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9 September, 2021 - 00:25 By Tony Quested

Marshall and Cranfield University strengthen ties

Marshall chief technology officer Patrick Wood has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University, where he will provide valuable industrial insights into Cranfield’s educational and research programmes.

Before joining Marshall, whose business portfolio includes aerospace and defence, fleet solutions and property, Wood worked for over 22 years in the space industry.

He excelled for the sector’s leading companies delivering space and satellite missions including science, navigation, earth observation, communications, launchers as well as maritime, land and ground systems.

Professor Iain Gray, director of Aerospace at Cranfield University, said: “We are delighted to welcome Patrick to Cranfield as a Visiting Professor and are looking forward to his industry insights helping shape our future educational and research offerings.

“Cranfield and Marshall have a historic and developing relationship and Patrick’s appointment is an important step in solidifying our growing partnership.”

Wood added: “I am genuinely honoured and very excited to have been awarded a Visiting Professorship at Cranfield.

“There is enormous potential for collaboration between the university and our own aerospace and defence businesses and I look forward to working closely with Iain and the team across a range of projects, some of which I believe have the potential to be ‘game-changers’ for our industry.”

Cranfield is one of two remaining sites left in the bidding for the relocation of the Marshall Group from its Cambridge base but a company source said it would be wrong to read into the appointment that the other site – RAF Wyton – was out of the running.

A final decision on where the Cambridge operation will be moved to remains some way off, the source told us. Duxford was ruled out of the equation some time ago.

• PHOTOGRAPH: Marshall chief technology officer, Patrick Wood

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