“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
Co-Founder & CTO 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 is also a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce and a Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology.
Co-Founder & Head of Business Development Mike is a structural engineer with a degree in naval architecture, and 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.
He 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.
Co-Founder & Head of Industry Engagement Samantha‘s focus is on coordinating collaborative development programmes, harnessing investment in new technologies and sustainable materials and promoting the company’s brand.
She promotes the use of low energy production methods, recycled materials, natural fibres and bio based resins, and the concept of ‘Driving Innovation through Collaboration’.
Samantha is an Innovate UK Women in Innovation 2020-21 Award winner and won FAC Woman in Aerospace Award 2018. A Fellow of the RSA she utilises her skills from her career prior to Cecence in the creative and media sectors and brings a STEAM approach to her work.
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 Cecence Operations team is led by John Hodgart. John brings with him decades of experience in the composites industry and is responsible for overseeing all company operations from Development & Engineering through to Production.
Engineering & Development
Jack Donaldson leads the award-winning Engineering 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 Production team led by Martin Woodroffe and Lisa Ward 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.
The Project Management team is led by Emmanuel Suin with over 20 years experience in project management, new product introduction, new process technology and engineering operations Emmanuel is a team player who engages with others to implement process change.
The Cecence Quality department is led by Neil Draper. With 20 years experience in quality assurance Neil is responsible for driving forward continual improvement and maintaining Cecence’s AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015 accreditation.
The competitive advantage window is small - get ahead with your composites today!
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