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 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