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National Chain of Office Achieves Milestone

Principle guest, Mark Fenyes IEng FICME, National Branch President spoke about his experiences in the industry, from his early time as an apprentice at Sheffield Forgemasters, followed by periods at Renshaw Foundry and FFE group before culminating in the management buyout of Omega Foundry Machinery where he is now Chairman. As he recalled a time when the institute had over 4000 members, he also noted that he was the 100th National President to wear the Chain of Office which dates from 1916. He spoke about the importance of training and skills development, now being actively supported by ICME, through the delivery of the Diploma in Castings as well as the schools initiative ‘Foundry in a Box’ and the very well received Casting the Future Video (now available on Facebook and YouTube) aimed at promoting the industry to young people and school leavers. Also he looked forward to the prospect of the new training centre, due to open in 2017 to enable practical skills to be delivered as well as classroom based courses, describing it as ‘the most exciting initiative for many years’ for the UK industry.

Guests, including North East Branch President David March FICME and wife Elaine, pictured with Branch President Robert Bell FICME (left) and Mark Fenyes IEng FICME, danced the night away and the evening finished with the traditional Scottish dance, the Gay Gordons and an enthusiastic rendition of Auld Lang Syne. ‘Och Aye’ to next year!

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