Dirkson is the founder and CEO of Loar Group Inc., a leading designer and supplier of aerospace and defence products, with expertise in working with companies in the sector that have niche, proprietary and/or leading product offerings in their markets.
Previously Dirkson served as CFO and Executive Vice President for McKechnie Aerospace between 2007-2010.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike was appointed CEO of Doncasters Group in March 2020.
Most recently he served as the CEO of Ervia, the parent company of Gas Networks Ireland, Irish Water and Aurora Telecom.
Mike was Group Vice President of Precision Castparts Corporation from 2005-2014, with responsibility for five operating businesses across 10 locations.
Nick has held various roles in the aerospace industry, most recently serving as Chairman of Gardner Aerospace from 2010-2019.
Previously he was CEO of CompAir Inc from 2002-2009, and was the Operational Director at TRW Lucas Aerospace between 1992-2001.
He began his career at the aerospace division of Rolls-Royce.
Chief Financial Officer
Simon was appointed CFO in September 2020 after joining the Doncasters Group as interim CFO in May 2020.
He has over 20 years of corporate finance experience and has previously held group financial controller roles at Kier Group plc and London Stock Exchange Group plc, as well as various CFO roles and finance director roles within Rolls-Royce plc.
Managing Director – USA
Jason was appointed Managing Director, USA in January 2020, adding the Trucast division to his portfolio in January 2022. He joined Doncasters in 2012 as General Manager, Doncasters Castings of Oxford, before becoming Managing Director, Structural Castings in 2016.
Prior to joining Doncasters, Jason spent 6 years as General Manager of US Casting & Machining Operations Hitchiner Manufacturing, and 16 years at Alcoa/Howmet in Quality, Sales, Manufacturing and Plant Management roles.
General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer
Helen joined Doncasters Group as General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer in June 2021.
Helen is an experienced General Counsel who has worked across engineering and industrial sectors at various PLCs, including the Pennon Group where she was instrumental in advising on strategy, contracts, litigation, risk, liability, disclosure, compliance and governance.
Vice President – European Operations
Indy joined Doncasters Group as Vice President – European Operations in June 2022.
Indy is has worked for many years in the automotive and aviation industry, and more recently at PCC where he was Vice President & General Manager. He has a wealth of experience, having started his career back in the 1980’s as a Senior Quality Engineer, and since worked in various roles ranging from quality assurance to project and contracts manager, to site leadership. In more recent years, Indy progressed to Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Gardner, and then moved to PCC where he was Vice President & General Manager.
Chief People Officer
Ben joined Doncasters Group as Chief People Officer in September 2022.
He began his career in Technology, then moved to Retail, with Argos and Asda, where he spent 9 years supporting distribution. Ben then spent 7 years with Univar, the global leader in specialty chemicals and ingredients, where he was responsible for HR in Northern Europe.
His most recent position was as Chief HR Officer at Signature Aviation. He led the people agenda, supporting 5,000 colleagues globally, splitting his time between the UK and US, and was responsible for all aspects of the HR Function.