Introduction, background studies and experience
Hi, my name is Jonny and I have recently started work as a Process and Energy Improvement Engineer at Carbon Architecture.
Having grown up in Nottingham I moved to Birmingham to study for an MEng in Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. My interest in sustainability and the technologies used in combating climate change was a major factor in my decision to study at UoB, due to the Chemical Engineering department’s research into hydrogen fuel cell technology and its feasibility within cars.
After graduating from UoB I moved into the automotive industry, working for a company within Jaguar Land Rover’s supply chain. During my four years there, I initially worked as a graduate engineer in the quality department where I gained my six sigma green belt qualification. I moved into the electrocoating paint line team just as the floor was being laid for the production line. During my three and a half years within the paint line I started as a junior process engineer working on the successful installation and commissioning of the line, then took full responsibility of the line as the sole process engineer and managerial responsibility of the process operators during two successful years of production.
After this process engineering role, I spent one year as a project engineer at a composite manufacturing site, which produced different composite materials for the automotive and aerospace industries. During my time there I worked on process optimisation and improvement projects for various production lines.
What do you believe Carbon Architecture will offer?
I have always had a desire to work within the energy and sustainability field. Carbon Architecture and the knowledge my new colleagues have gives me the opportunity to do this alongside furthering my experience as a process engineer on improvement projects within a new range of industries.
What do you hope you will be able to achieve in the next three years?
I hope to contribute to the continued growth of Carbon Architecture by helping our customers reduce waste and inefficiencies within their businesses, increasing their profitability as well as contributing towards a more sustainable future. In doing so, I aim to become a Chartered Chemical Engineer with the IChemE through further development of my personal experience and skills.
What are your hobbies?
Sport has always been a huge part of my life, with football being my main love. Having grown up playing it in Nottingham, I played for the University of Birmingham men’s football club for the four years I was there, with one of my prouder moments being elected as club president for one year. After University I played one season of semi-professional football for Racing Club Warwick, but in the years since I have not played much, instead trying different sports including road/ fell running, hiking and now triathlons, the first of which I have in a few weeks’ time – the Helvellyn triathlon!