Mr. Roger Hickman
- Forename: Roger
- Surname: Hickman
- Primary Position: Project Manager
- Secondary Position: Business Improvement Specialist
Roger Hickman graduated from Sheffield University in 1971 with a B Met in metallurgy and, following a period in research at Oxford University, joined the Alcan Lynemouth aluminium smelter in 1974 where he gained casting, potroom and carbon experience and moved from process engineering to production management.
In 1980, he joined Billiton / Shell, The Hague to support the rapidly planned aluminium and alumina expansion programmes – responsible for economic and technical evaluations for major aluminium investment decisions, project procurement support, JV agreement support and representative for the Alumar smelter project. In 1983 he joined Alumar to manage potlining and carbon bake furnace construction and commission and start up the carbon plant before running it (including thorough the first major expansion). 1986 saw him return to The Hague to work on a troubleshooting task force resolving quality problems at Aughinish Alumina. During this period he supported major investment decisions; built econometric models for aluminium and alumina; managed aluminium and alumina research at the Group’s Arnhem laboratories and negotiated JV agreements on magnesium smelting technology. Secondment to Billiton UK / H J Enthoven ( a secondary lead smelter) as Operations Director followed in 1988 with the aim of turning around major production, quality IR and safety issues. Success led to additional, parallel responsibilities as Group HSE Director and a seat on Shell UK’s de facto HSE board. Prior to Shell UK’s sale of Billiton UK in 1995, he worked to resolve outstanding environmental issues and to develop a pre-due diligence package which ensured the sale was at full asset value.
Following the sale, he was appointed MD of Caparo Wire – another turnaround situation with issues of quality, IR and financial audit cleanliness. The turnaround saw major increases in volumes, margins and cash generation.
He worked extensively with VC’s while working as an independent consultant and joined Nigerdock, Lagos, Nigeria in 2006 as Interim MD (Oil & Gas fabrication and shipyard). Invited to join Chevron Nigeria in 2007 to look after local fabrication, he chaired a ground-braking audit (between the national oil company and the International Oil Companies) into national capacities and competencies. Subsequently invited to join Mobil Producing Nigeria in 2010, he worked in project management capacities to expand existing capacity.
- Bachelor of Metallurgy, First Class Honours - University of Sheffield Postgraduate Research - fundamental metallic hardening mechanisms – University of Oxford
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