Marc Funnell

Director of Digital Engineering National Composites Centre

Marc is Director of Digital Engineering at the National Composites Centre (NCC). With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Marc specializes in composite design and analysis, 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 defense sectors in South Africa, Marc joined the Composite Research team at Airbus UK, culminating in his role as Head of Analysis for the ALCAS program, 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 worldwide.

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