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Our Team

At FutureAM designers and programmers sit side by side with engineers, project managers and quality controllers working hand in hand with clients to support them in developing next generation engineering solutions.  The Company believes in employing the best of the best and boasts a highly skilled team of exceptional designers and engineers.

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Ashok D'Sa
Ashok D'Sa

Chairman & Managing Director

Our Chairman, Ashok D'Sa, is a seasoned industrials executive having worked at leading OEM manufacturers like Siemens, GE and Alfa Laval. He established Carmichael Capital as an investment vehicle for niche, engineering acquisitions.

Future Advanced Manufacture is Carmichael's first platform acquisition and the plan is to bolt on complementary acquisitions in the Advanced Manufacturing sector.

Ashok is responsible for the strategy, M&A and coaching of the Future leadership team.

Michael Scaum
Michael Scaum

Finance Director

After leaving school at 16, Michael worked in a manufacturing environment for 20 years making Commercial Vehicle tyres, before starting to study accountancy. Moving into a Finance function at the Gala Coral Group where Management Accountant & Financial Analyst were amongst the roles fulfilled, he studied CIMA and became a Qualified Accountant in 2008. Michael moved roles to a Turbine refurbishment facility in Lincoln for 5 years as the Financial Controller and latterly as the Finance Director supporting the entrepreneurial management team. In 2017 he left to work for Paul Fabrications, a Tier 1 supplier to Rolls Royce in Derby, Germany and Singapore. After working there for 3 years, Michael moved to the ASG Group in Manchester as a Financial Controller in the Aerospace Division before transferring over to the Tooling Division as Finance Director for nearly 2 years to support the MD in the successful Tier 1 Accreditation with Airbus.

Michael joined the Future Team in April 2023 and has recently been awarded a Fellowship of CIMA.

Kevin Jennings
Kevin Jennings

Distribution Director

Kevin joined FutureAM in April 2017 as a Customer Account and Project Manager, bringing over 25 years of Manufacturing, Quality and Supply Chain experience.

He started his career in 1990 as an apprentice toolmaker working within different sectors and over the following years held several key positions including Lead Auditor, Quality Manager, Manufacturing Manager and Supply Chain Manager, predominantly working within or supporting the Oil & Gas industry. This has enabled Kevin to bring a wealth of experience working with all aspects of a global supply chain, both as a customer and a supplier.

Sam Wood
Sam Wood

Sales & Marketing Director

Sam joined Future in April 2024 as Sales & Marketing Director having held various positions from Business Development, General Manager & Director roles, in SMEs up to £1 billion turnover PLC companies.

He began his journey in engineering completing an Advanced Apprenticeship and moving into Technical Sales shortly after. Gaining commercial experience in Aerospace, Defence, Industrial Gas Turbine, Oil & Gas and Medical industries. A mix of technical and commercial experience led Sam into a path of General Management, moving into Director positions responsible for Sales, Marketing, Engineering & Quality functions.

Bringing a passion for solving Customers' complex requirements and building relationships, alongside Sam’s proven track record of securing long-term contracts and acquiring new business, ensures long-term sustainable growth at Future.

Mark Tovey
Mark Tovey

Head of Design

Mark joined FutureAM in August 2008 as Designer, with over 20 years experience of the design of Aerospace Tooling and Test Equipment at GE (Dowty) Propellers, during which time he gained detailed knowledge of Blades and Resin-transfer Moulding. In mid-2010, Mark was appointed Chief Designer and is now responsible for the management of a team of three designers working within Aerospace, Medical and Aerodynamics Testing.

Areas of special expertise include the manufacture of Flight-released Components, Propellers and Resin Transfer Mould tooling.

David Bent
David Bent

Customer Account/Project Manager

David re-joined Future in October 2021 as Customer Account/Project Manager, having left the company for a short while in 2020. He started his career as an apprentice in the Automotive supply chain and over the next 30 years gained further experience within the Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Nuclear industries. During this time he held the positions of Works Manager, Engineering Manager and Quality Manager with various SMEs in the Gloucestershire area.

With his broad spread of knowledge and experience, David can use this to support our customers’ requirements and all the members of the Future team.

