Applications for the 2014 The Sir Robert Malpas Bursary are now open.
This bursary has been established by Sir Robert Malpas CBE FREng to encourage and facilitate the professional development and upskilling of UK based engineers by enabling outstanding graduate engineers to study for a full time MSc course in creative engineering at a UK university. This bursary is worth £5,000.
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About Sir Robert Malpas CBE FREng
Born in August 1927, Sir Robert read mechanical engineering at Durham University and joined ICI in 1948 after graduating with a first class honours degree. After becoming Head of Engineering in the Petrochemical Division, he was appointed a General Manager of a joint venture in Spain in 1963. In recognition of this work he was awarded the Spanish Order of Civil Merit in 1967. From 1966 to 1975 Sir Robert worked in ICI Europa, Brussels, becoming Chief Executive in 1973. He was appointed a main Board Director of ICI in 1975 with specific responsibility for the Organics Division, Engineering, and Eastern Europe. In 1975 he awarded the CBE for services to export.
In 1978, Sir Robert moved from ICI to become President of Halcon International, a New York based chemicals process research company, acquired in 1982 by the Texas Eastern Corporation. He joined the Board of BP plc in January 1983 as a Managing Director with specific responsibility for Chemicals, Research, Engineering and Latin America, retiring from this position in July 1989. He was appointed Chairman of Powergen plc in May 1989, one of the successor companies of the CEGB in the privatisation of the electricity supply industry and resigned in November 1990.
Sir Robert was Chairman of the Cookson Group plc from July 1991 to October 1998. Non-Executive Director of BOC plc from 1981 to 1996; Non-Executive director of Baring Bros from 1989 to 1995; British Co-Chairman of Eurotunnel plc from November 1996 to December 1998 and a Non-Executive Director from 1987 to 2000. He was also a Non-Executive Director of Repsol SA (Spain) from 1989 to 2002; a member of the Advisory Board of SpecialChem Paris from 1996 to 2000; Chairman of Ferghana Partners a small mergers and acquisitions private company from 1998 to 2003; Chairman of Evolution plc, a consultancy to financial services companies, from 2000 to 2005; an Executive Director of ENAGAS Spain 2002-2006. Non-Executive Director of Agcert plc, an American company based in Dublin and involved in creating carbon credits from pig manure, from 2005 to 2008; Chairman of RL Capital , a start-up company in the road tyre accessories business, from 2002 to 2010. Sir Robert is currently a Non-Executive Director of RL Capital.
In addition to a distinguished business career, Sir Robert has also been a leading light in the engineering profession, having been a former President of the SCI from 1988 to 1989; past Senior Vice President of The Royal Academy of Engineering from 1989 to 1992; the first Chairman of LINK, the government scheme for funding research through partnership with industry, from its inception in 1986 until 1993 and Chairman of the Natural Environment Research Council from 1993 to 1996.
Sir Robert is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was knighted for services to industry and to science and technology in 1998.