Divisional Managing Director, Arlington Aerospace
Rod joined the IMechE as a student member in 1983 and eventually progressed to become a Fellow of the Institution 28 years later in 2011.
Having graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1986, Rod started his engineering life as an R&D Engineer in high-speed packaging machinery and with a patent under his belt, moved into the project management field that then opened up global travel and a whole plethora of engineering issues in highly commercial roles for the next 8 years.
Following an MBA in 1994, moved back into mainstream engineering and held a number of senior General Manager and Director level positions in pharmaceutical, process related industries and machine tools, with the emphasis being on capital goods design and supply.
Rod moved to Arlington Aerospace, a division of Arlington Industries Group Ltd, in mid-2014 as divisional Managing Director with the remit of consolidating the recent acquisitions and strategically building the division through growth and further acquisition to ensure that they are the supplier of choice for all aircraft tooling, jigs and parts supply to enable the leading global aerospace corporations to meet their targets.
Rod has throughout his career been passionately involved within manufacturing, driving innovation in highly complex solution environments that require sound engineering insight coupled with a high degree of commercial realism.