South Wales Materials Association Council Members


Mr Paul Burke (Texturing Technology Limited) 

 Paul has been a member of IOM3 since 1986 and is currently General Manager of Texturing Technology Limited, a surface engineering company providing steel roll refurbishment services to the metal rolling industry. A metallurgy graduate and MBA, Paul has worked in the steel industry for over 25 years. He has held technical and management positions in a wide variety of functions including R&D, Production, Technical and Commercial. His extertise is now in managing SME business units, combining his technical and commercial skills. He is keen on developing Industrial placement opportunities for graduates and has worked with Swansea University through the KESS and ATM schemes over the last few years, in his SWMA role he would like to take this further. Outside of work Paul is a keen long distance cyclist.

Immediate Past President  


Dr David Penney (Swansea University)

 David has been a member of the IOM3 since beginning his BEng in Materials Science and Engineering in 1999. Since then David has gone on to complete and Engineering Doctorate in Steel technology specialising in metallic coatings. David then spent 3 years working for Corus (now Tata) at the Shotton works in North Wales first as a through process engineer and then as process manager of a continuous galvanising line. David is now a co-director of the Materials Academy and manager of the COATED (Centre of Advanced Training for Engineering Doctorates) programme at Swansea University. The Materials Academy is firmly linked to industry, providing demand led research and training to companies in Wales and the wider UK.


Dr Ashley Pursglove (Swansea University)

Ashley gained his BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at The University of Leeds in 2009 after which he started work at BASF’s coating site in Deeside. Sponsored by BASF, Ashley went on to gain an MRes (Masters by Research) and an EngD (Engineering Doctorate) with Swansea University’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre SPECIFIC. After a spell as lead coordinator for the “Materials Live!” project, he is now full time staff at SPECIFIC. Ashley’s areas of research include water treatment via photochemistry and novel aerogel synthesis/system integration. As well as a keen guitarist, Ashley is an experienced climber and caver so living a stones throw away from some of the best cave systems in the world in the Brecon Beacons makes him a very happy man!

Outreach Officer

Dr Ian Mabbett (Swansea University / SPECIFIC)

 Ian has been a member of IOM3 since 2006 and is currently the coordinator of The Steel Training Research and Innovation Partnership. Prior to that he was a technology transfer fellow at Specific, an academic and industry consortium led by Swansea University and Tata Steel. The consortium develops functional coatings for roofs and walls that generate, store and release renewable energy. Ian's role was as project leader for energy storage. Ian has experience in fast radiative curing of organic coatings, solar selective coatings, thermoelectric effects, mesoporus supports for heterogeneous catalysis, novel ways to reduce processing times in a roll to roll production of coated photovoltaics and altering microstructures of galvanised steels. He has collaborated in research with top UK Universities and many companies including Tata, BASF, 3M and Beckers. Ian strongly believes in the importance of public engagement in science and engineering, being former public engagement manager of @materials_live and a contributor to 'science uncovered' magazine. Ian is former Honorary Secretary and currently SWMA Outreach Officer.


Honorary Treasurer

Mr Paul Twigg (Welsh Power)


Paul is currently the Financial Controller of Welsh Power Group Limited, an independant power company based in Cardiff, South Wales. An accounting and finance graduate the CIMA qualified Chartered Management Accountant Paul worked in the metails industry for the most part of his career where he held financial management positions for Timet UK Ltd, Tata Steel and Caparo Tubes Tredegar. He is an experienced senior finance professional who prides himself on being able to operate strategically whilst maintaining an eagle eye for control of the numbers. Outside of work Paul enjoys spending time with his young family and is a keen cyclist.


Honorary Secretary

Mr Chris Melvin (Tata Steel Strip Products)

Chris has been a member of the IOM3 since 2006 is currently a process specialist for TATA Steel Strip Products in their raw materials team. Chris has recently completed his EngD studies from Swansea University looking at packaging materials.  Outside of work Chris enjoys going to festivals and is also a keen downhill cyclist.


SWMA Financial Auditor

Mr Justin Searle


Other Council Members


Mr Brian Edy FIMMM (Tata Steel Strip Products & a former President)

Brian has been a member of IOM3 since 1974. He has worked in the materials industry for over 34 years and held Technical and Managerial positions with the British Steel Corporation, IMI Titanium Ltd, Siliconix Inc, British Steel plc, Corus plc, Outokumpu Stainless Oy and Tata Steel Ltd.


Dr Martin Brunnock FIMMM (Tata Steel Strip Products)

Martin has been a member of the IOM3 since 1990 and is currently Technical Director at Tata Steel Strip Products. He has worked in the materials industry for 16 years and held a number of management positions with Tata Steel, Corus Group and British Steel Plc during that time. Martin has considerable experience and expertise in metallic and non-metallic coatings for strip steel products.

Dr John A. Preston (Tata Steel Strip Products) 

John has been a member of IOM3 since 1984 and is currently Section Manager Through Process - Quality Systems and Process Optimisation at Tata Steel Strip Products. He has worked in the materials Industry for over 24 years and held Technical and Management positions with Senior Heat Treatment, Swansea University, British Steel plc, Corus and Tata. John can also be seen trying to windsurf/climb/mountain bike around the Gower - frequently testing the strength and endurance of a variety of materials in the process.

Mr Jeremy Griffiths

 A Chartered Engineer and Member of the IoM3, Jeremy began his career as an Apprentice Fitter and Turner, before attending university, then returning to industry. Qualified to post graduate level with Masters and Bachelors degrees in Materials Engineering, he has spent over 10 years in the Steel Industry, before moving into consultancy roles.

Currently employed by Innovation Consultants, Pera in Melton Mowbray, Jeremy is involved in innovation projects aimed at reducing waste in manufacturing, utilising novel materials in new applications and developing working prototype systems to test and prove concepts and techniques. Recently, Jeremy completed a PRINCE2 project management practitioner course and qualified as a Six-Sigma Black Belt.  


Mr Aurwel 'Arch' Rees FIMMM (Retired & a former President)

Started in New Metals Research Department at ICI Metals Division, Birmingham in 1955 and joined the IOM3 equivalent at the same time. After a period of work on melting titanium & zirconium then strip production Arch was transferred in 1960 to Swansea, ICI New Metals Division Fabrication Plant.

Joined the Swansea Metals Society in the mid 1960’s, the fore runner of SWMA & retired as Technical Manager in 1995. The Plant was producing Titanium, & Zirconium, rods, plates & sheets, seamless and welded tubes plus a small amount of hafnium and niobium semi finished products.


Mr Paul Iskander

Dr Bruce Philip

Dr Sue Alston

Verity Watson

Martyn Dranfield

Chris Weirman

Richard Thomas

Brian Thorne

Derek Sheehan