IChemE members elect their representatives to inaugural Congress

Functional and Regional Colleges (002)


The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) have announced the results of the recent Congress elections. 32 volunteers have been confirmed to form IChemE’s inaugural Congress, following an election that saw more than 2,300 members around the world turn out to vote. For the first time ever members from all grades, including Student, Affiliate, Technician and Associate, were asked to vote for their functional representatives in the elections.

Congress will act as a sounding board and advise the Board of Trustees on matters of interest to IChemE and its members. Representatives will speak up on the behalf of members, champion members expertise, and promote members societal contribution through chemical engineering.

Sixteen candidates have been successfully voted in by the membership. Four candidates were elected to Fellow seats, four to Chartered seats, four to Early Career seats, two to Student seats and two to Rest of The World seats. They will join an additional sixteen candidates who ran uncontested.

Seven regional seats received no nominations and will remain vacant until the next election cycle; unless Congress decides to change the Regulations that govern its set-up.

All newly-elected Congress members will be asked to participate in an induction session, and elect a Congress Chair, before it becomes fully operational. This is expected to take place in November. Following the induction, the Congress members will agree on the agenda for the first session using a SharePoint platform provided by the Institution for their online sessions. All Congress members will have dedicated profiles on IChemE’s website to enable members to contact their representatives.

IChemE President, Ken Rivers, said:

“At the AGM in May my vision was simple; I wanted our Institution to be led by members, supporting members and serving society. Today we move one step closer to that vision with the establishment of a member advisory body. The membership has spoken, and the newly-elected Congress candidates will be responsible for raising important matters on behalf of their functional or regional constituency, and all members, as an active ‘voice’ of IChemE’s membership.

“I would like to thank everyone who has participated in this process, from nominating to voting. Congratulations to all the members who secured a Congress seat, and to those of you who were not successful on this occasion I hope you will continue to use your voice to engage with other members and your Congress representatives. The hard work and passion that I saw from all candidates has been so important to re-invigorating member interest in the way your Institution is run.”

The successful and unsuccessful candidates to the inaugural Congress are listed below. To view the profiles of all the confirmed Congress representatives please download the Congress 2018 booklet. To learn more about the way Congress is set-up and run, please read the Your Congress handbook.

IChemE Congress 2018

The below results have been validated by Mi-Voice, the independent electoral service provider responsible for managing the Congress elections.

Functional College

Fellow Elections

Number of eligible voters: 3,080 // Number of votes cast: 560

Turnout: 18.2%

Fellow – Elected Representatives

  1. Peter Hunt CEng FIChemE // 300 Votes (53.6%)
  2. John Nigel Hirst CEng FIChemE // 234 Votes (41.8%)
  3. Christopher John Chambers CEng FIChemE // 213 Votes (38%)
  4. Robert Halliday Peeling CEng FIChemE // 213 Votes (38%)

Fellow – Unsuccessful Candidates

  1. Neil Harvey CEng FIChemE // 193 Votes (34.5%)
  2. Paul Kenny CEng FIChemE // 170 Votes (30.4%)
  3. Sanjoy Sen CEng CSci FIChemE // 166 Votes (29.6%)
  4. Parneet Paul CEng FIChemE // 155 Votes (27.7%)
  5. Tamuno Olumide Olu-Tima CEng FIChemE // 145 Votes (25.9%)

Chartered Elections  

Number of eligible voters: 9,349 // Number of votes cast: 856

Turnout: 9.2%

Chartered – Elected Representatives

  1. Stefano Ceci CEng MIChemE // 545 Votes (63.7%)
  2. Morenike Amiaka CEng MIChemE // 544 Votes (63.5%)
  3. Yasharn Smith CEng MIChemE // 428 Votes (50%)
  4. Gareth James CEng MIChemE // 394 (46%)

Chartered – Unsuccessful Candidates

  1. Ademola Adeku CEng MIChemE // 309 Votes (36.1%)

Early Career Elections

Number of eligible voters: 16,283 // Number of votes cast: 685

Turnout: 4.2%

Early Career – Elected Representatives

  1. Dawn Thompson AMIChemE // 284 Votes (41.5%)
  2. Anna Xiao AMIChemE // 251 Votes (36.6%)
  3. Aiden Goulden AMIChemE // 201 Votes (29.3%)
  4. Joseph Agnew AMIChemE // 198 Votes (28.9%)

