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ICME Awards

2008 Award Winners

The Institute of Cast Metals Engineers is pleased to congratulate its 2008 Award Winners:

Oliver Stubbs AwardDr Mark Jolly
EJ Fox MedalAndrew Cook
Meritorious Services MedalPeter Jackson
Meritorious Services MedalRoger Peace
British Foundry Medal and PrizeAlexander Brown
Diploma Peter Haigh
Long and Notable Service AwardDavid Park
Long and Notable Service AwardDerek Livermore
Best Technical Student Award
M M Hallett Award winnerNo award in 2008

Oliver Stubbs Medal - Mark Jolly of the West Midlands, Birmingham
& Coventry Branch

Dr Mark Jolly has worked in the field of manufacture of materials since 1982. From 1982 to 1995 he worked at a number of well-known research establishments, including T&N Technology and Battelle Research Laboratory in Geneva, on topics ranging from Rapid Solidification, Powder Metallurgy, Squeeze Casting, Metal Matrix Composites, Resins and Coatings for Foundries and Foundry Simulation Software and seven years with Foseco in the UK.

Dr. Jolly has made a very valuable contribution in the field of computer modelling of casting, (since 1991). In early 1995 he joined the University of Birmingham and was specifically tasked with creating links with SME companies and encouraging the use of computer modelling and the latest casting technologies, which led to the creation of the Process Modelling Group. In this way the castings industry in the UK has benefited enormously from the application of computer modelling in order to improve industrial casting processes. As evidence of this, over sixty contracts have been supported by industry within the Process Modelling group. The companies involved have included: NCR, Varity Perkins, Triplex Lloyd plc, Rolls Royce plc, Coupe Foundry, Cronite Precision Castings, Westleys plc and Transtec plc. The process modelling group is now recognised throughout the castings industry as probably having the largest selection of casting modelling software in the world focussed on the foundry industry.

Mark Jolly has written over 80 journal and conference papers, and made over 25 other conference and workshop presentations. He was also co-editor of the 10th International Conference on Modelling of Casting, Welding and Advanced Solidification Processing, held in Florida in 2003, and has also contributed a chapter on Castings to a textbook on Comprehensive Structural Integrity published by Elsevier.

Mark moved to the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering as a senior lecturer in August 2004

Dr Jolly is also a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), Professional Member, The Institute of Materials (MIM), Fellow, The Institute Cast Metals Engineers (FICME), and serves on the Light Metals and Integrated Manufacturing Processes Committees of IOM3, and the Education and Training, Accreditation and Membership Committees of the ICME. Dr Jolly has been a Member of the Institute for 17 years.

E J Fox Medal - Andrew Cook of the Chesterfield & Sheffield Branch
Andrew Cook is the owner and Chairman of William Cook Holdings Limited, Europe’s leading steel casting group.

In 1981 Andrew Cook became Chairman of the Company, which was then a small publicly quoted business (in which he held an 8% stake), with sales of £3 million per annum and negligible profits.

Famous for actually sleeping in his office, by 1991 he had built up William Cook into a major industrial group employing over 3000 people, with annual sales exceeding £130 million and profits exceeding £10 million. Over the period he acquired over 15 steel foundries, closing the majority and consolidating manufacturing in the most efficient.

In recognition of these achievements William Cook was elected CBI Company of the Year, the first major industrial company ever to receive this important award.

In the process of expanding his Company, Andrew Cook is regarded as having transformed the ailing and largely loss-making UK steel castings industry from a large number of worn-out businesses to one where capacity more closely matched demand and adequate profits were once again being earned.

In 1991 the UK Monopolies Commission, dismissing an investigation into some of his acquisitions, commended Andrew Cook for his perception in producing lasting solutions to the industry’s chronic structural problems.

In the period 1991 to 1995 Andrew Cook carried out a major programme of modernisation and rationalisation to make the Company competitive for the long term future.

In 1996, Andrew Cook was awarded the CBE in the New Years Honours List.

In 1997, he defeated a hostile takeover bid from the now defunct industrial conglomerate Triplex Lloyd and took William Cook private, with financial assistance from Electra Investment Trust.

In 2004 he bought out Electra and obtained 100% ownership of the Company.

Subsequently, Andrew Cook followed a strategy of liquidating under-performing and non-core assets.

In 2006, he sold the Company’s defence subsidiary to a management team backed by Bank of Scotland Integrated finance, eliminating all debt and releasing shareholder capital.

In the year ended March 2007, William Cook made £18 million profit on sales of £75 million, with c.750 employees.

In 2007 he completed the buyout of the Company’s defined benefit pension scheme, thus eliminating the last significant liability in the Company’s balance sheet.

Aged 58, Andrew Cook is a polymath. Engineer, Barrister, Industrialist, Financier, Historian, the span and depth of his business experience, national and international, is probably unique in the global foundry industry.

