New Congress members announced

New Congress members announced

15th June 2020

Eleven new members have been announced today (15 June) to take up positions on the Institution of Chemical Engineer’s (IChemE) member advisory body Congress.

Congress was established in 2018 to act as a sounding board and advise the Board of Trustees on matters of interest to IChemE and its members. The role of each Congress member is to speak up on the behalf of all IChemE members, champion members’ expertise, and promote members’ societal contribution through chemical engineering. This year was the body’s second election cycle. 

Following a call for nominations in February 2020, the following members have now taken up positions in the two electoral colleges, Functional (by grade) and Regional (by geographical location) to sit alongside the current Congress representatives:

Functional College

  • Fellow - Jiaping Paul Chen
  • Chartered - Idris Salim

Regional College

  • Canada - Alan Collins
  • Malaysia - Yong Yoke Choon
  • Midlands (UK and IRE) - Earl Hutchinson
  • Netherlands - Thaddeus Anim-Somuah
  • North Scotland (UK and IRE) - Nick Parker
  • South Central (UK and IRE) – Helen Ramsay
  • South East (UK and IRE) - Elizabeth Salter (changed from representing Rest of the World)
  • South Wales (UK and IRE) - Stephanie Houghton
  • South West (UK and IRE) - Paul McLaughlin

As there were not multiple nominations put forward for the vacant positions, an election was not required. The members have now taken up their positions following IChemE’s Annual General Meeting, which was held virtually at 08:00 BST today.

Nigel Hirst, Chair of IChemE’s Congress, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome our newest members of Congress. Every member of Congress plays a key role in ensuring the interests and expertise of members are better represented and recognised.

“You are the voice of the members, so I encourage you to engage with your fellow IChemE members, Congress members and Trustees about the Institution’s activities and plans, so together we can make a difference. Through continued, active contribution to Congress discussions can we really strive to achieve an Institution that is led by members, supports members and serves society.  

“I would also like to thank all those members who have retired from the inaugural Congress for your hard work and being part of the start of Congress’ journey.”

Nine seats received no nominations and will remain vacant until the next election cycle in early 2021. A further seat in Australia is now vacant as that was occupied by Jane Cutler, former Congress Vice-Chair, who has stood down from Congress following her election to Deputy President. The Congress members will look to elect a new Vice-Chair from Congress to replace her.

Vacant seats – Functional College

  • Chartered (two seats)
  • Early Career

Vacant Seats – Regional College

  • All Ireland
  • Australia (two seats)
  • North East (UK and IRE)
  • North West and North Wales (UK and IRE)
  • Rest of the World
  • South Scotland (UK and IRE)



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For more information please contact:

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484

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