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Composites UK Celebrates the Successes of the UK Industry and Announce New Board

25 May 2012

10th May saw the 3rd Composites UK Annual Charity Awards Dinner held at The Midland Hotel, Manchester recognise the achievements in personnel and training in the UK composites industry.

Dr. Sue Halliwell, Secretary of the association said, “It is important that we shout about our successes as an industry and celebrate what we have achieved year on year. Our awards showcase individuals and companies who go the extra mile to develop the skills needed to highlight the UK as major player in the sector”.

The four awards and their winners were:



  • Health, Safety and Environment Initiative of the Year (Sponsored by Composites UK)
    Won by: Composites Fibreglass Mouldings Limited
  • Trainee/Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Composites Skills Alliance)
    Won by: Chris Thomson, AgustaWestland Ltd
  • Outstanding Employee of the Year (Sponsored by Cutwel Limited)
    Won by: Simon Haslam, Amber Composites Ltd
  • Employer of the Year Supporting Training or Apprenticeships
    Won by: URT Group Ltd

Composites UK explain that the winners received a year’s free membership to Composites UK, trophy, certificate and £250 prize money for the trainee and employee award winners.

Earlier that day at the Composites UK Annual General Meeting, elections for the Board of Directors for 2012/13 took place. The board now stands as follows:

  • Andrew Dugmore – Amber Composites
  • Matthew Herbert – Broadwater Mouldings
  • David Beardsworth – Composite Fibreglass Mouldings
  • John Ward – Combined Composites Technologies
  • Chris Little – Consuta Training
  • Dr. Paul Darby – CCP Composites
  • Dr. Sue Halliwell – Net Composites
  • Prof. Paul Hogg – Royal Holloway University of London
  • Neil Appleton – PFG Tanks
  • Kevin Higham – Sigma Composites
  • Karl Vasko – Vac Innovation

The above will next meet on 21st June to choose the next chairman of the association.

According to Composites UK, the awards dinner will now move to coincide with the Composites Engineering Show and will take place on 7th November at the Crowne Plaza, NEC, Birmingham.






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