Chris McDonald

Multimodal Engineer

Chris McDonald is Chair of Redhills and Chief Executive Officer of the Materials Processing Institute. The Institute is the UK’s national centre for metals innovation, developing new technologies in the areas of advanced materials, digital technologies, industrial decarbonisation and the circular economy. In 2014, Chris led the divestment of the 75-year-old Durham Mining Institute, returning it to independent ownership, as a not-for-profit business, with a strong societal and ethical mission.

Originally from County Durham, Chris is a graduate of Cambridge University. Today he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Royal Geographical Society. He is also Chair of the UK Metals Council.

Chris has a strong interest in the wider social impact of business, including issues such as economic inequality, diversity & inclusion, employee participation and environmental sustainability, all of which are covered on his YouTube channel:

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