Jim is a qualified civil engineer who moved from Scotland to England in the early '80s. He worked for Colas in the South East of England in various commercial roles, finally becoming Southern Region Sales Manager. He then joined English China Clays' contracting division, Associated Asphalt, in the early '90s: initially as Sales and Marketing Manager, East Anglia, and then as Safepave Manager. As Safepave Manager, he pioneered thin surfacing in the UK, with over a million square metres laid in the first year alone.
He joined Nynas in the mid-'90s as UK Sales Manager Surface Dressing, principally to launch the Nybreak emulsion breaking system. He then moved on to Regional Bitumen Sales Manager, UK Bitumen Sales Manager and finally, in 2001, became UK Sales Director. Jim took up his current role as Business Area Director UK in January 2008 and is responsible for Nynas' bitumen business in the UK and Ireland.
His industry roles have included: Director of the Road Emulsion Association, Vice-Chairman of the Road Surface Dressing Association and Chairman of the Refined Bitumen Association. Jim is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Carl studied Physics at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Utrecht. While at university he became fascinated by complex systems studied in Biophysics, such as DNA-protein structures and plant membranes, including photosynthesis systems. This interest developed further, researching the structure of and interactions in micro-emulsions: complex colloidal mixtures of oil and water. In 1990 he joined Shell Research in Amsterdam, where he started his career in bitumen – probably one of the most complex colloid oil products.
Since then he has held international roles in Marketing, Sales & Operations and Technology, always related to the bitumen business in the Netherlands, UK, Sweden and Germany. In 2005 he joined BP as global bitumen technology manager.
During his career in bitumen, Carl’s roles covered leading product R&D and technology development in the area of asphalt mix and pavement design, developing new test methods for performance testing of bitumen, providing bitumen technical services to customers and supporting sales-staff with expert technical and marketing advice in general, but also specialist areas such as warm mix asphalt and modified bitumen.
In his current role at BP, Carl is responsible for developing and implementing technology in support of all BP’s bitumen businesses, developing the technology capability, and managing the technical support and product development activities carried out by BP’s bitumen laboratories.
A Masters graduate in Commercial Engineering, Aimé has extensive European experience in oil specialities and bitumen, and was seconded from his parent company TOTAL to take up the reins as Director General of Eurobitume from 1st September 2012.
Aimé has particular knowledge of the German and French environments and began his career with TOTAL in Belgium, where he held a variety of roles including Network Sales Manager. In 1988 he moved with TOTAL to Germany for the first time, after which he spent seven years in France managing Retail Network operations and IT Project Implementation. Still with TOTAL, Aimé returned to Germany in 2006 as Director Specialities (Bitumen, Marine, Aviation, LPG and Special Fluids), and also chaired the advisory board of the Tyczka Totalgaz joint venture (between TOTAL Deutschland and Tyczka Energie), which commercializes LPG in bulk and cylinders in Germany.
Throughout his career to date, Aimé has played an important and active role in a variety of key trade, sector and cultural associations including ARBIT (the professional German Association of Bitumen), the Association of Lubricants in Germany (VSI) and FGSV – an association which conducts research into traffic and roads.
Mike is a chemistry graduate of the Royal Holloway College, London University, who has dedicated over twenty years to the technical support of bitumen and its downstream products.
Following seven years with Colas Roads, working on polymer modified binder rheology, emulsion development and ISO 9000 Quality Assurance Systems, Mike joined Shell Bitumen, UK as Senior Development Engineer. Here, he provided technical support for the UK bitumen business, binder quality and R&D project management.
In 1994, he moved over to the Bitumen Marketing Division at Shell International Oil Products, where for over nine years his main responsibilities included manufacturing liaison, R&D project management and product HSE support. During this time he also chaired the Eurobitume HSE Committee.
He joined Eurobitume as Technical Director in 2005, where his main focus is HSE and among other activities, he acts as Secretary of the HSE Committee and Chairman of the Technical Committee.