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Engineer comes full circle as AFRC chief operating officer

The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) has appointed a chief operating officer to head up its operations as it evolves as part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

Helen Lightbody graduated from the University’s department of design, manufacturing & engineering management in the early 1990s.

After heading up various operational teams across Babcock International, the Weir Group and Glenfield Group, Ms Lightbody came full circle and joined the AFRC.

In a pivotal time for the centre, Ms Lightbody is helping support businesses large and small to embrace advanced manufacturing technologies, de-risk innovation and improve products and processes so that they can better compete.

She said: “I’m thrilled to come on board to develop a clear strategy that will lead us on to further development and create even more opportunities for our customers. The blend of academia and industry at the AFRC is unique and it’s what motivated me to grab the opportunity with both hands.”

Keith Ridgway, executive chairman at the AFRC, said: “Helen’s unrivalled skillset and experience across many different sectors directly compliments the ongoing work from each of the technical teams across the centre.”



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