IChemE council members

John McGagh

John McGagh, President

John McGagh brings to IChemE significant experience working in and with Executive teams and Boards to deliver at scale business improvement.

He has been successful in delivering business change most recently in the areas of Applied Industrial Technology & Innovation and Global Supply Chain and Procurement. He has a wide international perspective having lived and worked in Australia, USA and Europe whilst being responsible for leading the establishment of facilities and transacting substantial business in Europe, Southern Africa, China, India, North and South America.

John holds honours degrees in Chemical Engineering and Management Economics. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and Chairman of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in Australia. He most recently served on the CSIRO Minerals Down Under Sector Advisory Council and the Sustainable Minerals Institute Advisory Board.

John has lived and worked in the UK, Europe and in a number of Australian city and remote locations. Based in the United States for an extended period he relocated to Brisbane, Australia in July 2007.

Jonathan Seville

Jonathan Seville, Past President

Jonathan Seville is Professor of Formulation Engineering at the University of Birmingham, having previously been Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey (2011-2016) and Dean of Engineering at the University of Warwick (2008-2011). He has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Universities of Cambridge and Surrey and has held visiting appointments at the University of British Columbia and the Technical University of Denmark. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Earlier in his career he was for 10 years the head of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, where he established the UK's first research centre in Formulation Engineering (awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011) and co-founded the Positron Imaging Centre, which has pioneered the use of positron-emitting radioactive tracers in engineering studies.

He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Powder Technology, the leading international journal for the study of granular materials, from 1994 until 2014.

Throughout his career, Jonathan 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, working with the UK Research Councils, Unilever Research, Procter & Gamble, Rhone-Poulenc, AstraZeneca, BP, Weetabix, United Biscuits, Huntsman Tioxide, Merck Sharp & Dohme, GSK, Pfizer, Siemens and GEA Pharma Systems.

He was part of the GSK-led team which won the IChemE's 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering for work on a continuous process for pharmaceutical manufacture. He is also active in energy-related projects, including waste conversion processes and solar power. He is one of the founders of the Swindon-based waste plastics conversion company Recycling Technologies.

Ken Rivers

Ken Rivers, Deputy President & Honorary Treasurer

Ken Rivers has over 35 years experience of the international downstream oil industry with Shell. He has recently returned from New Zealand where he was CEO of Refining NZ , a publically listed company operating the country’s only oil refinery. He was previously responsible for Shell’s refining and petrochemical operations in the UK. He is a past President of UK Petroleum Industry Association. He has extensive commercial board level experience as well as national industry groups and community boards. He has now embarked on the non executive phase of his career and building a portfolio of non executive directorships.

Ken has a passion for safety. He chaired a joint industry/regulator task force in the wake of the Buncefield terminal explosion and was a founding member of the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum in New Zealand. Since returning to the UK, Ken has been appointed chair of the “COMAH Strategic Forum” tasked with improving the effectiveness of major hazard legislation and comprising both the regulatory authorities and the Oil & Chemical industries. He has recently been asked to chair the “Midstream Oil Sector Government and Industry Task Force” which will consider ways of improving the resilience and viability of the UK refining and fuel import sectors following the recent government review.

Ken studied chemical engineering at Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors in both UK and New Zealand. His earlier work experience included refinery operations , supply planning and technology management in Shell refineries coupled with Central Office roles in strategy, product quality development and oil supply. He has extensive international experience, which includes assignments in New Zealand, Netherlands and Malaysia. Ken is an Honorary Fellow of NorthTec - Tai Tokerau Wananga for services to the wider New Zealand community.

Bill Harper

Bill Harper, Vice President (Qualifications)

Bill Harper is Technical Capability & Knowledge Manager at Sellafield Ltd. working on a highly challenging nuclear decommissioning programme.

Bill graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1983, with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and joined the graduate training scheme at Sellafield.

