Meet the JAMCEM Team

JAMCEM Consulting brings together some of the most experienced consultants in their respective industries, from all of the different disciplines related to the manufacture of cement, aggregates and ready mix concrete.  JAMCEM consultants have global experience, leading to a rapid understanding of your business and technical challenges. JAMCEM consultants have an average of over 30 years experience, with a number of the team having more than 40 years in industry.

JAMCEM Consultants work seamlessly with your personnel, fitting in with your culture and adapting recommendations to suit the local environment. When solving technical problems, JAMCEM personnel focus on delivering implementable solutions whilst minimising capital spend and maximising profitability. JAMCEM Consulting is committed to building a long term relationship with your business, focusing on sustained performance improvement and operational excellence.

Below you can find out who is on the JAMCEM team as well as read their career summary

Mark Mutter

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Chemical Engineer
Languages: English/French
Mark is a graduate in Chemical Process Design and has over 20 years of cement manufacturing experience. His career started at Blue Circle Industries at the Technical Centre level, working on new plant design, due diligence studies and plant optimisation projects in countries such as the U.K., U.S.A., Malaysia, New Zealand and South Africa. He subsequently moved into production and plant management roles within the UK and France, improving both plant output and profitability. Mark has been in cement industry consulting since 2005, initially as Technical Marketing Director before setting up JAMCEM Consulting in 2011. Whilst building the business, Mark has taken a leading role in energy efficiency audits in Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Ireland and Egypt, Due Diligence studies for assets in the UK as well as the global cement industry's largest company merger and provided Energy Strategy advice in Saudi Arabia and Colombia. Mark is a skilled communicator and is highly adaptable to working in different cultures and situations.

Lawrie Evans

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Chemical Engineer
Languages: English/French/Italian/Spanish
Lawrie is a highly experienced cement industry professional with over 40 years of industrial experience at Blue Circle Industries, Lafarge and Italcementi. During this time, he has worked in many diverse cultural environments in a range of Executive, Managerial and Technical roles.He has demonstrated the skills needed to improve profitability by a combination of technical improvement, management change and productivity enhancement. Strengths include being a self-starter with the ability to take a fresh approach based on a very strong technical base allied to an excellent appreciation of the financial framework. Lawrie is highly focused on performance improvement but has also been heavily involved in the investments made within the cement industry through both greenfield site development as well as acquisitions and has been involved in over 20 Due Diligence assessments.

John Kline

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Chemical Engineer
Languages: English
John has over 40 year of experience in the cement industry. He started with Fuller company in 1973 writing software simulations for cement plants after graduating with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College. He later moved to sales and then to Chief Engineer of the Conceptual Engineering group. John started his first consulting company in 1981 and worked for Fuller, Polysius, Lafarge, Holcim and others in the early 1980s. John joined Lafarge’s Technical Centre in Canada in 1991. He held progressive executive positions in several technical areas until his retirement in June, 2012. John started consulting again after retirement and has worked for numerous cement companies, primarily in the US and Canada. John has lived and worked in the US, Peru, the Philippines, Jamaica, Canada and France.

Frederick De Raedt

Specialist in: AFRs for Cement
Discipline: Electro-Mechanical Engineer
Languages: English/French/Dutch
Frederick has over 20 years of international experience, with a measurable track record in the machinery, cementitious materials, energy intensive and alternative energy industries. He gained leadership roles in strategic business development, project management and operations. Prior to starting a consultancy in 2010, he specialized in all aspects related to the beneficial use of recoverable resources, while having worked for over 12 years for Holcim. During the last 7 years of this time, he was a member of the executive management board of Geocycle, the waste-to-energy arm of Holcim. He was in charge of the co-development of the global vision and strategy, which included M&A and due diligences. His functional responsibility covered the applications and methods, investment strategy, operational cost optimization, development and implementation of process technologies. He has lived in Spain, the Middle-East, Mexico and the USA.

Christian Violette

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Mechanical Engineer
Languages: English/French
Christian has worked in the cement industry for 33 years, both in France as well as overseas covering management roles in the USA and Morocco as well as kiln start-ups in Iraq and Pakistan. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and completed the Executive MBA of HEC. He has held roles in production, quality, projects, maintenance, purchasing, training and plant performance. These positions were both in cement plants as well as the various technical centers of Ciments Français. As Head of Operations in Morocco, USA and France, he has vast experience of the cement industry from both the project and operational side.

Real Simard

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Chemical Engineer
Languages: English/French
Real graduated as a chemical engineer from the l’Ecole Polytechnique (the University of Montreal) and worked for 7 years at SNC-LAVALIN, a Canadian Consultancy. He joined Lafarge Canada in 1977 as Director of the Environmental Services Department, following which he undertook an overseas posting with the company in France. During his career he has had a number of operational roles including Plant Manger in cement plants in Canada, France and the UK. This experience includes 10 years working for Lafarge Aluminates Cement. Real has worked in a number of different support roles in the Technical Centres of Lafarge. From 2002 to 2008 he worked in the United Kingdom, initially as Technical Director and then Industrial Director before taking his retirement. Since then, Real has been a part time consultant focusing on technical and management optimisation in the cement industry.

