Steel industry expert Jon Bolton has been appointed as the chairman of the Materials Processing Institute in the UK.

Bolton replaces retiring chairman Bob Ruddlestone, who will remain as an executive consultant at the institute.

Bolton has more than 40 years' experience in the steel sector, managing steelmaking and downstream facilities in the UK, USA and Europe. His previous roles include senior executive with British Steel, Corus, Tata Steel and Liberty Steel. He has been an advisor to steel and metals sector companies globally as an industry consultant and has also worked with the UK Government as chairman of the UK Steel Trade Association and as the first chairman of the UK Metals Council. He has also co-chaired the UK Steel Council with the Secretary of State.

In 2019, he was presented with the Bessemer Gold Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for his services to the steel industry.

‘We are indeed fortunate to have attracted a globally recognised leader in the steel and metals sector as our chairman,’ said Chris McDonald, chief executive of the Materials Processing Institute, said. ‘Jon has enjoyed a long and distinguished career and continues to be sought after as an industry consultant, advocating the move towards zero carbon steelmaking. He has a reputation for strong and sound leadership and is perfectly aligned to the Institute's aim of transforming the sector through research and innovation.

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