Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Our Trustees are responsible for the strategic direction of IChemE. All top-level decisions are ratified by the Board. In addition, IChemE’s annual budget and financial decisions are scrutinised and signed-off by the Trustees. Trustees have a joint responsibility to work together and drive the Institution forward.


Ken Rivers

Ken Rivers, President

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.

John McGagh

John McGagh, Past 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.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson, Deputy President  

Following an Oxford MEng and Cranfield Water Sciences PhD, Andrew's career started at Severn Trent, where he covered the full cycle of feasibility studies, design, commissioning and troubleshooting.
Broadening his experience, he moved into contracting with Imtech Process where he led a large team of process engineers in multiple locations across the UK.
Over the last five years he has worked in a consultancy (Royal HaskoningDHV) leading the UK roll-out of a new wastewater treatment technology, described as "the biggest change to the industry in 100 years" (United Utilities' Head of Innovation).   Through this work he has proven his ability to implement change and promote new ways of thinking in one of the most risk-averse industries.

Andrew has been part of the IChemE Water SIG committee for 10 of the last 12 years, including several years as Chair.  Adapting to reduced SIG funding, he led the group to embrace greater use of webinars over physical meetings, and internationalisation through the committee structure.   These foundations have led to a group that has more than doubled in size and engagement.

He was elected Fellow in 2015 and acting chair of the Midlands Group in December 2017.

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Iain Martin, Honorary Treasurer

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).

Macsene Isles-Ahite

Macsene Isles-Ahite

Macsene graduated from South Bank University with BEng (Hons) in 2001; she has over fifteen years' experience as a Process Engineer in the refining and petrochemical industry. Since November 2011, she has been offering her services as a self-employed Engineering Consultant, who has designed both onshore and offshore facilities, to various companies operating within the Oil & Gas sector.

As Managing Director of her Limited Company, she migrates between Engineering Contractor Companies and Engineering Consultancy Companies, consulting on various aspects of process design and safety analysis. In her role as Principal/Senior Process Engineer, she provides her Clients with her experience, expertise and competence; her remit is often to question design assumptions and to ensure that the design adheres to the appropriate engineering and safety standards.

Macsene was Chair of the MK Centre of the IChemE from May 2005 until July 2007 and became a chartered member in August 2007. During her tenure as Chair, she focused on promoting member engagement by developing achievable strategies that increased the regional meeting attendance.

In 2008, she had a brief stint in Project Engineering Management, where she had to monitor progress and ensure significant milestones were met. Her experience in this role, extended to chairing meetings and developing strategies to mitigate the impact of delays on the project schedule.
Currently, she is consulting on a project where she is required to work closely with the Technology Licensor on the detailed design of a special polymer fibre production facility. This project is being executed from four engineering centres located in four different countries and in some cases different time zones.

Macsene is working within a multi-disciplinary team where she utilises effective resource management to ensure successful project execution.

Keith Plumb

Keith Plumb

Keith Plumb graduated from UMIST in 1974 with a BSc(1st) in Chemical Engineering and joined Lankro Chemicals. In 1979 he achieved chartered status and started a two-year MBA course at MBS.

After MBS, he joined his family engineering consultancy partnership, working on the design and commissioning of process equipment within speciality chemicals businesses.

In 1984 he started working with Fisons Pharmaceuticals which started his long association with pharmaceuticals, although he has worked in other industries. In 1989 he started work with Snamprogetti in a lead engineer role gaining the required level of responsibility for fellowship.

In 2007 his father retired and Keith started his own engineering consultancy Integral Pharma Services. Since that date he has been involved with the design of process equipment for the biopharmaceutical industry along with the process safety aspects of a number of related industries.

His first IChemE volunteer role (mid 1970s) was with the National Committee for Non-Corporate Members. This followed with roles on the Manchester and Salford Centre and North West Branch committees. In the mid 1980s, he joined the PharmaSIG committee, was chair for eight years and until recently the secretary.

He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Nottingham for two years and now carries out this role at the University of Chester.

Wendy Wilson

Wendy Wilson

Wendy Wilson retired from Royal Dutch Shell at the end of 2016 after a 28 year career both in the UK and internationally. Wendy reached General Manager level with leadership accountability and responsibility for Project Services in the Americas region (Brazil, Canada & USA). Wendy is a strategic leader with proven skills in setting and implementing strategy. She has the ability to work and think globally while also delivering local requirements. She has a high level of personal integrity and a proven track record of delivering against tough business targets. Wendy has excellent communication skills and can build relationships and work co-operatively with numerous stakeholders across diverse areas of the business and different cultures.

Wendy has in depth knowledge of the Downstream and Chemicals sectors and extensive experience in Deepwater, Unconventionals, LNG, Heavy Oil and Pipelines. Within Shell, she was a recognized senior Project Manager and Project Services Professional with a track record of delivering difficult projects on schedule and within budget and with a strong HSSE focus.

In her role as a Business Opportunity Manager, Wendy was accountable for the delivery of major projects (>$20m) in the Shell operated refineries in France, Germany, UK, Holland & South Africa. Through this work she gained a good understanding of European refinery operations including regulatory, strategy, supply & economics. Wendy also has extensive operations experience from working as a plant technologist and integrating operational requirements into Projects along with commissioning & start-up experience. She has process engineering design and Process Engineering Management expertise including leading HAZOPs.

