2018 GA meeting: May 3rd in Belgium

2017 GA MEETING

The 2017 GA meeting took place on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Karlsruhe, Germany and was a resounding success with attendance reaching 60%, the highest since 2010. Hosted by Cronimet Holding GmbH, the meeting lasted 5 hours and saw several key decisions taken by way of vote.

Some highlights:

  • Change of Governance: Election of Tim Hird (Prince-Erachem) as Chairman; Dr Bernd Friede (Elkem) as First Vice Chair; Arnaud Vigier (Eramet) as Second Vice Chair; and Dr Doreen McGough (MARA) as Secretary General
  • Approval of an established SIEF data-sharing model in accordance with regulation 2016/9
  • Approval of the 2017 workplan and budget
  • Approval of plan to share consortium-owned OECD/GLP studies for K-REACH registration purposes

GA Welcomes New Leadership

Every 2 - 3 years the GA revisits the needs of the consortium based on the foreseeable short- to medium-term tasks to be tackled by the consortium and appoints new leadership accordingly. This year a revisit of the consortium's governance led to significant changes including but not limited to a unianimous approval of the Chairman, the 1st Vice Chairman, the 2rd Vice Chairman, and a new Secretary General.

 

Chairman: Mr Tim Hird / Prince -Erachem

third@princecorp.com

http://www.princecorp.com

Biography

Tim is the Material Safety Manager for Prince Mineral Limited.

 

1st Vice Chairman: Dr Bernd Friede / Elkem

bernd.friede@elkem.no

http://www.elkem.com

Biography

German-born, Dr. Friede holds a PhD in inorganic solid state chemistry and has been working for the Norwegian company Elkem since 2000 as Corporate Product Stewardship Manager.

A member of the Mn-Consortium since 2008, Bernd has been involved with REACH and other regulatory affairs for over 10 years.

He represents Elkem in a number of European industry associations and technical working groups.

 

2nd Vice Chaiman: Mr Arnaud Vigier / Eramet

arnaud.vigier@eramet-comilog.com

http://www.eramet-comilog.com

Biography

Arnaud Vigier is Vice President for Manganese Alloys Sales in Eramet, the French multinational mining and Metallurgy Company which was a founding member of the Mn-Consortium in 2007. Arnaud joined Eramet in November 2011 to work as Market Intelligence Manager before moving to China to assume the responsibilities of Director of Manganese Ore Sales. Prior to his time at Eramet he worked for 6 years as a system engineer and product manager in Japan and the US for the Horiba Group, a manufacturer of hi-tech optical instruments for measurement and analysis.

Arnaud graduated from the Engineering School of Physics in Grenoble and took an MBA from the HEC business school in Paris after several years of work.

 

Secretary General: Dr Doreen McGough

reach@manganese.org

http://consortium.manganese.org/

Biography

Dr McGough has been Secretary General of the Mn-Consortium since 1 July 2017.

Prior to this she was HSE Director for the International Manganese Institute (IMnI) for over 8 years. As the Institute’s chief scientist Dr McGough has published over 10 peer-reviewed articles concerning manganese. Along with her work at the IMnI she has also been working for MARA on lease as its main technical advisor.

Before joining the IMnl Dr McGough worked as a regulatory affairs specialist at Safepharm Laboratories Ltd UK, a contracted research organization.

An Anglo-Cameroonian, Dr McGough holds a BSc in biology, an MSc in environmental pollution control, and a doctorate in environmental toxicology from the University of Nottingham (UK), where she began her career as a lecturer.

 

 

 

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