Helen Lightbody

Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Forming Research Centre

Boasting a successful engineering career that spans almost three decades, Helen Lightbody graduated from the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management (DMEM) in the early 90’s with a BEng in Manufacturing Engineering and Management. Her first role was as a Teaching Company Associate and after heading up various operational teams in industrial organisations such as Babcock International, the Weir Group and Glenfield Group, she came full circle, joining the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) in July 2019 as their Chief Operating Officer.  

Helen brings a balance of experience in operations management as well as project and programme management helping to lead the research centre as it supports industry.