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Meet the Team

The XCEL Aerospace senior management team comprises highly experienced engineering experts who are committed to delivering excellence.


Dan Daley | Managing Director

Dan is an experienced business leader with over 10 years in senior positions in the aerospace industry. His operational background, combined with a relentless commitment to business excellence, is the driving force at XCEL Aerospace. Dan began his career in the aerospace subcontract market working for a privately owned business then spent many years working for Magellan Aerospace, culminating in a General Management role of their second largest UK division.

Niall Rafferty | Finance Director

Niall is a qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience at a senior level. With a strong focus on business improvement, Niall’s background is in textiles, retail motor trade, corporate finance, packaging and veterinary pharmaceuticals.

Ray Searles | Operations Manager

Ray took up the role of Operations Manager in June 2016. He brings with him 20 years of experience specialising in manufacturing system and operations management. Ray has spent the last ten years in leadership roles within Airbus Defence and Space. Ray is focused on world class operational performance delivered through the engagement and development of our people

Hardeep Poonia | Business Development Manager

Hardeep is an experienced Business Development professional possessing over 8 years’ sales management experience within the aerospace and defence industry. He has supported OEM’s, Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies within the aerospace supply chain. Hardeep is always focused on growing relationships with customers and understanding their long term strategic objectives and providing excellence in  ongoing sales support.

Georgina McKelvey | HR Manager

Georgina brings extensive HR knowledge from her previous managerial experience in diverse professional organisations, which is particularly useful for our employee development and plans to uphold the business improvement and growth strategies over the next three years.

Chris Williams | Production Control Manager

Chris has over 20 years’ sales experience in the aerospace market working within different sectors of the industry. His knowledge and understanding of manufacturing through to end use allows him to fully understand customer requirements and is therefore able to drive the business to meet these needs.

David Simpson | Quality and Engineering Manager

David is an experienced Lean Manufacturing and Quality Improvement leader with over 25 years’ service gained with Global OEM and 1st Tier Aerospace and Automotive companies. Specialising in Business transformation and NPI, delivering improvements in internal and external customer satisfaction, employee engagement and people development. Utilising World Class manufacturing techniques and processes.