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Graham Hillier

Director of Strategy and Futures

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Graham Hillier BMet, PhD, Ceng, FIMMM, FRSA

Graham is the Director responsible for Strategy and Futures at the Centre for Process Innovation. He has a Degree in Metallurgy, PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MBA. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is also a visiting Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at the University of Salford.


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He has business background in recycling operations, new product development, business development and low carbon energy. Prior to joining CPI he was Director of Strategy and Planning for ICI’s Petrochemicals, Plastics and Fertilizers Business before working for Corus where he was Construction Director. He was responsible for a global programme in sustainable urban design and construction.

At CPI, Graham develops the strategy for the whole organisation focusing on developing technologies to support the efficient use and reuse of increasingly scare natural resources. He has developed and delivered strategy for a wide range of organisations and has been a core member of the team that has created the UK’s first Technology and Innovation Centre – The High Value Manufacturing Catapult where Graham is the CTO.

CPI has two main businesses that turn research findings into to proven processes; Sustainable Processing (including industrial biotechnology, sustainable engineering, high efficiency processes and anaerobic digestion); and Printable Electronics (including electronic materials, coating, solid state lighting and integrated smart systems). The aim is to get printed electronics, bioenergy systems and sustainable engineering systems applied to everyday applications.

Graham is Director of the Centre for Resource Efficient Manufacturing Systems which is a collaboration between CPI, Teesside University and the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University. He is also a Visiting Professor at Teesside University; a member of the board for Northumbria University and a past Chair of Redcar & Cleveland Further Education College.

Graham is also the 2013 President of the Cleveland Institution of Engineers.

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