Long CV

Matthew Howard

CEng MA(Cantab) MEng MIChemE

Chemical Engineer. Sustainability Focus. STEM in Schools Volunteer.

matthew.howard@cantab.net
00 44 (0)7903 383081

Chartered Chemical Engineer with six years’ experience in design, modification, and operation of process plants, international experience in Saudi Arabia, and exposure to concept, detailed and construction project phases across energy industry and more recently refining of recycled precious metals. Values rooted in transition to more sustainable, closed loop system believing that empowering the next generation is key priority. Industrial experience backed-up by enrichment in STEM outreach, student-centric activity development as well as career break partly in humanitarian aid delivering social engagement and tuition to refugee communities. Forward thinking, strong planner, enthusiastic, energetic, fast learner, flexible working style, clear communicator, lead with proactivity.

Education

University of Cambridge, Clare College

2007 – 2011 MEng MA Chemical Engineering, Class 2.1 Via Natural Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology of Cells, Mathematics) IChemE Accredited Degree.
2011 Research Project, Class 1: “The Effect of Base Viscosity on Micro-Droplet Formation in Piezo-Drop-on-Demand Inkjet Printing”. Collaborative effort with Xaar inkjet technology.
2010 Design Project, Class 1: Feasibility study for insecticide three-phase reactor. Delivered concise, yet thorough report as part of seven person team. Demanded effective collaboration as well as technical ability.

Examined modules included: Mathematical Methods; Dynamics; Statistics; Laplace Transforms; Process Dynamics & Control; Optimisation; Fluid Mechanics; Heat & Mass Transport; Structural Analysis; Stress & Pressure Vessels; Heat Exchanger Networks; Modern Metrology; Particle Technology; Rheology; Thermodynamics; Equilibrium Thermodynamics; Equilibrium Staged Processes; Reactors; Corrosion & Materials; Separations; Colloidal Science; States of Matter; Biotechnology; Safety, Health & Environment; Bioprocessing; Sustainability.

Steyning Grammar School, West Sussex

2005 – 2007 A-Levels:

Physics Achievement Award.

AEA Physics, Merit. A2 Physics, A (97%). A2 Chemistry, A (90%). A2 Biology, A (86%). A2 Maths, A (90%). A2 Further Mathematics, A (88%).

2003 – 2005 GCSEs:

School Science and Technology Awards

Science (Double), A*A*. Mathematics, A*. Business & Economics, A*. Information Technology, A*. Design Technology, A*. Art & Design, A*. English Language, A. English Literature, A. French, A*. Religious Education, A*.

Experience

Johnson Matthey, Senior Process Engineer, October 2017 – Present

Development of novel chemical and physical separation processes spanning solvent extraction, solid phase absorption and selective precipitation for new £70m ‘3rd Century Refinery’ (3CR) facility recovering and refining pure precious metals from ~2% precious metallic recycling streams. Interfacing across multiple sites and teams, aligning project aims.

  • Coordination of 6-person design team for activities leading to design hazard review and procurement readiness, project planning and progress tracking.
  • Development of  process detailed engineering design of new facility, key process drawings, equipment sizing, systems design, 3D model input.
  • Cross plant consistency driver and set up of formal check and approve documentation system for whole project
  • On-boarding of new contractor team and assistance with setting project expectations.
  • Coordination and attendance in Process Risk Assessments to understand key process hazards.
  • Collation of major project cost items to establish estimate informing sanction decision.

Career Break, September 2016 – September 2017

  • Lighthouse Relief, Male Volunteer Focal Point, Filippiada and Katsikas Refugee Camps, Greece.
    • Coordinated male engagement to complement female safe space mandate of the NGO. Facilitated and empowered community led activities; English mentoring, construction club, IT skills, music, sports. Taught in the camp makeshift school; maths, chemistry, encouraged local community involvement.
  • Private Renovation Project, Owner & Coordinator, November 2015 – December 2016, Cambridge
    • Coordinated and completed £30k refurbishment of domestic dwelling. Focus on maximising use of reclaimed materials, upgrading electrical / heating systems to modern standard, skills self-taught.

