2020 Advisory Board

  • Frazer Barnes

    Managing Director ELG Carbon Fibre

    Frazer has more than 30 years’ experience in the composites industry, and for the last 4 years has been heavily involved in carbon fibre recycling. After graduating with a materials science degree, Frazer first worked as a wind turbine blade design engineer before moving into the composites industry with SP Systems (now Gurit). After working on the design and development of composite structures for the marine, oil and gas and defence industries, Frazer moved to DML where he ran the composites business unit, which was a pioneer in the use of carbon fibre to rehabilitate existing civil infrastructure. From 2000 to 2010, Frazer worked for Cytec Engineered Materials in the UK, US and China, culminating in the construction of a composites manufacturing plant in Shanghai. From there, Frazer moved to Hengshen Carbon Fibre where he led efforts to position the company as a global supplier of carbon fibre. It was there that Frazer first became aware of the importance of recycling, leading to a cooperation with Adesso Advanced Materials to evaluate the possibilities of recyclable epoxies. After a short spell assisting Adesso refining its commercial strategies, Frazer returned to the UK to become Managing Director of ELG Carbon Fibre, where he has guided the company through the industrialisation of its carbon fibre recovery process and overseen the expansion of the companies capabilities to produce a range of recycled carbon fibre products for the composites and compounding industries.

  • Derek Buckmaster

    Director Carbon Nexus

    As the Director of the Carbon Nexus research centre at Deakin University, Derek leads the strategic direction and capability development of the world’s only open-access carbon fibre research facility.

    Prior to taking on the leadership of Carbon Nexus just over two years ago, Derek was the General Manager of SABIC’s Functional Polymers business unit, which led the development of the company’s  carbon fibre venture. Derek was based in Saudi Arabia for several years for this role.

    Before this Derek was the Global Market Director for automotive exteriors for GE Plastics, based in The Netherlands. In this role he led the development and commercialisation of new products and technologies in thermoplastic composites and lightweight polymer glazing. This followed two years in Shanghai establishing new product development and testing capabilities at the GE Technology Centre.

    Buckmaster began his career with GE Plastics in Melbourne in 1988, as a CAE design engineer. He then moved to the United States, holding several roles in advanced design engineering and marketing.  Returning to Australia in 1990, Buckmaster became sales manager for GE's Industrial Diamond division.  He held several other roles with the company in Australia, including export sales manager and product technology manager, before moving to Singapore to GE Plastics’ Pacific Headquarters in 1998. There he was the Six Sigma Master Black Belt for marketing and sourcing, focused on improving processes and increasing revenues. He returned to Australia again to oversee marketing and e-Business during the Internet boom.

    Prior to joining GE, Buckmaster worked as the Production Manager for  the Electricaire Division of Braemar Limited (a heating and cooling equipment manufacturer) and conducted research into aerial crop spraying at an Australian government Agricultural Engineering Center.

    Buckmaster holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Swinburne University, Australia.

    • Australia
  • John Davidson MSc

    Product Director, Oxidation and Carbonisation Cygnet Texkimp

    John has been in the Carbon Fibre manufacturing industry since 1982, working first on the development of Courtaulds large tow precursors and their conversion into Oxidised fibres for RK Carbon Fibres Ltd, which was closely followed by 3, 6, and 12k precursors for conversion to Carbon Fibres.

    He became involved in plant construction in 1986 as part of a team working on Technology Transfer Projects in India, China and South Korea. In 1991 he left RK Carbon and was involved in a project in Russia after which, in 1995, he returned to India and China on Technology Transfer Projects for RK Carbon.

    In 1997 RK Carbon was acquired by SGL Technic Ltd at which point he was appointed Project Manager for a £25m inward investment project to build two state of the art Carbon Fibre production lines in Scotland.

    He left SGL in 2003 to form Milled Carbon Ltd, where they developed the world’s first commercial continuous carbon fibre composite recycling process.  The company was later acquired by German metals reclamation company ELG Haniel.

    In 2008 he began working on Technology Transfer Projects in Italy, Turkey and Portugal with US and European partners. Further Technology Transfer Projects continued over the next 5 years in China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Thailand and India.

    In 2014, after over 12 years of discussing collaboration possibilities, he joined Cygnet-Texkimp Ltd in Northwich, Cheshire, where he offers turn-key solutions for Carbon Fibre Production Facilities.

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    • United Kingdom
  • Dr. Shanta A. Desai

    Research Project/Consultant Nissan Technology Centre Europe



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  • Paolo Grati, M.Sc.

    Aeronautical Engineer GP Marketing Consulting Sas

    Paolo Grati took his master of Engineering in Aeronautics in 1983. After some years as sales manager in a private company producing thermo-acoustic insulation products he moved to the composites world as Commercial Director of a leading European weaving and prepregging company.

