The Leadership Team

Robin Smith 

Formerly the Managing Director of PIL, Robin Smith took on a new role as Company President in June 2012, with responsibilities including overseeing PIL’s overall business development and its technical development programme. Robin has for many years been a Professor and Director of the Centre for Process Integration at the University of Manchester. He has extensive industrial experience with Rohm & Haas in process investigation, production and process design, and with ICI in process simulation and process integration. Robin is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in the UK, a Chartered Engineer, and was awarded the Hanson Medal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1992 for his work on waste minimisation. He has acted as a consultant for companies such as AstraZeneca, BASF, Bayer, BP, Ciba Geigy, DSM, ExxonMobil, Gulf Oil, Monsanto, Sasol, Shell, Total, Unilever, UOP, and has also acted as a consultant to the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to promote actions against climate change in India. He has published widely in the field of process integration and is author of “Chemical Process Design and Integration”, published by Wiley.

Nan Zhang

Nan Zhang took position as Vice President of PIL in June 2013. He has 24 years of experience in process technology. He has been extensively involved in project management, consultancy and project implementation for a wide range of refinery projects. As well as his executive responsibilities he is also the Chief Technology Officer of PIL and also heads up the company's business development in China. Nan has extensive industrial experience from working as a process engineer with SINOPEC where he specialised in the design of fluid catalytic cracking units for refinery sites. Nan has also worked as a consultant for a number of major companies, including BP and Shell. His main professional specialisations include refinery optimisation, refinery hydrogen management, refinery process modelling, emissions reduction and reliability, availability and maintainability. Nan completed his PhD at the Centre for Process Integration at UMIST (now the University of Manchester).

Steve Doyle

Steve Doyle is a Director of Technology Support of PIL and has as his main responsibility overseeing the implemation of new technologies into the company’s Software Development programme. Beyond his work for PIL he has for many years acted as an external software development consultant for the Centre for Process Integration at the University of Manchester, and has also on occasion served in a similar consulting capacity for a number of other software houses. As such, Steve has over 20 years’ worth of experience in the development of commercial standard engineering design and simulation software. His technical specialties include heat integration (pinch analysis), heat exchanger network design and simulation, steam system modelling and optimisation, refinery hydrogen networks, linear and non-linear programming, stochastic optimisation, network simulation, numerical methods, and the design of optimised user interfaces.