Management Team

Jonathan Bridges, Chief Executive Officer

Jon co-founded Velocity Composites in October 2007. Jon has over 25 years’ experience within the advanced composites industry and is an experienced composite engineer. Previously, Jon was an Aerospace and Lean Solutions Specialist at Cytec Process Materials where he was responsible for direct sales support of UK and European based clients. From 2003 to 2005 Jon was a manufacturing engineer for Safran Nacelles where he was responsible for the manufacturing function for a growing, highly loaded aerospace unit supplying multiple assembly lines. Jon was re-appointed to the Board as an Executive Director in July 2019.

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Matthew Archer, Commercial and Supply Chain Director

Matthew joined the Company as Chief Commercial Officer in February 2017 bringing extensive experience of the Defence and Aerospace sectors having worked for several of the world’s leading companies in those industries. Matthew previously worked for GKN Aerospace where he led the introduction of a global strategy for composite procurement across Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to this Matthew worked at Defence industry prime contractors and the UK Ministry of Defence.

In October 2020 Matthew’s role expanded to that of Commercial and Supply Chain Director giving Matthew accountability for the Company’s Contractual, Supply Chain and Quality Assurance matters.

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James Eastbury, Customer Programmes Director

James leads a team of technically skilled programme managers and new business engineers in developing and executing comprehensive multi-level plans of engagement with identified customers. He is responsible for the expansion of Velocity’s revenue, with existing customers and new customers/territories.

James has over 10 years’ experience in the aerospace division of Solvay Composite Materials, the advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, where he held a number of roles, most notably as Key Account Manager for Airbus.

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Chris Williams, Group Finance Director

Chris joined Velocity Composites in August 2020. Chris brings a broad range of experience, most recently in the position of Finance and Commercial Director at Bettys Café Tea Rooms, part of the Bettys & Taylors Group Ltd, which also owns and operates Yorkshire Tea and Taylors of Harrogate coffee.

Previously he has held strategic and divisional finance roles at the engineering group Caparo Industries plc, Shazans the food company and 2 Sisters Food Group, where he worked closely with its Directors on new business starts and growth initiatives.

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