Carmelo Diadone

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Chemical Engineer
Languages: English/Italian/French/Spanish
Carmelo has over 40 years experience in the cement industry working in many international location for Holcim. Starting with a production role in Belgium, Carmelo moved to the Philippines as Production Manager and Haiti as Technical Director prior to returning to Belgium as Maintenance Manager. He spent 14 years in Spain as Plant manger at two different locations prior to once again returning to Belgium as Technical Director of Holcim Belgium. His specialities include the upgrading of cement plants, installation and optimisation of waste fuel systems to high substitution rates, plant organisation, plant optimisation and Due Diligence assessment.

Volker Konradi

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Mechnical Engineer
Languages: English/German
Volker has been in the cement and lime industry for over 25 years. Initially in production at Dyckerhoff Cement, he soon moved to the Technical Centre where he provided technical and mechanical assistance to the plants of the group. Following this he worked for the Holcim Support Group in various roles such as plant assessment and optimisation, Due Diligence, design of brownfield and greenfield plants, internal training and electrical energy reduction. Volker has been an independent consultant since 2010 and has focused in areas such as raw mill and cement mill assessment and optimisation, lime plant optimisation, mechanical assessment of plants and waste fuels feasibility.

Urs Gasser

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Chemical Engineer
Languages: English/German/French
Urs is a cement industry professional with 32 years working experience in the industry working for Holcim Technical Support Group. Urs initially worked within the Project Department prior to moving to the Thermal Process Technology Department, where he became Head of Thermal Process and Installations in 2000. Within this role he was responsible for the studies for new kiln projects and the concept and specification of new cement plants. He has completed feasibility studies for the company in Africa, Philippines, Indonesia, USA, Europe and India. He is equally experienced in plant design, project management strategy and project execution. Urs also completed many kiln audits and optimisation projects during his career increasing the profitability of Holcim as well as understanding how to design a cement plant for optimal performance.

Adil Harti

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Industrial/Process Engineer
Languages: English/Arabic/French
Adil has worked in the cement industry for 13 years and during this time has held various technical and management positions with Lafarge Cement and Holcim. From a strong process technical background, he works well at plant level to improve plant and personal performance and develop the plant culture. He has worked in a number of different countries and uses this international experience to understand local cultures when undertaking assignments. Having worked at both plant and technical centre level within the industry, he understands the operational aspects as well as projects and performance improvement techniques. Adil is a certified Holcim Process Performance Engineer

John Kitching

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Chemical Engineer
Languages: English
John has been in the cement industry for 28 years, undertaking many different disciplines such as Plant Chemist and Process Engineer before moving into the field of systems and business tools. Initially this was based around developing in-house systems to improve the technical performance of the plants within the Blue Circle group. As more IT systems were introduced, he progressed from in-house systems to working with the externally supplied software tools such as Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Process Information Management Systems (PIMS). John was heavily involved in the installation of these systems within the United Kingdom as well as developing them into more bespoke systems which fitted with the business needs.

Steve Lock

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Mechanical Engineer
Languages: English
Having worked at numerous locations both within the UK and overseas for Blue Circle Industries, Steve has the ability to communicate and demonstrate practically with people of varying skill levels and cultural backgrounds.  The focus of his mechanical skills is primarily based on heavy continuous process equipment. His experience base has been developed in roles starting as an apprentice and rising to senior management roles. In recent years his main challenge has been the rollout of a National Reliability Strategy aimed at increasing plant run times through analysing failures and implementing fixes, as well as restructuring departments and improving skill levels to permit this to happen whilst achieving cost reductions.

Arthur Harrisson

Specialist in: Cement/Readymix
Discipline: Geologist/Chemist
Languages: English
Arthur is a technical expert in cement and concrete with an international reputation.  His particular expertise involves chemical and physical evaluation of raw materials and their processing for optimum efficiency and environmental benefit for clinker and cement production. He is the author of reports commissioned by the Department of the Environment on aggregate resources in the UK, both natural and recycled and has been involved in innovation in process improvement, in commissioning of three kiln lines and in project management of major projects involving research and development and practical implementation.  He has been actively involved in the drive for acceptance of and practical implementation of the use of waste fuels since 1979. 

