Council, Board and Committee Biographies A-G

See also: Biographies H-Z

Bims Alalade

Bims Alalade
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Bims is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with many years of HR experience under her belt from both commercial and not for profit sector. Bims joined IMechE in 2018. Her interest in diversity was first sparked while working at BT where she was mentored by the Head of Equality and was tasked to write the equality articles for the 3,000 plus BT personnel community. She also joined the ethnic minority network whose goal was to see an increase in managers from ethnic minorities in BT.

Bims has always championed the diversity agenda, she led a transformation training project tasked with eradicating sexism from workplaces while working for a subsidiary of Ford Europe. Bims and her HR team also organised and hosted the first diversity and inclusion forum on behalf of YMCA in England and Wales to promote the diversity and inclusion agenda within the YMCA community.

Ladi Ariyo

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Ladi is a mechanical engineer at Arup with several years of experience in design and construction both within the public and private sectors. As well as being an active STEM ambassador, and diversity and inclusion facilitator.

Ladi is passionate about sustainability, education and empowering marginalised groups in society. He has contributed to several large-scale projects encompassing the fields of transport, data centres and education. He also serves as the IMechE's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Andrew Bainbridge

Andrew Bainbridge

MA CEng MIMechE ACMA

  • Nomination Committee

Andrew joined the IMechE when he started his engineering training with the MoD in 1983. He joined ICI in 1987, became a Chartered Engineer in the mid-90s and performed various engineering roles in ICI and ABB until 2004 when he took on a Commercial Manager role for ABB’s Consulting business.

In his spare time he completed his CIMA qualifications and was rewarded with his first appointment as a Business Controller. In 2011 he became a Chartered Management Accountant and took on a series of larger Controller roles before retiring in 2020.

Andrew stayed in the engineering sector throughout his career and always took an interest in the development of engineering apprentices, students, and graduates. Since retiring he has become a Governor of a local FE College with a particular interest in developing the STEM facilities and offerings. He also contributed to the independent review of the proposal for refurbishing OBW.

Kate Barnard

Kate Barnard

BEng(Hons) PGDIP FIMechE FMAPM FWES

  • Strategy Committee

Kate Barnard is Founder & Director of two successful start-ups, WhatBox Consulting Ltd and Enjoy The Air Limited. Along with NED roles for Syndem and Eye Dream.

Kate is a Professional Chartered Engineer bringing together technical and entrepreneurship skills. Built on a foundation of over two decades as a manager in the engineering and technology group within Rolls-Royce Plc, having led one of the largest global industry-academic research networks, and driven multi-million pound, multi-national research programmes.

Kate recognises the linkage between new research, social progress and the sustainability of our planet and has become a key person of influence.

Kate is a Fellow of the IMechE, Women’s Engineering Society and Association of Project Managers, an active Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Nottingham, published author and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

Kate brings a diversity of thought, skilled in business growth, financial modelling and the grant environment. With a passion for the UK to become the science superpower and driven to make a difference ‘for the better good’ Kate brings focused strategic direction in line with corporate and national needs.

Jitendra Bhuva

Jitendra Bhuva
  • Finance Board

Before retiring from full time work in 2013, Jitendra held senior finance positions in FTSE 100 companies. Since 2013, Jitendra has been a member of Audit and Risk and Finance Committees of many Professional Institutions and charities, specialising in accounting and audit matters.

Anni Broadhead

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Anni is Chief Executive Officer of IMechE's Support Network

Ian Brown

Ian Brown

B.Eng (Hons), MBA, PGDipLaw, FIMechE, MCQI

  • Nomination Committee

Ian currently works as Vice President for Hartford Steam Boiler, an Authorized Inspection Agency and Notified Body for the inspection of pressurized equipment, with responsibility for the EMEA region. Managing five office locations and staff in ten different countries, he maintains an international view on working practices and cultural issues. He has held this position for over six years.

Prior to this, he ran two software companies providing timetabling software and consultancy services to the global rail industry and worked as a Director for Bombardier Transportation supporting international maintenance and refurbishment contracts on rolling stock.

He has lived in the Netherlands whilst working for Rontgen Technische Dienst bv providing commercial support for global pipeline inspection contracts and advanced NDE services.

Ian is a Chartered Engineer with the IMechE, a registered European Engineer with FEANI and Chartered Quality Professional with the CQI.

Stephen Burton

Stephen Burton

BSc (Hons) CEng FIMechE

  • Finance Board

Steve started his first technology business Nova Weigh at 29 employing 40 engineers and technicians and is the cited inventor of numerous patented products.

