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ICME National Awards 2014

The ICME 2014 Awards are presented to those in the cast metals industry who have exhibited excellence in their field and commitment to the cast metals industry and, in many cases, to ICME itself.

British Foundry Medal

  • Awarded to Ms H Wang; Dr G Djambazov; Prof K A Pericleous; Dr R A Harding & Mr M Wickins
    This is awarded to Ms H Wang; Dr G Djambazov; Prof K A Pericleous; Dr R A Harding and Mr M Wickins for their paper: ‘Numerical modelling of the tilt casting process for ã–TiAl alloys’ which was published in the June 2013 issue of Foundry Trade Journal, Volume 187, No. 3705. (The paper was first published in the International Journal of Cast Metals Research).

E J Fox Medal

  • Awarded to EurIng Andrew Turner BSc CEng FICME
    Andrew grew up in the North East of England and followed in his father’s footsteps joining Parkfield Foundries Stockton in 1983. He took a Metallurgy Degree at Birmingham and then did a post graduate qualification in Production Management at Cambridge. By 1986 Andrew was Sales Director at the foundry in Stockton and, following great success with the securing of Channel Tunnel segment contracts worth over £40 million, he was given the challenge of running the new Parkfield acquisition, Horwich Castings. Following the collapse of the Parkfield empire in 1990, Andrew lead a management buyout of the foundry from the administrators and stayed there until 1996 when he left to join Precision Disc Castings in Poole as Managing Director and oversaw the installation of the new Disa moulding line and a major expansion programme. In 1999 Andrew joined the Institute of British Foundrymen as Secretary and worked to commercialise the organisation and stabilise the financial situation. In 2003 he left to set up his own business, Apostles, which carries out technical and commercial consultancy and provides secretarial services to the cast metals sector. He is General Secretary of the World Foundrymen Organization, Secretary of both the Foundry Equipment and Supplies Association and the Pattern Model and Mould Manufacturers Association and Clerk of the Tor Lodge and Applecross Trust. He has carried out consultancy all over the world. Andrew has been a member of ICME for over 30 years and been Branch President of both Teesside and Lancashire branches and National President in 1996. He sits on the General Council, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Education and Training committee and is the Chairman of the Membership Committee. “Because of my father’s involvement, I first attended Institute meetings when I was 16 years old. I have been a member of the Institute for my whole career and have made many friends and industrial contacts who have helped shaped my working life. In return for the time and commitment I have given to the Institute I have been rewarded with knowledge, technical support and friendship.”

John Campbell Medal

  • Awarded to Prof David StJohn
    Prof David StJohn’s career has been focused on scientific research for industry application. He was CEO of the CAST Cooperative Research Centre and was responsible for the creation of the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) and the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) all of which are large industry – research collaborations. In CAST, David worked with casting companies such as Ford’s Australian and New Zealand foundries and Nissan Castings Australia, and Rio Tinto Alcan cast houses as well as a number of smaller foundries assisting them in solving casting and heat treatment issues. David has relinquished these leadership roles to concentrate on his research into grain refinement. He currently works with BlueScope Steel, Cook Medical Australia, Nihon Superior and Magnotec (a global supplier of magnesium alloys) on projects related to nucleation and modification of eutectic microstructures. David has published over 300 papers on a wide variety of materials engineering subjects with a particular emphasis on solidification and casting issues.

