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 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