ICME Staff and National Officers 2014-2015
This year's ICME National President is Mr Constantine Theoharis FICME who was elected at ICME's AGM in May 2014.
Constantine grew up in Athens where he studied engineering before moving to the UK in the mid-1970s to continue his studies in production engineering, metallurgy and computing at the Southampton Institute (Solent University) graduating in 1980. His first job at W H Rowe Ltd was the introduction of CNC machining as an additional service offered by the foundry and transforming the business from a foundry to a supplier of cast components in aluminium and yellow metals. The business grew organically and also by the acquisition of MS Gibb Ltd (yacht components supplier) and Bardic Engineering (aluminium foundry) in Southampton.
He has been a member of the Institute for 20 years, holding a number of positions at local level and is an active member of the London Branch.
He has been involved in a number of foundry related projects in cooperation with European foundries and foundry organisations in Spain, Germany, Poland and Denmark some of which were financed under the CORDIS FP6 programme of the EU.
He is currently sales director at W H Rowe Ltd involved mainly in the development of new markets and increasing sales of aluminium castings to European customers where more than 50% of the foundry’s output is delivered.
Senior Vice President: Mark Fenyes IEng FICME
Born in Sheffield he joined British Steel Corporation River Don Works (now Forgemasters) when he left school at 16 as a trainee metallurgical technician. The training involved spending three month stints in various departments around the works as well as day release at Richmond College and then onto Sheffield Hallam University where he obtained an HNC in metallurgical studies in 1986.
During the initial training period he was seconded to BSC Renishaw Foundry and was offered the permanent role of sand technician which involved the transition from traditional moulding sands to a chemically bonded system.
he left Renishaw in 1986 and joined Hepworth Minerals and Chemicals as a technical representative for the company and four years later was sent to the USA to start the non-ferrous division of the company in that region. After the formation of the company it was eventually taken over by Fairmount Minerals and he ended up running this and the coated sand division.
The opportunity to join Omega came up in 1995 and he took on the role as managing director. At that time there were 12 employees with a turnover of £2 Million, since then the company has grown organically and by acquisition and they now have manufacturing operations in the UK, India, USA and Australia employing around 150 people and with a turnover of £30 Million.
He has been a member of the ICME since 1986.
Junior Vice President: John Townsend FICME
John was born in London and joined Stone Manganese Marine Ltd (now Stone Foundries) as an apprentice pattern maker, studying at Poplar Foundry College for the next 7 years in pattern making and foundry technology.
During the early years he undertook various Foundry Technical and Supervisory roles before joining the Sales Team, aged 23.
He achieved a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) at Medway College, then served periods as Sales Manager and Production Manager before being appointed Sales Director in 1990, then Sales Director in 1991.
The opportunity to take up the role as Managing Director in 2009 was at a very difficult period for the business, since then the Company has acquired two business interests from Creasey Castings and Maybrey Precision Castings and is recognized as a Leading European Light Alloy Aerospace Foundry employing 105 people.
ICME has a small number of full-time paid staff, employed to provide the administration for the Institute from its Head Office in West Bromwich:
Chief Executive Officer – Dr Pam Murrell. Pam originally trained as a metallurgist and spent four years at Cranfield University (then Cranfield Institute of Technology) and then at BCIRA (now Castings Technology International) before joining the Institute staff, initially as Technical Officer.
Assistant Manager – Dianne Willis. Dianne provides the administration for the main office in West Bromwich and liaises with the regional branches. She works Monday to Wednesday.
Administrative Assistant – Nicci Taylor. Nicci provides support in maintaining the database of members, dealing with membership enquiries and providing the secretariat and administration for the ICME Membership Committee as well as other ICME activities.
Publications Administrator - Sarah Thomas - Sarah provides the adminstration for the Foundry Trade Journal.