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Management Team

Simon Harvey C.Eng., MIMechE., M.I.E.T

Name: Simon Harvey C.Eng., MIMechE., M.I.E.T

Job Title: Managing Director

Simon joined Nylacast Automotive in 2016 as Managing Director and in this role he leads a highly skilled International team of over 250 personnel and oversees global manufacturing operations, technical centres and commercial functions.

He began his Automotive career in 1983 and has over 25 years’ experience within the Tier 1 supply base serving in various positions of increasing responsibility including: Application Engineering, Technical Sales, Manufacturing Operations, Commercial, Business Development and General Management. Over the past 10 years he has worked at Board level with P&L responsibility.

Prior to joining Nylacast, Simon worked with GKN, Metaldyne (now American Axle), Pechiney (now Rio Tinto) and SKF.

Simon holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. He is a French speaker and has extensive International experience successfully developing businesses in all Continents and has lived and worked in both Europe and North America.

Adam Gilson

Name: Adam Gilson

Job Title: Finance Director

Adam joined Nylacast Automotive in 2015 as Finance Director and in this role he is responsible for the reporting and control of financial results for the UK and China operations.

He is CIMA qualified and has over 27 years of experience in finance, having worked at Finance Director and Financial Controller level within the Manufacturing, Construction, Food, Chemical and Automotive industries.

Prior to joining Nylacast, Adam worked with St-Gobain as Finance Director for Isover and Celotex where he was also integration manager for its acquisition and as Financial Controller for British Gypsum.

Ahmed Akuka

Name: Ahmed Akuka

Job Title: General Manager, Nylacast Changshu, China

Ahmed joined Nylacast Automotive in 2016 as General Manager in Changshu and in his role he is responsible for the management, leadership and operations of Nylacast Automotive in the Asia Pacific region.

He has over 28 years of experience in the management of manufacturing companies within the Greater China region.  10 of these years being spent at general management level in the Automotive industry.

Prior to joining Nylacast, Ahmed has previously held roles as Plant Manager of Phillips Lighting and General Manager of Stueken in China.  Ahmed has twice built up manufacturing operations in China from green field.

Ahmed has a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences and is a certified project manager, Lean Six Sigma black belt and auditor of several international quality standards.   He is multi-lingual in English, Chinese, Hindi and Urdu. Having lived and worked in China for over 32 years, Ahmed has a deep understanding of Chinese business practice, law, regulation and a strong capability to bridge between the East and the West.

Geoff Storr

Name: Geoff Storr

Job Title: Operations Director

Geoff joined Nylacast Automotive in 2016 as Operations Director and is responsible for the complete site operations of the UK plant, leading teams in Manufacturing, Maintenance, Logistics, Scheduling, ERP and Continuous Improvement.

He has over 40 years of experience within the Foundry, Machining and Automotive industries and has worked at international level within the USA, Canada, China, Mexico and Europe. Geoff has worked within Tier 1’s supplying OEMs including JCB, CAT, Duetz, BMW, GM, Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and Ford.

Prior to joining Nylacast, Geoff worked at Director level in Operations, Manufacturing, Technical Engineering and Plant Manager with companies including Morris Ashby, Alumasc, Meridian Lightweight Technologies, Hydraforce and Amtek.

Geoff is a time served Technical Apprentice (HND in Cast Metals Technology). In addition to his H&S training he also has extensive experience and qualifications in management, Quality systems, Procurement, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.

Andrew Boardman

Name: Andrew Boardman

Job Title: Quality Director

Andrew joined Nylacast Automotive in 2017 as Quality Director and in this role he is responsible for developing the Quality strategy and vision of the company in adherence with customer and industry expectations.

He has over 29 years of experience working in the Automotive sector at an international level in various quality roles with increasing responsibility, including Tier 1 level and major OEMs.

Prior to joining Nylacast, Andrew worked with McKechnie, Autoliv and John Guest Speedfit.

Andrew is highly experienced in Quality Management Systems and Continuous Improvement and COPQ projects. He is also a qualified Lean practitioner.

Jeff Rogers CEng., MIMechE., MSc

Name: Jeff Rogers CEng., MIMechE., MSc

Job Title: Engineering Manager

Jeff joined Nylacast Automotive in 2017 as Engineering Manager and in this role he leads the team responsible for the research, design, development, testing and manufacture of new product technologies for customer’s existing and future requirements, in addition to the companies’ conformance to standards including IATF and APQP.

He has over 30 years’ of Automotive experience holding positions within both OEM’s and Tier 1’s.  Jeff has been involved in different departments covering Product Design, Manufacturing, Engineering and Training & Development.

Prior to joining Nylacast, Jeff worked with Magna Exteriors, Thyssen Krupp, McKechnie, Jaguar Landrover, MSX and Contechs HW in both Engineering and Project Management roles, with the last 17 years in Senior Management.

Jeff has been a Chartered Engineer for over 20 years and has set up 3 formal graduate engineer training schemes accredited with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He had a 2 year period as a college lecturer developing the next generation of mechanical and electrical engineers.

Tim Short

Name: Tim Short

Job Title: Health & Safety Officer

Tim joined Nylacast in 1999, as Health and Safety officer he is responsible for leading the environmental, health and safety initiatives within Nylacast Automotive.

He has over 18 years’ experience working at Nylacast in different roles within logistics, machining, assembly operations, production planning, quality engineering and health and safety and has a thorough understanding of the company and its products.

Prior to joining Nylacast, Tim has held various positions within manufacturing and operations.

Tim has gained various qualifications and certifications during his time at Nylacast, in addition to his IOSH qualification.