Wendy graduated from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine and since retiring she has been a volunteer member of the IChemE DIWG and a core member of the Social Mobility Study team.

Mark Sutton

Mark Sutton

Mark is the Technology Director at Johnson Matthey's Catalyst Technologies business where his team of engineers and scientists bring chemical engineering and chemistry R&D to life through catalyst and technology innovations for the oil, gas, chemicals and renewables industries.

After graduating in chemical engineering from the University of Bath, Mark worked for BP before moving into the contracting industry with Davy McKee.   His early years were spent designing and commissioning chemical plants and gaining the real-world lessons of seeing his designs turned into steel.   He then held several technology management roles before moving into a commercial role, selling syngas and methanol technology for Davy and Johnson Matthey.   In 2010, he left Johnson Matthey to become the COO of a start-up, Plaxica, that had spun out of Imperial College and was developing bioplastic and renewable chemicals technology. 

After an exciting time demonstrating the technology at Wilton on Teesside, he returned to Johnson Matthey in 2013 to become Technology Director of the Licensing Business before taking on his current role.

Jarka Glassey

Jarka Glassey, Vice President (Technical)

Jarka Glassey is a Professor 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 at 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 immediate past chair of 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 the immediate past 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. She is actively involved with the learned society and member engagement agenda and she is passionate about the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and working with the early career chemical engineers.

Ainslie Just

Ainslie Just, Vice President (Qualifications)

Ainslie has over 40 years' experience in the process industries and consulting, including in technical, operational, management, construction, commissioning and consulting roles.

Ainslie began his career in 1977 in the Alkali group of ICI Australia in South Australia before moving to their Plastics group in NSW, then back to the Alkali business.   He continued in the Alkali business when it was sold to Penrice Soda Products in 1989, with responsibilities at various times for process development, plant operation and environmental management.   He moved to a consulting role with PPK Consultants in 1993, and continued with that company during subsequent takeovers by Rust, Balfour Beatty and Parsons Brinckerhoff until 2014.   Ainslie now provides consulting services as Principal Advisor with Phronis Consulting in Brisbane, Australia.

Within IChemE he is one of the global Registrars and also Chair of the ANZ PFF.  He has been a member of the local QLD Group since 1994 and is currently the Group's Treasurer.   He was the SA and QLD State representative on the Australian National Committee (which later became the Australian Board) between 1987 and 2004, and has also took on the role of Honorary Treasurer of the Australian Board from 2005-2010.

He has a BSc and a BE Hons (Chemical) from the University of Adelaide, a Grad Dip in Engineering (Control) from the NSW Institute of Technology (now UTS), and a Grad Dip in Business (Management) from Deakin University.   He is a Fellow of IChemE and a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Professional Engineer, Chartered Scientist and Chartered Environmentalist, and a Registered Engineer Queensland.

Tom White

Tom White, Vice President (International)

Tom joined the IChemE in 1995 as an undergraduate then after graduation spent two years as a regional WhyNotChemEng champion before being elected as Chair of the London and South East Branch.  Since then he has served on committees in the UAE and Oman as a result of spending more than half his professional life overseas.

His engineering career started with emergency civil construction with the armed forces in Hong Kong before joining a process technology licencing start-up in India.   From there he has worked with the multinational engineering design consultancies; Jacobs, WorleyParsons, AmecFosterWheeler and Parsons International.  These experiences provided exposure to projects as diverse as oil & gas, nuclear & renewables, refining & petrochemicals, carbon capture & storage, gasification & Syngas, food & pharmaceuticals, water, utilities & waste treatment.

A spell in general management culminated in responsibility for a $100m revenue business unit comprosing 500 engineers, in a multi disciplinary design office and project management teams supervising $4Bn of projects.

International business development roles have seen Tom plan and lead the process of launching new projects in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

He now serves as CEO of Badr Enhanced Oil Recovery, an ambitious Omani owned oilfield services company in Muscat with aspirations to diversify into geothermal and biofuels.

Allyson Woodford, Vice President (Australia)

Allyson Woodford is the Chair of the Australian Board of IChemE and an IChemE Fellow.   She spent 17 years with Caltex Australia in several senior engineering and business roles including operations, business improvement and corporate strategy, at the Lytton refinery in Brisbane and Caltex's Head Office in Sydney.

She has recently transitioned to the role of Operations Manager at Australia's largest oil refinery,  BP Kwinana in Western Australia.  

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.

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.

Jane Atkinson

Jane Atkinson, Chair, UK Board

Jane Atkinson is Transformation Director of Altrad Services, the largest industrial service provider in the UK.

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 managing coal and gas fired assets including the UK's first Biomass Power Plant. She now works as a critical industrial services provider to major blue chip companies.

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 is an active member of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Chair of the UK IChemE Board.   Jane is also a Governor of Teesside University and an Advisory Board Member of the National Science Museum in London. 

As a trustee of the IChemE, Jane brings a passionate and determined view to make the organisation more business like, whilst providing support to the membership.   Jane's aim is to ensure her responsibilities of a trustee are discharged appropriately, whilst creating a sustainable and exciting institution.

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