Chartered Occupational Psychologist named IChemE Associate Fellow

A Chartered Occupational Psychologist is among a number of leading figures in the chemical engineering sector to be named one of IChemE's first Associate Fellows.

Ronny Lardner - who is also the Director of The Keil Centre Limited - and ten others received the new membership grade, which has been introduced to recognise professionally-qualified individuals, without a formal chemical engineering qualification, who hold senior positions in the chemical, biochemical or process engineering industries.

Foster Wheeler's UK headquarters in Reading played host to the awards, which were presented by Qualifications Director Neil Atkinson and IChemE President Desmond King.

The former said the grading "helps us recognise senior professionals that work with chemical engineers, or have major roles of responsibility in industry or academia and have a natural interest in the process industries".

Mr Lardner added: "It's good to see the results of yet more successful collaboration between British Psychological Society members and other professions to address real-world problems being recognised."

"Early in my career I completed the Sheffield University MSc Occupational Psychology course - this was around the time that the Cullen Report into the Piper Alpha disaster was published."

"One of the casual factors of this disaster was poor communication at shift handover. I decided to complete my MSc project on how to improve this important aspect of 24-hour operations in the nuclear industry."

"I published the results in the IChemE magazine and that was the start of a twenty-year involvement with IChemE and its members."