The Centre is run by a Director, who is appointed by the Management Board. The Director has oversight of and responsibility for all Centre activities, technical programmes and industrial liaison. The Centre Manager assists the Director with administering the Centre. Other roles are Deputy Director, Academic Director, Industry Director, who is also currently MD of NDEvR, and Technology Director. Together, the management team has a wealth of experience in a variety of professional profiles that reflect the wide range of activities now undertaken under the RCNDE umbrella.
Meet the team…
Robert Smith - RCNDE Director and Professor of NDT and High Value Manufacturing at the University of Bristol. He studied Physics (Cambridge), Applied Acoustics (Kings College, London) and gained a PhD at the University of Nottingham. His ultrasonics research career started at the National Physical Laboratory, moving through RAE Farnborough, DRA, DERA, QinetiQ Ltd and then the University of Bristol where he held an EPSRC Fellowship in Manufacturing (2013-18). He became the Director of RCNDE in 2018 and has oversight of, and responsibility for, all Centre activities, technical programmes and industrial liaison. Robert’s research interests focus on NDE for 3D characterisation of composites, and this is extended to support industry through his consultancy business - Focused NDE Ltd.
RCNDE Deputy Director and Visiting Professor of Instrumentation, Applied Metrology, and Sensing at the University of Edinburgh. Pete studied Applied Physics (Salford), Engineering and Management (Warwick) and has an MSc in Gas Turbine Engineering from Cranfield University. He had a 38-year career in instrumentation and measurement with Rolls-Royce, retiring as Head of Measurement Engineering in 2018, and now runs his own consulting business – Evalu8ion Ltd. Pete is responsible for RCNDE’s research strategy for NDE 4.0. and is the team’s champion for broadening the impact of NDE technology.
RCNDE Industry Director. Peter has Physics (Cambridge) and MBA (Rotterdam) degrees and has worked in industry for over 30 years in the nuclear and engineering sectors, including over 20 years in the NDE field. Peter joined RCNDE in 2004, represents the industrial membership of RCNDE and is responsible for the financial and commercial support for RCNDE in his role as the Managing Director of NDEvR, the legal entity representing RCNDE since 2007.
RCNDE Academic Director and Professor of Dynamics at the University of Bristol. He received an MEng degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford followed by a PhD from Imperial College London (1998). At the University of Bristol, he held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (2007-12), was Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department (2015-18) and is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science. Paul provides technical and scientific direction for RCNDE’s research activities, represents the academic membership of RCNDE and contributes his expertise in array transducers, embedded sensors, guided waves, structural health monitoring, signal processing and machine learning.
RCNDE Technology Director and Chair of the Industrial Working Group. Colin has a Physics degree (1980) and a DPhil (1984) from the University of Oxford. He then spent 35 years in the power generation industry working within the NDE and Structural Integrity fields for the CEGB, PowerGen, E.ON and Uniper. Colin is now retired and established his NDE consultancy business: Brett Consulting Ltd. Colin is responsible for the technology-transfer programme within RCNDE facilitating collaboration between RCNDE Members, Associate Members and outside organisations aimed at achieving high technology readiness levels.
RCNDE Centre Manager. Maria has a Business Management degree (Univ. Carlos III) and an MSc in Innovation (Newcastle). She has worked for over 10 years in research institutions, including Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Spain, and Nottingham, Newcastle and Bristol in the UK, where her current role resides. Maria became the RCNDE Centre Manager in 2018 and she is responsible for all non-technical aspects of the management of RCNDE.
RCNDE Senior Administrator. Lacia has a Masters Degree in Marketing and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing as well as a background in Communications. She joined the team to provide support with administrative tasks and communications as well as industry-university liaison.