ICME award winners are individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry and the Institute during their careers or who have displayed excellence during their study and early years in the industry. The awards for 2019 were presented by the national president, Steve Hill FICME, to recipients at the ICME Awards lunch on 12th October 2019.

Oliver Stubbs Medal

Dr Pam Murrell FICME

Pam Murrell has a long association with the professional casting bodies in the UK. She worked at ICME in a technical role before becoming chief executive.

Whilst at ICME, and with the support of many ICME members and industry suppliers, she began to develop a range of foundry-specific short courses and development programmes to fill the gap left following the demise of college-based courses in the UK. This work led to the development of the EAL Level 3 Diploma in Casting Technology and has enabled ICME to work with employers to develop a new trailblazer apprentice standard for the casting and foundry industry. Pam also helped to facilitate the establishment of the new National Foundry Training Centre, the first practical training facility in the UK for at least two decades.

She left ICME to take up the role of chief executive of the Cast Metals Federation and continues to promote people development in the foundry industry. 

E J Fox Medal

Ron Williams

In the 1970s, Ron became a partner in Blayson Olefines Ltd and was responsible for developing the company from modest beginnings into a leading manufacturer and supplier of wax materials to the global investment casting industry. With manufacturing facilities in the UK and Japan coupled with representation worldwide, the Blayson Group was formed.

In Ron’s current position as managing director of the Blayson Group Ltd, he is responsible for the company’s global operations and activities. He has over 40 years’ experience within the investment casting industry, and has worked closely with numerous investment casting associations, institutes and companies worldwide. Ron is currently a board director of the European Investment Casters Federation (EICF) and he is also a past president of the British Investment Casting Trade Association (BICTA). Combining these connections with his industry experience, he has been able to present numerous studies and reviews of the world investment casting market to a global audience.

Meritorious Services Medals

Steve Illingworth Prof MICME

Steve has worked in the foundry industry for 50 years. He began his working life at British Steel Grimesthorpe Foundry as a trainee foundry and patternshop technician, then went on to pursue a career in foundry technical sales with Balbardie, SMC Foundry Products, Foseco, Huttenes-Albertus UK, American Colloid (Amcol MTI) and ASK Chemicals.

Steve has a lifetime of experience in flow-coating technology, greensand additives and chromite sand technical support.

He has been an avid supporter of ICME and served twice as president of the Chesterfield & Sheffield branch, working tirelessly to promote membership to newcomers and offer technical guidance and support to fellow members.

Dale Lister FICME

Dale began his foundry career at GEC and Blakeborough Valve Foundries, where he worked for eight years learning all aspects of cupola melting, greensand control, metallurgy and methoding under Meehanite control systems.

He then moved into the foundry supply side and joined John Winter as general manager. After five years he was promoted to works director and following further promotions he has just completed 20 years as managing director. A major part of his role as MD was to develop export sales which now account for a sizeable part of the company’s turnover, Dale now delivers this speciality role on a full time basis.

Dale joined the ICME in 1977 and is a past president of the Yorkshire Branch and was secretary until its recent amalgamation with its neighbours in Lancashire.

David Hall Prof FICME

David is a Professional Member of the ICME West Midlands, Birmingham & Coventry branch, he is an active member of the branch council and is currently the branch vice-president.

He joined the foundry industry in 1994 by following in his father’s footsteps at the famous Coalbrookdale Foundry, birthplace of the iconic Iron Bridge, as an apprentice foundry technician. After twelve years there, he joined Grainger & Worrall initially being responsible for the engineering of complex iron castings, then aluminium castings before being given responsibility for project management and engineering of high profile complex projects.

David currently works for Maxima Engineering, the UK agents of MAGMASOFT®, as a technical support & application engineer.

David also currently teaches at the National Foundry Training Centre, as a part-time lecturer on the level 3 Foundry Apprenticeship program on behalf of Foundry Training Services Limited and ICME.

British Foundry Medal

The British Foundry Medal is awarded to Peter Thompson FICME, Matthew Cawood and Oliver White for their paper entitled: ‘Effect of grain refinement and strontium modification in cast aerospace aluminium alloys’, published in the July/August 2018 issue of Foundry Trade Journal.