Nick Eastwood

Specialist in: Cement/Aggregates
Discipline: Mining Engineer
Languages: English
Nick Eastwood is a Graduate from the Camborne School of Mines, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of The Institution of Materials, Metallurgy and Mining as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying. Nick has worked in the mining sector for over 40 years and over 20 years within the cement and building materials industry. Prior to becoming an Independent Consultant, Nick had a broad range of experiences, including Board Directorship, Operational Management, International Mining Recruitment and Mentoring and equally enjoys working with the hands on technicians and operators.  Nick has a vast experience within different sectors of the industry including cement plants, both underground and surface mining, quarrying, mineral and aggregate processing plus leading due diligence assignments and assessing new acquisitions. He has carried out optimisation audits and best practice transfer to operations worldwide.

Phil Gerrish

Specialist in: Cement/Aggregates
Discipline: Mining Engineer
Languages: English
Phil has 40 years of international experience in the mining/minerals sectors, 20 years of which are within the cement and building materials industry, including 7 years leading a team of cement raw materials experts. This covered all phases from geological exploration, quarry planning, equipment resourcing to raw mix preparation, optimisation and control. Phil has had a broad range of experiences, including day to day unit management through to board room strategy and decision making as well as the provision of technical support to large international industrial materials companies. Phil has managed operations and projects, with their inherent personnel difficulties and challenges, through periods of rapid growth and recession, including sale and closure of the business. The role of a consultant, in-house and external, has demanded the application and sharing of his expertise internationally, to many different cultures and specialist disciplines. He has experience within different sectors of due diligence assignments and assessing new acquisitions.

Emile Mabro

Specialist in: Aggregates/Readymix
Discipline: Chemical Engineer
Languages: English/French/Spanish/Arabic
Emile is a specialist in the readymix and aggregates sector in which he has been involved for over 20 years. His experience spans Ready Mix operations in South Africa, optimisation and M and A activities in the aggregates sector in France and Belgium, business development in Lebanon and Canada (both for Holcim) as well as various other executive roles in the construction materials sectors. Emile understand both the technical and operational aspects of these two businesses as well as the commercial and financial impacts of the operations on overall business performance and is skilled in Strategy, Turnaround and Due Diligence assessments of businesses.

Mike Knight

Specialist in: Readymix
Discipline: Senior Manager
Languages: English
Mike has over forty five years experience in UK readymix. He has worked for both regional companies and many of the UK multinational operators. His first industry role was a technical one responsible for sourcing input materials and product quality for both concrete and mortar. He soon developed an interest in frontline sales and held both sales and sales management positions in a variety of UK regions. From sales he progressed into commercial management and then into general management. For the last twenty five years he held a number of senior manager positions and has been responsible for total business governance. He has been successful running businesses safely, profitably and legally. He has experience in processing sand and gravel and quarry restoration with inert infill.

Gareth Pugh

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Quality and Process Control
Languages: English
Gareth is a Chartered Quality Professional with 16 years cement industry experience with Blue Circle Industries and Lafarge Cement focusing his technical skills on laboratory management and cement and concrete materials testing.  He has extensive knowledge of quality management systems including ISO17025 and ISO9001, for which he is an LRQC certified Lead Auditor and has conducted laboratory and process audits for cement plants in UK, Europe and Asia. Gareth's career in cement has spanned Materials Testing, Quality Assurance and Process & Quality Control. During his time as a Plant Chemist in the UK he was responsible for leading the greatest improvement in proficiency testing performance within the UK group. Other specialities include XRF analysis, calibration and optimisation, sampling, homogenisation and preparation and raw mix control.

Javier Castellanos

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Refractory
Languages: English/French/Spanish
Javier graduated as an Industrial Engineer specialized in Automation from the University of Zaragoza (Spain). He joined Lafarge Cement Spain in 1995 and after an initial stage within the Central Process Team at the Technical Centre, he worked for 13 years at Villaluenga Plant (Spain) in a number of roles such as Process/Automation Engineer, Production Engineer and Production Manager. In 2009, he moved to Madrid Head Office as National Sourcing Manager and also joined the Lafarge Group World-Wide Refractories Sourcing Team at Central Group Purchasing. In 2012, he moved to Lafarge Cement UK as Production Manager in Scotland. Since 2015 he has worked as a Cement Plant Consultant specializing in all aspects of refractories such as materials selection, refractory design, full project management including installation as well as troubleshooting and failure analysis.

Stephane Agostini

Specialist in: Cement
Discipline: Finance and Organization Specialist
Languages: English/French/Spanish
Stephane is a graduate from Bordeaux Business School with a specialization in finance. He has a 35 years’ experience, 25 of them in cement business, mainly within the Lafarge Group. Stephane has occupied both functional and operational positions such as Plant Controller, Plant HR manager, Information System Project Manager, country CFO and Strategy Director in France, Singapore and various Sub-Saharan African countries. Stephane has a strong experience in financial processes optimization, ERP implementation, product costing and spreading a common financial culture within businesses.