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ICME Staff and National Officers 2013-2014

This year's ICME National President is Mr Tom Westley BSc ARSM MIMMM FICME who was elected at ICME's AGM in May 2013.

Tom WestleyTom was born in Dudley, West Midlands, where he attended Dudley Grammar School. He is a graduate of Imperial College, London, where he studied metallurgy graduating in 1973. After a brief spell working on a copper mine in Zambia, Tom joined the family brass and bronze foundry business in Cradley Heath. Tom is the seventh generation to work in the business, which was established in 1800, when he joined the company it employed about 40 people and was focused on supporting the steel industry.

Working with his father during the 1970s and 80s the business was expanded by organic growth into different market areas, particularly defence and marine markets. After his father’s death in the 1980s, he continued to grow the business through acquisition into centrifugal casting, following the acquisition of A Fryer & Sons and Spunalloys Ltd. Further acquisitions included Trent Foundries, West and Musgrave, FW Birkett & Sons, Walter Frank and most recently JT Price & Co.

Today Westley Group Ltd employs more than 300 people consolidated on to three main sites at Cradley Heath, Stoke-on-Trent and Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire. Specialising in copper based and aluminium alloys, as well as some iron and steel alloys, the group has a very diverse and mainly international customer base. Tom has recently sold a large part of this business to the current management team, but still remains a large shareholder.

Quite separately, Tom owns Westley Plastics Ltd, which began making cast nylon components in the 1980s, it continues to expand selling mainly into the steel and defence industries, from its new factory in Cradley Heath.

Tom is currently chairman of Castings Technology International Ltd in Sheffield and is also a past president and council member of the Cast Metals Federation, the UK foundry trade association.

Senior Vice President: Mr Constantine Theoharis Prof MICME

Constantine TheoharisConstantine 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.

Junior Vice President: Mark Fenyes IEng FICME

Mark FenyesBorn 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

ICME Staff

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 Wednesday 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.

Publications Administrator - position vacant