The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has appointed its first woman president in its 150-year history.
Pam Liversidge, managing director of Quest Investments, a Sheffield-based supplier of steel parts to the mining industry, took up the one-year position last week.
A mechanical engineer trained at Aston University, Liversidge began her engineering career at GKN as a graduate trainee. She spent most of her working life in the precision forging industry before becoming strategic planning manager at East Midlands Electricity.
In 1993 she set up Scientific Metal Powders which produced £250,000 turnover in four years. Liversidge has been nominated for the Midlands Business Woman of the Year.
* Aerospace to miniature couplers engineering group Cork Industries, set up last June, has appointed Roger Burdett chief executive. He joins the management team of Nigel McCorkell, chairman and Vivien Hale, finance director.
Burdett joins from Renold, where he headed the gears division and was a main board director.
Graseby, the quoted electronic instruments group, has a new chief executive, following the departure of Paul Lester to BICC construction arm, Balfour Beatty.
John Hawkins, currently president of Philips Media Europe, a subsidiary of the Dutch electronics group, will take over from Lester next month.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers has appointed an academic as its next president. Professor John Bridgwater, head of the chemical engineering department at Cambridge University, has taken over the one-year post from Dr Keith Taylor, chairman and chief executive of Esso UK.
Loctite UK has made Andrew Dodwell director of its industrial division from national sales manager.
Transport engineering academic Professor Tony Ridley has been elected chairman of the Engineering Council’s board for the engineering profession, the body set up to promote the profession.