Lawrence Kinet, above, has been appointed executive director of Smiths Industries. He will succeed George Kennedy who retires as head of Smiths Industries Medical Systems in August. Kinet was previously chairman, president and chief executive officer of Aksys, a medical equipment company involved in automated home dialysis for kidney patients.

Paul O’Kelly has succeeded Peter Andrews as president of pump, valves and water treatment systems manufacturer Sterling Fluid Systems. O’Kelly, 42, has been with Sterling for more than 10 years, originally joining as chief financial officer. Andrews, 52, becomes part-time chairman of Sterling, allowing him to also take up the position of chairman with Syltone, a Yorkshire-based transport engineering group.

Peter Siddall has been re-elected president of the UK Steel Association. Siddall, chairman of the Siddall and Hilton group, became president in 1999. He believes that electricity market reforms could cut the industry’s electricity bill by 10% in 2000. He predicts growth in Europe and the Far East but thinks rising interest rates in the UK and the US will hurt the industry’s prospects.

Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control has appointed Bruce Bailie as director of its British, Irish, Danish, Norwegian, South African and English-speaking African operations.

Ian Wright has been promoted by Fisher-Rosemount to the position of managing director for the UK and Ireland. Wright, previously systems business director with the company, has over 20 years’ experience in process control, having worked for Laporte and Yokogawa.

Christopher Frayling, rector of the Royal College of Art, is to succeed John Sorrell as chairman of the Design Council. Frayling’s three-year appointment will coincide with that of four other new council members: John Crathorne, chief executive of kitchenequipment manufacturer Stoves; Gary Lockton, chief executive of Deepend Design, a digital media consultancy; Jonathan Sands, chairman of Elmwood Design, a Yorkshire-based consultancy; and Rumi Verjee, chairman of Thomas Goode & Co, a London-based retailer specialising in innovative products.