ICME Officers

This year’s ICME National President is Trevor Ayre FICME who was elected at ICME’s AGM in May 2018.

Born and educated in Scunthorpe, Trevor joined the then Firth Brown Castings (FBC) as a methods clerk on leaving school. Over the next few years he 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 he joined Foseco (FS) Ltd. Trevor’s role from early 2001 was to establish growth for Foseco in Central Europe and the Middle East establishing new companies in Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine and he held many diverse, senior and international roles within the UK and around the world for the company.

In 2010 Trevor graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Birmingham and then in 2012, Trevor 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 Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing for the British Chamber of Commerce of Shanghai.

At the end of 2015, Trevor established his own company called TCAST Limited, which is focussed on supporting the foundry and engineering business world with elearning from THORS eLearning Solutions, interim management and specialist sales and project management training.
Trevor has been a Member of ICME since 1985 and in 1995 was President of the East Midlands Branch. He is now a Fellow of the West Midlands and Coventry Branch.
In recent months he has been actively involved in supporting the development of the new National Foundry Training Centre, part of the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, ECMS, providing input to the project partners (who include University of Wolverhampton, Dudley College and Cast Metals Federation), on the equipment required and encouraging industry engagement. ICME will be one of the providers of training for the new employer-led ECMS.
Another significant project that ICME has undertaken is to lead on the establishment of new apprentice standards for the foundry, casting and patternmaking sector to ensure that the talent pipeline for the industry is improved and Trevor has actively supported this work too.

As Trevor says, ’I am proud to be taking on the role of President at such a significant time for the UK casting industry – the Institute has been at the forefront of training and professional development for individuals in the industry since its inception over 100 years ago and with the opening of the new National Foundry Training Centre we can anticipate an exciting new chapter. I am looking forward to continuing to work with our Members and the wider industry over the coming months, building upon the excellent work of my predecessor John Townsend FICME, and working to establish ICME and the new Centre as the ‘go to’ place for the delivery of new apprenticeships and technical development programmes to the industry’.

Senior Vice President: Steve 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 Supplies Association) and a Fellow of the Institute since 2009.

Junior Vice President: Robert Bell IOSH, MCQI, LCGI, EngTech. FICME

Born and educated in Glasgow, Robert joined Cruikshanks Company Limited as an apprentice Moulder / Core Maker, having been placed with them via the Foundry (Engineering) Independent Training Board (FITB/EITB).

During Robert’s first year of his apprenticeship he was off site from Cruikshanks at the F/EITB training centre 4 days a week and 1 day at a foundry college for 4 years. Robert then became a Methods Engineer, reporting to the Technical Manager / Metallurgist and then the Foundry Manager. Cruikshanks’ jobbing foundry made ferrous casting (steel/sg/cast Iron) for a variety of engineering, shipbuilding & agricultural Sectors, he then moved on to Shaw & McInnes again a jobbing foundry specializing in large bore water pipe work and wear parts (iron and high manganese steels) as Methods & Quality Engineer.

Next he moved to North British Steel Group which became part of the Edgar Allen group of companies including George Turton Platts – changing to ANI Bradken, within the group of companies high alloy steels were used to produce defence castings, heavy load dump truck running gear, railroad crossings, large turbine impellors and casings. Robert returned to Shaw & McInnes as Quality & Technical Manager, he was approached to join Glencast (ABC-NACO/ Meridian Rail) as Quality and Technical Manager over conventional moulding techniques and specialising in the Replicast Process, firstly in Scotland and then Chicago developing a casting & tooling design centre, FEA, rapid prototyping and controlling sub-contractors both in the UK and central Europe. There were a variety of steel grades used on the near net shape castings in oil & gas, defence, rail, road and power generation sectors.

Robert has continued to use his foundry & castings knowledge as an HSEQ Manager for Terex, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) and Burntisland Fabrications as all of these companies have required design, specification and procurement of castings and monitoring of from sub-contractors related earth moving equipment, oil & gas, wind turbines etc. and proud to have been associated with the casting sector for over 43 years.

Honorary Treasurer: Trevor Stevenson FICME

ICME Staff

ICME employs 2 full time and 1 part time paid members of staff, to provide the administration for the Institute from its Head Office at the National Foundry Training Centre at Tipton in the West Midlands:

Office Manager – Julia Cartwright.

Julia currently oversees all administration aspects of the Institute, and is also Secretariat to the Diecasting Society, Julia works Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.

Membership Adminstrator – Nicci Taylor

Nicci provides support in maintaining the database of our members, dealing with membership enquiries and providing the secretariat and administration for the ICME Membership Committee, as well also supporting members with their registrations to the Engineering Council.  Nicci works Monday – Friday 9.30am – 2.30pm.

Training & Accounts Administrator – Kate Brown

Kate provides support in maintaining the Institutes accounts and also supports the training operations at the Head Office. Kate works Monday – Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm

ICME Branches

ICME operates through a series of regional branches and sections, all of which arrange technical and social events through the year. Upon joining, all ICME Members are assigned to a branch, usually the one closest to their home or place of work.

The branches are run by volunteer members and all Members can be as involved as they want to be – as a member you are welcome to attend branch/section events most of which are free and will count as CPD credits. (What is CPD? – go to the Training and Education section of this website for more information on CPD).

Regional technical programmes are operated as part of ICME, whilst the extensive regional social calendar is operated through the Institute’s learned society – the Institute of British Foundrymen.

ICME Past Presidents

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

ICME Past Presidents

J Townsend FICME 2016-2018
M Fenyes CEng FICME 2015
C Theoharis FICME 2014
T Westley BSc ARSM MIMMM FICME 2013
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