ICME Staff and National Officers 2015-2016
This year's ICME National President is Mr Mark Fenyes IEng FICME who was elected at ICME's AGM in May 2015.
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.
Senior 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.
Junior 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.
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.