    N 2006, after 16 years in the International market he founded the GP Marketing Consulting Sas and now offers to share his expertise and skills working with proactive attitude in the marketing and development of composite materials, with a particular focus on carbon reinforcements. Luca Grati and Anna Lancerotto completed the innovative team. He proactively cooperates with leading national and foreign based companies for the development of new products and the search of alternative raw materials worldwide.

    He follows the applications of the carbon fibres both from PAN and PITCH precursors focusing on processing of continuous fibres (weaving, multiaxial manufacturing, pultrusion, filament winding, UD prepregs, RTM and resin infusion technology). He assists the customers on designing and developing new innovative projects on behalf of partner companies, following both technical and commercial aspects, mainly in the automotive and industrial fields.

    In 2014 Paolo received the Qing 2nd level certification by the “Engineer register of Milan Area” in the field of “Materials Engineering” specialization “Consultancy on development of new products in composite materials”. Now this recognition has been extended to the National “CERT'ing Advanced Certification”.

    In the last few years he and his staff introduced some new products based on nanotechnologies in the European Market, offered a special assistance in the usage of recycled carbon products in automotive field and suggested the introduction of fire barriers and noise damping solutions to the main European OEM.

    Paolo has been often speaker at Courses/Congresses as Specialist of carbon reinforcements and participated to training on “Internationalisation, Intelligence and Innovation Management”.

    • Italy
  • Hans Hansson

    Senior Advisor of Swerea SICOMP Swerea SICOMP

    Dr. Hans Hansson has been working in the composite field since 1980. He has professional experience from the composite industry in different leading positions in R&D, production and marketing of composite components. Hansson has for more than 20 years been CEO of Swerea SICOMP, one of Europes leading research institutes focused on composite technology.  He is now working as Senior Advisory  for Swerea SICOMP.

  • Dr. Greg Lipoczi

    Business Development Manager - Wind Energy Scott Bader

    Dr Greg Lipoczi is working with composites for more than 15 years, started in manufacturing of automotive, rail, wind energy and aerospace parts in the Omikron Group, continued in working with engineering of wind turbine blades, marine and automotive applications at STRUCTeam, joined the Renault-Nissan Alliances in 2017 dealing with process excellence and digital transformation and since 2019 he is the Business Development Manager at Scott Bader focusing on Wind Energy. Greg has a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, is a Lean Practitioner, has a Doctorate degree in law, a Masters Degree in economics and various qualifications in composites.

    • United Kingdom
  • Andrew Mafeld

    Managing Director Connectra

    Andrew Mafeld has over thirty years of experience in the global composites industry covering the carbon, glass and natural fibre sectors. He is the founder and Managing Director of the Connectra group of companies, a Swedish based international business development consultancy working in composites materials.

    Prior to founding Connectra in 1998, Andrew held Vice President positions in both commercial and technical areas at Owens Corning, in both Europe and the USA. Earlier in his career, Andrew worked for Procter & Gamble and Monsanto. Andrew has a chemical engineering degree from Imperial College, London, an MBA from INSEAD, France and speaks multiple languages.

    He has authored numerous composites related reports for clients worldwide, including companies, government ministries and regional development agencies. His book on "The Automation of Polymer Composites Manufacturing" was published by JEC in 2010 and he regularly presents papers on the composites industry at conferences in Asia, the USA and Europe.

    • Sweden
  • Dan Pichler

    CEO CarbConsult

    Daniel Pichler has more than 30 years experience in carbon fiber, composite materials, and other high performance materials and components.  He is Partner / joint Managing Director with CarbConsult GmbH – specialists in strategy and technical consulting in carbon fiber, composite materials, and others.  CarbConsult’s clients have included carbon fiber and composites companies, chemical companies, investor groups and other interested parties in Europe, Asia and the US.  Previously, he has lead carbon fiber businesses and business development with SGL Group, AKSA (now DOWAksa), Holding Company Composites, Armco, and others.  

  • Soraia Pimenta

    Lecturer Imperial College London

    Soraia is a Research Fellow at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London. Her research is currently focused on the mechanics and modelling of composites, and she aims to further her work in the theoretical development of novel materials - with complex architectures and bio-inspired systems - to create improved solutions for challenging applications.

    Soraia did most of her undergraduate studies in Portugal (MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 2008). She did her final MEng project at Imperial College, analysing the micromechanics of compressive failure of composites.

    Soraia's PhD (from the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, 2013) focused on analysing and modelling the mechanics of recycled composites. Concurrently to this work, Soraia also developed original models for the fibre-dominated tensile failure and associated size effects in virgin composites.

    In 2012, Soraia became a Research Assistant to HiPerDuCT - High Performance Ductile Composite Technology in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial. She has developed new models and proposed innovative material systems to create a new generation of ductile composites.

    • United Kingdom