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Steve joined ARTIS in 2011 and undertakes work for clients across a range of industry sectors but is primarily focussed on those in the defence industry. He has a wealth of experience of polymers spanning almost 35 years and has undertaken testing and evaluation of a broad range of materials, including adhesives, sealants, composite materials and fibre reinforcements, rubbers, paper and board, and textiles. He also has a successful track record of managing and participating in government-funded multi-partner research and development programs on topics such as the lifetime prediction of adhesives, the ageing of epoxy-based damping compounds, and the condition monitoring of rubber.
Steve has under undertaken the investigation of failures in polymeric materials for commercial clients, MOD and the Air Accident Investigation Branch. He was involved in the investigation of adhesive failures in Concorde rudders and elevons and also gave evidence to The Nimrod Review by Charles Haddon-Cave QC into the broader issues surrounding the loss of an RAF Nimrod in Afghanistan in 2006.
Having spent most of his career in MOD and the defence industry, Steve is keenly aware of the importance of product reliability. To this end he always aims to provide solutions for customers that are cost effective, reliable and relevant to the end-use. This is also reflected in his commitment to quality management and he is responsible for the maintenance of the ARTIS quality management system and its ISO 9001 certification. He is a trained internal auditor to ISO 9001:2015.
Steve is Vice-Chairman of the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives (a technical committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) and has presented papers on adhesive-related issues at a number of national and international conferences.