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Quick change: Alan Tilley has started at Quickstep and was most recently the interim CFO for dairy foods company Devondale Murray Goulburn.

AUSTRALIAN carbon-fibre composite components manufacturer Quickstep Holdings has announced the appointment of experienced finance executive Alan Tilley as the company’s new chief financial officer.

Mr Tilley will take over from Andrew Crane who is leaving Quickstep for personal reasons, but Mr Crane will stay on for a brief handover period. Mr Tilley started the role on Monday June 25.

His most recent role was as the interim chief financial officer for dairy foods company Devondale Murray Goulburn for a year, after spending just over 12 months as a non-executive director at roadside support service provider Club Assist.

Prior to this, Mr Tilley was group CFO at NRMA in Sydney for 10 years until mid-2016.

He was also the global financial controller at Brambles Industrial Services in Brussels for just shy of eight years and the group financial accountant for Transfield Holdings after a stint as a manager at Price Waterhouse.

Quickstep CEO and managing director Mark Burgess said Mr Tilley’s experience will help the company grow.

“We welcome Alan to Quickstep,” he said. “He joins us at an exciting time in our journey to becoming a truly global composite solutions provider. We have spent the past twelve months transitioning our business into one that is focused on accelerated growth and profitability.

“Alan’s experience and capabilities will add significant value to our executive team as we move the business forward into its next stage of development.”

Quickstep produces advanced composite solutions to the aerospace, defence, automotive and other advanced manufacturing sectors, and it is the largest independent aerospace-grade advanced composite manufacturer in Australia.

Quickstep operates from aerospace manufacturing facilities at Bankstown Airport in Sydney, and a site for the advanced manufacturing of composite parts and research and development process development centre in Geelong, Victoria.

The company partners with some of the biggest global aerospace and defence organisations including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Victorian-based Marand Precision Engineering.

By Tim Nicholson