In 2009 he transferred to the Clitheroe site, which manufactures catalysts for the oil and gas industries, such as methanol, ammonia and hydrogen. His first role was as Analytical Services Manager, being responsible for the site’s laboratories and the analytical chemists. In 2014, he took the role of Product Technical Manager and is responsible for the steam reforming and gas to liquid products; and a small team of plant chemists.
Ian currently provides technical support to our methanol and water gas shift catalysts. He is the principal chemist on a major plant asset replacement project. He lead projects on chemical safety, statistical process control, manufacturing core development training, and quality management systems.
He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He gained an Honours Degree in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Catalysis from the University of Nottingham.
Outside of work he enjoys snowboarding in the European mountains, cycling in the Forest of Bowland, playing badminton in the local leagues, and playing squash with friends. When travelling he enjoys cityscape photography. At home he enjoys learning to cook new recipes, listening to comedy and educational Podcasts, and watching films and crime dramas.