Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, University
of Wales, 1959.
Master of Science, University of Wales, 1970.
Ph.D., University of Wales, 1972. (Dissertation on ethanol production
Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (F.A.I.C.).
Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland (F.I.C.I.).
Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology of Ireland (F.I.F.S.T.I.).
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.) (M.R.S.C.).
Chartered Chemist (C. Chem).
House of Seagram, Jamaica and Canada
Postgraduate Research Student
1959-63 -- Long Pond, Trelawny, Jamaica,
rum distillery and sugar mill. Served as liaison with Sugar Manufacturers
Association Research Department, and controlled all research and development
1963-64 -- Montreal, Canada, distillery producing
whisky, gin, rum and industrial-alcohol. Attended management training
program in distillery operations.
1964-66 -- Beaupre, Quebec, Canada. Managed
distillery and bottling plant, producing whisky and gin.
1966-68 -- Richibucto, New Brunswick, Canada.
Managed rum and industrial-alcohol distillery with bottling plant
and 1000-head cattle feedlot.
1968-70 -- Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Research
and Development Department. Managed new "Special-Assignments Section",
including development of new plant procedures for the use of microbial
enzymes for grain saccharification, and introduction of new processes
into all Seagram's Canadian distilleries.
Department of Biochemistry, University
of Wales, Bangor, North Wales, U.K. Conducted research into the use
of microbial enzymes in starch liquefaction and saccharification for
Executed assignments for clients in
Europe and Asia on alcohol production from various raw materials.
Retained by Biocon Ltd. to advise customers on use of enzymes and
to direct development of new products, including establishment of
plant for production of liquid peat-smoke concentrate to impart "Scotch"
flavor to whiskies.
Iran Beverages Company, Tehran, Iran
Managed beverage and industrial-alcohol
distillery and bottling plant producing Smirnoff Vodka, Gilbey's Gin,
and other international brands under license. Responsible for increasing
plant capacity and overall efficiency. Left in 1979, when plant was
closed by religious authorities, after the Iranian revolution.
1979-present   Independent Consultant
Retained by Carbery Distillers, Ltd.,
Ireland, to advise on all aspects of management and operations of
distillery producing neutral spirit from cheese-whey lactose. Upgraded
the product quality to the highest international standards. Engaged
in the design and commissioning of two new whey-alcohol distilleries
for Carbery's licensees in New Zealand (1980 and 1981) and in California
(1985). Continuing provision of consultancy service to these distilleries.
Retained in 1982 by Alltech Inc. (enzyme and
yeast suppliers) to visit most of the medium-sized fuel-alcohol
plants operating in the United States, to provide technical assistance
on all aspects of plant operations. Conducted a detailed critical
analysis of each plant, identified problem areas and gave appropriate
advice on necessary action.
Engaged in 1985 by the State of New Mexico to
visit all the fuel-alcohol plants in the State, to compile data
for an economic-impact study. Retained in 1987 to assist in a similar
economic-impact study for the State of Louisiana.
Retained in 1985 by a Washington D.C.-based
publishing and market-analysis company to visit all U.S. fuel-alcohol
plants to update and expand the plant details contained in their
published "Directory of Fuel-Alcohol Plants".
Retained since 1988 by Maas Auction Company,
to assist with auctions and private-treaty sales of more than 30
fuel and/or beverage-alcohol plants across the U.S. and Canada.
Edited "The Alcohol
Textbook", published 1995 by Nottingham University Press, U.K.
Contributed chapters on molasses, rum and neutral spirits. Editor
and compilation director of "The Worldwide Directory of Distilleries",
published by Nottingham University Press, U.K., in 1996.
Retained in 2001 by Abengoa S.A. of Spain, to
perform due diligence studies on three U.S. Mid-Western fuel-ethanol
plants, resulting in a $95 million acquisition.
Currently consulting for various clients in
Europe, North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa,
Asia and Australasia, in beverage, industrial and fuel-alcohol industries.
Generally working on fermentation and distillation problems, correcting
design faults, staff training, conducting production-plant feasibility
studies, market surveys, project development, plant commissioning,
performance testing, serving as expert witness and consultant in
litigation, assisting in product marketing, etc.
Arbitrator on the National Commercial Panel
of American Arbitration Association, (1990 - ). Chairman of the
annual World Ethanol Conference, in London, UK (1998 - ).