New Trustees and Congress members announced

New Trustees and Congress members announced

24th May 2022

The new members of the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) Board of Trustees and Congress have been confirmed today.

Following an election held from 29 April to 20 May 2022, Professor Raffaella Ocone has been elected to the Board of Trustees as Regional (Ordinary) Member, and Gabriela Campos Balzat and James Hill have been elected as Early Career representatives on Congress.

They will join two Trustees and seven Congress candidates who stood uncontested as they take up their seats with effect from the virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on 14 June 2022.  

New Trustees

Position: President for 2023/2024 (Deputy President from June 2022)

  • Nigel Hirst (uncontested)

Position: Honorary Treasurer

  • David Edwards (uncontested)

Position: Regional member

  • Raffaella Ocone

New Congress members

Regional College

Position: New Zealand

  • Lisa Julian (uncontested)

Position: Rest of the World

  • Dr Fuad Omar (uncontested)

Position: USA

  • Christopher McDermott (uncontested)

Position: UK Eastern

  • Peter Thomas (uncontested)

Functional College

Position: Early Career (two seats)

  • Gabriela Campos Balzat
  • James Hill

Position: Fellow (three seats)

  • Peter Hunt (uncontested)
  • Robert Peeling (uncontested)
  • Matthew Swatton (uncontested)

A ballot was also conducted for voting on Special Resolutions to amend IChemE’s By-laws. This also closed on 20 May and the results will be declared at the AGM.

All IChemE members can register for the AGM, however only Voting Members (Fellow and Chartered Members) are entitled to vote at the meeting. Votes are required to approve the minutes of the 2021 AGM, and to approve the re-appointment of the Institution's external auditors.

Find more details on the AGM and register by 8 June at


Trustee and Congress elections

Annual General Meeting

Board of Trustees



For more information please contact: 

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

Rachael Whittles, Communications Executive & PR Lead, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435 

Claire Shepherd, Communications Executive, IChemE  
t: +44 (0) 1788 534457  

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