Over the intervening 28 years Bill has had a very varied career with extensive periods spent in process development, advanced process monitoring and control, operations support and human resources. Throughout his career Bill has been involved in Sellafield’s graduate recruitment and development activities, including co-ordination of the organisation’s IChemE Accredited Company Training Scheme (ACTS).

Bill has been a member of the IChemE Professional Formation Forum for the past eight years, and in particular has led the development of Peer Review Interviewing practice. He is also an ACTs assessor.

For the past two years Bill has been chair of the IChemE Nuclear Technology Special Interest Group.

Bill was elected to Council in 2011, and has taken on the role of acting as the “voice” of UK based members and groups on Council; however he is equally passionate about the IChemE’s internationalisation and broadening strategies.   In 2015 he became IChemE's Vice President (Qualifications).

Paul Ellis

Paul Ellis, Vice President (International)

Paul Ellis has been Managing Director of Schaefer Kalk (Malaysia) since January 1998 with overall responsibility for the Operating Companies in Malaysia. The major part of his task has been to grow the business and manufacturing capability from the inception of the operation in late 1997 to its present day position.

Paul graduated from Newcastle upon Tyne University in 1975 with a BSc Hons in chemical engineering. From this point he started using his knowledge by joining ICI and worked in several UK locations as well as a spell in Kenya. His experience was mainly in the Production Support, and then onto Production Management, until 1989 when he commenced a brief spell with a small Speciality Chemical and Contract Manufacturing company as Works Director before being enticed to work in Malaysia in early 1994. He worked as Managing Director for a company called Revertex until 1997 when he joined Schaefer Kalk in Malaysia.

Paul is currently on the National Committee of the Chemical Industries Group in Malaysia (CICM) and on the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) National Environmental Committee. He is heavily committed to the Responsible Care Program in Malaysia, and SEA.

Paul started his involvement with IChemE Board in Malaysia in 2009 and in 2011 received IChemE's Council Medal for his work on establishing the Hazards Conference in Asia (Hazards AP).  He was the Chair of IChemE Board in Malaysia from 2015-2016.

David York 

David York, Vice President (Technical)

David studied chemical engineering at Leeds before joining P&G as a process engineer in their R&D facility in Newcastle in 1977, rising to the position of Research Fellow in 2000.   He has had many roles including all aspects of particle synthesis from spray drying to agglomeration, micro encapsulation to spheronisation and finished detergent manufacturing from design to plant commissioning and trouble shooting.   He has led numerous multinational teams in major new plant designs and start-ups.   He has experience in the synthesis of various additives from bleaches to enzymes as well as designing formulated products.  In 2000 he started a global upstream process research group which led to the introduction of, amongst others, soluble unit dose products (now a multi billion dollar business) as well as perfume micro capsules for detergents.   He was instrumental in developing strategic links with universities and influencing company strategy in this area.

In 2012 he left P&G to take up a chair in Structured Particulate Materials at the University of Leeds where he was director of High Value Manufacturing for 3 years and set up an annual CPD course in spray drying and encapsulation.

David is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers as well as of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  He sat on the EPSRC SAN for 3 years and has been a director of a number of industrial advisory boards for Doctoral Training Centres.  He sits on the IChemE Research Committee and has been a member of the Particle SIG since 1985.

He has over 50 global patent applications, of which 15 have been granted so far and has over 50 academic publications across a wide range of topics.

Allyson Black, Vice President (Australia)

Allyson Black is an IChemE Fellow working as a Manager of Corporate Development for Caltex Australia. Allyson recently moved into the Caltex Strategy team after spending 14 years in a variety of engineering and leadership roles at their Lytton Refinery in Brisbane.

Allyson has been a board member of IChemE in Australia since 2012 after having been an active member of IChemE since her undergraduate days at the University of Queensland.

With a passion for leadership, sustainable futures and growth, Allyson is currently a member of the IChemE Energy Centre Board, an international board that governs the direction of the recently formed Energy Centre.

