Chester and North Wales (UK)

Leadership – A Chemical Engineer's Journey – Postponed

Leadership – A Chemical Engineer's Journey – Postponed
  • Dates TBC
  • Price Free of charge
  • Location Peter Jost Enterprise Centre, LJMU, Byrom St, Liverpool, L3 3AF

This event has been postponed.

IChemE's Chester and North Wales Members Group invites you to a talk by the past President of IChemE Ken Rivers.

Ken will talk about his 40 years experience of the international downstream oil industry and his leadership journey from student chemical engineer to Chief Executive of a billion dollar company. He will share his candid insights on leadership and the mental models that can help transform a business but equally transform your career. So here is an opportunity to ask those questions that you always wanted to have answered.


Ken Rivers, Immediate Past President of IChemE

Ken stepped down as President of IChemE in November last year but remains as a trustee till May 2021.

Ken chairs the UK’s Control of Major Hazards (COMAH) Strategic Forum, which is the joint industry/regulator group tasked with raising standards and improving the effectiveness of major hazard legislation. Ken also sits on the Industrial Safety Steering Group monitoring the follow up to the Building and Fire regulations review post Grenfell.

Ken’s extensive international career included being CEO of Refining NZ and site manager of Shell UK ‘s refining and petrochemical operations at Stanlow. He is a past President of UK Petroleum Industry Association and chaired the joint industry/regulator task force in the wake of the Buncefield terminal explosion. He was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Business Leaders’ Heath and Safety Forum. More recently, he chaired the “Midstream Oil Sector Government and Industry Task Force”, which considered ways of improving the resilience and viability of the UK refining and fuel import sectors following the recent government review.

Ken is an Honorary Fellow of NorthTec –Tai Tokerau Wanaga for services to the wider New Zealand community.


Networking from 17:00.

Talk by Ken Rivers 18:00–19:30.


Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided. 


There is limited free parking on the campus (please advise in the additional comments on the booking form if you require parking).

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