Damian Lummis, Design Office Manager
Damian is a highly accomplished Design Engineering Manager with over 15 years of experience gained in design and manufacture using 2D and 3D CAD Systems from both AutoCAD and SOLIDWORKS. As the Tex ATC Division Design Office Manager, Damian manages the company Design Team resources to ensure that every project is delivered successfully, on time and cost. He is passionate about designing products and systems that will exceed client expectations.
In his successful career, he has designed and project managed a variety of products; from bespoke to mass production. He has served a variety of clients within several industry sectors including: Military, Nuclear, Telecommunications, Civil Engineering and for the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry.
He has a wide knowledge of Structural Steelwork, Finite Element Analysis, Sheet Metalwork, Machining, Programmable Logic Controllers and Pneumatics and Hydraulics.
Damian holds the following qualifications:
- National Diploma Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
- Higher National Diploma Mechanical Engineering
- BSc Product Design and Manufacture
- BCAS Diploma in compressed air management
- Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate
During his time with Tex ATC Division, Damian has been a key member of the Air Traffic Control and Visual Control Room design teams on: RAF Mildenhall, RAF Coningsby, RNAS Yeovilton and Al Dhafra in UAE and Thumrait in Oman.
David Ritchie, Technical Consultant and Business Development
David is a professional and highly motivated Commercial Pilot, Senior Project Manager and former Royal Navy Executive Officer. In his career in the Royal Navy he flew Seaking Mk 4 helicopters and Sea Harrier Fighters and is therefore adept at operating in diverse environments worldwide.
Uniquely qualified in high profile executive appointments and technology based projects, he has 15 years of combined experience working on the Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carrier Project and Lightning II, F-35B Ministry of Defence Project Team for project management, engineering design leadership and contract management. On QEC he was the Technical Lead for Modular Flying Control Room, Visual Landing Aids, Ship Windows, Window Wash, and blinds. He has also provided aviation requirements for ship and aircraft design, and is accredited as aircrew Independent Technical Evaluator (ITE) in support of aircraft safety, airworthiness certification and support to Release to Service.
David offers the twin unique insights into both commercial and military aviation and ship build aviation design and systems integration. He has a proven pedigree of knowledge relating to helicopter and fast jet operations, ship air interface, air execution and mission support. An excellent communicator with honed interpersonal skills, David has demonstrable success in both military and commercial settings of sensitively leading and motivating teams to achieve the highest standards. He has a wide ranging experience and knowledge of defence markets and mature client relationships.
Danielle Hele, Project Engineer
Danielle is a highly competent and hardworking Project Engineer with extensive experience and comprehensive understanding of design, production and installation methods within the retail and architectural business sectors.
Responsible for individual project design and implementation, Danielle is highly experienced in all stages of the design process, including concept generation, detailing, fabrication and installation. With a keen eye for detail, she is deadline focused and technically very competent. Possessing the experienced confidence of project ownership from initial client requirement to completion, she has demonstrable expertise in successfully leading teams to deliver high value projects.
Danielle has a First Class Hons (BSC) degree in Product Design from Brunel University.
Andrew France, Project Engineer
Andy is a project engineer and project manager with extensive experience of design, development and manufacturing processes. With over 20 years’ experience of engineering sectors covering IoTs, Petrochemical, Automotive and Consumer products he brings many skills to ensure on-time project delivery which exceeds client expectations. He is at-home managing or delivering high value projects and products from software only through to pure mechanical systems.
Andy holds an HND & BSc Hons Degree in Product Design & Manufacturing and is recognized by the Engineering Council, holding IEng IED status.
Mark Andrews, Project Manager
Mark joined Tex ATC Division as a Project Manager/ Field Engineer in May 2016, after serving 30 years in the British Army reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class I in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME). His early career in the Army’s Technical Corp saw him training an armoured vehicle mechanic working on Chieftain, Challenger tanks and Warrior and 430 Series Armoured Personnel carriers; as well as the other varieties of “heavy” vehicles the British Army operated.
Later in his career and after completing the REME’s Artificer Vehicles course; a course which takes 2 years and qualifies technical staff to manage workshop engineering staff and functions, he became a workshop manager. Organising priority “in-depth” repair tasks in support of operations in various Theatres including; Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq, as well as UK based units/organisations.
Nigel Livingstone, Project Manager
Nigel is an accomplished Project Manager and Management Accountant (CIMA) with extensive managerial experience and excellent interpersonal skills. Previously serving in the British Army and reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class II, he has a depth of experience in management and engineering, with 12 years as an aircraft technician.
