DTA welcomes 2 new Directors

All Staff at Derwent Training Association would like to welcome Danny MacFarlane and Dr Andrew Suggett who have both been appointed onto our Board of Directors. 

Danny MacFarlane                                                                                                                                                                                            Danny is currently an Engineer with over 20 years' experience in the plastics injection moulding industry. He is currently Operations Director at Ellis Patents, an SME based in Rillington with 60 employees and a turnover of £7 million. Danny has worked for Ellis for 14 years, initially as a Technical Manager, before moving into operations. Danny was previously employed by McKechnie Plastic Components (now Rosti Automotive) at Stamford Bridge as Quality/Environmental Manager dealing with customers including Dyson, Guinness, Black and Decker, Hewlett-Packard and Jaguar Landrover. 


Dr Alan Suggett                                                                                                                                                                                                   For many years Alan was a senior figure in the world of health technology with Smith and Nephew plc where he was a Technology Director. Since retiring from the company he has been a Non-Executive Director in Intercystex Group plc and PuriCore plc and Chairman of the UK Health Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network. In the charitable sector he is a member of the Board of Trusts of Yorkshire Cancer Research and of the Yorkshire Arboretum where he set up the now very successful schools education programme. At the Company of Merchant Adventurers of York were he is a Past-Governor he has been heavily involved in enterprise education, and the whole subject of the development and training of young people is very close to his heart. Professionally, he is a Chemist by initial training. 

Both Danny and Alan join our Board of Directors who are made up from Senior Managers of local engineering firms who make DTA the success that it is today. 

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