Aamir Khalid appointed Chief Executive of TWI
Aamir Khalid will succeed Christoph Wiesner as the next Chief Executive of TWI. He will take over the role in February.
Khalid has worked at TWI for the past 20 years, spending several years in industry before joining the company as NDT section manager, specialising in applying robotics to non-destructive testing. From here, he progressed to lead the company’s non-destructive testing technology group in 2004 and became TWI Technology Director in 2010.
His recent focus has been on creating new opportunities for TWI Industrial Members through national and international collaborations, and in developing key areas of TWI’s technology and training businesses in the UK and overseas. He also has responsibility for TWI’s public and collaborative funding office and in the past five years has overseen the winning of over £500m of R&D funding for TWI, its members and its partner Universities.
In 2012 he launched the Structural Integrity Research Foundation (SIRF), a knowledge transfer platform for technical excellence in structural integrity, alongside BP and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.
Through SIRF he has been able to deliver the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) with its aims of generating research outcomes to meet Member needs and at the same time placing 550 workplace experienced postgraduate students into industry.
His work to create TWI’s Innovation Network has resulted in ten Innovation Centre partnerships, 24 Accelerated Innovation Programmes and four Private Technology Innovation Partnerships.
Khalid is currently Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board. He has been a former Director of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (part of the government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult), and is currently an Associate Professor at Brunel University London.
Khalid said: ‘It is a privilege to be selected and to have the opportunity to build on the company’s respected worldwide reputation. Our 70-year history as a centre for welding and joining excellence and innovation, our strong links with industry and the commitment of our people are what makes TWI an outstanding organisation to work for. I will be proud to continue the work of my predecessors to deliver the best possible benefits for our members and customers.”
Established in Cambridge in 1946, and with facilities across the globe, TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies.
The company employs more than 900 staff, serving 700 Member companies across 4500 sites in 80 countries. TWI also houses a professional institution, The Welding Institute, with a separate membership of over 5000 individuals.