the development of a high class manufacturing facility at Far-UK.

Dr Catherine Onions

Programme Manager

 

Catherine completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering at Leicester University before staying on to work as a research associate in the mechanical materials group. During this time she... see more

Dr Catherine Onions

Programme Manager

Catherine completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering at Leicester University before staying on to work as a research associate in the mechanical materials group. During this time she also completed a PhD in tribology, investigating failure mechanisms of marine gear steels, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence. A move into the rail industry followed with some time spent working for British Rail Business Systems. An enthusiasm for project management developed during this time and another move to a software implementation company increased the breadth of this experience. A career break then followed to raise a family and this required a whole new range of skills!

Catherine joined Far-UK in 2017 and as Programme Manager, maintains an overview of all the projects we are currently involved in. Discussions with consortium partners and suppliers are interspersed with all aspects of project managing. Catherine’s main skill of disruptive thinking is proving valuable as Far-UK look towards an exciting future.

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 Manager

 

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

Dr Sophie Cozien-Cazuc

Technical Manager

Sophie joined Far-UK Ltd in November 2013 as a Technical Programme Manager and managed research projects which are part-funded by the UK and the European Commission. She became a Technical Manager in February 2018 and has been developing the company’s roadmap and working on setting new projects up. 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 Solvay Composites (Derby) Ltd (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 has been a board member of the British Composites Society of the IoM3 since December 2014. Through her research and work experience, she has a broad knowledge of polymer composite materials.