ICME Staff and National Officers 2016-2017
This year's ICME National President is Mr John Townsend FICME who was elected at ICME's AGM in May 2016.
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.
Senior Vice President: Trevor Ayre FICME
Born and educated in Scunthorpe, Trevor joined Firth Brown Castings (FBC), (now known as Bradken UK Ltd) when he left school at 16 as a methods clerk. Over the next seven years Trevor succeeded in becoming senior foundry technician and gained his HNC in Metallurgical Studies. In the early 1980s Trevor lead the introduction of alkaline phenolic binder technology into FBC, which was one of the first foundries in the UK to use this technology.
In 1984 Trevor joined Foseco (FS) Ltd. Over the last 30 years he has held many diverse, senior and international roles within the UK and around the world for Foseco. Trevor's role from early 2001 was to establish growth for Foseco in Central Europe and the Middle East; during this period he established new companies fro Foseco in Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine.
In 2010 Trevor graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Birmingham. In the last three years he has held the position of regional vice president of Greater China; based in Shanghai, Trevor was active with the China Foundry Association and was appointed the chairman of advance engineering and manufacturing for the British Chamber of Commerce of Shanghai. He is now based back in the UK responsible for various projects for Foseco.
Trevor has been a member of ICME since 1985 and in 1995 was president of the East Midlands branch. He is now looking forward in being an active national junior vice president of ICME and linking up with as many members and foundries, to learn what the Institute can provide for them over the next five years to help them to be more successful.
Junior Vice President:Stephen Hill FICME
Born in Droitwich and educated at Droitwich High School, Stephen joined the Junior Leader Army Regiment at Deepcut Barracks in Surrey at the age of 16, leaving at the age of 17 to attend Worcester Technical College. In 1975 he started work at Inductotherm Europe, continuing night school for two years at Worcester Technical College. He worked in various roles in the company finally joining the Sales Team in 1984.
In 1993 he was given a new challenge of running a small repair company based in Sheffield. Bradwell Electrical was a motor re-wind/coil repair company purchased by Inducotherm. The company was renamed as Electric Melting Services Company (EMSCO). Stephen started with six employees and a turnover of less than £500,000 per annum. Over a 15 year period the workforce was increased to 30 people and a turnover exceeding £3,000,000 per annum.
In 2008 he returned to Inductotherm at Droitwich as Sales Director for Inductotherm Europe and in 2010 took over as the Managing Director and 2016 became a Director of Inductotherm Deutschland.
Over 40 years in the Industry has taken Stephen to many foundries throughout Europe and beyond and has given him great pleasure over the years, he never tires of seeing metal pouring over the spout and there is a new challenge every day.
He is a Past President of FESA (Foundry Equipment Suppliers Association) and a Fellow the Institute since 2009.
ICME has a small number of full and part-time paid staff, employed to provide the administration for the Institute from its Head Office in West Bromwich:
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.
Office Manager - Julia Cartwright. Julia currently oversees all aspects of training within the Institute. Julia works Monday to Friday.
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.
Training Administrator - Kate Brown. Kate is a new member of the team at our Head Office in West Bromwich and will be supporting training operations, she works Monday to Friday.