Team

Operating at the leading edge of composite technology, we undertake some of the biggest and most challenging projects in the world

We provide clients with access to a highly experienced team of designers, engineers, manufacturers and project managers who can take an ambitious idea and deliver a high-performance composite solution.

The managers and team at Magma Structures were responsible for building carbon composite masts and Dyna-Rigs for the world’s top three largest private sailing vessels.

Our senior engineers are respected global leaders in composites and their applications, who draw upon experience and technologies proven in high-performance sectors such as oil and gas, marine, wind energy, Formula 1 motorsport, automotive engineering and aerospace.

Magma Structures has unparalleled expertise in delivering technologically advanced solutions with highly complex project management implications, and record-breaking composite material projects at an unprecedented scale.

Our team is uniquely positioned to harness the potential of composite structures to deliver bespoke, high-value solutions for clients.

Magma Structures Managing Director Andrew Shaw has a team that is highly experienced in developing composites to reduce weight and improve strength to weight ratio, for key requirements such as superyacht masts and Dyna-Rigs and the oil and gas, transport, defence and aerospace industries.

"Since 1992, we have been pioneering the design and development of free-standing superyacht rigs and advanced carbon composite structures. Magma Structures offers clients a detailed, multi-faceted design and manufacturing process for a diverse range of projects, delivering light-weight carbon designs that can be built efficiently."
Damon Roberts - Technical Director, Magma Structures
Damon Roberts
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Damon is an expert in innovative mechanical design engineering for composites, manufacturing techniques and load analysis of major engineering structures. He is also a pioneer in fibre optic strain monitoring systems for use in design, modelling, manufacturing and through-life monitoring.

Andy Shaw
Managing Director

Andy has been instrumental in successfully driving the benefits of carbon composite structures into new sectors such as oil and gas, transport and marine. He is an expert in composite engineering solutions, bridging the complex gap between client design ideas and robust composite structures.

John Brickwood
Senior Design Engineer

John has been principal engineer on the design and build of all three of our large superyacht rig projects. With an extensive background in testing and load monitoring in composites he is a key contributor to the development of our fibre optic monitoring systems.

John Hodgart
Project Manager

John is an experienced project manager who has worked for five years on bespoke composite masts for superyachts for high net worth individuals. He has extensive general management experience in developing, designing and manufacturing world leading composite rigs and systems.

Ryan Esdaile
Junior Engineer

Ryan works on current and new marine projects. With a MEng in Naval Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, he is involved in the Rig Support Programme and design and development of composites for a wide range of marine applications and components.

Tamas Svaby
Junior Engineer

Tamas is a BEng Yacht and Powercraft Design graduate with yacht building industry experience. Since joining Magma Structures, Tamas has been involved with the composite rail bogie project and is currently working on the design and development of a new marine project.

Alexandra Willis
Junior Engineer

Alexandra originally assisted on the design of the composite rail bogie project during her summer placement with Magma Structures, whilst she was studying for a MEng in Marine Technology at Newcastle University. Alex has now graduated, and returned to Magma to continue to work on this project and others.


William Birch-Tomlinson
Placement Student

Will is currently on a one year placement with Magma Structures as part of his BEng Mechanical Engineering course at the University of Southampton. Will is experiencing a variety of work on a number of different projects.

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