Richard Oldfield FREng

Chief Executive, National Composites Centre

Richard Oldfield FREngRichard Oldfield is a senior engineering leader who has made a significant contribution to new aircraft development over the last 18 years. He has led the development and implementation of a range of technology innovations to improve aircraft and aero engine performance spanning various materials and applications. Examples include composite fan blades, composite wing spars, thermoplastic wing leading edge, titanium thrust reverser inner walls, laminar flow nacelle lip skins and various additive manufacturing technologies. He has also been responsible for developing a global engineering function and has been an active contributor to the UK’s long term aerospace strategy.

Richard has recently joined the High Value Manufacturing Catapult as CEO of the National Composite Centre and plays a leading role in the development of composite technology solutions across a range of industrial sectors: aerospace, defence, automotive, rail, energy, renewables & construction.