Chris McDonald

Chris MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer Materials Processing Institute
Chief Executive Officer

The Institute carries out industrial research and innovation in advanced materials, industrial decarbonisation and the circular economy and has been supporting the materials, processing and energy sectors for over 75 years. Chris led the divestment and return to independent, not-for-profit ownership of the Institute in 2014.

Chris’s background is in industrial research and manufacturing, where he has worked internationally.  A graduate of Cambridge University, Chris is a Fellow the Institute of Chemical Engineers and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He sits on industrial advisory boards at a number of universities, including Oxford and Sheffield.

Chris has an interest in innovation management and industry dynamics and in addition to leading the Institute, he provides expert opinion and consultancy support to companies, institutes, Governments and public bodies in innovation and technology strategy and management. He also advises on the technical due diligence aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Chris is prominent in the development of public policy, around innovation, steel, SMEs, where he works to support growth and inward investment. Chris is the policy chair for Innovation and Enterprise for the Federation of Small Businesses, a member of the CBI Regional Council and Shadow Monetary Policy Committee for the North East, the Innovation lead for the UK Metals Council and a member of the Steel Advisory Board for UK Steel (EEF).

Chris is often called to commentate in the media on innovation leadership and the steel industry.


Wednesday, September 14th, 2022
Welcoming Remarks and Opening Session

Theatre :  Supply Chain, Trade and Policy 

09:40  -  10:20

Other speakers

Adrian Heath
National Account Manager
Calor Gas Ltd
Commercial Director UK & Ireland
Alan Banks, UK Lightweight Innovations Manager at Ford Motor Company
UK Lightweight Innovations Manager
Ford Motor Company
Alan Young, Programme Delivery Manager, EDT
Programme Delivery Manager
EDT (The Engineering Development Trust)
Alison Jones, Senior Vice President, Global Circular Economy, Stellantis
Senior Vice President, Global Circular Economy
Managing Director
Balmoral Tanks
Anil Jhanji, Chief Commercial Officer at Tata Steel UK
Chief Commercial Officer
Tata Steel UK
Anne Velenturf
Senior Research Fellow in Circular Economy
University of Leeds
Beatriz Mingo
Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow in the Department of Materials
The University of Manchester
Ben Burggraaf, Chief Executive Officer of Net Zero Industry Wales
Net Zero Industry Wales
Ben Walsh, Deputy Director at Innovate UK
Deputy Director
Innovate UK
Billy Kingsbury, CEO at thyssenkrupp Materials UK
Chief Executive Officer
thyssenkrupp Materials UK
Professor Bradley Wynne
Research Director
Advanced Forming Research Centre, The University of Strathclyde
Brian Cantor - University of Bradford Vice Chancellor
Professor of Materials
Oxford and Brunel Universities
Bruce Adderley
Challenge Director - Transforming Foundation Industries
Innovate UK
Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
TATA Steel Chair
Swansea University
Carl Slater
Assistant Professor
WMG, University of Warwick
Catherine Barratt, Managing Director at Furnitubes
Managing Director
Chris Bayliss, Director of Standards at Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
Director of Standards
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
Chris Boyd, Chief Executive Officer - The Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Chief Executive Officer
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
Chris MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer Materials Processing Institute
Chief Executive Officer
Materials Processing Institute
Chris Oswin, Digital Technologies Group Manager at the Materials Processing Institute
Digital Technologies Group Manager
Materials Processing Institute
Chris Smith, Principal Researcher at Materials Processing Institute
Principal Researcher
Materials Processing Institute
Chris Wiseman TWI ltd
Industry Sector Manager - Corporate Development
Chris Young
Senior Advisor UK-BAT -
Environment Agency
Christopher Greenough, Chief Commercial Officer at SDE Technology
Chief Commercial Officer
SDE Technology
Christopher Pilgrim, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Materials at Innovate UK KTN
Knowledge Transfer Manager - Materials
Innovate UK KTN
Connor O’Shea, Head of the UKCA delivery team at BEIS
Head of the UKCA delivery team
Darren Moult, Sales and Operations Director for (Irestal) Stainless Steel Services
Sales and Operations Director
Stainless Steel Services
Darren Sutton, Central Operations Manager at Smith Smiths Metal Centres
Central Operations Manager
Smiths Metal Centres
Duncan Clark
New Process Engineering Manager
Brompton Bicycle
Edmund Ward, Business Sector - Advanced Manufacturing at BEIS
Head of Manufacturing & Resource Strategy
Ellis Bailey, Managing Director at Yellow Tree Workforce Development
Managing Director
Yellow Tree Workforce Development
