Fluid Machinery Group - How we are governed

Fluid Machinery Group Committee

Fluid Machinery Group is governed by a Committee which sets the strategic direction of the Group.

Martin Yates - Chair

Martin Yates is the Rolls-Royce Associate Fellow for Fuel System Design and Integration and has nearly 30 years’ experience in the aerospace industry.  During this time he has been responsible for the conceptual and detail design of centrifugal and positive displacement fuel pumps for aero engines used on a range of fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

In his current role he is responsible for setting the strategy for future gas turbine fuel systems.  He is a member of the BSI committee MCE/123 - Plain Bearings.  He teaches and is a member of the industrial liaison board for MSc courses at Cranfield University. 

Simon Whatley - Immediate Past Chair

Simon is an independent consultant to the Water Industry, providing technical advice to a variety of clients on issues relating to mechanical equipment used for the movement, pumping, and treatment of water and waste water. He was previously Principal Mechanical Engineer at Thames Water.

He has been chair of the Fluid Machinery Group for 4 years from 2012 and is also a member of the Water and Wastewater Industry Committee of the Process Industries Division, a member of the Management Advisory committee of the Technical Strategy Board, Professional Review Interview panel member and chair, an Industrial Advisor for the water industry, and a STEM Ambassador.


Robert Brown - Past Chair

Robert  Brown has more than 40 years’ experience in the pump industry (Engineering Design) having worked with Weir Pumps and Sulzer.  H is General Manager, Engineering within the Customer Support Services Dept of Sulzer Pumps. Involved in engineering issues related to high power pumps & ancillary equipment for the Power, Oil & Gas and Water Industries

Robert is currently responsible for Sulzer’s UK Aftermarket Engineering group, involved in the following areas:

  • Modernisation & Rerating of existing pumping equipment
  • Troubleshooting & Failure investigations

Professor George A Aggidis

Professor George A AggidisProfessor George A. Aggidis BEng(Hons), MSc, PhD, CEng, CMarEng, Eur Ing, MASME, FIMarEST, FEI, FIMechE, FIET, Board Member of the IMechE Fluid Machinery Group, is Professor of Energy Engineering at Lancaster University, UK, and Director of Lancaster University Renewable Energy Group & Fluid Machinery Group. His previous career included 25 years' industrial and academic experience, of which nine years were spent abroad.

He started his engineering career with Mather & Platt Ltd, Manchester, UK, followed by appointments both in the UK and abroad. His final position in industry was Director and Engineering Development Manager for the Fluid Machinery, and Hydropower UK company, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd.

He has over 150 research papers, designs, developments and 12 patent contributions in the field of fluid machinery and renewable energy, developed turbines for hydro power generation projects and has physical research prototypes of fluid machinery operating successfully worldwide.

He has a strong focus on engineering science applied to industry-led requirements in renewable energy and fluid machinery. His main research area is in computational and experimental modelling, control and the economics of novel fluid machinery applied to energy and renewables, including wave, tidal and hydro power.

Harald Carrick

After a long and varied career in mechanical engineering in the chemical industry, I now provide consultancy on machinery through my own company (Process Industry Machinery Expertise Ltd). The majority of my effort is devoted to large single stream compressor trains. My areas of expertise include failure investigation, configuration and performance optimisation, machine specification & selection, design verification and approval, maintenance strategy, and reliability improvement including failure mode & effect analysis. My interests include aero-thermodynamic performance, rotor-dynamics & vibration, tribology (including bearings & seals), failure analysis, fatigue and structural integrity. I run the Compressor and Fans workshop for the Fluid Machinery Group.

Bill Cory

Ciaran Heaney

Gillian Kerr

Gillian Kerr is an experienced Turbo Machinery Specialist working for INVISTA Performance Technologies. Gillian has responsibility for large machine applications from initial process design through to commissioning and on-going support of operations. Over the past twenty years she has worked with many Engineering Contract Organisations to deliver safe, well-engineered applications for clients around the world.

Mellish Kett

I currently work for EDF Energy as the In-service Testing Programme Engineer for Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station, in this role I am responsible for managing the testing programme of all safety significant Pumps and Valves. This covers over 40 pumps and 700 valves in all and is a unique role in the UK. My previous role was with Severn Trent Water as the Rotodynamic Standards Manager, responsible for technical advice regarding pumps and blowers across the business, including clean and waste water

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Ahmed Kovakevic

I Hold Howden Chair in Engineering Design and Compressor Technology at City University London. My main motto is integration of design excellence in academia and industry which I do through research, teaching and collaborating with industry in numerical modelling, analysis and design of positive displacement machines.

I chair two International conferences, lead the research in the Compressor Centre at City University, have authored 5 books, more than hundred referenced journal and conference papers, hold rights to several patents and have received 7 awards for my work

John Middleton

David Mitchell

Tom Pendrey

Ivor Rhodes

Pharic Smith

Pharic Smith is a graduate of the University of Paisley where he received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering and is currently Head of Engineering for Parts, Retrofit and Nuclear for Sulzer Pumps EMEA business.

He started his career in 1997 with Weir Pumps Ltd as a Design Engineer and now has expertise in the design, qualification and condition monitoring of critical pump systems in the international nuclear power industry.

In 2007 he became Engineering Manager for Clydeunion's Nuclear Power Business Unit and then in 2012 re-joined Weir Group as a Senior Rotating Equipment Specialist, providing maintenance solutions on high energy rotating equipment before joining Sulzer in July 2015.

Ken Tacon

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