Early Career – Unsuccessful Candidates

  1. Arran Marais-Gilchrist AMIChemE // 172 Votes (25.1%)
  2. Matthias Schnellmann AMIChemE // 138 Votes (20.1%)
  3. Michael Wise AMIChemE // 134 Votes (19.6%)
  4. Peter Clough AMIChemE // 133 Votes (19.4%)
  5. Shahidur Chokdar // 109 Votes (15.9%)
  6. Eoghan Joseph Mulholland AMIChemE // 65 Votes (9.5%)
  7. Ricardo Suarez Heredia AMIChemE // 59 Votes (8.6%)

Student Elections

Number of eligible voters: 6,795 // Number of votes cast: 201

Turnout: 3%

Student – Elected Representatives

  1. Fiona Ragan // 65 Votes (32.3%)
  2. Gan Mee San // 64 Votes (31.8%)

Student – Unsuccessful Candidates

  1. Thomas Kavanagh // 52 Votes (25.9%)
  2. Rian Tze Kye McCawley // 49 Votes (24.4%)
  3. Matthew Johnston // 43 Votes (21.4%)
  4. Daniel Bachynskyj-Bilas // 23 Votes (11.4%)


Regional College

Rest of the World Elections

Number of eligible voters: 945 // Number of votes cast: 131

Turnout: 13.9%

Rest of the World – Elected Representatives

  1. Elizabeth Helen Salter CEng FIChemE // 105 Votes (80.2%)
  2. Robert Aled Davies CEng MIChemE // 55 Votes (42%)

Rest of the World – Unsuccessful Candidates

  1. Rory Davin CEng MIChemE // 47 Votes (35.9%)

UK and Ireland – Uncontested Seats

  • Eur Ing Brian Michael Stapylton-Smith CEng FIChemE // All Ireland
  • Peter William Thomas FIChemE // Eastern
  • Alexander Allen CEng FIChemE // North West and North Wales
  • Anthony Alexander Greenough CEng MIChemE // North West and North Wales
  • Eur Ing Syed Mohammad Ali CEng CSci FIChemE // North East
  • Farid Benyahia CEng FIChemE // North East
  • Kit Loong Oung CEng MIChemE // South East
  • Shashi Mawkin CEng MIChemE // South Central
  • Maryam Farhanah Badiuszaman CEng MIChemE // South Wales

Australasia – Uncontested Seats

  • Grant Wellwood CEng FIChemE // Australia
  • Jane Linda Cutler FIChemE // Australia
  • Greig Wilson CEng FIChemE // New Zealand

Asia – Uncontested Seats

  • Ramakrishnan Nagasundara Ramanan CEng MIChemE // Malaysia
  • Joseph William Eades CEng FIChemE // Singapore

North America – Uncontested Seats

  • Christopher McDermott CEng MIChemE // USA

Africa – Uncontested Seats

  • Jacob Johannes Scholtz CEng FIChemE // South Africa


Vacant Seats

These seats will remain unfilled until the next election, unless Congress decide to amend the Regulations that determine this process.

Regional College – UK and Ireland

  • Midlands – One vacancy available, no nominations
  • North Scotland – One vacancy available, no nominations
  • South East – Two vacancies available, only one filled – uncontested
  • South Scotland – One vacancy available, no nominations
  • South West – One vacancy available, no nominations

Regional College – Europe

  • Netherlands – One vacancy available, no nominations

Regional College – North America

  • Canada – One vacancy available, no nominations


What is chemical engineering?

Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, maths and economics in the process of turning raw materials into everyday, and more specialist, products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world. Oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the products where chemical engineering plays a central role.

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With an international membership exceeding 40,000 in around 100 countries, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) aims to be the organisation of choice for chemical engineers. It promotes competence and a commitment to best practice, advances the discipline for the benefit of society and supports the professional development of its members.

IChemE is the only organisation to award Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer status.

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