ICME Officers

This year’s National President is Steve Hill FICME who was elected at ICME’s AGM in May 2019.

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.

Steve is a Past President of FESA (Foundry Equipment Supplies Association) and a Fellow of the Institute since 2009.

Senior 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.

Junior Vice President:  Lee Jenkins AMIM, IEng, Prof MICME

Born and educated in Nottinghamshire, Lee Jenkins entered Foundry College studying a HND in Metals Technology fully sponsored by Georg Fischer Ltd. On completion, and receiving best student award, he was lucky enough to further his studies at the BCIRA supported by Dr Richard Harding working on an Austempered Ductile Iron program working between Hallam and Birmingham University. On graduation in 1991 he joined the Parkfield Casting Group as metallurgist operating one of the world’s most modern melting facilities, including DISA operations and a dedicated No Bake moulding line for the unique production of tunnel segments, unfortunately the Parkfield Casting Group ran into business difficulties and he left to join Jennings Foundries, as Quality and Technical Manager in 1992.

This was a huge development move for Lee as he left his native Nottinghamshire and relocated to the Northeast of England. Jennings Foundry allowed him to complete the introduction of the businesses first accredited quality system and develop materials and processes; including centrifugal casting technologies and moving the business into the high alloy cobalt based material market place. Lee was rewarded with the promotion to Technical Director in 2002. Whilst working at Jennings Foundry continued his academic study and achieved his Cert Ed and The Engineering Training Authority Assessors Award D32/D33 studying at Sunderland University. Jennings Foundry were world renowned for the production of very large high integrity aluminium castings for the medical industry.

Towards the end of 2012 he decided to join WEIR PLC as Foundry Manager. In 2017 he obtained his NEBOSH accreditation and studies through the WEIR University program. He quickly developed into the Divisional Foundry Best Practice Champion and in October 2018 moved to Foundry Director.

Lee now supports all six WEIR Mineral Foundries and the six recently acquired ESCO casting facilities, and overseas travel is the norm. The TODMORDEN plant is a specialist Heavy Bay unit currently undertaking a transformation to ensure growth to meet the minerals expanding market. Whilst at WEIR PLC, he has been fully supportive of the new ECMS training facility and WEIR has donated some of the equipment. Lee has held the office as the ICME North West Branch President 2017 and 2018 and has recently received his long service pin from the Institute

He says,” It is the pinnacle of my career and a true honour to be considered for the role”.

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.

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

T Ayre FICME 2018-2019
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