“Who said composites can’t be industrialised? We’ve proven they can be manufactured at scale and meet stringent regulatory standards. It’s all about being fit for purpose.”
Cecence is on a mission to bring the understanding and benefits of sustainable and lightweight composites to industry, explaining how, when and why to consider composites to gain competitive advantage.
We start knowing it needs to be practical and repeatable.
Cecence Founders came from industries entrenched in composite magic. Hundreds of bespoke, handcrafted components. Where’s the scale in that? So they set out on a new mission to prove to industry that composites CAN be considered at an industrial level, and developed the materials, processes and technology to deliver high-quality composite components at scale.
Cecence was formed at the start of 2014 to harness the skills of a team of independent composite engineers and innovators who have worked together on a number of marine, motorsport, rail, oil and construction projects over the last decade.
The Cecence team are specialists in innovative design and problem-solving. They are experts in the industrialisation of bespoke systems previously used by narrow market sectors
Humphrey has spent his entire career problem solving and developing new and innovative ideas.
He has been one of the pioneers of the use of composite cables in the rigging industry where he has not only been responsible for cable design but also for the industrialisation of cable production processes. This has hugely enhanced the commercial viability of using cutting-edge carbon composite technologies in less niche markets.
Humphrey co-founded Cecence Ltd. in 2014 having previously been Head of R & D, then Head of Innovation, at Future Fibres, a company specialising in composite yacht rigging.
Humphrey is also a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce and a Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.
As a structural engineer with a degree in naval architecture, Mike is an innovator with a proven track record in developing and bringing new and technically complex solutions to the market.
He specialises in complex engineering modelling and design programmes, and in bringing composite materials to a wide variety of new sectors.
Mike co-founded Cecence Ltd with Humphrey in 2014 having previously spent over 14 years in the marine industry, including 5 years as Head of Custom Sales and Engineering for Hood Yacht Spars Ltd and 8 years as Technical Director of Ocean Yacht Systems Ltd.
Mike has an BEng (Hons) in Yacht and Powercraft Design from Solent University.
As Head of Industry Engagement and Creative Director Samantha’s focus is on coordinating collaborative development programmes, harnessing investment in new technologies and sustainable materials and promoting the company’s brand.
She is proud to be part of a pioneering design and manufacturing movement which promotes the use of low energy production methods, recycled materials, natural fibres and bio based resins wherever possible, and the concept of ‘Driving Innovation through Collaboration’.
Samantha co-founded Cecence Ltd with Humphrey and Mike in 2014 having spent much of her career prior to Cecence in the creative and media sectors and brings a STEAM approach to her work.
Samantha is also a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce and winner of the FAC Woman in Aerospace Award 2018.
MEET THE TEAM
Cecence is an end-to-end composite partner, from scaled manufacture right down to initial concept development.
Our teams stretch along the whole length of the TRL spectrum, with engineers and designers to turn ideas into concepts and development teams who ensure the end result is practical, compliant and fit for purpose, and the teams to deliver volume manufacture. Behind them all, the operations team ensures quality is controlled, and that finance and business development processes work like clockwork.
The Production team led by Lanty Chafer, support projects from the prototyping stage up to scaled production. Having successfully delivered 11 ship sets of all-composite seatbacks for an Airbus programme, the team are used to dealing with large volumes and manage a variety of component lines.
Jack Donaldson leads the award-winning Research and Development team. Their reputation for making innovation tangible and replicable goes before them. The team have been responsible for many industry firsts, most recently, the world’s thinnest economy class aircraft seatback.
The Engineering team are seasoned experts, gaining experience working within the marine industry. Responsible for the TRL levels 1-4, Tim Gray and team support the development of ideas into realistic concepts, always keep practicality and manufacturability at the forefront.
The Cecence Operations team, ably led by Simon White, keep the company wheels turning. Simon is responsible for the Quality Management and auditing in line with AS 9100D and ISO9001 regulations, as well as back office administration, HR, Procurement, Finance and Client Engagement.
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