Long & Notable Services Award

  • Awarded to Andrew Howe Prof MICME
    Andrew started his working life in 1983 as an apprentice moulder at L Hirst and Son, Non Ferrous Foundry in Halifax. He attended Airedale and Wharfedale Foundry College, winning a couple of moulding competitions along the way, and the prestigious SW Wise medal. On completion of his apprenticeship, Andrew joined the HND Foundry Course at Chesterfield College. His first position after college was with TH Dick in Hull, as Metallurgist, before joining the William Cook Group in 1990 at the Hi Tec Foundry in Penistone, as Foundry Technician. Leaving briefly to work at Borden, Andrew soon returned to Hi-Tec working his way up to the position of Technical Manager. When the foundry closed, Andrew moved to William Cook Precision for a few weeks – leaving 30t+ castings to work with castings a few grams – before taking the position of Foundry Manager at Shakespeare Foundry in Bolton. In 2005 Andrew and Michael Stanley purchased Shakespeare Foundry, which continues to produce complex Steel castings today. They have expanded their business group, with a foundry in Egypt, printing and engineering businesses in their portfolio, and recently purchased Coupe Foundry – now renamed Coupe Castings – near Preston. Interestingly, Andrew ‘won’ his membership of the West Yorkshire branch of the IBF, as it was in 1984, by winning the SW Wise medal – part of the prize being a year’s free membership of the IBF! He has continued to support the ICME over the years, and currently sits on the council of the Lancashire Branch. Andrew has too many people to thank for helping him throughout his career to name them all, but obviously thanks his father Russell, who has been an inspired many foundrymen over the years, as many people will agree, but particularly to Andrew who is extremely grateful for the inspiration and guidance throughout his career. Andrew is very proud to accept the Long and Notable Service Award.
  • Awarded to Dean Millington EngTech Prof MICME
    Dean has been a member of the West Midlands, Birmingham & Coventry branch since 1992, he is a Professional Member. He is an active member of both branch and national council and was Branch President in the 2009/10 year. Dean has worked within the foundry industry since leaving school and is currently employed by Joseph & Jesse Siddons Ltd, where he holds the position of Quality Manager.
  • Awarded to Don Tittensor Prof MICME
    Don entered the foundry industry in 1975 to join Sheepbridge Alloys as a ‘’Foundry and Patternshop Technician’’. Most of his time over the following five years were spent at Chesterfield College of Technology studying for his HND in Foundry Technology. He gained work experience at Maude Foundry, Bryan Donkins and WH Butler over this five year period before entering full time employment with the Beeston Boiler Company in 1980. His experience at the Beeston Boiler Company was where he finally caught the foundry bug. He was given the role of scrap identification and reduction which involved him in all areas of production. It was a very interesting starting role. After further employment at BAS Casting, as Process Engineer, and Hepworth Heating, as Technical Manager, he entered the sales environment with Ertel Ore in 1996. He currently works for Asmet, as Technical Sales Manager, where he supplies technical support to his customers and colleagues. This is a very interesting a rewarding role and gives him the opportunity to be involved with many foundries at home and abroad. Don has been a member of the ICME Technical Board since 2012.
  • Awarded to Robert Jordan IEng CBIM MIM FIDir FRSA FICME
    Bob joined the Institute whilst studying at the National Foundry College in the late 1950’s and this took him to his first Institute meetings in Wolverhampton and Birmingham. After spending his early years with APV Paramount in Crawley Sussex which introduced him to meetings in the London Branch, he then moved back to the Midlands to join Foseco International in Birmingham. This was a time of many happy memories attending the busy meetings held in Great Charles Street in the city. In 1963 his Foseco work took him firstly to Germany before then moving on to India and Japan. This gave him the opportunity to become involved in their respective Foundry organisations whilst still retaining a close involvement with the IBF. In 1967 he was made an Honorary member of the Institute of Indian Foundrymen. In 1970 he moved from Japan to the USA, which began a period of many years involvement with the AFS and the Cleveland Chapter. In the mid-eighties he returned to the UK to become Group Managing Director of the Foseco Group and in 1987 he was privileged to join the WFO Executive, representing both the Institute and the UK. He spent 14 years on the Executive and became President in 1991. Following his year in office, he continued as Treasurer until 2001. He is proud to still be involved with the Institute today. As a Fellow and a Member of the Institute’s Investments Advisory subcommittee, he stays in touch with the progress we as an industry are continuing to make in meeting the ongoing challenges of change.
  • Awarded to Russell Howe Prof MICME
    After leaving school in 1958 Russell’s foundry career started when he joined J Blakeborough and Son in Brighouse as an apprentice moulder, apprentice to a man with the grand name of Thomas Century Wilson. As well as becoming a skilled moulder he attended Bolton Technical College gaining an HND in foundry technology. After working there for 10 years Russell joined a fledgling Ashland Chemicals working for Alan Gregory, an association which would span approximately 40 years. In 1990 he joined the Wm Cook Group reaching the position of Group Technical Director, enjoying 2 eventful years , including a spell in America, returning to Ashland during the 1990’s, working until his retirement. Russell proudly represented the West Yorkshire Branch of the IBF as President in 1997, a year which he enjoyed hugely, attending a number of events. The highlight must be the Harrogate Dinner where his wife Brenda made a memorable speech about being the ‘wife of a foundry man’, which received a standing ovation – a very proud moment for all the extended Howe family present at the dinner. Over his long foundry career Russell has encountered an enormous number of people, and feels privileged to call many of them friends. With many qualities to his name, he has surely earned this award for serving the West Yorkshire Branch and foundry industry in general proudly throughout his long career, he repeatedly worked with determination and enthusiasm to assist foundries with problems, wherever the route of the problem lay. Due to recent ill health Russell has been less able to attend ICME events, but is very proud to accept the award, and continues to keep in touch with the foundry industry through the Foundry Trade Journal. Russell wishes to pass on his thanks to all the people who have helped him along the way – far too many to mention.