Jarka Glassey

Jarka Glassey

Jarka Glassey is a Reader of Chemical engineering Education at Newcastle University. She graduated from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and, following her PhD studies at Newcastle University, she became a lecturer and then a reader at  the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials as Newcastle University. Her research is predominantly in the area of bioprocess optimisation, modelling and control and over the years she collaborated with  major pharmaceutical companies on a range of microbial and cell culture processes. She is the Executive Vice President of the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES) and she chairs the Modelling, Monitoring, Measurement & Control Section of ESBES.

She also carries out pedagogical research in the area of effective delivery and assessment of chemical engineering and she currently chairs the IChemE Education SIG. Jarka is a Secretary of the Working Party on Education of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers and a recipient of a number of national awards in recognition of her contribution to teaching. Most notably, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and a Principal Fellow of HEA recognition. She has been actively involved with IChemE for a number of years now, having resurrected the activities of the Tyneside member group and chairing its committee for three years. She is actively involved in the Education and Accreditation Forum as an Experienced Executive team member with responsibility for educational development.

Lynn Gladden 

Lynn Gladden

Lynn Gladden is Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. She studied Chemical Physics at the University of Bristol, and then trained as a physics teacher before studying for a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Cambridge. At the end of her PhD she was awarded a Pickering Fellowship of the Royal Society and was appointed to a lectureship in Chemical Engineering in Cambridge.  During the early years of this lectureship she also held an ICI Fellowship. Lynn's research focuses on the development of magnetic resonance imaging techniques to image flow and reaction techniques in chemical process applications.

Lynn is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics.  In 2003, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and then in 2004 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2015 she was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering.

In 1995 she was awarded the Beilby Medal, awarded jointly by the Institute of Materials, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Chemical Industry; the Tilden Medal and silver medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2000; and the Bakerian Lecture of the Royal Society in 2014. She was awarded her CBE for services to chemical engineering in 2009.

Amongst other appointments, Lynn has been a member of the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering Advisory Group to the National Physical Laboratory (2003-2014), and is currently a member of the NPL Science and Technology Advisory Council. She is also a member of Shell Science Council, and has previously served on various EPSRC committees including Council (2006-2012).

Iain Martin photo 

Iain Martin

Iain Martin, Divisional Technology Director for the Process Technologies Division at Johnson Matthey PLC, has leadership responsibility for the Division’s R&D and engineering capability across a range of engineering and science disciplines. Johnson Matthey’s Process Technologies Division provides catalyst, process technology and asset integrity solutions to the chemical, refinery and oil and gas industries worldwide. Iain’s role focusses on the effective development and commercialisation of a portfolio of new products from first inception through to commercial operation. 

Iain has close to 30 years’ experience in the process engineering industry covering EPC, technology development and licensing. He joined the Process Engineering group of Davy McKee in 1985, continuing as the company focussed on technology licensing as Davy Process Technology where he has spent most of his career in what is now Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies. He designed and commissioned a variety of chemical technologies worldwide, before moving on to more commercial and subsequently technology management positions. He moved to his current role within Johnson Matthey in 2013. 

Iain graduated from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Prior to his current role, Iain sat on the council for British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association (BCECA).

Christina Phang

Christina Phang, Chair of IChemE in Malaysia

Ir Dr Christina Phang is a Fellow of the IChemE and a Professional Process Safety Engineer.   She is also a registered Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers (BEM) in Malaysia.   She has over 25 years' experience in safety and risk management predomonantly spent working in the oil and gas sector providing advice relating to safety engineering during project development, commissioning and construction through to operational and decommissioning phases.   Christina is a Principal Partner at ERM based in Kuala Lumpur.   Her current role is Commercial Director for Technical Risk & Safety services in Asia Pacific.

Christina has been involved in supporting risk management decisions for many capital projects directly for PETRONAS, Shell, ExxonMobil, ConcocoPhillips, Chevron, Talisman, EnCana, Tullow Oil as well as working with engineering houses such as TechnipFMC, KBR, McDermott, Mustang Engineering, SBM Offshore HHI, etc.

