National ICME President, Lee Jenkins IEng FICME, reflects on what the position means to him and his hopes for the future of the Institute, supporting the next generation of skilled foundry personnel.

“As President, and thereby Chair of the ICME General Council, I am presently leading a strategic review of ICME to consider its offering to Members, as well as setting out what is offered to new members, apprentices and new recruits to the industry, not to mention how ICME can support the wider industry.  The current apprentices on the programme are all being contacted as part of this ‘ideas gathering’ process.  We need to ensure that ICME can evolve so that it can play an active and relevant role as one of the UK Industry’s foremost organisations, alongside the Cast Metals Federation with whom we are now working more closely than ever.  This will be part of a wholescale review of our operations.

“In recent years, like much of the industry, the Institute has gone through some challenges but as a previous North East branch president, I am keen to ensure that the Institute remains relevant to the whole of the UK Industry.

“Many of the challenges that the UK Industry faces, around resource efficiency, net zero and skills development, are common to several of the World Foundry Organisation member countries, so I am sure that we can all work together for this great, and indeed, foundational industry.  Foundries have a crucial role to play in the circular economy for metals, so we are already a key part of a sustainable future – we should celebrate this wherever and whenever possible in my view.

“There is much more to do to secure the future talent pipeline of the industry and we all have a role to play.”

Lee is keen to hear from anyone with ideas to share on ICME’s future role and how it can support Members via the ICME office.