Executive team

Jon Prichard 

Jon Prichard

Jon joined IChemE as its Chief Executive at the end of January 2017.

In 2001, after 20 years in the British Army, Jon joined the staff of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He served initially as membership director and then as technical director. In 2007, he joined the construction consultancy High-Point Rendel as Resources Director and then in August 2010 took over as CEO of the Engineering Council.

During his first year at IChemE, he initiated a 3-year plan to implement the Institution's Strategy 2022 that had been developed prior to his arrival, whilst supporting a fundamental review of governance and developing improvements to the member engagement structure.  He seeks to ensure that the reputation of professional chemical engineers and technicians is enhanced and maintained through the delivery of a globally recognised qualification structure and a relevant and vibrant Learned Society.

Jon is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Environmentalist and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Royal Engineers.   He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment and a Fellow Chartered Engineer with the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers. 

Peter Slane 

Peter Slane

Peter joined IChemE in 2012 as Director Australasia to oversee the operations of both the Australia and New Zealand offices.

After graduating as a chemical engineer from Auckland University, New Zealand, Peter headed to Australia where he has since gathered over 30 years industry and technical experience, after having worked with government and public entities on projects such as recycling initiatives and conversion of a waste stream into a valuable saleable product. 

Prior to joining IChemE, Peter spent over 20 years at Qenos  (and its antecedent companies), Australia’s sole manufacturer and leading supplier of polyethylene and polymers.  During this time, he held several high-level senior management positions and up until recently, was the senior business unit manager that looked after the strategy and management of its specialities business unit.

Peter is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of IChemE.


David Lloyd Roach

David Lloyd-Roach

David joined IChemE in August 2017 to provide interim cover as Director of Qualifications. David has previously fulfilled the role of Director of Membership at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

David is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and has served 20 years in the Royal Air Force as an Aerosystems Engineer officer. He holds a Masters degree in Explosives Ordnance Engineering and specialised in weapons systems and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. On leaving the RAF, he spent 4 years working in the IT sector in operations management and business development.

He joined the Institution of Civil Engineers in late 2002, and over 12 years at ICE was responsible for membership, qualifications, international and UK operations, and marketing. David is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of the Environment and has previously chaired its Registration Authority.

Jo Downham

Jo Downham

Jo joined IChemE as a trainee management accountant in 1998 having graduated in European Finance and Accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University and the Hochschule Bremen in Germany.

On joining IChemE, Jo studied for the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification, which she completed and qualified in 2005. She subsequently went on to study for the ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) qualification and became Chartered in 2014.

Jo became Finance Manager in 2003. In 2009 she was appointed as Finance & Business Director, heading up the Finance, HR and Facilities Management functions of IChemE in the UK and its international branches. Other areas of responsibility include governance, legal, and maintenance of IChemE’s risk register.

Jo is the secretary of IChemE’s staff pension scheme, the Chemical Engineers’ Benevolent Fund and IChemE’s trading subsidiary IChemE Ltd.

In addition, through her work with IChemE, Jo is currently serving as the Honorary Treasurer for Engineers’ Against Poverty and sits on the Disciplinary Committee for the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Claudia Flavell-While

Claudia Flavell-While

A journalist by background, Claudia joined IChemE in 2001 as senior reporter on IChemE's monthly magazine, The Chemical Engineer.  A few years later she was promoted to editor and in 2008 took on responsibility for all publications, comprising IChemE's journals, magazines and books, along with the knowledge resources provided to members, as well as medals and prizes.   Since the start of 2016, Claudia's remit also includes IChemE's policy work.

In addition to her role as Director of Policy and Publications, Claudia acts as the financial secretariat to the European Federation of Chemical Engineering and the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences and co-ordinates the participation of IChemE's members in both organisations.

2018 marked the start of an ambitious programme to review IChemE's role as a Learned Society and to ensure that it develops knowledge, generates meaning, and delivers influence - both for members and for society.

Claudia is working closely with the VP Technical to consult with members and deliver this programme.

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