Appointed Managing Director of Rolls-Royce subsidiary Stresswave Technology later purchased in a management buyout with venture capital funding and built the business to become the UK market leader in ultrasonic level measurement. Sold the business to a public USA technology conglomerate in 2018.

Founder Director of Strathdon Investments plc. Acquired, built, and profitably sold >40 investee companies. Founder Director of Shackleton Ventures Ltd. Five funds investing in technology businesses with 25 profitable exits in the UK, USA and Europe.

Simon Chandler

Simon Chandler

MA CEng FIMechE MAPM

  • Strategy Committee

After studying Engineering at Oxford Simon joined Unilever’s Graduate Engineering programme, working in factories, central Engineering and R&D in UK and Germany and global process Engineering in Holland. Becoming an expert in delivering Innovation projects led to developing the global foods Innovation process with Clayton Christensen of HBS.

In Deloitte Strategy and Operations Consulting Simon worked on a range of projects helping global organisations tackle issues from Supply Chain and Innovation processes to total business Strategy and transformation.

Following Deloitte he joined the NHS as a Non-Executive Deputy Chair of a CCG working at board level chairing and participating in committees and holding Execs to account. Supporting the CCG team though financial and governance crisis and then merger into a £1Bn organisation.

Keen to support the IMechE currently Member of Stratcomm, chair Sussex and Surrey IMechE Area comm and member of South East region, previously on Food Engineering Committee.

Jim Cowling

Jim Cowling

CEng FIMechE

  • Council Leadership Committee

Jim has over 40 years’ experience in industrial noise/vibration control, initially with NEI Parsons in Newcastle, UK and from 1988-2019 with KBR in Houston, Texas.

He is Board Certified with the Institute of Noise Control Engineering in the USA and a is acknowledged expert in noise control design for major energy and oil/gas projects. He is also a recognized technical authority on acoustically and flow induced vibration (AIV/FIV) in piping systems. He has published extensively at technical society and industry conferences.

Within IMechE Jim is Chair of Texas Branch, Americas Region Chair and member of Council. He is a member of the International Strategy Board and the Ethics and Principles Committee.

Sean Fox

Sean Fox
  • Real Estate Strategy Group

Sean Fox joined the Institution in October 2017 initially responsible for finance and commercial but has also assumed responsibility for IT and the digital modernisation programme, and digital marketing.

After completing his first degree at Oxford, in Physics, Sean became a chartered accountant, qualifying with the top 6 firm, BDO. He has experience with large corporates (Nestle, Marks & Spencer, Tate & Lyle), a family owned business, and at the Institute of Physics.

His wide experience in financial and commercial roles, as well as his professional membership body experience at the IOP, gives Sean a highly relevant perspective on his current role. He has a strong belief in the motivation and engagement of people being the key to long-term success, a belief which is equally applicable to staff and members.

 

Philip Goodge

Philip Goodge
  • Real Estate Strategy Group

A chartered member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management and as Head of building Services for the Institution Philip has been responsible for both Health and Safety and the hard and soft facilities services at its central London headquarters on Birdcage Walk for almost 10 years. Prior to taking over his current role at IMechE in 2011 he was Facilities Manager for a US based study abroad program operating a 300 bed student residence hall in Chelsea and Building Manager at the London Lighthouse, an HIV centre in Ladbroke Grove. Before moving into the world of building management Philip spent over 10 years in the hotel and hospitality industry. After nearly 10 years at the Institution the biggest challenge is meeting the needs of our members and staff while preserving the heritage of the building.

Richard Guest

Richard Guest
B.Eng, MBA, C.Eng, FIMechE
  • Nominations Committee

Richard is currently an interim Managing Director/ CEO and has spent the past 24 years as MD of exporting engineering businesses located in the UK and overseas.

After university, Richard joined Davy McKee in 1986 which manufactured aluminium rolling mills and process plant, immediately gaining significant international exposure in the far east, particularly China. He then moved into the EPC arena with Courtaulds Group in the UK before moving into the power-generation & marine sectors with Brush Group and MAN Energy Solutions, spending significant time overseas. This included working at a wind turbine company in Germany for a year. Richard also spent 6 years in the automotive and aerospace sector leading a company manufacturing test equipment.

Since becoming a Fellow of IMechE in 2000, Richard has championed the MPDS scheme in the businesses he has worked at, and has been involved participating as interviewer and Chair in Professional Registration Interviews.