This experience enables an ability to work to last minute tight timelines, in high pressure situations, and often with little or no guidance. This background has also nurtured excellent team working skills and he is highly disciplined and self motivated. Keen to achieve or exceed targets he always has an eye on people management. His gravitas, leadership, personal organisation and interpersonal skills mean that the delivery of projects and deadlines is never in any doubt.
Mikolaj Kubacki, Engineer
Mikolaj has extensive design and engineering experience within the marine and shipbuilding industry, and specialises in glazing, wipers, washers and electrical systems. Prestigious projects include the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. His work on flying control rooms aboard the carriers has broadened his interests to include air traffic control rooms.
Andy Constable, CAD Technician
A twice graduate from the University of Birmingham, Andy initially graduated in 2013 after completing an undergraduate degree in Sports and Materials Science (Bsc Hons) before completing a Master’s Degree in Research (MRes) In 2016. His research was based around the Corrosion Science of Stainless Steel, specifically ‘The effects of organic aerosols on atmospheric pitting corrosion of type 304 Stainless Steel’.
Andy’s materials based background and specialist corrosion knowledge bring a different aspect to the team and his role as a trainee CAD Technician.
Within daily working Andy assists the team in both a design based and logistics role; in drawing models for current and upcoming projects as well as assisting with the procurement and organisation of materials and resources associated with such projects.
Andy has recently completed SolidWorks Essentials Part 1&2.
Colin Welch, CAD Technician
Colin began his career in Engineering through the traditional route of an Apprenticeship, to become a Tool Maker for a local, Ipswich based company.
Upon attaining a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and a Bsc (Hons) Degree in Product Design and Manufacture, he progressed to the Design Office as a Production Engineer/Draughtsman, using AutoCAD and Solidworks to create 2D drawings and product cutting patterns and 3D product models.
Colin’s role at Tex ATC Division involves creating 3D parts and assemblies and 2D fabrication and construction drawings for current and upcoming projects, source relevant components and materials and produce technical documentation.
Colin is fully conversant with various CAD/CAM software packages, such as Radan, CAMduct and Lantek Expert, used for CNC Punching, Plasma and Laser cutting.
Jonathan Wicks, CAD Technician
Jon holds a BTEC First Diploma, National Diploma in Electrical and Mechnical Engineering and an HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He also attained a BEng (Hons) in Automotive Engineering with Motorsport from the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.
With 7 years experience as a Test Technician in the electronics industry, testing fault finding circuit boards, he additionally has over 6 years experience as a Test Engineer for an engineering company manufacturing Slitter Rewinder machines. This test work capitalised on the electrical / electronic and mechanical engineering skills gained in previous work experience and qualifications.
Jon is proficient using SolidWorks software to contribute to design work and is highly effective in supporting administrative and procurement tasks.
Glyn Bridgewater, CAD Technician
Glyn studied design at the Royal College of Art and completed numerous one-off commissions before joining book publisher Ivy Group. He has worked for many leading publishers in a freelance capacity, produced artwork for various clients including WHO, consulted for Dorling Kindersley, established AG&G Books (a service packager for UK publishers) and Fine Folio Publishing Ltd. More recently he worked in the design department at Jim Lawrence Ironworks.
Clare Jacobs, Business Support Coordinator
Clare provides general office support for the Tex ATC team.
- Collates and files all correspondence, literature and contract data for the Company
- Co-ordination of Purchase Orders and invoices
- Tex ATC team logistics
- Maintains and updates all Tex ATC services electronic data
- Human Resources
- 15 years of successful worldwide sales and project support at Saint Gobain Glass. Network knowledge worldwide in over 300 business contracts and yearly internal as well as external ISO 9001 Audits.
- Product knowledge through being production manager, product development, quality management, installation and claim experience for more than 20 years.
- 10 years work in the DIN ISO standard committee, and for the international committee for issue standards for vessels over 24m.
- Experience in developing and improving new products at GL-DNV LR, RINA, Korean Register, ABS.
Ratee Prasad, Business Development Head, India
Ratee has majored in Political Science and Fashion Designing. She started working with Eurotex International Limited in January 2002 and with Tex Special Projects in January 2009.
She is responsible for:
- Developing business with the Indian Navy
- Introducing the products to the public sector Shipyards
- Coordinating with the Navy and Shipyards
- Attending meetings, tender openings and price negotiations
- Over seeing timely and efficient execution of projects in India