Meritorious Services Medal

  • Awarded to Dr William Griffiths CEng FICME
    Dr Bill Griffiths is currently senior lecturer at The University of Birmingham in the UK. He began his working life in a grey iron foundry, obtaining an HND in Cast Metals Technology and much practical experience. This was followed by a return to studies, eventually resulting in a PhD in Industrial Metallurgy. He was then employed at Foseco International Limited on the development of grain refiners and modifiers for Al alloys before becoming a senior research associate at Nottingham University studying electromagnetic stirring of Al alloys. He then became the Federal-Mogul senior research fellow at UMIST where he spent nearly five years studying interfacial heat transfer during casting solidification. He has presented numerous papers at international conferences and is frequently published in Foundry Trade Journal. Bill is also a longstanding member of the ICME Technical Board and was Vice-Chair of the Technical Committee for the World Foundry Congress held in the UK in 2006. In 2007 Bill took a sabbatical trip to the State University of Mississippi in North America to work alongside Prof John Berry and other colleagues and to gain an understanding of how academia and industry work alongside each other in that part of the world. He says he learnt a great deal and was impressed with the ‘vibrant relationship’ between academia and universities. Bill was National President of the institute in 2009/10.
  • Awarded to Martin Newby Prof MICME
    Martin started his working life in the foundry at age 16 as a technical apprentice moulder/coremaker for HM Dockyard, Portsmouth. At that time he became a student member of the Institute. During the fourth year of his five year apprenticeship he was made Supervisor of initially the Small Brass Foundry, then the Iron Foundry and finally the Steel Foundry. He was awarded the FITC Seal of Merit. Upon the threat of closure of the Dockyard, he left and commenced employment with the Brickhouse Dudley Group, Fareham as Quality Manager. Following the takeover by the Glynwed Group he found himself in 1989 being offered the position of Foundry Manager at the world famous Coalbrookdale site in Shropshire, working alongside the equally famous Bill Rooker. It was Bill who re-lit his interest in the Institute and dragged him along to both Technical Lectures and Branch Council Meetings. Having left Coalbrookdale as General Manager in 2009, he had a short tenure at Vanguard Foundry as Manufacturing Director, and then at the Thomas Dudley Group. He has had the honour to serve as Branch President of the West Midlands Branch, not once, but twice, the first person to serve two terms and was awarded the Long and Notable Service Award. He became Branch Treasurer in 2013. He is honoured to be awarded the Meritorious Services Medal and be included amongst eminent past recipients.
  • Awarded to Paul Wieckowicz IEng Prof MICME
    Born 1952 in Bolton, Paul joined Henry Wallwork & Co. as a patternmaking apprentice in 1969. He studied patternmaking and foundry technology at Openshaw Technical College and completed a HND in foundry technology at the Bolton Institute in 1977. He stayed at Wallwork until 1980. He joined Foundry Plant & Machinery in 1980, selling capital equipment in the UK and then moved to South Africa in 1982 to set up and run a sales and manufacturing licence agreement. Returning to the UK in 1984 he went back into foundry production at Hattersley’s in Ormskirk. He then joined Bryan Donkins in Chesterfield as foundry manager in 1988 and was Foundry Manager at British Rollmakers in Crewe from 1992 to 1996. After other moves in the industry he joined Coupe Foundry Ltd in 1999 as Production Director becoming Managing Director in 2000 under Investment Banker ownership and owner in 2004. After running a successful growth and development period he sold all his shares to the managers of Coupe Foundry in 2012.
  • Awarded to Robert Norman Prof MICME
    Robert’s career as a metallurgist began by doing quality control checks on incoming castings at Caterpillar Tractor Co and Eaton Axles Ltd before joining the foundry industry with Bradley and Foster/Metabrasive Ltd and later Metalltechnik UK where he did sales and technical support for metallic shot and grit. Foundries were a large part of their customer base and he advised customers on efficiency and quality of cleaning and peening operations. He joined the Newcastle upon Tyne branch of the then IBF in 1978 and became Branch President in 1985. He was Social Secretary for nineteen years and presented one technical paper. The Newcastle upon Tyne branch and the Teesside branch combined to form the North East branch in 2004 and Robert was elected Branch President in 2008. He is still an active member of the Branch Council.

P C Nix Best Technical (Non Ferrous) Student Award

  • Awarded to TBC

REMET Modern Apprentice Award

  • Awarded to Lewis Rooms MICME
    Lewis is an Advanced Modern Apprentice at William Cook Cast Products Ltd. Over the course of his apprenticeship he has had the opportunity to develop skills which he can apply to many of the foundry departments. He has spent a considerable amount of time in each department learning the individual processes necessary for the creation of high integrity castings. The work has enabled him to acquire a detailed and thorough understanding of the various casting process routes. For the past three years he has been studying towards a Diploma in Casting Technology, which will further enhance his knowledge and understanding of the foundry industry. During this time he has successfully completed a variety of NVQ qualifications including CAD/CAM and Moulding. As well as his industry based learning he has also returned to school several days each week to study ‘A’ level physics.

Worshipful Company of Founders Casting Foundation Degree Best Student Award

  • Awarded to Linda Whyte MICME
    Linda has worked at Depuy Johnson and Johnson for 14 years. She is currently working as an integral member of the scrap reduction team, managing the shell room, including creating ceramic shells, and carrying out laboratory testing which involves monitoring and testing slurries to provide ceramic shells to the highest standard and introducing process and product improvements as required.

Worshipful Company of Ironmongers' Best Student Award

  • Awarded to Victoria Clark MICME
    Victoria is 29 years old and has worked at Maycast-Nokes Precision Engineering Limited for 5½yrs. She joined the company as an apprentice and went on to complete the apprenticeship and an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently in the final stages of the Foundation Degree in Casting Technology with Bradford College who have nominated her for this award. Victoria is a member of the Production Engineering Department at Maycast Nokes and her main role within the company is the introduction of new parts and projects, development and improvement of existing parts and implementing corrective/preventative actions to improve yield.