Lorien Engineer Achieves Chartership Accolade

March 2019

A young engineer at Lorien Engineering has achieved one of the highest accolades in the industry – and a well-earned promotion.

Ben Connolly has achieved IChemE chartership, the leading professional qualification for chemical, biochemical and process engineers.

Ben joined Burton-based Lorien following a PhD in chemical engineering at Swansea University. Following four years of hard work and the completion of his chartership he has been promoted to Senior Engineer.

He said: “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and I’m over the moon. It is the gold stamp, the highest accolade for an engineer working in industry. It is a springboard to progress further up the ladder. My experience will now help other young engineers at Lorien to progress in their careers.”

IChemE supports the development of chemical engineering professionals and provides connections to a network of over 40,000 members across more than 100 countries.

During the last four years, Ben has learned about design engineering, site management and financial management which all aided in completion of his chartership submission. He submitted a detailed report and attended an interview with a professional review board to show evidence of his industry knowledge, ethical conduct and practical and leadership skills.

Ben also presented to students about life as an engineer. He added: “Project engineering is fantastic. You get to see all aspects of manufacturing. Lorien has done very well in terms of attracting graduates but we need to inspire more young people into the industry by tapping into their curiosity and showcasing the attractive career paths available.”

Lorien Senior Project Engineer Ben Weaser recently became a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (CEng IMechE), following in the footsteps of colleague Peter White.

Lorien has just launched the latest round of its growing graduate recruitment scheme, which has been extended to all disciplines including civil and structural.

Lorien is a division of GP Strategies Corporation, which specialises in engineered capital projects for the food, brewing, drinks, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and logistics sectors, and offers a range of safety compliance services. Lorien’s revenues in the UK and Poland increased by 11% during 2017, and with a best-ever sales performance, it was the most successful year in the firm’s history.

For more information about graduate careers at Lorien, visit our Graduate page.


PHOTO: Ben Connolly, Lorien

About Lorien Engineering Solutions
Lorien Engineering Solutions (Lorien) is an engineering design and project management organization, which is a division of GP Strategies. With operations in Burton-on-Trent, UK, and Wrocław, Poland, Lorien has around 110 specialists who design and deliver manufacturing projects in the brewing, drinks, food, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing industries and who also support logistics networks for the retail sector. Lorien is recognised as one of the UK’s top engineering project companies in these sectors. Other areas of specialism include sustainable energy schemes, waste to wealth, manufacturing performance improvement, and health and safety compliance.

In 2018 the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awarded Lorien its 26th Gold Award, a Silver Award for fleet safety, and a 2nd Patron’s Award for occupational health and safety in the construction industry. The company is one of only three organisations to be awarded two Patron’s Award from RoSPA to date.

For further information, visit www.lorienengineering.com

About GP Strategies
GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, digital learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers.

Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com