Enrique Cornejo, Head of Technologies - Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy · Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Head of Industrial Carbon Capture Supply Chains
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Evgenia Yakushina
Forming Team Leader
Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde
Frank Bowley, Head of the Unit for Future Skills at the Department of Education
Head of the Unit for Future Skills
Department for Education
Frank S. Aaskov, Energy & Climate Change Policy Manager at Make UK (UK Steel)
Energy & Climate Change Policy Manager
Make UK (UK Steel)
Gareth Barker, COO at The Sheffield Forgemasters
Chief Operating Officer
Sheffield Forgemasters
Gareth Stace, Director General of UK Steel
Director General
UK Steel
Gary Jones, Head of Manufacturing Innovation at Rolls-Royce
Head of Manufacturing Innovation
Rolls Royce
Geoff Scamans is a Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University
Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University
Chief Scientific Officer at Innoval Technology
Georgina Hallett, Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer, LME Group
Chief of Staff and Chief Sustainability Officer
LME Group
Graeme Brady, Engineering Manager at NG Bailey
Engineering Manager
NG Bailey
Guy Hatcher, Technical Director & Co-Founder at Green Lithium
Technical Director & Co-Founder
Green Lithium
Harry Malins, Chief Innovation Officer at Aerospace Technology Institute
Chief Innovation Officer
Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)
Henry Beaver
Managing Director
Beaver Bridges
Howard Boswell, Managing director - Inspired Leadership Support Ltd
Managing Director
Inspired Leadership Support Ltd
Ian Mellor, Managing Director at Metalysis
Managing Director
Iqbal Johal, Marketing Manager at the Galvanizers Association
Marketing Manager
Galvanizers Association
Jacqui Murray, Director Faraday Battery Challenge Innovate UK
Deputy Director
Faraday Battery Challenge Innovate UK
Jaimie Johnston, Head of Global Systems at Bryden Wood and Design Lead for the UK Construction Innovation Hub
Director, Head of Global Systems
Bryden Wood
Jake Richardson
Fabrication Sales Engineer
Norsk Hydro
Jan Lukaszewski Technical Manager at ALFED
Technical Manager
The Aluminium Federation ALFED
Jane Pierce, Deputy Director, Engineering, Construction and Transport at Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
Deputy Director, Engineering, Construction and Transport
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Jan Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at WMG, University of Warwick.
Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy
Loughborough University
Jason Kaplan
Director and Commodity Analyst
Commodities Analysis and Insight
Jeff Townsend, Founder of the Critical Minerals Association
Critical Minerals Association
Jimmy Campbell, CTO at Plastometrex
CTO and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow
Joachim von Schéele, Global Director Commercialization at Linde Plc
Global Director Commercialization
Linde plc
John O'Maoileoin – Group Global Sustainability Director at CANPACK Group
Group Global Sustainability Director
John Pearce, CEO at Made in Britain
Chief Executive Officer
Made in Britain
Jonathan Davis, Associate Technical Director at William Hare Ltd
Associate Technical Director
William Hare Ltd
Managing Director
Brickability Group PLC
Katy Beardsworth, Circular Economy Strategy Manager at Network Rail
Circular Economy Strategy Manager
Network Rail
Katy Milne
Chief Engineer – Technology
MTC - Manufacturing Centre
Keith Warren, CEO at FEA
Foodservice Equipment Association (FEA)
Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, Managing Director at Professional Polishing Services
Managing Director
Professional Polishing Services
kunal sinha, Head of Global Recycling, Glencore
Global Head of Recycling
Laura Baker, Head, Product Management & Development at Tata Steel UK
Head, Product Management & Development
Tata Steel UK
Lee Adcock, Environment and Sustainability Director at British Steel
Environment and Sustainability Director
British Steel
Leighton John
Director of Operations
The Royal Mint
Lindsay Greer, Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge
Professor of Materials Science
University of Cambridge
Lord Rupert Redesdale, UK Metals Expo Conference Chair
Conference Chairman
UK Metals Expo
Lugano Kapembwa, CEO of Loopcycle
CEO & Co-founder
Business Development
Ledwood Mechanical Engineering
Mark Gee
National Physical Laboratory
Mark Jolly, Director at TransFIRe Director of Manufacturing at Cranfield University
Director of Manufacturing
Cranfield University
Mark Miodownik
Professor of Materials & Society
University College London
Mark Moody, Sales and Marketing Director at WDS Components Ltd
Sales and Marketing Director
WDS Components Ltd
Mark White
Executive Director
Mark Wood, Managing Director at Alliance Procurement Solutions Ltd
Managing Director
Alliance Procurement Solutions Ltd
Martin Dudley CEO of Thomas Dudley Group Ltd
Thomas Dudley Group Ltd
Martin Hyde, Sustainability and Public Affairs Manager at Alupro
Sustainability and Public Affairs Manager
Professor of Advanced Metals Processing
Henry Royce Institute
Martin Quinn, Head of Technical Project Delivery at GPE
