ICME is the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers, the Institute for all individuals involved in the cast metals, foundry and patternmaking industry and associated supply chain.

Our members include foundry workers, design engineers, metallurgists, moulders, patternmakers, CAD technicians, methods engineers, researchers, students and suppliers to the industry.

The aim of the institute is to bring together people from all sectors and levels, to offer help and advice, networking opportunities, technical information and professional development opportunities, helping our Members make the most of their careers.

The Institute is a registered End Point Assessment Organisation: we aim to be recognised in the UK as the lead organisation for the End Point Assessment, EPA, of apprentices in the industry and for the professional development of individuals. Our EPA services to employers will be flexible, responsive and effective.

We want employers in the casting sector to recognise that the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers is their key partner for professional development through the work we and our members do to develop nationally recognised courses and qualifications.

You too can get involved by joining ICME: your career, your industry, your Institute.

ICME is a charity run by, and on behalf of, its Members.

ICME is a Registered Charity, No. 250380.
Registered Office: National Foundry Training Centre, ECMS, Tipton Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 7UW.

ICME Officers

Each year a new National President is elected, as well as a Senior Vice President and a Junior Vice President. The Institute has a National Council consisting of Elected Members and Senior Officers. The Institute employs 2 part-time members of staff.

Robert Bell
Robert BellPresident
Lee Jenkins
Lee JenkinsImmediate Past President
Martin Dudley
Martin DudleySenior Vice President
Anthony Evans
Anthony EvansJunior Vice President
Trevor Stevenson
Trevor StevensonHonorary Treasurer

ICME Staff

Amy WorralloEPA Quality Manager
Amy oversees all the administrative aspects of End Point Assessment.
Kate BrownAccounts Administrator
Kate deals with ICME accounts and payments

The following distinguished individuals have served as National Presidents of ICME and previously of IBF (Institute of British Foundrymen):

S Hill FICME – 2019-2021
T Ayre FICME 2018-2019
J Townsend FICME 2016-2018
M Fenyes CEng FICME 2015
C Theoharis FICME 2014
I R Young OBE FICME 2012
S Bell MBE FICME 2011
P Helly FICME 2010
Dr W D Griffiths CEng FICME 2009
W Howson IEng FICME 2008
P Nix FICME 2007
N B Williams CEng Prof MICME 2006
R H Brown BSc CEng FICME 2005
R Grundy FICME 2004
P J Harpin MBE FICME 2003
T M Paterson CSci FICME 2002
D Rowlands CEng FICME 2001
C J Butler FICME 2000
D J Fletcher FREng CEng Hon FICME 1999
C J Steed IEng FICME 1998
M J Ray CEng MICME 1997
EurIng A M Turner BSc CEng FICME 1996
J S Lee IEng FICME 1995
P Hughes OBE FREng MBA FICME 1994
T L Sutton CEng Hon FICME 1993
C McCombe MBE Prof MICME 1992
K B Turner CEng Hon FICME 1991
G Else CEng MIM FIBF 1990
M J Clifford CEng BSc MIBF 1989
D J Farrant OBE FIBF 1988
C A D Smith FISE FIBF 1987
D J Atkin BSc FIBF 1986
R Cresswell FIBF FIIM FBIM 1985
R Mercer BSc CEng FIBF 1984
Z Z J Kosarski MSc FIM FIBF 1983
I C H Hughes MSc CEng FIM FIBF 1982
J L Younger MIBF 1982
R Carswell MIBF 1981
M I Danischewsky FIBF 1980
S D Apsley FIM FIBF 1979
P A Green FIBF 1978
G R Fish FIBF 1977
F H Davis FIBF 1976
W T Cook FIBF 1975
H Pinchin FIBF 1974
A R Parkes FIBF 1973
H Morrough CBE FIM FRS 1972
C Nicholls AIM 1971
A H Sully OBE PhD FIM 1970
J Hill CBE CEng FIM 1969
H E Williams OBE BSc 1968
G Greig BSc 1967
G W Nicholls 1966
M M Hallett CBE MSc FIM 1965
C M G Wallwork 1964
R F Horton 1963
G R Webster MIMechE AMIMarE FIM FCS 1962
D A Richards 1961
G R Shottom FIM 1960
C H Wilson 1959
A E Peace 1958
J Blakiston MIMechE MIProdE 1957
H J V Williams 1956
A B Everest PhD FIM 1955
J Bell 1954
E Longden MIMechE 1953
C J Dadswell PhD BSc MIMechE Ingenieur Esp1952
C Gresty 1951
J L Sheeham BSc ARCSCI 1950
N P Newman CBE JP 1949
R B Templton MIMechE 1948
P H Wilson OBE MIMechE 1947
D H Wood 1946
J W Gardom MConsE AMIMechE FIM 1944-1945
D Sharps 1943
R Miles MEng 1941-1942
W B Lake JP 1939-1940
J Hepworth JP MP 1938
C W Bigg 1937
H Winterton 1936
R Stubbs CBE JP DMET 1935
C E Williams JP 1933
V Stobie MIEE 1932
A Harley 1931
F P Wilson JP 1930
W Lambert CBE 1929
S H Russell OBE 1928
J T Goodwin MBE MIMechE 1927
V C Faulkner FRSA 1926
J Camerson JP 1925
R O Patterson 1924
O Stubbs 1923
H L Reason 1922
O Stubbs 1921
M Riddell 1920
J Little MIMechE 1919
T H Firth 1918
J Ellis 1916-1917
W Mayer 1915-1916
S A Gimson JP 1913-1914
C Jones 1911-1912
P Longmuir MBE D.Met 1910-1911
F J Cook MIMechE 1908-1909
H Pilkington 1906-1907
R Buchanan 1904-1905

