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John Chappell MBE MSc BEng(Hons) CEng FIMechE RAF

John is a mechanical engineer, Leeds born and educated at Salford University. John joined the RAF as an engineering officer and spent the first part of his career leading maintenance teams for Harrier, Nimrod and finally Tornado aircraft worldwide and was awarded an MBE for the development of lean transformation across the aircraft maintenance fleets and the surge of improvement it gave, whilst gaining an MSc in engineering business management from Warwick. 

John left the RAF in 2009 to join Sellafield Ltd and was operating unit head for the Sellafield MOx Fuel Plant and then the site’s program lead for the integrated change program instilling lean manufacturing techniques across the Sellafield site and its processes.

He joined UU in 2014 as head of operational engineering providing ‘pervasive’ engineering support direct to the field operations and has applied his understanding of maintenance and lean operations to the production of water/waste water and improving the resilience and reliability of our systems and machines.

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