Velocity Composites adds experienced aerospace specialist to board

Burnley-based Velocity Composites has appointed aerospace specialist David Bailey as an independent non-executive director.

David is the chief executive of the trade association Composites UK and also sits on the board of the Aerospace Growth Partnership representing the regions of the UK and their supply chains.

In a previous role as chief executive officer for the Northwest Aerospace Alliance, David was responsible for one of the largest aerospace clusters in the world representing 240 aerospace member companies (including organisations such as BAE Systems, AIRBUS, Rolls-Royce, and Safran) with a combined turnover in excess of £8bn and employing 26,000 highly skilled people across the North West of England.

David said: "I’m thrilled to be joining the board of Velocity Composites to support the organisation’s growth at this important time with the opportunities for diversification worldwide that are emerging in existing and new markets."

Andy Beaden, chairman of Velocity, said: "David brings to Velocity considerable experience and understanding of aerospace industry supply chains and the composites sector. We are delighted that we have attracted such a high calibre candidate to join the Board, endorsing the exciting future the company has.”

Velocity Composites manufactures advanced carbon fibre and ancillary material kits for use in the aerospace and associated industries. The company uses its process knowledge, business processes and proprietary software to reduce the amount of material required by its customers and also reduce the associated material waste when making aircraft parts.