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The Supply Chain AeroSpace programme was established in 2020 following a successful bid to the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF) operated by Scottish Enterprise, which supports projects aimed at helping SMEs develop their manufacturing capabilities.

The programme is part-funded by the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund. Almost £900,000 in ERDF and South Ayrshire Council match funding was secured for the project, which focuses on targeting and helping SMEs overcome barriers to entering the aerospace and space sectors such as cost of entry, certification and accreditation requirements. The project reduces risk and cost through opportunity identification and helping companies to innovate to enter supply chains, while integrating with support programmes already available within the network, such as SC21 and Sharing in Growth.

By focusing on aerospace and space, the SCA programme identifies individual and cumulative supply chain opportunities, matching to capabilities identified in a wide range of SMEs. Our partnership with the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) creates opportunities to apply advanced manufacturing technologies, creating cost competitive solutions.

South Ayrshire Council is the lead organisation for both Supply Chain AeroSpace and its sister project, the Aerospace Digital Visualisation Suite, with the Steering Group also supported by the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Strathclyde, Ayrshire College, Ayrshire Engineering Alliance, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service and Scottish Enterprise.

The SCA programme will run until December 2022.

Team Experience

The SCA team offers extensive experience of manufacture within aerospace to SMEs looking to enter the aerospace and space sectors. Their expertise includes Procurement, Supply Chain, Detail & Assembly and Quality. This is complemented by the innovation and technology capabilities of National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

  • Strategic & Operational Procurement
  • Supporting Business Improvement
  • Sourcing for production and spares
  • Introduction of Cost Reduction Initiatives
  • Project & Programme Management
  • Supplier Development
  • Contract Review and Management
  • Performance Management
  • Regulatory Compliance (EASA, CAA, FAA, NADCAP, etc.)
  • Experience of ITAR compliance
  • Managing Global Supply Base and Contracts
  • Engagement of global customers base
  • Category Management
  • Materials Management
  • Supplier Selection
  • Capability and Capacity Reviews
  • Risk Analysis

All of this support is provided to SMEs free of charge.

Meet the team

Daniel Hood
Daniel Hood

Aerospace Procurement Specialist

As Procurement Specialist, Daniel acts as enabler between multinational aerospace companies with bases in South Ayrshire and the local supply chain, identifying opportunities and developing capability to supply and increase local content in the aerospace supply chain. Together with Gary, he engages directly with SMEs to help them enter the aerospace and space markets.

With over 30 years’ experience within Procurement and Supply Chain, Daniel began his career in the Finance department of Scottish Aviation, costing major programmes. He then joined the Materials Management team, responsible for supply chain activities and provisions for the Jetstream 31/32 programme. When Scottish Aviation merged with the British Aerospace group, Daniel joined the Procurement department, undertaking an MCIPS (Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) qualification. From here he progressed to managerial positions within BAE’s Procurement and Supply Chain.

Daniel left BAE in the 1990s to work in Procurement within a range of industries, including banking, electronics, facilities management and commercial aviation. He then returned to BAE as Strategic Procurement Manager and headed up the Vendor Management team, supporting 1,400 BAE manufactured aircraft globally with spares and services. Daniel joined SCA at the very beginning of the project in July 2020.

Email: daniel.hood@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
Phone: 01292 612987

Gary Williamson

Aerospace and Space Supply Chain Specialist

Gary joined the SCA project in middle of August 2020 and as Supply Chain Specialist supports SMEs to take their first steps into the aerospace sector.  Gary’s career in the sector spans almost 40 years. With a background in Detail and Assembly Manufacturing, both in metallics and composite, he has a wealth of experience in Quality, Supplier Development, Operations and Programme Management.

Utilising his vast experience and knowledge, Gary engages with procurement and supply chain teams within the Aerospace Cluster at Prestwick, and other OEMs, to identify entry points for non-aerospace SMEs with appropriate capability.  As well as working with new entrants to the aerospace sector, he identifies opportunities for incumbent SME suppliers to increase supply and support SMEs in developing existing capability.

Email: gary.williamson@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
Phone: 01292 616166

Benoit Fernandez
Benoit Fernandez

Manufacturing Process Technology and Innovation Expert

Benoit is Anchoring Innovation Manager at National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). He leads the NMIS Supply Chain Competitiveness workstream, engaging with companies to provide support (technological or business) and help them to develop and grow. His role is to create a maximum impact into the UK economy through the development of manufacturing technology, and to engage with the UK’s manufacturing supply chains to understand the barriers to growth and enable the adoption of new manufacturing technology.

Over the last 10 years, Benoit managed industrial multidisciplinary projects simultaneously, while meeting established deadlines and targets, in different fields and in four different countries. In 2020 he achieved an MBA with Distinction from Strathclyde Business School, while working full-time.

Working in close collaboration with the Supply Chain AeroSpace team, Benoit and Daniele work with SMEs identified through the project to apply technologies/innovations leading to competitive solutions for companies seeking to enter the aerospace and space sector. 

Dr Daniele Marini
Dr Daniele Marini

Manufacturing Process Technology and Innovation Expert

Daniele has a background in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Data Science and Numerical Optimisation. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa, as well as an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) and MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Daniele has 10 years’ experience in R&D and Engineering. Based for five years in the Weir Advanced Research Centre (WARC) at Strathclyde University, he developed Artificial Intelligence tools for decision making and optimization tools in the manufacturing and supply chain contexts. His academic work within Strathclyde began in 2013, joining the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC, part of NMIS) in 2019, collaborating on the largest R&D project in Scotland, funded by Boeing.

Daniele is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Like Benoit, Daniele links closely with the Supply Chain AeroSpace team, specifically working with SMEs identified through the project to apply technologies/innovations leading to competitive solutions for companies seeking to enter the aerospace and space sector.

Annette Greening
Annette Greening

Programme Officer

Annette joined the SCA project in September 2021 and in her role as Programme Officer leads on all matters relating to compliance, monitoring and communications. She is responsible for driving forward and keeping track of key performance activity, and for preparing and submitting grant claims to the Scottish Government supported Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF).  Annette works closely with the project team and project partners to animate the project delivery plan to successfully deliver and evaluate outputs and outcomes.

With  20 years’ experience working in local authority within Information & Governance roles and four years within the aviation sector in a compliance role, Annette brings a wealth of knowledge to the team regarding the intricacies and compliance involved in delivering projects which are assisted by external funding bodies.

Jacquelyn O'Brien
Jacquelyn O'Brien

Project Lead

Jacquelyn’s primary focus is on supporting aerospace and space businesses through her work as a Business Growth and Skills Advisor at South Ayrshire Council. Originally a human resources specialist, she has worked in a wide variety of sectors including aerospace, as well as running her own business.

Jacquelyn was involved in the design of the Supply Chain AeroSpace project, as well as its successful funding application to the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund. She continues to support SCA with implementation and delivery.

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