Meritorious Services Medal - Peter Jackson - North East Branch
The award is made in recognition of Peter's 34 years membership of the Institute, and the continuous support and service to the Newcastle upon Tyne Branch, and latterly, the North East Branch.

In addition to the various branch offices held over the years, Peter was three times Branch President of the Newcastle Branch, and following amalgamation with the Tees-Side Branch, was President of the North East Branch for the session 2006/2007.

Meritorious Services Medal - Roger Peace - London Branch
Roger began work as a laboratory apprentice, analysing steel samples at the foundry of Samuel Osborn & Co. Ltd. in 1960. He attended Sheffield Polytechnic (now Hallam University) and gained his ONC Metallurgy in 1964. He then took the Foundry Technology course at Chesterfield College of Technology gaining his HNC in 1964 and going on to do two years of endorsement subjects finishing in 1968.

He joined the IBF, as it was then, in 1965 as a Student member rising to be an Associate Member when he finished College and a full Member when he reached the qualifying age of 26.

In 1968 the Rutland Road foundry of S. Osborn and Hadfields foundry merged to form OH Steelfounders and after spending some months as a foundry apprentice he joined the Methods department as a Methods Engineer, rising to become the Senior Methods Engineer when it closed in 1980.

In 1985 he accepted a post of Hot Metal Works Manager at Ransome Simms & Jefferies plc and moved to Ipswich. He was elected President of the East Anglian Section in 1987 and became a member of the London Branch Council becoming President in 1999/2000. The following year he became an elected member of the General Council and a member of the Membership Committee and the Technical Board. This year, 2008, he was again elected as President of London Branch.

British Foundry Medal and Prize - Alexander Brown of the Scottish Branch
The Institute is pleased to announce that the British Foundry Medal and Prize has been awarded to Mr Alexander Brown FICME for his paper entitled “The significance of total carbon in greensand systems” published in the June 2007 issue of Foundry Trade Journal.

Diploma - Peter Haigh of the Yorkshire Branch
Dr Peter Haigh MICME, for his joint paper, written with Steve Oxley, entitled “The use of different computer simulation software packages to predict casting filling and solidification” published in the September 2007 issue of the Foundry Trade Journal.

Long and Notable Service Award - David Park and Derek Livermore of Scottish Branch
Mr Derek Livermore EngTech Prof MICME
Derek first entered the foundry industry on leaving school at the age of 15 with Midland Motor Cylinder. He worked his way from a five year apprenticeship to become Production Manager. It was whilst at Midland Motor that he first became interested in the Institute of British Foundrymen, as it was then known, and attended various seminars over the years. After 25 years with MMC he decided to move on. A brave course of action in those days when you were expected to stay with the same company all your working life, and went on to work at Steel and Garland in Worksop as Foundry Manager; Kent Aerospace Castings in Kent as Technical Sales Engineer covering Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and the North of England; then briefly with Zeus before becoming Technical Sales Manager covering Europe for a foundry in Poland.

After leaving the industry he continued to take an interest in the Institute and it was when he retired to live in Scotland that he became involved with the Scottish Branch where he became a member of Council. Derek has been a member of the Institute for 36 years.

Mr David Park Prof MICME
David left school and attended Glasgow University and gained a degree in metallurgy. He started work as a trainee metallurgist at Dalziel Steel works where he left to complete his National Service. When this was complete he was metallurgist at Fullwood Foundry, he then moved to Dorritor Iron as Technical Manager. After a period in the foundry he worked in sales with Caro Foundry Products after a period there he returned to Cruckshanks Foundry as Metallurgist. He later started as an agent in castings and one of his main clients was Spun Alloys.

David has been a member for over 38 years and Scottish Branch secretary for over 20 years where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1994 for his work in the Institute. David was Branch President in 1992. He is still an active member of the Scottish Branch Council

Best Technical Student - Ryan Brand
Ryan began work as an apprentice at Tritech Precision Products Ltd in 2002; Tritech specialize in investment casting to aerospace standard in a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.

Ryan’s first two years with the company was spent in Yale College Wrexham, with the second year being day release. During this time he successfully completed an NVQ level 2 in performing engineering operations, City and Guilds 2280 part 1 & 2 and City and Guilds 2010 part 1 & 2.

In addition Ryan has successfully completed an NVQ level 3 in technical services and ERR-01.
Throughout the first 3 years of Ryan’s training he spent time in every department of the company gaining valuable experience from each procedure in the investment casting process. Once he had spent time in each department Ryan chose to work in the materials laboratory. He became a valuable member to the materials lab learning skills such as tensile testing, chemical analysis, hardness testing, macro and micro analysis, chemical etching and ferrite analysis.

Ryan successfully completed his apprenticeship at Tritech in 2007 and was promoted to Materials Engineer in recognition of his hard work. Recently he has also achieved a National Certificate in Metallurgy at Bradford Collegee, because of Ryan’s success and hunger to keep on learning he has now enrolled for a Foundation Degree in Metallurgy at Bradford College.

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