Kellogg Brown & Root, Senior Technical Professional – Process, September 2011 – August 2016

Developing, modifying and revamping process facility design on international scale for a variety of clients, including 18 month assignment in Saudi Arabia, and consultancy with subsidiary Granherne.

Debottlenecking

• Understanding the key limitations to process plants, devising solutions to increase production.
E.g. $40bn Caspian infrastructure, gas production increase 13%. LNG Boil-off capacity up 30%.
• Optimisation of plant performance to maximise efficiency given existing operational data. Use of
process simulation tools to accurately model thermodynamic behaviour in operating plants.
E.g. review of gas export compression curves to achieve -15°C cricondentherm in new conditions.
Development of Floating Gas Facility simulation in HYSYS to meet key cricondenbar specification.

Project Management

• Responsible for LNG Terminal Uptime verification work, key point of contact with client.
• Led Process Engineering, Gas Processing Revamp: represented project at key workshops including Value Engineering, Project Definition Risk Identification. Led study to reduce GWP of refrigerant.
• Sole Process Engineer for company on utilities block for 400,000 barrel per day Refinery. Managed multi-location interfaces including Engineering Centre (Monterrey); Client Project Management Team (Yanbu); construction and full EPC contractors.

HSEQ – Health, Safety, Environment & Quality

• Regular Safety Workshops: Process Flow Review, Process Hazard Analysis, HAZIDs.
• Uncompromising awareness of key process and personnel risks during design and operation.
• Plant-wide hydraulic modelling: LNG Firewater (PIPENET), whole Refinery Cooling Water (AFT).
• Dynamic Simulation assessment of safety critical elements in spurious valve closure scenarios. E.g. High Integrity Pressure Protection System (HIPPS) study for offshore production increase.

RAM – Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and FMEA – Failure Modes Effects Analysis

• Uptime verification for commercial bid, 1.5% Floating Liquefaction Facility improvement.
• Statistical assessment of equipment and system failures, weather, maintenance requirements.
• Economic assessment and cost estimating with in house benchmarked methods.
Engineering System Development
• Process Flow (PFD) and Piping & Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) Development.
• Design of numerous cross-facility units: Inlet Separation, Acid Gas Removal, Dehydration, Low Temperature Separation, Refrigeration, Export Compression, Utility Delivery.
• Wide range of equipment sizing including multi-phase separators, columns, pumps, relief valves.

Projects

  • Coral South FLNG eni Offshore Mozambique FEED RAM Assessment
  • Ande Ande Lumut FPSO Santos Offshore Indonesia FEED RAM Assessment
  • Captain EOR Chevron UK North Sea Pre-FEED Tanzania Gas FPSO Statoil Offshore
    Tanzania, Concept Generation
  • Ju’aymah NGLF Revamp Saudi Aramco Ju’aymah, Saudi Arabia FEED
  • Jubail Bulk Plant Saudi Aramco Jubail, Saudi Arabia, Project Proposal
  • Yanbu Export Refinery Project (YERP) YASREF – (Aramco – Sinopec) Yanbu, Saudi
    Arabia, Detailed Design & Construction Support
  • Gorgon LNG Expansion Project Chevron & Joint Venture Partners Barrow Island, W Australia Study / Concept Verification
  • Browse LNG Development Woodside Energy NW Australia FEED

Centrica Energy, Summer Placement HR & Internal Communications Assistant, Summer 2010

Gained a diverse and challenging experience in the growing E&P business unit in Aberdeen. Focus was at the interface of cultural change and internal communications since the takeover of Venture Production. Recommended strategies to increase engagement, especially amongst the upstream engineering audience. Greatest challenge was learning to deal with ambiguity in this broad field. Placement was a valuable contrast to science & engineering academia of my previous five years. Also developed understanding of projects and operational departments within the oil & gas industry, with special attention to the evolving structure of Centrica Energy. Seized the opportunity to accompany senior managers on a visit to the F3-FA self-installing gas platform two weeks before sail away.

Lancing Leisure, Senior Group Leader & Specialist, Summers 2005-2009, Lancing, West Sussex

‘Holiday Fun’, a children’s holiday scheme providing sporting and artistic activities for 6-13 year olds.  Particular expertise in mountain biking, ran daily sessions in loco parentis, responsibility for safety and behaviour of children. Progression with experience to supervisory role over other employees. Arranged employee rota and ensured all duties carried out. Gave feedback on employee performance and suggested sensible employee combinations.

