About Us

"At DAMC we strive to offer the best quality composite training available by utilising partnerships with key industrial engineering companies to make sure that all of the courses we offer are modern, current and relevant."

Dan Lockett

DAMC Course Leader

The Dennison Advanced Material Centre was opened in September 2018 by Ken Skates AM, and was named after Jon Dennison. Jon Dennison had a distinguished career in aerospace and engineering, spanning government and industry. Throughout his career in the Department of Trade and Industry, the Society of British Aerospace Companies (now ADS), GKN Westland Helicopters/Finmeccanica (now Leonardo), and GKN – where he became Director of Government and External Affairs – he was influential in providing opportunities to young people to realise their potential. He was a man of principles: committed to diversity, generosity to others, fairness, and a level playing field for all.

Our Team
Dan Lockett
BEng(Hons), M.Ed, PGDE 
Engineering Course Leader

daniel.lockett@coleggwent.ac.uk | Phone: 01495 333 259

After completing his degrees focusing on the engineering of composite materials, Dan worked alongside industry leaders in composite manufacturing and design. After a change in career, Dan returned to university to undertake his PGCE which he later completed at a PGDE level. Dan then worked as a Physics lecturer and teacher in multiple schools across South Wales, alongside completing his Masters degree in Education. During this time, Dan had been seconded by the Welsh Government twice; the first for developing a teacher transfer and training programme at CERN, Switzerland and the second for researching the application of digital literacy in Hong Kong, which was written into the Digital Literacy Framework for Welsh secondary schools.  Dan then came to Coleg Gwent in January 2018 with the aim of creating Wales' best engineering provision. He now oversees the running of the engineering courses and most importantly DAMC, which he designed and built himself. Since its creation, DAMC has been named one of the UKs top training provisions for composites and now provides training to some of the world's top engineering companies.  

Mark Pope
Composites Lecturer
Mark Cleaves
Composites Technician
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