John Campbell Medal

Prof Mark Jolly BMet, PhD, FIMMM, FICME, CEng, CEnv

Mark Jolly is director of manufacturing and materials and professor of sustainable manufacturing at Cranfield University. He has a Bachelor of Metallurgy from the University of Sheffield, and a PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge. He has over 35 years’ experience in manufacturing. Professor Jolly spent 13 years working in industry in automotive and tier 1 & 2 suppliers into manufacturing both in the UK and abroad before moving into academia in 1995. In 2012 he took up his current position at Cranfield after 17 years at the University of Birmingham. He has managed over £8.5m of research projects since 1999, and has contributed to over 350 publications, technical reports, articles and books. He has given over 60 invited lectures and seminars in the UK and internationally and has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Professor Jolly is a co-director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Centre for Doctoral training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing which offers a triple degree with the Universities of Warwick and Exeter.

Long & Notable Services Awards

Philip Green Hon FICME

Phil Green has a distinguished association with the Institute, having served as a national president and as the honorary treasurer for many years during the 1980s. He has particular fond memories of being the national president during the Institute’s 75th anniversary dinner held at The Guildhall in London.

He has offered great advice and support to head office staff and officers throughout several decades.

Sam Apsley FICME

Sam joined the Institute in 1950 and learned to benefit from contacts throughout the industry and eventually served as national president in 1979.

Over the years Sam has held a number of technical, production and sales posts, culminating in twelve years at BCIRA as assistant director, where he was responsible for contract consultancy work. After retirement he worked as an independent consultant and has also continued to guide the Institute through various roles on institute committees.

M M Hallett Medal

Omega Sinto Foundry Machinery Limited

Omega Sinto Foundry Machinery (formerly Omega Foundry Machinery) was formed from a management buyout in 1984 and specialises in the design, production and manufacture of equipment for chemically bonded sand foundries.

Omega started out in a small unit employing twelve people, since then it has experienced significant growth and now has manufacturing premises in the UK of over 100,000 square foot along with a further seven international sites, five of which house their own manufacturing facilities. The group currently employs around 170 people and is active in nearly 60 countries.

Omega has always tried to innovate in an effort to provide its customers with novel, high performing equipment, and were pioneers of developing pit-less reclamation systems, high level sand reclamation, both mechanical and thermal. Omega also pioneered the use of RFID in the late 1990s to control the operations of the moulding, pouring and cooling functions of a foundry.


(Award collected by Paul Gullick on behalf of Courtney Wicks)

Courtney Wicks MICME

Courtney joined Sittingbourne Aeromet in 2017, without any knowledge of what a sand foundry was. Despite some reservations about being a “young girl” in a male dominated work environment, she was immediately welcomed and feels part of the team.

She has learned how to make sand cores on the core blowers, hand rammed cores and moulds and has worked on the shopfloor alongside one of the longest serving employees to learn the closing process.

She said: “Throughout my time at Aeromet I have been shown how to make one off castings that involve some traditional techniques, one example was when I had the privilege to help the RAF Association to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force by producing multiple eagle castings used as a token during the celebrations. As I continue to work towards the end of my three-year apprenticeship, I aim to keep up my standard of work and progress within the company.”

Remet Modern Apprentice Award

Connor Danks MICME

Connor commenced his cast metals industry career by undertaking works experience when he says his “love for the industry” began. After leaving school he embarked on a five-year Apprenticeship with Alucast, which has enabled him to pursue various qualifications including a HNC.

He has chosen to specialise in the production department, saying: I want to focus my career in this path as I believe it offers the most expansive and interesting ranges of work, as you often get to be involved in every aspect of a product.

“In the future, when I have finished my apprenticeship, I would like to pursue my career further into the production department, including production planning and control, someday even production management.”

The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers Best Technical Student Award

Ben Meese MICME

After leaving college with mediocre grades Ben joined his first job as a sales assistant in retail, however with no prospect of future learning and a miserable experience his father, Martin Meese, who had grown up in the foundry industry, pointed him in the direction of Newby Foundries for a vacant position as an apprentice metallurgist.

Ben quickly achieved a distinction in an Advanced Science Diploma, followed by his level 3 Diploma in Casting Technology through ICME.

Ben said: “I was never confident in my own abilities, especially during exams, yet joining the team at Newby’s has given me more confidence than I have ever had, learning new skills and knowledge, I truly owe my gratitude to Newby Foundries for the person I have become today”.