Spirit Group, Barman & Waiter, Jul-Sep 2008, Swiss Cottage, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex

Contrast to previous food industry employment; adapted customer service style accordingly. Required to be vigilant with alcohol licensing laws, learnt to deal with customer issues of “no I.D”. Needed a steep learning curve to allow this temporary position to be viable.

Mc Donald’s Restaurants Ltd., Crew Member, Sep 2005-Apr 2007, Shoreham-By-Sea, W Sussex

Cash handling, food hygiene, customer service, as well as training of new staff members in later months. Exposure to stressful and busy environment. Rapidly learnt how to deal with customer complaints and appreciated importance of managerial instructions. Although a monotonous first job, was valuable exposure to hectic work environment.

Accreditations & Awards

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (MIChemE).
  • Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) Project Management Active Cup 2015 Gold Award.
  • Rowing Clare Boat Club: “1st May Colours” for Clare College. Comprehensive record of achievement. CULRC (Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club) Development Squad.
  • Official personal best solve ‘Speed Cubing’ at UK Rubik’s Open 2008 32.12s.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award: through British Schools Exploring Society Yukon Expedition.
  • Sussex Youth Track Cycling Champion, British Talent Team trials.

Enrichment

Beyond Profession:

  • Support for Careers Advice Onslow St Audrey School 2019.
  • Care for Calais Refugee Support 2018.
  • IChemE: Energy Centre Representative, Parliamentary Links ‘Voice of the Future’ 2016.
  • Industry Insights Presenter 2015: providing insight into careers in engineering for University students.
  • Oil & Gas Subject Interest Group Education Officer: sponsoring and facilitating interactive engineering activities for secondary school students with charities such as SATRO.
  • Charity & Community Lead for Company Network: contributing to learning culture for multiple stakeholders. Initiatives include local outreach motivating
    careers in science & engineering: STEMNET Ambassador and local charity volunteer.
  • Deputy Chair ‘Saudi IMPACT’ February 2013 – May 2014. Having accustomed to working at the KBR-AMCDE office in Saudi Arabia, nominated myself to help grow the ‘IMPACT’ young professionals group there, with similar intention to the equivalent London group: improving company culture for both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Private Tutor, Blue Tutors, 2011 – 2012. Beyond employed commitments was an enthusiastic tutor delivering engaging tuition across scientific subjects. My core approach was simple but effective: rather than ‘lecturing’, I guided students to the correct conclusion, ensuring engagement with the material. I also made tuition interactive, which further increased student interest. Crucially, I was able to identify the pragmatic steps for success in exams. I knew how important practice can be, and therefore example exam questions formed a staple part of my tuition. I ensured expectations were understood from the start and tailored my tuition to suit exactly what was needed. Tutored Maths, Physics, Chemistry, at A-level and GCSE across numerous exam boards.
  • Charity & Community Team KBR ‘IMPACT London’ 2012. ‘IMPACT London’ is a KBR internal young professionals network conceived to enrich the experience of employees and external stakeholders alike. Particular role involved Arranged outreach events promoting Science & Engineering careers at events like the ‘Big Bang London’ as well as coordinating charity fundraising through internal sports and entertainment functions. Revamped the ‘LNG Game’ as an engaging interactive activity for students. This was also extended for use as a graduate icebreaker as well as for external graduate recruitment drives. Encouraged colleagues to join STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Network) to further increase the volume of volunteering in schools and at public engagement events. Performance in this role helped me to secure appointment to the Chair position in the following year (then unable to take-up due to mobilization to Saudi Arabia).
  • Ideas Sponsor KBR London Innovation Committee Nov 2011 – Dec 2012 Contributed to Innovation campaign driving fresh ideas on the future of KBR and wider energy industry.
  • STEMNET Ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Network) Voluntary commitment, inspiring interest in STEM subjects to younger generation.
  • BHBES Volunteer (Brent & Harrow Business Education Service) Oct 2011. Assisted at school ‘snake- pit’ event. Day centered on facilitating business idea generation. Delivered to KS4, took a whole class.

