Steel industry expert Mr Jon Bolton has been appointed as Chairman of UK-based research and innovation centre, the Materials Processing Institute. He replaces retiring Chairman Mr Bob Ruddlestone, who will continue his long association with the Institute by remaining as an Executive Consultant to advise on ongoing capital development and capability enhancement projects. Mr Jon has more than 40 years’ experience in the steel sector, he has led steelmaking and downstream facilities in the UK, USA and Europe, including as senior executive with British Steel, Corus, Tata Steel and Liberty Steel. Mr Jon is internationally recognised as an advocate for the steel and metals sector and since 2020 he has been advising steel and metals sector companies globally as an industry consultant. He has also worked closely with the UK Government both as Chairman of the UK Steel trade association and as the first Chairman of the UK Metals Council. He has also co-chaired the UK Steel Council with the Secretary of State, providing strategic leadership. Mr Jon has also partnered with many leading companies to undertake research projects and remains a champion for the mass adoption of zero carbon green steel. In 2019, he was presented with the Bessemer Gold Medal by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for his outstanding services to the steel industry.