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Executive Team

Aamir Khalid

Aamir Khalid
Chief Executive

Aamir has worked at TWI for the past 20 years. Aamir obtained an Applied Physics degree from University College London, a Masters and PhD in NDT from Brunel and Cranfield Universities and later an MBA from London South Bank University. He spent several years in industry before joining TWI as NDT section manager, specialising in applying robotics to non-destructive testing. From here, he progressed to lead the company’s non-destructive testing technology group in 2004 and became TWI Technology Director in 2010.

In 2012 he launched the Structural Integrity Research Foundation (SIRF), a knowledge transfer platform for technical excellence in structural integrity, alongside BP and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Through SIRF he has been able to deliver the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) with its aims of generating research outcomes to meet Member needs and at the same time placing 550 workplace experienced postgraduate students into industry. His work to create TWI’s Innovation Network has resulted in ten Innovation Centre partnerships, 24 Accelerated Innovation Programmes and four Private Technology Innovation Partnerships.

Outside TWI, Aamir is currently Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Business Board. He has been a former Director of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (part of the government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult), and is currently an Associate Professor at Brunel University London.

Aamir became the Chief Executive of TWI in February 2019.


The Directors


Paul Woollin

Paul Woollin
Director of Research

Paul joined the Materials Department at TWI in 1992, earlier graduating and gaining a doctorate from the University of Cambridge. He specialises in the metallurgy, weldability and weld properties of stainless steels and nickel alloys. In 2000, he became Head of the Materials Department and was appointed Director of Research in 2010.

Mike Russell

Mike Russell
Director of Technology 

An expert in friction welding, Mike Russell began working at TWI in 1999 as part of a government-supported postgraduate studentship programme. He headed the friction and forge processes section for over ten years, becoming group manager of TWI’s joining technologies team in 2014 and Operations Director in 2016, before becoming Technology Director in 2020. Mike is a Chartered Engineer and recipient of The Welding Institute’s Lidstone Medal and the Larke-Lillicrap award. He has authored over 60 technical papers and represents the UK in ISO standards development for friction processes.



Shervin Maleki
Director of Global Development

Shervin joined TWI in 2006 and worked for seven years as the Associate Director in Global Training and Technical Services, as well as the Group Manager in Asset and Fracture Integrity Management. With expertise in risk and reliability engineering, risk assessment, risk-based inspection, and fitness-for-service, Shervin was appointed to the position of Global Development Director in 2019.




Tat-Hean Gan

Director of Innovation and Skills

Tat-Hean joined TWI in 2006 after graduating with a first-class honours degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Nottingham before pursuing an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering, his PhD in Engineering from Warwick University and his Executive MBA degree from the University of Birmingham. Tat-Hean’s areas of expertise include non-destructive testing, signal processing and imaging techniques, structural and condition monitoring, technology transfer and exploitation, business and technology development, IP and patents, project management, collaborative programmes, public funding, international business and recruitment for engineering services. Tat-Hean was appointed the Innovation and Skills Director in 2019. He is also the Director of the Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC) and the Director of the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), the UK's first industry-led postgraduate education and research centre in structural integrity, which is based at TWI.

Shahid Aslam

Shahid Aslam

Director of Legal Affairs and Operations 

Shahid joined TWI as the Director of Legal Affairs and Operations in February 2020, having previously worked as an external solicitor on several high priority and complex matters. With over 30 years’ experience in the legal profession, he has an LLB (Hons) degree from University College London, Solicitors Finals from the College of Law and a Masters level qualification in Media Law from UCL. Shahid is a qualified Civil and Commercial Mediator and a fully qualified solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales and a Commissioner for Oaths.  Shahid has also served as a local Councillor for the Borough of Gravesham as well as having been the Secretary of Gravesend and Dartford Muslim Association (2002-2003) a registered charity, during which time he took a leading role in developing strong community relations and updating the governance structure.

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