At the recent ICME AGM, Mr Trevor Ayre FICME was elected as National President for the 2018-2019 session.
Born and educated in Scunthorpe, Trevor joined the then Firth Brown Castings (FBC) as a methods clerk on leaving school. Over the next few years he succeeded in becoming senior foundry technician and gained his HNC in Metallurgical Studies. In the early 1980s Trevor lead the introduction of alkaline phenolic binder technology into FBC, which was one of the first foundries in the UK to use this technology. In 1984 he joined Foseco (FS) Ltd. Trevor''s role from early 2001 was to establish growth for Foseco in Central Europe and the Middle East establishing new companies in Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine and he held many diverse, senior and international roles within the UK and around the world for the company.
In 2010 Trevor graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Birmingham and then in 2012, Trevor held the position of Regional Vice President of Greater China, based in Shanghai. Trevor was active with the China Foundry Association and was appointed the Chairman of Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing for the British Chamber of Commerce of Shanghai.
At the end of 2015, Trevor established his own company called TCAST Limited, which is focussed on supporting the foundry and engineering business world with elearning from THORS eLearning Solutions, interim management and specialist sales and project management training.
Trevor has been a Member of ICME since 1985 and in 1995 was President of the East Midlands Branch. He is now a Fellow of the West Midlands and Coventry Branch.
In recent months he has been actively involved in supporting the development of the new National Foundry Training Centre, part of the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills, ECMS, providing input to the project partners (who include University of Wolverhampton, Dudley College and Cast Metals Federation), on the equipment required and encouraging industry engagement. ICME will be one of the providers of training for the new employer-led ECMS.
Another significant project that ICME has undertaken is to lead on the establishment of new apprentice standards for the foundry, casting and patternmaking sector to ensure that the talent pipeline for the industry is improved and Trevor has actively supported this work too.
As Trevor says, ’I am proud to be taking on the role of President at such a significant time for the UK casting industry – the Institute has been at the forefront of training and professional development for individuals in the industry since its inception over 100 years ago and with the opening of the new National Foundry Training Centre we can anticipate an exciting new chapter. I am looking forward to continuing to work with our Members and the wider industry over the coming months, building upon the excellent work of my predecessor John Townsend FICME, and working to establish ICME and the new Centre as the ‘go to’ place for the delivery of new apprenticeships and technical development programmes to the industry’.