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3rd April 2019, Berkhamsted

Composites UK appoints new Chairman

Ben Wilson, Business Leader at MPM. © Composites UK

Ben Wilson, Business Leader at MPM. © Composites UK

Composites UK, a trade association for companies working in the UK’s fibre-reinforced polymer composite supply chain, has announced that Ben Wilson has been appointed Chairman of the Association for 2019 – 2021.

Ben Wilson, Business Leader at MPM, has grown up with composites, being part of a family business established by his father in 1978. Under his direction since 2010, the business has more than trebled turnover with 20% year on year growth and is still experiencing record sales and beating targets every month. His collaborative leadership style and sheer determination, combined with his ability to create an award-winning culture in business, are some of the reasons that Ben has been voted to lead the Association as it strives to achieve its goals.

Having been part of the Composites UK Board since 2015, Mr Wilson has a clear vision for his term as Chairman and looks to support the team and Board already in place. “I am delighted to have been voted in as chairman at Composites UK, they are a fantastic supporter of our industry,” he said. “With my two years as Chairman I am dedicated to ensuring members from across all sectors get value from their membership, whilst supporting growth in the UK composites market. I am particularly passionate about apprenticeships and will be looking to get a level 2 aligned with the level 3 that we already have in place.”

Dr Faye Smith, of Avalon Consultancy, will continue the role of Vice Chair for the next year. Composites UK also thanked Chris Taylor, of Axon Automotive, who steps down from his two-year role as Chairman, and also resigning Board Director John Doyle, of Millfield Composites Group, for their valuable contributions in driving the Association forwards.

The announcement coincides with the launch of the 2019 nomination process for the four places on the Board which are up for election. The Board meets quarterly to discuss the direction of the Association with some Directors choosing to take on extra responsibility for specific business areas such as Communications, Research, Training etc, depending upon their area of expertise.

The Board is made up of 11 Directors who are members of Composites UK themselves, with fellow members voting for who they wish to represent them. Each Board Director is nominated for a term of two years.

Voting will take place online prior to the Annual General Meeting being held on 3 June 2019, Brandon Hall, Coventry where the new Directors will be announced. In the event of a tie a further vote will be taken at the meeting. Representatives from Composites UK member companies can nominate themselves to sit on the Board by downloading the relevant form and returning it by 13 May 2019.

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