Mark Branfield
Mark Branfield

Customer Account/Project Manager

Mark Joined Future AM in August 2022 as a Customer Account Manager/Project Manager, bringing over 38 years of manufacturing experience.

Following his apprenticeship in the 1980s Mark has gained experience in both OEM and subcontract machining companies. Starting out as a machinist in the Oil & Gas industry he quickly progressed gaining experience in various roles from shop floor supervision, Supply chain development, Production Planning, Production Manager and NPI Manager. These varied roles have given him a strong technical and commercial background in Oil & Gas, Nuclear and Aerospace sectors, enabling him to support our Customers’ requirements.

Joe Dawson
Joe Dawson

Quality Manager

Rejoining Future in 2019 as Quality Manager, Joe brought a wealth of knowledge within Aerospace quality environments having previously supplied to Boeing, Rolls Royce, Safran, Thales and Airbus to name but a few within forging, casting and precision machining disciplines. Most recently achieving and maintaining Nadcap disciplines at merit status across four workstreams alongside maintaining the quality management system for one of the UK’s largest foundries.

Having previously worked within the Inspection/QA department of Future Advanced Manufacture, Joe has extensive customer/product knowledge accompanied by advanced metrology understanding.

Andy Molloy
Andy Molloy

Operations Manager

Joining Future in 2022, Andy brings capability and experience within the Operations function allowing Future to take its next steps on the growth path. He has worked in multiple manufacturing disciplines from FMCG to Aerospace transparencies, forges and CNC companies ranging in size from blue chip to SME.

Having gained a Master's degree in engineering in 2010, Andy brings not only further intellectual capability to our operations but also a wealth of lean manufacturing principles and techniques to enhance our operations. His consistent drive and passion to deliver for the customer through correctly governed metrics and man-management ensures success for both Future and its customers.

Oliver Allen
Oliver Allen

R&D Operations Manager

Oliver joined Future in 2022 as the R&D Operations Manager. He started his Precision Engineering career as an Award-winning apprentice working in the medical instrumentation industry. With a passion for quality machining and leadership he went on to work in multiple Formula 1 subcontract companies, enabling him to gain huge amounts of experience and eventually to manage one of these organisations.

Oliver now brings his wealth of experience of the R&D Precision Engineering industry to enable Future to progress forward in this company's exciting time of growth.

Chris Leivers
Chris Leivers

Continuous Improvement Manager

Starting out as an apprentice, Chris has over the past 34 years gained experience in many aspects of subcontract machining companies. At first a Machinist, progressing to Workshop Manager, NPI Engineer and Quality Engineer - all for a local company - and taking time out to complete an HND in Mechanical Engineering in his early career.

Originally working in the Small component Aerospace sectors, Chris now has many years experience in the Oil & Gas and Nuclear sectors.

Dave Davies
Dave Davies

Supply Chain Manager

Dave Initially Joined the company in January 2013 as Supply Chain Manager, having spent the previous 7 years working within the European Space Industry in a purchasing and supplier management role, supporting the manufacture of major Satellite Components for both commercial and scientific programmes. He has predominantly worked in the Nuclear and Aerospace sectors throughout his career, and has extensive knowledge and experience of the stringent technical and Quality requirements that are mandatory within high integrity manufacturing environments.

Being a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and achieving MCIPS status in 2014 coupled with formal Mechanical Engineering qualifications, Dave has a successful track record of supplier development, supplier relationship management and collaborative supplier initiatives, also supporting major projects on manufacture to target cost activities, achieving mutual efficiencies and benefits.

Catherine Beasley
Catherine Beasley

PA to Ashok D'Sa

Catherine was trained by the Dowty Group, initially working for the Supplies Manager at Dowty Hydraulic Units and then subsequently working for the Group Chief Accountant and Finance Director. Following several senior administrative roles, including five years as Secretary to the Managing Director of the UK arm of an international biotechnology company, Catherine joined FutureAM in 2006 to assist the Production Director and Project Managers.

In 2008 Catherine became Craig's PA and as such her prime role was to support him closely on a daily basis and to make his life easier. Since Craig's retirement Catherine now works for Ashok, also supporting the senior management team with detailed organisational matters.

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