ICME and the castings industry has a long and proud tradition. Here we give you an introduction to our institute.

The nineteenth century was the century of invention. It produced new machines, new methods of generating and applying power, and improvements in communications. Towards the end of the century men began to try and improve the materials of which all this mechanism was made and the manufacturing methods by which it was produced. This was the state of engineering development when this Institute was founded as the British Foundrymen’s Association in 1904.

The foundry industry had grown to considerable dimensions and the output of castings for engineering and building purposes was considerable, but the actual production of the castings was a craft and success depended entirely upon skill and experience. Makers and users of castings were, however, beginning to realise that although founding was an art, it could also be a science, and that quality and quantity could be improved by investigating scientifically the materials which were used and the methods which were adopted.

This was realised by a number of thoughtful foundrymen who were anxious to take definite steps to apply science to the work of the foundry and who wished to increase their own knowledge. Some of them aired their views in the Foundry Trade Journal, which had been established in 1902, the Journal gave encouragement in its leading articles and offered practical help. Eventually one of the early enthusiasts, Frederick W Finch, invited a number of foundrymen to attend a meeting which was held in Birmingham, on Saturday, 9th April 1904. Although this meeting was attended by exactly six people they were not discouraged. Instead, they optimistically, and with considerable foresight formed themselves into the British Foundrymen’s Association with Robert Buchanan as President and F W Finch as Secretary and Treasurer. The remainder of those present became the Council with power to add to their number.

When the Council held its next meeting a few weeks later, 50 applications for membership were accepted. Encouraged by this success they decided to hold an Annual Convention, which was held in Manchester just four months after the inaugural meeting, attended by 50 of its 89 members. By the end of the year there were 100 members.

“The primary object was considered to be purely educational – the education of the man actually at work in the foundry, such as workmen, foremen and managers. This was to be followed by education of those outside the shops who more or less directly or indirectly concerned with it, such as draughtsmen, patternmakers, proprietors and works managers, etc. As an incentive to membership the subscription was placed at the absurdly low figure of 7/6d per annum. It was also definitely decided that the Association should not countenance any discussion of Trade Union matters, whether appertaining to wages or conditions of labour. Further, The Association was not to be used in any sort of propaganda for business houses in the selling and advertising of their goods. The success which has followed the ideals set up in those early days proves the Association was well and wisely governed from its inception.” (1).

At a very early stage it became evident that members were anxious to meet each other and discuss their mutual problems. Branches in various parts of the country were the solution and as early as 1905 the first branch, known as the Lancashire Branch, was founded at a meeting in Manchester with an attendance of seven, The Birmingham Branch was formed a year later and within a few years there were branches in many industrial centres. A South African Branch was formed in 1937 and the Australian Branch in 1953.

As the Association grew in size and influence members began to express a desire for incorporation by Royal Charter (2). A fund to meet the legal expenses was raised by voluntary subscriptions and the formal resolution to apply for a Charter was approved in 1919. The petition was lodged in 1921, and the Royal Charter was granted by His Majesty King George V on November 25th of the same year. There have been three supplemental Charters allowing the Institute to better represent the rapidly changing face of the Cast Metals Industry.

On the 11th October 2000 the name was changed by amendment to the Royal Charter from the Institute of British Foundrymen to the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers.

(1) T Makeson MBE, The First Half Century: the History of the Institute of British Foundrymen, 1904 to 1954 (from a paper by F J Cook on the Institute’s history given in 1927), 1954, IBF.
(2) Members Handbook, incorporating Royal Charter and By-laws.


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