Marc Funnell

Head of Digital, Director of Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation
National Composites Centre (NCC)

Marc Funnell is Head of Digital, and Director of Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) at the National Composites Centre (NCC).

With over 20 years of experience in industry, Marc specialises in composite design and analysis with a passion, demonstrating success in the digital transformation of engineering practices throughout his career.

Following his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University and research activities across the automotive and defence sectors in South Africa, Marc joined the composite research team at Airbus UK, culminating in his role as Head of Analysis for the ALCAS programme, a precursor to the A350. After leaving Airbus, he ran a private company working across major aerospace OEMs as a specialist in composite analysis and design until joining GKN Aerospace as global Head of Engineering methodology, responsible for driving engineering change across 56 sites globally.

In 2019 he joined the National Composites Centre as the Head of Digital, leading the Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation programme, where he is responsible for driving the application and adoption of digital technologies to benefit the UK composite engineering and manufacturing industry.