Beyond Academia:

  • Senior Umpire Clare Novices’ Regatta 2010. Organiser of the largest novice rowing event in Cambridge, with over 800 participants. Introduced new modification for future improvement. Arranged all logistics for event including entries, racing format, marshals. Delivered smooth, respected event adding to its historically good reputation.
  • ‘STIMULUS’ Volunteer (Science, Technology, Informatics, Mathematics Links with University and Schools) 2010. Developed teaching skills in lessons for GCSE students.
  • Lower Boats Captain Clare Boat Club 2009/10. Responsibility for club publicity, recruitment and coaching of both novice and intermediate rowers as experienced member of college boat club. Organised schedule, crews and training; developing technique and motivation in preparation for races. Conceived and designed promotional and technical leaflets, proved great help for coaching and future club development. Always ensured safety and health of members remained paramount. Kept motivation high through squad morale building and developing a community spirit. Outcome was an enthusiastic squad of new rowers, all with foundations for later coaching. The retention of new rowers surpassed previous years with more than 80% continuing with the club.
  • Co-President Ski Clare 2009/10. Organised annual college ski trip for party of 50 students. Initially researched potential operators and negotiated to reduce price. Choice made on balance of professionalism and cost. Set up new website, and re- branded the trip to inject excitement into the promotional campaign. Had to adapt selling skills to be persuasive but not intrusive. Introduced new early booking incentives to develop student enthusiasm. Trip was a great success with very positive feedback.
  • Exxon Mobil Engineering Challenge, Fawley 2009. Team building weekend offering a suite of team oriented challenges focused on enhancing communication, collaboration and decision making. Included visit to the Fawley Refinery.
  • Production Coordinator Clare May Ball 2009. Role demanded and developed large range of communicative and analytical skills to pull-off the £150k event. Regularly discussed best options and systems with other committee members. Liaison with senior college staff and Cambridge City Council officers: required to adhere to stringent regulations. Responsibility for all sound, lighting, security, health & safety and fire safety. Personal budget of over £20k. Opened numerous negotiations with contractors for infrastructure of event. Coordinated site layout; interviewed workers. Instigated unprecedented design structure over grade 1 listed building; came up against opposition from College, resolution was to subcontract further company willing to sign legal liability.
  • Cambridge University RAG ‘Jailbreak’ 2009. Charity hitchhiking event whereby participants have 36 hours to get as far away as possible without the use of money. Demanded very specific ‘selling’ tactic: couldn’t be too force yet an assertive start was needed. Very successful outcome, personally raising over £300 by sponsorship per mile to Verona, Italy.
  • Volunteer Tutor, Steyning Grammar School 2006/07. Across ages 12-18, learnt to adapt teaching methods to suit individuals. Included KS3 classroom assistance totaling more than 50 hours.
  • Co-Chair Sixth Form Debating Society 2006. Organised regular debates, encouraging discussion of current affairs, philosophy and ethics.

Interests

  • Exploration of Buddhist Philosophies, Cambridge Buddhist Centre.
  • Environmental Activist, Extinction Rebellion.
  • Transition Cambridge, grass-roots community group to incentivize local action in transitioning to a more sustainable local economy.
  • Cambridge Green Party Committee Member.
  • Cycling, Road, mountain, or track: highly motivated commitment at early age. Competed in national events leading to several trials with the British Cycling Talent Team 2003/04. Continued interest recreationally and for travel more recently; revisited the sport more seriously by participating in local competitions such as time-trials and duathlons while stationed in the Middle East.
  • Hiking & Outdoor Pursuits.
  • Samba Fusion Drumming, artistic, lively music with bands in hometown London and Cambridge, regular festival/club performances.
  • Travelling, historically enjoyed the intensity and variety of visiting many regions of the world on independent basis. Always struck by the contrast that persists between cultures in an increasingly connected global community. Trips include several tours of Europe by road/rail/sea; Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan. Aiming to fly less or not at all more recently.
  • Car Mechanics: performed engine upgrade on classic mini with exhaust and cooling modifications.
  • Debating: Achievements include ‘Debating Matters’ South East Regional Heats during school. Continued interest at University as a regular member of the Cambridge Union, political engagement growing in recent times.

 

Referees

Available on request