During the early days of her career, Christina worked at the University of Sheffield in association with the Major Hazard Section of the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) on a research project focussed on investigation of management factors affecting major accident events before returning to Malaysia in the mid-1990s.   She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Malaysian Oil & Gas Engineering Council (MOGEC) for over 10 years.

David Platts

David Platts

David Platts is owner and managing director of PDV Consultants - a successful and specialist Engineering Consultancy Company based in Hamilton, New Zealand.  David has been active in promoting various engineering disciplines as vital tools for the food and dairy industry. David has an Honours degree in chemical engineering and is a Fellow of IChemE and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology Inc.

Prior to emigrating to New Zealand, David worked for RH Research in High Wycombe, UK and for Batchelors Foods a subsidiary company of Unilever, also a UK-based company working on the processing and dehydration of various foods.

In New Zealand David was employed by the NZCDC, the largest New Zealand dairy company at the time, setting up quality control systems for powder canning and gas packaging operations. Following this period he was heavily involved with the delivery of drying, evaporation and energy projects for the company's engineering departments.

In 1983 David moved to the Netherlands to take up a design engineering role with the spray drier and evaporator manufacturer Stork Friesland (now TetraPak). He later returned to New Zealand as technical manager for the Stork company.

David started his own business, PDV Consultants Ltd, in 1991.  Under his guidance and with his expertise and experience this has developed into a highly specialised engineering consultancy based in Hamilton. PDV now employ 18 staff, four based in the UK branch office. David's team provides specialist design consultancy services to the food, dairy and bioscience industries in New Zealand, Australia, USA, China and Europe. David has a keen interest in the safety design aspects of drying and powder handling systems and is working with leading global providers in the delivery of protection systems for these installations. David serves on the board of IChemE in New Zealand and was chair for two years. David also currently serves on the industry advisory board for Waikato University School of Engineering and holds a similar role advising Massey University. Previously he has held various posts on community organisations.


Colin Webb 

Colin Webb

Colin Webb is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester. He graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1976 from the University of Aston and continued with a PhD in Biochemical Engineering. He moved to UMIST (Manchester) in 1979 and became Professor and Director of the Satake Centre for Grain Process Engineering in 1994.

In 1999 Colin was honoured as the UK's first Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. From 2000-2007 he was Head of Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester and was Associate Dean from 2004-2005. Colin has been an external advisor to a large number of Universities worldwide including International Scientific Advisor to Kobe University, Japan as well as several universities in Malaysia. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Universities of Oviedo and Cadiz in Spain. His research is largely directed towards the sustainable bioconversion of agricultural raw materials and the development of the biorefinery concept and his publications include ten books, more than 230 research papers and five patents. Colin has been Editor of Elsevier's 'Biochemical Engineering Journal' since its launch in 1998.

His service within IChemE stretches back to 1983 when he served on the North-West Branch as secretary of the papers sub-committee for 9 years. Colin was Chair of the Biochemical Engineering Subject Group from 1994-1995 and has since 1999 been actively involved with IChemE accreditation, having chaired the Education and Accreditation Forum and its predecessor since 2004. He was VP (Qualifications) from 2012-2015.

Jane Atkinson

Jane Atkinson

Jane Atkinson is a Director of Cape Specialist Services. She began her career in 1990 with British Steel where she has managed all of the major production units including several plants in Alabama, USA. Jane then moved into power generation and became Senior Vice President at Sembcorp Utilities UK, managing coal and gas fired assets including the UK's first Biomass Power Plant. In 2014 Jane joined Cape Industrial Services as the Operations Director for the North.   She has recently been appointed Director of Cape Specialist Services with a remit to expand Cape's engineering brands to the rest of the world.

Jane has won several awards most notably the CBI First Woman Award in Manufacturing and the prestigious Stephenson's Award for inspiring young people in science and engineering. She received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Teesside University in 2011, she has also received the freedom of the City of London and is a Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Engineering. Jane is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. She is chairman of IChemE's UK Board as well as Governor for Teesside University.

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