Dr Mark Talford


Mark Talford graduated from the University of Bradford, initially with a BEng in Chemical Engineering in 1998 and subsequently with a PhD in polymer process modelling in 2002. During his studies he completed industrial placements with Rhone Poulenc Agriculture and Allied Colloids, working on a variety of plant improvement and upgrade projects. In 2001 Mark was appointed to a lectureship in Chemical Engineering at Bradford, teaching a range of subjects at all levels of the degree course whilst completing his doctoral research.

In September 2002 Mark joined BNFL at Sellafield as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Vitrification plants, working on the transfer of process improvements from R&D into manufacturing as well as supporting the plant teams with routine process monitoring and troubleshooting.

He joined Britest in 2006, working initially on UK and European collaborative projects to further develop the Britest tools and methodologies.   Mark led the training and dissemination activities of the SusChem flagship F3 Factory collaborative R&D project for its first two years, before taking over the leadership of the modular plant design methodology work package. In 2012 Mark was appointed as Britest’s Technical Director, leading an innovation activity to develop and apply the Britest approach into new areas.  Mark also works with companies to support the deployment of the Britest tools, either through leading process studies using the Britest methodology or training staff to apply Britest approaches themselves – Mark was involved in training both Charlie and Rob in the Britest tools!

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