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ALLISON RISER - CPI PRESIDENT
President and founder of Cement Performance International Ltd. Allison is a graduate in Fuel and Chemical Process Engineering and has worked in the cement industry for over 25 years in a variety of technical, strategic and executive roles. She has a strong technical foundation and operations experience combined with commercial awareness and has enhanced the development of strategic alliances between technical and commercial skills. An individual with the ability to apply logical thought processes to any situation and communicate with people at all levels.
Technical Director and co-founder. Peter is a chemical engineer who has worked in the cement industry for over 40 years. He is a highly motivated professional with extensive experience in the cement manufacturing business. He has a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the cement manufacturing process, together with management and executive experience both in the UK and international environments. He is a skilled practitioner in participatory management methods, linked with an enthusiasm for modern communications technologies.
Alan Lorimer is a chemical engineer who has worked in the Engineering Research and Engineering support groups in the cement industry since graduation from university in 1973. In the course of this he has worked in the UK, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Technical work has included plant optimisation, kiln process control, flames, use of waste fuels, development of novel cement clinkers, high efficiency classifiers, kiln chains, process design, plant commissioning, plant assessments and development of works improvement plans and general problem solving.
Having worked at numerous locations both within the UK and overseas, Steve has the ability to communicate and demonstrate practically with people of varying skill levels and cultural backgrounds. The focus of his mechanical skills is primarily based on heavy continuous process equipment. His experience base has been developed in roles starting as an apprentice and rising to senior management roles. In recent years his main challenge has been the rollout of a National Reliability Strategy aimed at increasing plant run times through analysing failures and implementing fixes, as well as restructuring departments and improving skill levels to permit this to happen whilst achieving cost reductions.
Andrew Rogers is a physics and chemistry graduate with a strong track record of product development initiatives on a global basis. He is highly experienced in product quality control including trouble-shooting, together with significant expertise on cement performance from the customer perspective. His specialised scientific skills covers experience with new/novel sensors, including laser particle size analysis (on-line and laboratory equipment) and gas analysis techniques (gas chromatography). Author of numerous technical evaluation reports including comparative assessment of alternative measurement techniques to enhance plant performance. Has strong analytical and problem solving skills, and is an excellent communicator and trainer.
Rob is a highly qualified and experienced cement professional. During his long career of over 40 years in the industry he as covered almost all of the production and chemistry roles on a cement plant before moving into more senior management positions. Furthermore Rob has worked in many different countries around the world and can therefore adapt his style to the requirements of the client and culture, and is comfortable dealing with either technical or management challenges.
Ralph Knight is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with established expertise in bulk materials handling, including bulk storage, extraction and metering of materials, pneumatic pipeline, mechanical and hydraulic conveying. He is highly experienced in trouble-shooting, managing and training on critical issues such as cost, quality, safety and the environment. His track record includes major corporate projects and consultancy work world-wide.
Henry is a very experienced Electrical Engineer having over 28 year's service in the Cement Industry with both Blue Circle and Lafarge UK of which 20 years were as Chief Electrical Engineer in the UK and overseas, and latterly as the National Reliability Engineer UK, responsible for improving plant reliability, reducing energy and maintenance costs and minimising stores holdings; by implementation of Best Practices and Procedures, including RCA and CBM techniques and reviewing Plant Shutdown Practices.
He has project managed several multi-million pound automation and modernisation projects and been heavily involved with the change management necessary to facilitate integrated working and a more proactive stance on maintenance, safety and training.
Phil Kerton joined Blue Circle in about 1980. He led development projects related to kilns and the environment - as well as some non-cement projects. By 2001, he was Manager of Technical Information, being the company patent expert and involved in committees of the British Cement Association and Cembureau. He co-ordinated technical collaboration with other manufacturers, spending a time as Président of the Commission Chimique of the "Comité d'Etudes Techniques de l'Industrie Cimentière". Phil specializes in advising on aspects of environmental legislation and intellectual property rights and writes for international cement publications.
A cement and concrete technical expert with an international reputation. Has been involved
in innovation in process improvement, in commissioning of three kiln lines and in project
management of major projects involving research and development and practical
implementation. Particular expertise involves chemical and physical evaluation of raw
materials and their processing for optimum efficiency for clinker and cement production
through to optimum quality of product.
Nick is a Senior Mining Professional with a strong track record in contributing to the profitable development and performance of mineral extraction businesses globally. His wide-ranging and extensive experience includes board directorship, operational management, technical services consultancy, due diligence, international recruitment, benchmarking and the implementation of 'Best Practice', leadership of an international corporate professional technical support team and the creation and implementation of innovative training programmes.
Ian is a highly qualified and experienced General Manager with a strong track record in bringing commercial and customer focus to operational business management, having spent over 30 years in an International Heavy Building Materials Group.
His strong technical foundation has enhanced the development of his particular skills of shrewd appraisal, innovative problem-solving and a proactive approach to change.
He has a unique international perspective having gained an in-depth understanding of what is required to be successful when working in a diverse range of Countries and cultures.
A degree qualified Process Engineer with a very successful career in
industrial and general management, who has operated at Site Manager Level
for 12 1/2 years with additional major project and industrial relations
A very practical agent of change, who has delivered significant operational
improvements through a well-developed strategic and technical capability,
and using influential interpersonal skills to develop highly effective
relationships at all levels, within and outside the business. Able to
manage complexity on a routine basis.
Since leaving the Corporate World his consulting assignments have including
interim plant management, plant audits and technical due diligence.