29 May 2012
IChemE appoints new Australasia director
Peter Slane, a chemical engineer formerly based at Qenos, has been appointed as IChemE's new Australasia director. Slane succeeds Jan Althorp following ten years in the post.
Slane studied chemical engineering at Auckland University, New Zealand, before heading to Australia where he worked with government and public entities on a range of projects including recycling initiatives and conversion of a waste stream into a valuable saleable product.
IChemE CEO David Brown says: “Peter brings a wealth of industry experience as well as technical know-how, and I look forward to working with him and our colleagues in Melbourne and Wellington to take forward IChemE’s work for the profession and for the industries we serve.
"We also wish Jan all the best and acknowledge the huge contribution she has made during her time with IChemE. This includes seeing almost 40% growth in both global and Australian membership and earning a high degree of respect and confidence among Australian members," adds Brown.
Althorp says that since joining IChemE in 2002, its international ambitions and initiatives grew her role and also the scope of the Melbourne office to become a hub office for IChemE in the region: “This has been a great role for me; I have thoroughly enjoyed the work, the variety, the people, working with an international staff and Council and working with four international boards and the range of challenges that has projected.
“The next challenges and opportunities in this region are excellent for IChemE and I wish Peter and the IChemE team every success going forward," says Althorp.