Head of Technical Project Delivery
Matt Green
Principal Researcher
Liberty Speciality Steels
Matthew Bailey, Senior Technologist - Structures, Manufacturing & Materials at the Aerospace Technology Institute
Senior Technologist - Structures, Manufacturing & Materials
Aerospace Technology Institute
Matthew Teague
Senior Architect
Tata Steel
Michael Holmes, CEO at Alloyed
Michael Samson
Sustainability Manager
UK Champion, Mission Innovation | Chief Executive Officer
Michael Crawforth, Business Development Manager at Rolls-Royce SMR
Business Development Manager
Rolls-Royce SMR
Mike Thakoordin
EDI Projects
Durham University
Mike Tournier, Achilles Carbon Reduction SME
Carbon Reduction SME
Nadine Bloxsome
Membership & Sustainability​ Manager
The Aluminium Federation ALFED
Nancy Badoo, Associate Director of The Steel Construction Institute (SCI)
Associate Director
Steel Construction Institute
Neil Glover, Head of Materials Research, Rolls-Royce
Head of Materials Research
Deputy Director Energy Intensive Industries
Department for Business & Trade
Neil Pennell, Head of Design Innovation and Property Solutions at Landsec
Head of Design Innovation and Property Solutions
Nick Bevan, Senior CCUS Innovation Programme Manager · Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Senior CCUS Innovation Programme Manager
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Noel Lovatt, Director at X-Treme Systems Ltd
X-Treme Systems Ltd
Dr Pam Murrell, Chief Executive, the Cast Metals Federation
Chief Executive
The Cast Metals Federation
Patrick Grant
Vesuvius Chair of Materials, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of Oxford
Paul-Fieldhouse, Head of Business Development at Ramco
Head of Business Development
Paul Stevens, UK BAT Manager at the Environment Agency
UK BAT Manager
Environment Agency
Penny Gowler, Director and Head of Sustainability at elliottwood
Director and Head of Sustainability at elliottwood
Elliott Wood
Peter Quinn, Head of Environmental Policy & Strategy at Tata Steel Europe
Head of Environmental Policy & Strategy
Tata Steel Europe
Phil Withers, Chief Scientist at the Henry Royce Institute
Professor of Materials Science
University of Manchester
Philippa Oldham
Stakeholder Engagement Director
Advanced Propulsion Centre
Ping Xiao
Rolls-Royce/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Advanced Coating Technology
The University of Manchester
Rachel Eade, Chair of Uk Metals Council (UKMC)
UK Metals Council (UKMC)
Rob Cooper, Managing Director BSSA
Managing Director
British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA)
Rob Shropshire
Origin Engineering Solutions Ltd
Robert Fell, Director & Chief Executive the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association
Director & Chief Executive
The Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association
Robert Thomson, Partner at Roland Berger
Roland Berger
Roger Morton, Managing Director at EMR
Managing Director for Technology and Innovation
European Metal Recycling (EMR)
Rory Bergin, Partner, Sustainable Futures at HTA Design LLP
Partner, Sustainable Futures
HTA Design LLP
Russ Hall, Chief Engineer for Net Zero at HMVC
Chief Engineer for Net Zero
High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Sam Jones, Head of Climate and Sustainability at Coca Cola Europacific Partners GB
Head of Climate & Sustainability
Coca Cola Europacific Partners GB
Samantha Benbow, DirectorDirector at Benbow Steels Ltd
Benbow Steels Ltd
Sean Millard, Chief Growth Officer for The Royal Mint
Chief Growth Officer
The Royal Mint
Sebastian Alvarez – R&D Innovation Director - Unilever
R&D Innovation Director
Shamus Donovan, Head of Sustainability & Environment at Speira
Head of Sustainability & Environment
Shaun Rowley, Managing Director of ANT Industries
Managing Director
ANT Industries
Simon Cheeseman, Wave & Tidal Energy Specialist at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Wave & Tidal Energy Specialist
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Spence Seaman
Senior Advisor & Climate Change Manager
Environment Agency
Stephen Cater
Principal Project Leader - Friction and Forge Processes
Stephen Kinnock is the Labour MP for Aberavon
Labour MP
Dr Stephen Norris, Operations Director at Marine Power Systems
Operations Director
Marine Power Systems
Steve Morley, President of CBM
Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM)
Steve Witt
Ecofast Environmental UK Ltd
Sue Black
Professor of Computer Science & Technology Evangelist
Durham University
tanvir hussain
EPSRC Research Fellow, Professor of Coatings and Surface Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
Thomas Payer
Sustainability Manager
Tim Collins
Secretary General
The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF)
Tim Hope, Chief Technologist – Metallics at GKN Aerospace
Chief Technologist – Metallics
GKN Aerospace
Tony Graham, Chair at OCEA Shipbuilding UK Ltd
OCEA Shipbuilding UK Ltd
Vivek Sirohi
Vice President - Deodorants R&D
William Smith, Director at the Galvanizers Association
Galvanizers Association
Wojciech Brozyna, Managing Director of Aluprof
Managing Director
Aluprof UK Ltd
Zhongyun Fan
Director of BCAST
Brunel University London

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