UK: Institution of Chemical Engineers Icheme Appoints New President

Editor: Alexander Stark

Professor Jonathan Seville, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK is the new President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (Icheme).

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Professor Jonathan Seville, Executive Dean of Engineering and Physical Sciences at University of Surrey, becomes Icheme's 76th President.
Professor Jonathan Seville, Executive Dean of Engineering and Physical Sciences at University of Surrey, becomes Icheme's 76th President.
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London/UK – Seville studied chemical engineering at Cambridge, and joined the research division of Courtaulds before returning to academia to complete a PhD at Surrey under the supervision of Professor Roland Clift. He then embarked on a successful academic career which took him to the University of Birmingham, UK as the Head of chemical engineering where he established the UK’s first research centre in formulation engineering. He then moved to the University of Warwick, UK, where he served three years as Dean of Engineering, before returning to Surrey in 2011.

Seville is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the board of the UK’s Engineering Council, where he chairs its Registration Standards Committee. He was handed the ceremonial chains of office by his immediate predecessor, Dr Andrew Jamieson OBE, at the Institution’s Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh on 24 May.

Throughout his career, Seville has championed the application of chemical engineering to the design and manufacture of products for the pharmaceutical, home care and fast-moving consumer goods industries. He is also active in energy-related projects, including biomass conversion and solar power, and a co-founder of the successful spin out company Recycling Technologies.

John McGagh, formerly the Head of Innovation at the multinational metals and mining corporation Rio Tinto and currently Chief Digital Officer at renewable energy supplier, Snowy Hydro, was confirmed as Icheme’s Deputy President. He will succeed to the presidency at the end of Seville’s twelve month term, in May 2017. Allyson Black, Corporate Development Manager at Caltex Australia, will replace McGagh as Australian Board representative.

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